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  1. This Friday we have a one day only sale that really is beyond value for money. Book today for the 2-8 Sept 2021 Hessequa/Overberg Cruise, and pay only R4375pp (Normal Price R8750.00), and we will include the 9-11 Sept Stanford Cheese and Wine Ride for free, as well as 1 nights accomodation in Stanford on the 8th to link the two trips together. That works out at R480pp/pn, for a full service, fully catered luxury MTBing holiday. This offer is limited to the first 6 persons to book, thereafter normal pricing applies. You absolutely wouldnt be able to find a better value for money MTB holiday. The Hessequa/Overberg Cruise starts in Stillbay, and over the next 6 days you wind your way along the coastal region, into the Overberg, stopping off at highlights like Arniston and Cape Aghulus, before finally coming to an end in the quiant overberg village of Stanford. The Cheese and Wine Ride, is a weekend riding trip, based out of Stanford, and shows you around to some of the best riding in the region, while sampling wines and cheese, that the area is famous for. This ride allows you access to private property normally not afforded to the public, and even the chance to preview some of the tracks for the 2022 edition of the Cape Epic. If you book this combo package, you get a full ten day MTBing adventure of note, including 9 nights of luxury accomodation on a dbb basis, snacks and refreshements on the ride, support vehicle with mehanical backup, transfer from goerge Airport or from Cape Town on the the first day, and Transfer to Cape Town Airport on the last. We can assist you with assembling your bikes on arrival, as well as boxing for the return flight if needed. This offer is limited to no more than 6 persons - book now to avoid dissapointment - non riding partners are welcome to join @ the same rate as riders. To book now, click here *all our other trips are currently marked down with 35% too, until 31 October 2020
  2. To read the article one the website and access the image gallery, click here This past weekend, 23-25 October, we had the pleasure of hosting Scotty and Frans, Riding buddies from Ballito bru, on our Cheese and Wine Adventure in Stanford. The boys had a pretty serious drive to get all the way up the N2 from KZN. They broke their journey in half, stopping in Sedgefield first, to check out the amazing riding on offer at the Garden Route Trial Centre The Boys arrived late afternoon on Thursday, and as soon as they had settled into their accommodation, they enjoyed a quick ride around town. It didn’t take them long to find their way to Table 13, where a mandatory couple of beers were enjoyed. The Capes late sunset caught us all by surprise, and before we knew it it was nearly time for dinner. So after a quick shower, we all met at Stanford Kitchen for a bite to eat, before calling it a night early, and getting some rest in for the day that lay ahead. In the morning, a quick coffee and rusks got everyone’s day started, before heading off to enjoy some of the amazing trails of the Hemel & Aarde Valley. After a lekker morning of riding, the guests headed off to go meet up with Family for lunch in Kleinmond, while we headed back to “Die Ruskamer” at Inn the End, to make sure all the rest of the weekend’s preparations were in place. We all got back together for dinner at Stanford Harvest, overlooking the Klien River Valley – which we would explore by bike in the morning. Saturday morning came along, and coffee and rusks again fuel our bodies, as we kitted up, and headed out through the vineyard, and into the streets of Stanford. We did a quick lap of the town, enjoying a little bit of single track, and even worked in a lap of the kiddies BMX track, before heading out past Stanford Hills, to up and over the infamous Strava segment known as Kotsbult, and then enjoyed the descent down towards Bluegum Estate, where Roeter and his team prepared a stunning breakfast spread for us. After Breakfast, Roeter joined us, and lead us around the single track they have recently put in on the property. The first lap went well, but unfortunately, on the second loop, Frans took an interesting line through a bit of a tricky uphill rock garden and ended up falling onto some freshly cut stumps. Initially, Frans soldiered on, but it was evident he was feeling a little uncomfortable, so after a couple more KM, and realising the footbridge over the Klien River was washed away, and we needed to double back a bit anyway, a consensus was reached, that we would cut the ride short. We took the tar road back towards Stanford, and had to fight a bit of a headwind most of the way. Scotty did a sterling job leading us in most of the way, and helped set