19 Apr New Schapenberg MTB trails offer great riding
The new Schapenberg MTB trails, funded by PPA, were officially opened on Sunday 17 April. The trails offer cyclists some great new off-road riding routes near Somerset West.
The trails start and finish at the Ongegund Conference Centre near Sir Lowry’s Town (close to Waterkloof Wine Estate and Mount Rozier Estate) and consist of four routes; Black – 27km, Red – 23km, Yellow 15km and Green 4km.
The Black Route offers three additional loops (two serious climbs and two technical single tracks) to the Red route. The Red route includes technical single tracks, but has fewer climbs than Black. The Yellow route has fewer climbs than Red and the single track is easy, although the route still incorporates a good climb or two. The green route has no single tracks and fairly easy climbs on open farm roads and can be ridden by children or novices.
“The routes are great,” said one of the 200-odd riders who attended the opening. “The climbs are tougher than expected, especially on the black route, but the singletrack through the forest was really nice.”
“We got a bit lost in the one section,” said another rider, “but the routes all join up again a bit later so it was not too bad. But the climbs are quite tough. Being able to take a swim or a shower back at Ongegund makes up for all the sweating, though.”
The trails will be open to the public seven days a week from 08h00 to 17h00. Cyclists will pay a day permit of R40 per entry which allows you unlimited access to the trails for the day. PPA members will pay a discounted fee of R20 per permit. Permits can be obtained at Ongegund Conference Centre and the fees will be ploughed back into the trails for trail maintenance and extension.
“While there were some issues with the original route markers, these are being sorted out,” said trail builder Johan Kriegler. More routes, connecting the various farms in the area, are also being planned.