Better known for wine farms and the Goudini Spa hot springs, the Breedekloof Wine Valley is now about to make a mark as the next great Western Cape mountain biking destination.
The Gravel & Grape MTB Events taking place from 4-6 May 2018 are now in their fourth year, with riders revelling in the fun, friendly and challenging rides. The three-day and two-day events each pass through various wine farms – in one instance actually passing through a cellar – and take riders on a tour of the best routes in the Breedekloof Wine Valley. The terrain, hand-cut trails and incredible scenery make the
Gravel & Grape MTB one of the most compelling rides on the MTB calendar.
The wine farmers of the area have embraced the event, with some like Du Toit’s Kloof Cellar carving their own, permanent trails. This year a section of the Du Toit’s Kloof trail was used by the Absa Cape Epic, while Gravel & Grape riders will also get the chance to experience the fast single track sections. A standout feature on their trail is the 100m long hand-built bridge constructed after last year’s Gravel & Grape and is made up of old Eskom electricity poles.
For mountain bike purists, the Gravel & Grape also offers the challenge of trails at their most raw. The manicured lines from many events are missing, while trails will offer riders with good technical abilities a true mountain biking experience.
That being said, the Gravel & Grape is also family friendly. The Gravel & Grape Adventure is a 2-day ride covering approximately 30km per day. There is a junior category for both team members between the ages of 16 and 18 years, while the open category can be a parent/child, husband/wife team or any two adults who would like to experience their first stage race.
For more information visit www.gravelandgrape.com