Nothing like mountain biking after sunset…

Dirtopia Mountain Bike Nightride - 23 June 2012

Mountain biking is a great activity to enjoy while in South Africa. Experience it on a completely new level at Dirtopia’s Mountain Bike Nightride on Saturday 23rd June. With two trails to choose from, both have a different feel after the sun has set!

The 7km Vineyard trail climbs to just below Klapmutskoppie through the vineyards on farm roads. It also has three sections of singletrack and is suitable for all ability levels. For the more experienced riders, the 14.5km Porcupine trail has lots of climbing and fun downhills, as well as over 5km of technical constructed singletrack.

Registration opens from16h30 where numberboards will be issued with the race starting at sunset, 17h45. Entries cost R50pp and will be taken on the day with goodies for all. While results will be issued, this is first and foremost a fun event. Enjoy drinks at the finish as well as a lucky draw. Lights are recommended for handlebars and helmets and will be available to rent by booking in advance.

Or for those preferring two-leg power, how about the winter trail run?

The following day, Sunday June 24th, its one for the runners – a chance again to enjoy the fantastic single track trails on Klapmutskoppie. There are two routes on offer and those registering by June 20th will receive a discount and goody bags.

The 14.5km route is perfect for those wanting a work out and starts at 09h30 (R70 pre-entry, R80 late/on the day). For the more chilled, the 7km loop starts at 09h45 (R50 pre-entry, R60 late/on the day). Registration on the day opens at 08h00 at Dirtopia’s Trail Centre.

Winter trail run - 7km & 14.5km routes

Both routes offer great climbing on jeep track through the vineyards with rewarding singletrack trails with scenic views of the winelands and majestic Table Mountain in the distance. There’s also a lucky draw with prizes from Hi-Tec, Falke socks, Civvio and more. Runners will be timed and those that ran previous events can compare their time. There will be a refreshment station on both routes with Powerade, fruit and sweets, and drinks at the finish.

Pre-entries are available at / or for further information contact Dirtopia on 021 884 4752 or Both events take place at the Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera Farm on the R44 about 10km from Stellenbosch.

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About Claudia

When not running Bush Chatter and Truly SAfrican, I work in PR; am a would be photographer; and doting other half of Mark, my co-pilot in life, love, a website; and this blog. When in South Africa, I listen to 5fm and am constantly donning on sun cream as I have fair skin!
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