Autumn date for Darling’s popular MTB race

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The Wolwefontein trails, near Darling and Yzerfontein, make for great riding. (Photo: @jacqmaraisphoto)
The Wolwefontein trails, near Darling and Yzerfontein, make for great riding. (Photo: @jacqmaraisphoto)

Darling is best known for the satire of Pieter-Dirk Uys and great wine, but don't underestimate its mountain biking.

The area's hilly topography creates excellent trail building potential, and riders willing to brave the heat, are rewarded with a raw mountain biking experience.

Some of the Western Cape's most cherished single-day mountain bike events have been hosted in Darling. This year, Living Colour will play venue to Ride and Run Darling.

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Stoked riders at the Living Colour venue, after a lap of Wolwefontein’s trails. (Photo: @jacqmaraisphoto)

A great autumn day out on the bike 

Scheduled for 9 April, riders will have the option of three route distances - all taking in the Wolwefontein trail network. And yes, there is an e-bike category, too.

As those familiar with Western Cape trails know, autumn is the best riding season – with a less dust and milder temperatures.  

The 14km Ride and Run Darling mountain bike route sees a very manageable 250m of climbing, with a water point at 8km, if you need it. Entry for the 14km is R150.

Keen on a bit more of a challenge? That will be the 33km option, which increases its total ascent to 700m. But don't worry, there is a water point 21km in - if you need to add some energy or capture a bunch of Insta-worthy selfies.

Ride and Run Darling's 33km mountain bike option is priced at R250.

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The Living Colour venue, 6km outside Darling, is geared to host mountain bikers. (Photo: @jacqmaraisphoto)

A good reason to get out of Cape Town - for a Saturday ride 

Committed racers will undoubtedly choose the full Ride and Run Darling experience, totalling 55km of trails, with a climbing profile of 1200mm. Fear not, there are two water points (at 25- and 45km).

The 44km Ride and Run Darling race costs R290. Kids are welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult rider, if younger than 16.

All finishers will get a finisher's beer and medal.

 

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