- South Africa’s biggest mountain bike club reaches deeper into the Winelands.
- A new top-up membership option gives riders more trail choices.
- If you ride regularly – and you will, with the trails on offer – it makes a lot of financial sense.
Stellenbosch is regarded as South Africa’s mountain biking mecca. But when it comes to outright rider numbers, the Durbanville area remains unrivalled.
The Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club (TMB) has more than 8000 members and an extensive trail network, navigating the Durbanville wine route.
Hills in this geography don’t offer much shade and the climbs are steep, but the descents are sublime and built by committed trail builders.
One permit - and a lot more riding
Always looking to add value, the TMB committee has been seeking to incentivise options for its club members, beyond the club’s Renosterveld hills.
Riders now have the option to purchase a top-up membership that will give them access to the Winelands Trails. This is not to be confused with Wine Lands permit - the space between the name is key, as both trails are close but offer different trail combinations.
Options for all your weekends
TMB members can now purchase a Winelands Trails membership for a discount of nearly 50%. That gives you half-price access to the trails of Paarl, which includes the Specialized Trail Zone, Rhebokskloof, Spice Route, Diamant, Laborie and Paarl Reserve trails. A day permit for this section alone is R100.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this new TMB top-up deal is its Banhoek trail network access. It includes Old Bethlehem, Boschendal, Bartinney and Plaisir De Merle. Unquestionably some of South Africa’s best trails.
Some superb Boland singletrack
The Plasir De Merle trail, when combined with Boschendal, has some of the most amazing views and descending trails you’re ever likely to ride. Plaisir De Merle also has a new flow line and terrific forest singletrack descent.
Wellington and the Franschhoek Valley (Berg River Dam) networks are also part of the deal, making it a terrific value proposition.
Morne Veer of TMB, is excited at the prospect of club members ranging into the Boland, more regularly. "The new top-up membership will allow our members to broaden their horizons and enjoy many more trails."
"But it is not just the trails. It is also the lovely farmland, venues and amenities of the Winelands trails. We thank Darren Herbst and each of the other partners and look forward to playing in their backyards more often now."
Riders can top-up when renewing or purchasing a Tygerberg membership, which is R950 for an adult rider, and prices at R1500 with the top-up option.
Just remember, you will need to display each area’s specific permit board on your handlebar, to gain access to the trail network.