INFORMATION ON THE VLAKKENBERG MTB TRAIL
THE VLAKKENBERG MTB TRAIL IS OPEN!
Permits already bought by riders will be valid until 01 May 2018. This is due to the extended closure of the trail.
Bicyclegear.co.za is proud to announce the establishment of the Vlakkenberg MTB Trail. The trail has been built on private land above the Constantia Nek Estate in Hout Bay. It features a 875m cross country loop that will eventually become a 2.5km course.
Please be aware that the trail is being developed all the time. We are open to feedback that we might add, change or correct to the trail.
The Vlakkenberg mountain bike trail is named after the mountain on which it is built.
Positioned on a beautiful piece of land, the trail has amazing views into Orangekloof. The lay of the land means the trail is technical and challenging through all its A-lines. For the less experienced we have created a B-lines, which means the trail can be enjoyed by all.
The area is safe and far from the traffic which means families can park at Constantia Nek and ride to the trail, off-road.
Powered by Private Client Holdings, Pedal Power Association and Bicyclegear.co.za, the vision of the trail is to increase riding skills through a maintained and safe cross country mountain bike trail. It is open and accessible to all riders, the only requirement is that you register and pay R60 to use the trail and ride with a trail number plate when using it. The permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase.
The number plate also gives you free entry into the,”Bicyclegear.co.za Blowout!”. The monthly mountain biking event will cater for all levels of skills and fitness. There will be an A and B category. The A group will do four laps of the trail. The B group will do two.
RIDING ON THE TRAIL
When you buy your number-plate, we will send you an email with more information on the trail. We will ask you to supply us with information that will keep you safe on the trail. In the case of an emergency we will be able to contact relevant people and assist where possible.
Riders under-18 year will receive a permit for free, as long as a parent or guardian buys a full adult permit. If you would like to include an under-18 rider on your permit please email us once you have ordered and paid for yours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Under-18 riders will ride with there very own “young gun” Vlakkenberg MTB permit/number-plate.
Current PPA members are also entitled to a 50% discount on their permit. If you are a PPA member please email us with your details and membership number. We will then send you a coupon code giving you your 50% discount.
Riding with the number-plate/permit has a number of benefits for the rider:
1. They will be showing support for mountain biking in Hout Bay.
2. Their unique number makes it safer for the rider on the trail.
3. We can cross reference their details with the number if they are unable to give us their details.
4. The trail will improve through budget becoming available from the permits.
5. Bragging rights by being part of an exclusive club.
6. 10% discount on all Bicyclegear.co.za cycling gear.
Please be aware that if you are caught riding the course without a permit you will be kindly asked to leave the trail. Monies collected from the permits will be put towards expanding and maintaining the trail.
Please be aware that you are riding on the trail at your own risk. Bicyclegear.co.za and the trails supporters do not hold any liability for injuries or damages that are incurred to a rider or their bicycles, while riding the trail.
RIDING ON THE PIPETRACK
The pipetrack has been Hout Bay's "cycling super-highway", since people started riding mountain bikes back in the early 90's.
The history behind the pipetrack is that was planned as an alternative roadway for traffic entering and leaving Hout Bay. It also has a major waterpipe running along its edge, bringing water in to the valley. Having never been developed it has become a huge asset for mountian bikers wanting to enter and leave Hout Bay.
There are in fact four separately owned pieces of land through which the pipetrack travels, which are managed by four different land-owners. The Vlakkenberg MTB Trail has obtained the permission from three of the four land-owners for mountain bikers to traverse their section of pipetrack.
The fourth is SANParks, who have said they do not want people riding on their piece of pipetrack. Their standpoint, is that this section does not fall under the current EMP.
Below is the map outlining their section, with the blue cross marking the position of the Vlakkenberg MTB Trail, which falls on private land:
We, as the management of the trail, are obligated to ask riders to dismount their bicycles and walk this section of the pipetrack. (It is however not our task to control riders from dismounting their bikes or signposting where they need to dismount.)
Here is the, Official Vlakkenberg XC MTB Trail, Strava segment:
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The Vlakkenberg MTB trail is built and maintained by Green Space Design. Visit Green Space Design here.