No other region of South Africa features steep mountain terrain in proximity to mass urbanisation, quite on the scale and accessibility, of the Western Cape. It is why international pro mountain bikers often spend their winter training in and around Cape Town and the Boland.
The Cape Wine Lands regional trail permit launched in late 2021 and offered riders nine terrific trail networks. These included the legendary MTO Jonkershoek trails, Helderberg, Franschhoek, the Banhoek conservancy, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington.
For riders, the appeal of a consolidated trail membership is
obvious: less cost, reduced admin and better value. Different trail networks
often require their own membership boards, and one of the deepest annoyances in
mountain biking is arriving at a trail venue with an incorrect membership
board - when you have to own a few.