Paarl has long been an area associated with cycling, frequented by some of the best riding talent South Africa has produced.
If you’re ever in the area, the tarmac road that leads to the Taal Monument is a hotspot for those on hill repeat days or interval training. The road is relatively quiet and both steep and long enough for big efforts.
But, it’s not the road rides that are of interest currently, the MTB trails have blossomed over the last two years into a Mecca for those riding in the Western Cape. Paarl will also host the SA and WP Marathon champs in May 2021, so now is as good a time as any to get a recce run done.