The Greyt Escape – Boutique-style event in the Overberg

Photo credit: Oakpics.com
Photo credit: Oakpics.com

Greyton, one of the Western Cape’s best-loved mountain-biking meccas, sees the return of The Greyt Escape; a three-day mountain bike stage race from the 15th to the 17th of June 2019. The event showcases the incredible trails on offer in the Riviersonderend Moutains and provides the perfect excuse for a long weekend away in the picturesque country village.

The quaint country village of Greyton with its old-style, warm hospitality brings to the discerning mountain biker terrain that challenges, rewards, and finally releases the rider to reminisce about an experience that won’t be forgotten.

Race Director, Anneke Viljoen, says the 2019 event holds true to the promise of a boutique-style event as in previous years, where riders, together with their friends and families, can bask in the weekend’s entertainment. For the avid mountain-biker, there are some new and interesting single track additions to the existing route, and The Greyt Escape Trail Run is also back due to popular demand, this time round with two distances to choose from – 6km or 12km. Details can be found on www.thegreytescape.co.za/the-greyt-escape-trail-run/

The Greyt Escape Route

Stage 1: 62km

The longest but arguably easiest stage gets you warmed up and into the swing of things right from the start. If you’re roadie, be sure to secure a proper lead on Stage 1 as things get more technical as the weekend progresses!

The start spits you out onto fast-rolling farm roads with a gradual climb leading you onto a contour through farmlands with stunning vistas of the Riviersonderend mountains. Look carefully and you might even spot the infamous UFO climb! A fun stretch of undulating hills on farm roads takes you to WP1 from where you can now admire the awaiting UFO climb.
The fame is as much for the elevation that you gain, including a view of the sea, as for the stunning Middelplaas single track that now stretches all the way from the dizzy heights to the river below. After the fun (and most of the work), the route opens up again for some tucking in before our last singles bring you into the back of Greyton and home.

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Stage 2: 64km

The more punchy route follows the spine of the old Greyton Classic route but cuts a bit of the distance to give you a killer compact day of fun – perfect mountain-biking pleasure!
After a fast flat start, you’ll turn towards the mountain and into a steep double climb through the Blue Hippo. The next two drops are all through lush fynbos past the dam and through the teepee village; a beautiful section tucked right into the mountains.

The next section is after a quick flat connection that brings you to the Hemelsbreed and Oaks singles – this is the feature of the day but keep something in the tank for the return journey. Up Castle Hill (maybe one day we’ll build a sweet bypass!); down the Oaks Pines; through the Oak Glade up to the top dam and then right up to Point High. From here it is one-way down through the Nguni singles, Piet’s contour and then down the Casey.

The Oaks welcome you with their fantastic hospitality with a feature water and spectator point where you can stop and tell Gert what you think of his trails. Replenish before you head off across the river to visit Kootjie and Isa at Oewerzicht. Kootjie is strong and not afraid of short, sharp kickers so keep something in the legs for the last section of trails fro
m where you can look back at the foothills that you would have played in earlier that day. A flat finish with the Greyton mountains in front of you will give you time to focus on the beer waiting at the finish line! Well, almost flat. First up Real & Simple and down a very nicely tweaked, or deboned, Boneshaker, a sweet sweeping downhill to the village that should put a smile on your face. Enjoy every moment!

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Stage 3: 45km

Short, sharp, and fun! This stage is an action-packed selection of the close-to-home Greyton trails. If you can climb, and know how to descend, there is still time to climb a position or two on the GC.

Maermanskloof (maybe called that because the thin guy has the advantage on this climb!) is the first climb of the day. From the saddle you can see your challenge across the valley. First head down the latest addition to Greyton’s network – Real and Simple, and the Old Potter’s trail. Some really special hand-crafted trails that will hopefully lure you back to Greyton for more! It’s then across the valley through the Forest trails before you hit the Bakenskop switchback climb.

Pause at the top, take a quick pic of the breathtaking views, then a forever downhill, before refuelling at the only water point of the day. Catch your breath as you head along the district road and cross the river before making your way to Bereaville and Genadendal for Davey’s Sprocket and Rocky Horror, and your last double treat of the weekend down Luislang and R.I.P. Some fun, twisty singles that take you home, fast.

Accommodation

For a comprehensive list of all the options visit: www.greytontourism.com

To experience the trails and the winter festival atmosphere of The Greyt Escape for yourself, enter online at www.thegreytescape or contact Anneke Viljoen on 0842280414 or via email on az.oc1563957319.stne1563957319vebtm1563957319grebr1563957319evo@e1563957319kenna1563957319

Other events in the Overberg series:
www.stanfordmtbclassic.co.za   /  www.dehoopvleimtb.co.za/