If you’re in the Joburg area looking for a MTB Route close to home, Braamfontein Spruit should be the name that pops to mind.
This 60km + endurance ride runs from Melville Koppies in the South all the way down to Paulshof in the North and is also one of Joburg’s most prominent greenbelts, with The Spruit effectively being a path that runs alongside the Jukskei river.
Virtually single track all the way, the route predominantly follows the water course with minimal technical sections en route making this an ideal ride for beginner to intermediate riders, but with sufficient options and variety to be entertaining and challenging for the more advanced cyclists too.
There are various starting points that one can access this route along from Emmarentia Dam to Delta Park to Albert’s Farm with picnic spots along majority of the route which is also used by runners and aquatic athletes.
Users of the Braamfontein Spruit Route are advised never to ride the route alone for security reasons.
Activize Apparel offer different cycling related services under one roof.
They cater for road riders and mountain bikers and stock brands such as Rudy Project, Sidi, Scicon and High 5.
Their locally produced casual wear line, Joe Blikzem, caters for men and women of all ages. They also boast an in-house massage therapist, custom cycling kits and ErgoFit bike set-ups.
The shop offers a juice and coffee bar on a patio overlooking a pool and garden.
Office hours are from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays and every other Saturday. Alternatively, visit their online store.
Situated perfectly between Centurion and Johannesburg, Northern Farm is a mountain bikers dream location, with varying terrain suitable for all fitness levels and for the whole family based in a safe environment.
The MTB Routes have been established on an actual working farm that spans more than 2500 hectares, with animals and farm vehicles having the right of way.
Cyclists have four main routes to choose from here, the 12km Green Route which is classified as relatively easy over farm roads, the 22km Blue Route which has a nice mix of farm roads, single track and easy obstacles for the beginner rider, the 34km Red Route which is suited to the intermediate rider and has a mix of single track and obstacles and the 62km Black Route which has a few technical sections and obstacles laden on single track, suitable for the intermediate rider.
The kiddies also have their own 8km Pink Route which is set on farm roads with all routes clearly marked.
On completion of your ride, you can take advantage of the onsite coffee shop while you have your bike washed or try to identify some of the 270 recorded bird species found in the Diepsloot Nature Reserve.
The farm is open on weekends and public holidays from 6:30am to 5:30pm from May to August and 6am to 6pm from September to April.
Cyclists are required to purchase entry tickets on arrival to the farm at R40 per person.
Northern Farm is situated in the Johannesburg area, Gauteng.
It’s a mountain biker’s dream with a large variety of terrains for beginners to competitive riders.
Cyclists can choose their own routes according to experience.
Distances include 8km, 12km, 34km, and 52km.
There is also a coffee shop and a bike wash at the venue. The Diepsloot Development project runs the bike wash.
Entrance is charged per person.
The farm is open on weekends and public holidays from 6.30am until 5.30pm (May 1 to August 31) and from 6am until 6pm (September 1 to April 30).
The Big Red Barn situated minutes from Centurion is a mountain biker’s haven with a variety of trails with varying lengths to choose from.
There is 27km “Blast off” trail for the more experienced riders, a 16km “Easy Rider” trail suitable for beginners, 12km fast free flowing trail and even a 4.2km suitable for children under adult supervision.
Other family activities available at the Red Barn include Acrobranch and trail runs with a restaurant and picnic spots available on site.
Tickets for adults are R45pp and R25 for kids under the age of 12. There are also MTB guides available for hire.
Tool up Cycles’ passion is proper bikes, and keeping them running like new.
They offer the following services: bike maintenance, wheel building, custom bike builds.
Trading hours: Mon to Fri – 9 to 5:30; Sat and Public Holidays – 9:30 to 1
Centurion Cyclery opened it’s doors in September 2015 and is a Specialised Concept Store, aiming at providing the local community with the best service and shopping experience amongst other things.
The new Concept Store boasts extensive road, MTB and Specialised ladies specific sections as well as a coffee shop and a workshop.
As with all Specialised Concept Stores; Centurion Cyclery offers a separate Body Geometry Fit Studio, where riders can be set-up correctly on their bikes away from the bustle of the shop floor.
Located at Shop 4d in the Centurion Lifestyle Centre, the store is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm, Saturdays from 8:30am to 3pm and on selected Public Holidays from 9am to 2pm.
The MTB track found at Bass Lake Adventures is set in the seventy five hectare estate, on the 4×4 trail.
The 9km track boasts very technical sections, laden with a wide range of obstacles and can be extended by backtracking over certain areas.
The site is demarcated with information pointer boards with maps available at the Outdoor shop.
