The 2020 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience (Guided MTB ride) is taking place on the 20th to the 22nd of November. Mountain bikers are encouraged to bring their families along for the adventure. The De Hoop Collection offers not only amazing food, and luxury accommodation (not included with 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 2020 (Guided MTB ride) are limited, secure your spot for the ultimate experience...
• Two dinners; 2 x lunches; 2 x breakfasts served at the Fig Tree restaurant at De Hoop Collection, and complimented by a bottle of Lomond wine.
• Goodie bag with nutrition supplies from Enduren and snacks
• One complimentary massage by EPT recovery
• Bike wash after each ride.
• Accommodation not included - Contact Nicola
Excludes the Cape Nature entrance fee (payable at the gate) and a Ciovita rider jersey (optional extra) for those who want to look the part.
De Hoop accommodation from R375 per person per night sharing – minimum 2 night stay in an Equipped Cottage that sleeps 4 or De Hoop village that sleeps 6. Ts & Cs apply
Special Offer a 10% discount for bookings booked and paid for before end September 2020.
Check out is at 10h00 on Sunday so why not stay and extra night on Sunday at the super special rate to ensure you can shower after the race on Sunday – otherwise showers will be available at an ablution area.
Accommodation bookings VIA EMAIL ONLY to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Small groups of 10 riders will depart every 15 minutes apart - faster riders earlier and slow riders later.
Your names will be added to starting lists at reception when you book in for the weekend. The ride is limited to 50 entries in total.
Each group will be accompanied by a professional guide. They include a well-known UCI qualified coach, bike mechanical engineer and skilled mountain bike riders.
Guides have the mechanical knowledge to assist, but riders should ensure that they have a serviced bike with enough tire sealant in and necessary spares. White Stone Cycles will be at De Hoop with limited bike spares if needed to assist riders.
GPS downloads will be available and the routes will be marked for convenience.
A medical support crew will be assisting.
“All in all, it’s basically a self-supported ride,” said Jacobs.
“There are no waterpoints, so riders are responsible for their own water and supplies, but we are offering a small goody bag with nutrition supplies to each entrant.”
The terrain offers a combination of jeep and single tracks.
Limestone and protected vegetation areas is what makes it challenging.
The weekend starts with a 19km Sunset Scramble fun ride on the Friday, which will loosen the legs and shake off any cobwebs ahead of the first stage.
The next day presents a 55km Flat Out on The Rock ride.
The 55km includes a new track to the north of the Vlei, build by the legendary team of Cape Trails which goes all the way up to Buchu Bush Camp, and is known as the Flatrock single track.
Riders can take in panoramic views of the entire Vlei, unparalleled and unspoilt sunrises over the Potberg area and open flood plains that stretch as far as the eye can see towards Arniston and Struisbaai.
The route will take riders through local farm land. Following some interesting cattle tracks and trails, riders will climb back over Denice The Menace, which is the most technical and steep climb of the day.
The plentiful local wildlife and bird species make the best recipe for resuscitating any tired legs.
A shorter option on the same day will be the 32km De Mond-Melkkamer Dash, which is a good alternative for relaxed, non-technical riders.
A lunch and bottle of Lomond Wine is also included in the entry.
The weekend ends on a highlight with a 62km Trails to Whales ride. Starting at De Hoop, riders will be heading out to Potberg side, and climbing back to De Hoop with the iconic Vaalkraens ascent. This is the signature and main Strava climb for the day.
On this final day riders are taken into the eastern half of the reserve where whale watching opportunities reign supreme.