Cape Town’s Hammer trail opens on Saturday – with a bakkie shuttle

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Flow trails are all about momentum, with builders making the most of available gradient and soil type. (Photo: Tygerberg MTB)
Flow trails are all about momentum, with builders making the most of available gradient and soil type. (Photo: Tygerberg MTB)
  • Winter is the build season for Western Cape mountain biking. Cold fronts bring rain and wet soil, enabling trial builders to create new trails.
  • A new trail opening is scheduled for the weekend, adding another singletrack descent to the ranging Tygerberg network.
  • The Hammer trail was built by an expert downhill mountain biker – but it has been shaped to provide a rewarding experience for all riders.

Great trails don’t happen by accident. Building and shaping sustainable and rewarding mountain bike trails require vision and dedication.

For Western Cape mountain biking, those first winter low-pressure weather systems are symbolic. With the moisture they bring, trail builders can retrieve their shaping tools from the shed and start working on maintaining existing trails. Or creating new builds.

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An aerial view shows the scale of this new trail build. (Photo: Tygerberg MTB)

Shaping the singletrack

The most skilled trail builders can see lines and corners through unbuilt terrain, with an intuition even the best riders can’t.

And on the edge of Cape Town’s northern border, an exciting new trail is scheduled to open this weekend. 

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The Hammer trail is a great way for riders on the Hoogekraal loop, to get finish their ride. (Photo: Tygerberg MTB)

Built by one of the best

Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club will allow riders onto its latest addition on Saturday morning. After weeks of meticulous soil shifting and shaping, the Hammer trail is ready to have riders roll its 1.81km of flowing descent.

Located at Hoogekraal, part of the extensive Tygerberg trail network, the Hammer trail was formed by regarded rider and trail builder, Duran van Eeden. An experienced downhill mountain biker, Van Eeden is an expert at shaping flow trails that reward a broad spectrum of riders.

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The Hammer trail is made for riders of exceptional or average skill levels to enjoy. (Photo: Tygerberg MTB)

A flow trail for all

Although some mountain bikers might be wary of the flow trail epithet, the Hammer has been built to reward riders of any skill level.

Those with the required bike skills can boost its perfectly sculptured jumps, while less technically skilled riders will find all the features to be ‘rollable.’

To celebrate the grand opening of its Hammer trail, the Tygerberg club will provide a shuttle service on Saturday morning. From 8-12am, riders will be served first-come, with bakkie rides to the Hammer trail’s drop-in point.

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