The De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience is taking place from 17-19 May. There will be a welcoming optional sunset ride on Friday afternoon for riders who want to stretch their legs and experience some of the extraordinary De Hoop Vlei views before dinner. Saturday and Sunday will provide some decent time in the saddle and a few iconic climbs but just enough distance to enjoy the rest of the afternoon, socializing and relaxing with friends and family. Distances are 55km and 62km respectively.
Mountain bikers are encouraged to bring their family and friends along for the adventure. Riders will enjoy two days of challenging but spectacular riding in and around the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Potberg area. The De Hoop Collection offers not only amazing food, and luxury accommodation (not included with the entry fee) but also provides the close encounter wildlife viewing for which the nature reserve has become famous. Entries for the De Hoop Vlei Experience are limited, secure your spot for the ultimate experience…
Stage 1: Flat out on the Rock
We’ve spent the last few months with Johan Kriegler (W2W founder) and the Cape Trails team establishing a brand-spanking new track to the north of the Vlei, going all the way up to Buchu Camp, cutting out any need to ride on the main tar road. Once you reach the top of “FlatRock” single track, the burn in the legs quickly fades away as you take in the best views of the De Hoop Collection: To the South, a full view of the entire Vlei and towering sand dunes that roll towards the deep blue sea; to the East, unparalleled and unspoilt sunrises over the Potberg area; and to the West, across the historical Melkkamer and open flood plains that stretch as far as the eye can see towards Arniston and Struisbaai. Throw some of the plentiful local wildlife in there – including Eland, Bontebok, ostriches, zebras and too many bird species to mention – and you have the best recipe for resuscitating any tired legs on Stage 1!
Stage 2: Trails to Whales
The whales are calling! Head out via the rolling hills of the limestone hard dunes before descending into the surrounding farmlands which have been opened specifically for the event. A brief meander along the banks of the Potberg River and through some purpose-built singletrack and you arrive at an area seldom visited by anyone; other than the hikers of the popular Whale Trail. Take your time as whale sightings are virtually guaranteed whenever you can see the ocean, and you’ll be enthralled by the imposing sand dunes to the left and the unspoilt coastal fynbos to the right. Stage 2 provides another scenic spoil for riders to consolidate their full De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience.
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