The rider friendly Paarl Rotary Backsberg MTB races take place at the Backsberg wine estate on 20 August. This annual event aims to provide a scenic route to enthusiastic cyclists of all levels, in one of the most picturesque parts, and features a stop for some bubbly 5km before the finish.
The route includes virgin 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 and Table Mountain in the background. The kiddie’s 4km ride is an undulating route of two circuits of 2km on the estate. The roads are 80% 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 a long continuous steep climb and is only for fit and experienced riders, but is easier than last year’s gruelling course.
It requires more technical riding skills 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 riders and includes one long climb. 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 early childhood development projects supported by Paarl Rotary such as Path out of Poverty educare centre on a farm at Nuwedrif outside Paarl, and the organizations Valcare and Learn to Live, which mentor educare teachers.
For more information visit www.paarlrotary.co.za