me up for a fun little sprint finish (if you can call a medium effort from a podgy guide a sprint) into Birkenhead Brewery, where we enjoyed a beer tasting, and the boys could stock up on some beers to take home to KZN. Cutting the Ride short in no way meant we were going to skip out on the cheese and wine though, and as soon as we had cleaned up, and doctored Frans’s wounds a bit, we hopped into the Land Rover, and took a drive back up the Valley, enjoying the sights as we made our way up to Stone House Cheese. We all agreed that it was not so bad doing this by car instead of by bike (But don’t tell anyone we said so). After Stone House, we dropped a few km down the valley to Boschrivier Wines, sampled their collection, and then carried on a little further down the valley and did the same at Stone House. Unfortunately, being a weekend, Lockdown regulations do not allow off-sales of the wines, but luckily, both wineries are happy to courier any wine you buy after the tastings, to your home, anywhere in the country. We finished up the wine tasting just after three….pretty much the same time we should have if we had done this by bike, and made our way back into the village. The team from Inn the End prepared us a lovely basket of snacks, and we took that, and a cooler full of beers, as we then headed off for an afternoon sundowner cruise on the Klien River Lagoon on the Lady Stanford. The Skipper, Peter is not only an expert birding guide, but also extremely knowledgable about the region, and kept us entertained with stories in between describing the abundant birdlife in of the region. We finished the evening off with a Pizza night at Inn the End. Paul kept the gourmet pizzas coming, till none of us could even think of eating another bite….. but when the final two pizzas of the night, a Gorgonzola and green fig, and a Nutella and Marshmallow creation came out of the oven, we all found a little extra space for dessert. By this point, we were also decidedly a little tired, and all settled in for a good nights sleep. For those that had the energy left, there was still some riding at Paul Cluver to be done, before finally calling what was truly an awesome weekend, complete… We look forward to hosting you on the next one… Click here to book your spot now.
  3. Price Drop for this coming september long weekend - Pay only R6500.00 for a group of 4. There is only one package available at this price - to book now, click here We arent really sure if this weekend escape from the city is for the foodie with a MTB problem, or the MTBer with an eating disorder. What we do know for sure though, is riding bikes makes you hungry, and food and wine go so well with MTBs, that it makes perfect sense to pair them. This awesome weekend of MTBing is a bargain at only R2600.00pp, and includes 2 nights accomodation, all meals, a full day of guided riding on saturday, crossing through private property normally off limits to the public, two cheese tastings, a number of wine tastings (if the goverment grows a brain), and a day pass to the Hemel and Aarde Trails on Sunday. all of this, and its not even 2 hours drive from the city, if you take it easy. for all the details, and to book your spot - click here Space is strictly limited to 8 riders for the weekend, and we already have two spots taken - so there are 6 spots still avaialble. Remember, if you pay by EFT, you get a free branded buff. ************We will have a selection of local botique wine for personal consumption available free of charge, at the accomodation, regardless of the regulations that may be in place at the time.... however, wine tasting at the vineyards may not be possible, as a result of the alcohol ban.
  4. Hi Guys I hope you guys aren't sick of answering newbie posts by now, I would really appreciate some advice on a few topics. I have recently had a knee operation so all I can do(at a high level of effort) really is cycle at the moment. If the bug bites I'll look at getting a higher quality bike but for the mean time I am looking for an entry level bike((29er) that is new. I know a second hand higher quality bike(26er) is often suggested but as I said if the bug bites I'll upgrade. I'm going to be mainly riding on the wine farms around the Cape so nothing too hectic for now. I am looking at the following bikes: "Titan Ryde 29er 2016" or "Titan Cruz 29er 2015" or "Merida Big 9 20D" My price range is between R4000 to R6000. a few questions: 1) Any other suggestions of new bikes in that price range? 2) I am just over 100kg so would these bikes be alright? 3) Best/Most resonable bike shops in the Cape? 4) I'm 1.79m, what size frame would i need? Thanks guys really appreciate the help
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