Closest Town: Durbanville
Grading: Intermediate | Duration: 60-90 minutes
Location (Area/Province): Peninsula and Winelands and Western Cape
Configuration: A return ride with various side road options; up to 27.5km
Start Point: The Dairy Shed
Access: Fee payable at the Dairy Shed Counter or Honesty Box. Keep proof of payment with you on the ride. Paid up members of the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club ride for free.
Beware of: Snakes in summer. Extreme obstacles on the Black Route
Facilities: Clean ablutions at the start/finish area. Delicious food and drinks at the Dairy Shed, beer and pizza garden
Cell Reception: 100% cell signal
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A return ride with various side-road options; up to 27.5km
On your bike
On these trails, built and developed by farm owner Robert Start, you know you are in for a treat! The 27km of well-crafted, manicured trails, including an incredible 19.4km of single-track, cater for all skill levels. Choose between 3 different linked routes: a beginner friendly green route, the Blue route for intermediate riders, and the Black route is for experienced riders and the far more technical black route (full downhill route for those with extreme skills).
The very well marked trail starts at the parking lot in the centre of the farm outside the Dairy Shed coffee shop. Follow the signs and turn left onto the gravel road, riding through the farmyard and out again on a very gradual climb. Two well-signposted right-hand turns take you to the quarry and the base of the main 106m climb, where you can also turn right onto the Green route for a gentle meander back to the Dairy Shed along some easy single-track.
We, however, are following the Blue route, so we turn left where a fairly tough specially made single-track section following the contours that wind back and forth takes you to the top of the ridge. Once on top of the ridge, the route once again reverts to a wide gravel road as it makes itslast slight climb to the right-turn arrow that marks the start of the fun. You are now exactly 8km into your ride and it is payback time, with some of the sweetest trail you can ﬁnd in Cape Town. Turn after turn of quality, well-maintained single-track sweeps across the slopes of the kloof, gradually leading to the bottom of the valley.
If you didn’t have enough fun on that 1 st Supertubes decent, use the Old Mans climb on your left, just as you hit the ridge after climbing up along the contours out of the kloof. The climb will take you back to the top of the 1 st ridge and back down Supertubes.
After endless turns, jumps and berms, you will ﬁnd yourself at the bottom of the trail where you are met by another single-track climb up to some more jeep track that takes you to yet more single-track. Check out your options on the map and choose between the Tree Charge or the new Happy Hops sections! After these, you can follow the dirt road back to the Dairy Shed or still opt for more by keeping left onto the single-track. This trail takes you past a dam on your left-hand side and under the subway into the old parking lot. As you approach the parking lot, turn left over the bridge, around the dam and up the Bushvine climb. This will lead you back to your starting point at the Dairy Shed.
Off your bike
Fishing permits are available for fishing in the farm dam and the surrounding are is literally littered with superb wine farms.
Best Time of Year
Summer is very hot (start early), while winter is great as single-track is so well-drained.
How to Get There:
Turn left off N7 at Plattekloof Road off-ramp (exit 22), and head back across the N7 on Malibongwe Drive which changes to Giel Basson Drive and finally into Welbeloond Road. Turn left at the T-junction into Contermanskloof road. Follow this road past two quarries for 3km where you turn right and follow the minor road to the farm.
Telephone: +27 79 593 3177
GPS: 33°48′10.03″South / 18°34′10.59.99″E