Start and finish at Old Potter’s Inn, Greyton – Stage 1: distance 59km & elevation 1150m
The longest but perhaps easiest stage to get you warmed up and into the mood. Roadies will have to secure a proper lead here as things get more technical as the weekend progresses!
A start onto fast rolling farm roads leads you into a bit of adventure along the Wreck Route, which will demand a bit of concentration as you traverse the hillside. From here, you can make up time again as you head to WP 1 along rolling hills and farm roads, before you fill up and fuel up for the delicious beast of the day – the increasingly famous UFO climb. The fame is as much for the great 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. This single track is a mountain biker’s dream, and will leave wanting more!
After this there is chance to tuck in again and make up some time along the Riverside Speedway, before and after WP2, before the final singles crossing the old bridge and skirting in front of Genadendal. A final climb up from Boschmanskloof drops you via swooping single track into the race finish at the Old Potters Inn, where your fans, mates and a well-earned craft beer awaits you, sharing war stories galore!
Start and finish at The Oaks Estate, 10km outside Greyton – Stage 2: distance 60km & elevation 1145m
This more punchy route follows the spine of the old Greyton Classic route but cuts a bit of boring distance to give you a killer compact day of fun – another day of real mountain biking awaits!
A bunch splitting climb up and over into Happy Valley sends you onto an open section before the fun starts. First the Koggelmander Spoor will help you check that you can still ride a singletrack real fast, then Oewerzicht trails provide even more fun as you climb to the top of the hills and enjoy the fantastic view across the valley towards the Sonderend Mountain Range. Then follows a fast farm road descent and a quick connection along district road to WP1 at the river crossing, where you need to fill up for climb to come.
After WP1, enjoy the speed through a bit of flat Greyton village bush track, then tuck in and make up time again before hitting to the Blue Hippo Climb up through the fynbos and up the foothills of the majestic mountain, feeling it’s aura as you head to the top of the climb after the dam, before flying down to the tepee village through fern-lined single track that will make you think you are in tropical Africa.
Another connection along the district road brings you to the Hemelsbreed and Oaks singles – saving the best for last so leave something in the legs if you need to accelerate past the Ngunis. The Nguni trail was made by the cattle and trimmed by us for a fun-filled climb towards the last uphill jeeptrack of the day, bringing you to the top of the koppie with a breathtaking view of the finish, before the last run past the Nguni fynbos camp and through the Casy is one continuous 200m vertical descent.
Your drinks and lunch on the lawns of The Oaks are well deserved!
Start and finish at The Old Potter’s Inn, Greyton – Stage 3: distance 41km & elevation 850m
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. Get this one in the bag and enjoy the views down the valley as you follow the jeep track down, then blast through the singles down the valley, then prepare yourself to tackle the Bakenskop Cobra switchback climb. Pause at the top, take a quick pic of the breathtaking views, then enjoy single track and jeep track down all the way to valley floor, and some more single track, 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 treat of the weekend down Luislang as you fly into the finish at Old Potter’s Inn.
Your medal, mates and family await you here as dive into a skuimkop and enquire about the date for the 2018 Greyt Escape! 😃