THE GREYT ESCAPE
-THE ROUTE-

The Cape's premier winter MTB event is moving to autumn in 2021. Experience more amazing singletrack, Greyton's famous country hospitality and warmer weather from the 9th to the 11th of April, 2021. The event showcases the incredible trails on offer in the Riviersonderend Moutains and provides the perfect excuse for a long weekend away in the picturesque country village. View our 3 day routes below.

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DAY 1 | Middelplaas and UFO Reverse

Distance 70km. Elevation 1265m.

This year we are super excited to launch a brand new route for day 1. We are introducing stunning new single tracks on Jan Viljoen's farm, Middelplaas. Although this day cannot strictly be called the queen stage, prepare yourself for an Epic start to the Greyt Escape.

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The longest but arguably easiest stage gets you warmed up and into the swing of things right from the start. If you’re roadie, be sure to secure a proper lead on Stage 1 as things get more technical as the weekend progresses!

The start spits you out onto fast-rolling farm roads with a gradual climb leading you onto a contour through farmlands with stunning vistas of the Riviersonderend mountains. Look carefully and you might even spot the infamous UFO climb! A fun stretch of undulating hills on farm roads takes you to WP1 from where you can now admire the awaiting UFO climb.

The fame is as much for the 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. After the fun (and most of the work), the route opens up again for some tucking in before our last singles bring you into the back of Greyton and home.

DAY 2 | The Oaks and Greyton's best

Distance 59km. Elevation 1469m.

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 – perfect mountain-biking pleasure!

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After a fast flat start, you’ll turn towards the mountain and into a steep double climb through the Blue Hippo. The next two drops are all through lush fynbos past the dam and through the teepee village; a beautiful section tucked right into the mountains.

The next section is after a quick flat connection that brings you to the Hemelsbreed and Oaks singles – this is the feature of the day but keep something in the tank for the return journey. Up Castle Hill (maybe one day we’ll build a sweet bypass!); down the Oaks Pines; through the Oak Glade up to the top dam and then right up to Point High. From here it is one-way down through the Nguni singles, Piet’s contour and then down the Casey.

The Oaks welcome you with their fantastic hospitality with a feature water and spectator point where you can stop and tell Gert what you think of his trails. Replenish before you head off across the river to visit Kootjie and Isa at Oewerzicht. Kootjie is strong and not afraid of short, sharp kickers so keep something in the legs for the last section of trails from where you can look back at the foothills that you would have played in earlier that day. A flat finish with the Greyton mountains in front of you will give you time to focus on the beer waiting at the finish line! Well, almost flat. First up Real & Simple and down a very nicely tweaked, or deboned, Boneshaker, a sweet sweeping downhill to the village that should put a smile on your face. Enjoy every moment!

Day 3 | Bakenskop battle

Distance 49km. Elevation 1161m.

Short and 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.

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Maermanskloof (maybe called that because the thin guy has the advantage on this climb!) is the first climb of the day. From the saddle you can see your challenge across the valley. First head down the latest addition to Greyton’s network – Real and Simple, and the Old Potter’s trail. Some really special hand-crafted trails that will hopefully lure you back to Greyton for more! It’s then across the valley through the Forest trails before you hit the Bakenskop switchback climb.

Pause at the top, take a quick pic of the breathtaking views, then a forever downhill, 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 double treat of the weekend down Luislang and R.I.P. Some fun, twisty singles that take you home, fast.