Exploring the Knysna Heroes MTB trail with Lizzy

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Lizzy Brink and former pro mountain biker, Oli Munnik, with one of the Heroes trail painted stones (Photo: Signal bikes)
Lizzy Brink and former pro mountain biker, Oli Munnik, with one of the Heroes trail painted stones (Photo: Signal bikes)
  • With its beautiful forests, it is no surprise that Knysna had great mountain biking
  • One of the locals who enjoy this pristine trails, is teenager who loves inspiring graphic design
  • Lizzy Brink has been riding most of her life, and her choice singletrack option, is the Heroes trail

With its rolling topography and lush forests, Knysna is home to some of South Africa’s best mountain biking.

Unlike other parts of the country, where tree cover is often sparse, most of Knysna’s riding is under a canopy. With year-round shade and wind protection, the Knysna forests are always welcoming for those who wish to venture out for an afternoon ride.

One of Knysna’s best riding venues is the Concordia trail network, routing through those dense forests behind Simola.

Amongst Concordia’s most characterful singletrack, is the Heroes trail. It features colourful stones, often painted in an anthropomorphic style, decorating the trail.

Knysna mountain biking
As a teenager, the Signal S610 is ideal for Lizzy's needs, rolling 26" wheels (Photo: Signal bikes)
teen mountain biker
Lizzy loves riding for the fun of it and Knysna offers an excellent trail tutoring experience (Photo: Signal bikes)

For the love of riding

A Knysna local who draws inspiration from riding the Heroes trail, is Lizzy (Elizabeth) Brink. She might only be 13-years old, but Lizzy has a decade of committed cycling experience to her advantage.

Testament to her commitment, is the fact that Lizzy still has the balance bike that started her cycling journey, aged 3.

Having evolved her riding to a proper mountain bike, Lizzy’s current ride is the Signal S610. It rolls the smaller 26” wheel size, which is ideal for shorter riders.

The Signal S610 has an 80mm fork up front, and with 1x9 gearing, Lizzy can power up most of the climbs, that lead to the Heroes trail drop-in point.

Targeted at junior riders, who weigh a lot less than adult mountain bikers, the Signal S610 uses mechanical disc brakes, instead of a hydraulic system. This reduces the maintenance and servicing burden, especially for teenagers such as Lizzy, who ride often.  

Inspired by the forest singletrack and trailside artistry of the Heroes descent, Lizzy’s dream is to become a graphic artist, designing bicycle frame artwork and colourways for custom projects.

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