Visitors to Bass Lake Adventures can also look forward to the coffe shop on premises, try their hand at some of the other adventure activities on offer including archery and scuba diving, or take advantage at their accomodation offers.
Previously a horse farm, Hakahana Trails consist of huge paddocks, rivers and bushveld traversing almost 50 separate properties 14km’s west of Pretoria.
The route network consists of five main trails, designed as individual loops of varying degrees of difficulty and distance with a mix of dual track, game path, district roads and hand built single track.
The 19km Blue Route has an elevation of 300m and is for the intermediate rider, the 4.5km Green Route has an elevation of 80m made up of mostly single track, the 8km Black Route has a 270m elevation and is known as a tough trail making it more suitable for the advanced rider. The 21km Red Route has a total elevation of 480m taking riders over and up the mountain and the 5.5km Purple Route rises to 130m and is a dedicated XCO track which is suitable for the advanced or expert rider.
Hakahana Trails also caters for children with a 1.1km Yellow Route which is suitable for children or beginners.
Refreshments and post ride eats are also available at the venue.
The trails are only open on Saturday and Sundays from 6am to 12pm in Summer (Sep – April) and 7am to 1pm in Winter (May – Aug) with single entries available at R40 and multiple entries (10) at R300.
Epic Sports is a professional bike fitment centre situated in the Jeanlen Centre in Centurion.
They have a professional workshop catering for everything from fine tuning to major servicing of all bike and fork brands. Advanced bike setup is also available
The Vlei Park MTB Trail is situated in Rietvlei and boasts an array of trails suitable to all levels of riding expertise.
You will find colour coded trails from the 4km Yellow trail for beginners, an 11km circular Jeep/Single/Forest track all amalgamated for the more intermediate riders and lastly, the blue and black trails which are for the more advanced riders.
The venue also has a day picnic facility and caters for various functions from birthdays to team-buildings.
A single ride entry is R25, Multi entry (10) is R150 and Annual Loyalty Membership is R960.
B’sorah MTB Trails is spread out on one thousand six hundred hectares of game and cattle farm, situated between Hartbeespoortdam and Krugersdorp, an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The 22km route is made up of challenging climbs and downhill strips, jeep tracks and some technical aspects with turn-offs for shorter distances along the way. Cyclists can also purchase their own route map and create or extend your own route.
Other attractions to B’sorah Trails also include a variety of running and hiking trails, picnic areas and various accommodation offers on site.
Entry is R25 per person per day.
Based just 15 minutes from Moreletapark in Pretoria you’ll find X-trails.
This venue offers 15km of trails with scenic track along a river. You can also look forward to some rocky climbs, fast flat sections and sweeping turns.
Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders at only R20 per person, bookings are essential!
Van Gaalen, also known as Skeerpoort MTB Trails, is located in the Magalies mountain range, close to Hartebeespoort.
They offer distances up to 120km with a grading of moderate to extreme.
The trails are perfect to prepare you for any event that you might be training for, and are not for novice riders.
Experience river trails with bridges, technical climbs, ups and downs through dongas and kloofs, steep rocky climbs, flat sections on railway line, and sandy jeep tracks.
Visitors need to buy a R40 day license to ride the trails.
Hatfield Cycles offers a range of cycling brands like Scott, GT, Merida and Pyga.
Their services range from pro-customised products to accessories and clothing, with a pro workshop available to take care of your service requirements.
Operating hours are from Mon to Fri, 9 to 5:30 and Sat, 9 to 2
Hot Spot Cycles stocks all requirements for the modern day cyclist from bikes to car racks and more.
Voted one of the top ten cycling shops in the country by Bicycling Magazine, their premises in Atterbury also boasts a walk in service area and showroom.
Business hours: Mon – Fri, 9 to 6; Sat, 9 to 2
ASG The Store in Olympus Village is a premier luxury cycling destination offering top-quality products to its customers.
It also houses another ASG BikeScience facility that provides a holistic approach to improving cyclists’ performance, health and efficiency.
Cyclists visiting the store also have access to the real-time Ftech Total Look Lab. This studio offers them the opportunity to create and participate in the live design of their cycling apparel using technology to match their shoes, eyewear, helmets and the like into a desired ‘look’.
Just a few minutes outside of Silverlakes is Rosemary Hills Farm.
The venue offers mountain bike riders three trail options, the 6km, 10km and 27km through beautiful rosemary fields, past dams and across streams.
The courses include forests, bridges, ruins, floating bridges across dams and drop-offs.
The latest edition to their venue is the 1km toddler trail which is free for children under the age of 6.
Entrance is R30 per adult and R15 per child.
This venue also has a coffee shop on site and kiddies play.