Thaba Trails, a popular mountain bike trails venue in the south of Johannesburg was relaunched on Saturday 16 July
The updated venue will now offer a wider range of trails that will appeal to all levels of rider, from beginner to experienced, male and female. First opened four years ago, Thaba Trails became known for it’s tough riding routes, but they proved a little too tough for many. Towards the end of 2015, Wendell Bole, founder of the trail park, decided to begin making the trails easier, with longer distances for those training for marathons and stage races, the most popular disciplines among mountain bikers. Distance has been added to the Green Trail and some of the difficult sections on the Blue Trail are now less formidable. There are still tricky sections for more advanced riders, but the majority of the trails will now be ideal for most mountain bikers, regardless of their skill level. The Green Route has been extended from 17km to 23km, with just over 300m of vertical ascent. None of the climbs are excessively long, or steep, making it a rewarding loop for those looking for a ride that offers a reasonable challenge with sufficient reward.
Thaba Trails is located on a security-fenced and patrolled private game farm and riders generally get to see wildebeest, zebra, blesbok and springbok on most rides. The rolling hills and bushveld vegetation belie the close proximity to Africa’s biggest city, which, as the crow flies, is just eight kilometres away. The official relaunch takes place on Saturday 16 July with free entry to all mountain bikers on the day. There will be a festival-style atmosphere with many bike industry brands offering demo rides on various models or sampling of products. The location is 101 Kliprivier Drive, Mulbarton, Johannesburg. The relaunch is also a precursor to the Dave Esterhuyse Memorial 6-Hour event, which will take place at Thaba Trails on 6 August 2016.
Visit the Thaba Trails website for more info.