Backsberg Dis-Chem Rotary MTB aims to provide a scenic route to enthusiastic cyclists

The family-friendly Backsberg Dis-Chem Rotary Mountain Bike Race will take place at the Backsberg wine estate on 19 August 2018. This annual race aims to provide a scenic route to enthusiastic cyclists will feature a wine stop 5 kilometre before the finish.

The route includes single track on private land which has been opened up exclusively for the event. The 45km, 30km and 15km routes contain some of the best scenery in the area, with great views of the winelands. The roads are 90% jeep track with some single track and open roads in between. There are some solid climbs, from meandering S-bend climbs to vicious little bumps with fast-forward downhills to recover.

The 45km, in particular, includes  major climbs: a long 201m steep climb, and a second 110m short climb and is only for fit and experience riders. It requires more technical riding skills, including a fast descent near the end, than the average PPA fun ride and should be seen as a challenge for the fit rider, definitely not for the inexperienced.

The 30km is geared for fit, experienced riders and includes one long 130m climb, while the 15km is just right for novices and beginners.

Organised and managed by members of the Paarl Rotary Cub under the auspices of the Pedal Power Association (PPA), the proceeds from this event go towards sustaining Paarl Rotary’s many charitable projects.

It is a family-friendly event with up to two children riding free in the 5km race if accompanied by a paying adult. There will be food stalls and a kids’ zone at the finish.

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