- You can now ride the best mountain bike trails in South Africa with one permit.
- Those Boland valleys with the most rewarding singletrack riding, have made it easier for riders to enjoy their trails.
- The Winelands permit is inarguably a terrific deal – and great value – for the dedicated mountain biker.
A new super trail permit could be the ultimate gift for Western Cape mountain bikers.
As experienced mountain bikers know, many of the country’s best trails are clustered along a series of mountains and valleys, triangulated by the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Grabouw.
Each district has a dedicated trail building initiative and membership. And that means a series of different permits, which can be a bit of a hassle if you just want to ride. But not anymore.
Ride the best trails - without the admin
The Winelands Cycling Club, Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF), MTO (Jonkershoek) and Winelands Trails are excited to launch the long-overdue Winelands regional permit.
With this new consolidated trail riding permit, riders will have access to many world-class trails in five iconic areas ranging from Grabouw, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek.
The rideable trail list with this new Winelands permit is a veritable 'best of' South African mountain biking.
A to Z in Grabouw. The Winelands Cycling Club trails. Helderberg trails. Stellenbosch Trail Fund trails. MTO Jonkershoek. Banhoek Conservancy. Franschhoek Trails. Paarl Trails. And Wellington’s wild boar and scouts trails.
Sharing all the singletrack
"Two years ago, like most trail networks, we were all developing and managing our own trails," says Darren Herbst, Winelands Trail Network Partner.
"Instead of purchasing several passes from various trail networks, it was clear that users would rather purchase one pass that allowed them access to all their favourite trails. It’s less hassle and costs less. We all got together and decided to do a trial run."
The adult permit is R1500, with u/18s and pensioners paying R1250. Considering the quality of trails on offer, that’s terrific value – and a lot cheaper than equivalent permits for riding an interlinked trail network region in the Alps or Rocky Mountains.