It’s hard to describe the scenic beauty, and incredible diversity of tracks and trails, that can be found in the Elgin/Grabouw Valley. Only an hours drive from downtown Cape Town, Elgin is home to world renowned mountain biking across the valley. Cyclists will recognise names such as Paul Cluver, Oak Valley, Elgin Country Club and Lebanon Trails.
Over the years, these venues have built up a myriad of exclusive use trail networks, with literally hundreds of kilometres of dedicated bike trails available to choose from.
In addition to the unbelievable volume of trails, there is also incredible diversity of choice, from manicured switchbacks, and fast flowing XC style trail, to gritty, gnarly rocky technical climbs best suited to the racing snakes. There is literally something for everyone, from beginner to Pro, and everything in between…
This diversity of choice can often leave a novice to the area a bit bewildered, and unsure of where to maximise their time and efforts – getting the most “bang for the buck” so to speak, before the legs decide enough is enough. Don’t stress, the team at Bikes ‘n Wines, and the Elgin Adventure Centre are lucky enough to call this their backyard and are perfectly situated to provide a full days support, or experienced mountain bike guide to assist with those route choices, as well as transport or bicycle rental if needed.
Against a backdrop of verdant orchards or vineyards, majestic mountains, and sparkling farm dams, cyclists can ride for days and not cross the same track twice, making it the perfect playground or basecamp for a training weekend. Riders will get access to trails previously ridden during the UCI Graded Cape Epic mountain bike race, as well as many lesser known but just an awesome local Stage Races.
Elgin is not just about amazing mountain bike trails… the valley is also home to world class cool-climate wines, gins, ciders and farm fresh cuisine. So if this sounds like a great get away, or an excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of city life – then possibly consider the full service Cape and Grape Mountain Bike Tour, where the only thing you have to worry about is how many times you’re going to stop for an obligatory selfie on route!
Check it out here… www.bikesnwines.com/tours/cape-and-grape-8-day-mountain-bike-tour/
Or contact us to help you plan your overnight escape, complete with bicycles, wine, food, good friends and lifelong memories.