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Montagu Trails

Your guide to bicycle trails in Montagu

 

Welcome to Montagu, your gateway to mountain biking bliss in the Western Cape. Nestled on Route 62 in the picturesque Langeberg, our charming town is a treasure trove of outdoor adventures, and we’re here to guide you on a thrilling journey through its rugged trails.

Our passion lies in crafting and maintaining the very trails that weave through this mountain biking haven. From leisurely family-friendly rides to heart-pounding challenges that leave even the most seasoned riders grinning, we’ve got it all. Our routes are carefully graded on a scale of 1 to 5, so whether you’re seeking a scenic pedal through nature’s wonders or a hair-raising ride, we’ve got you covered. 

Picture yourself basking in the glory of Montagu’s natural beauty, the wind in your hair and the freedom of the open trails at your fingertips. As the sun kisses the Karoo landscape, early mornings in summer are the sweet spot to embark on your journey and dive into an adventure that will leave you invigorated and inspired. 

Join us as we carve out unforgettable experiences on two wheels. The thrill of Montagu’s trails call out, and your next great adventure is just a pedal away. 

The Trails

Is this trail for you? Find the right grade for your abilities

Off-road cycling is a hazardous activity carrying some inherent risks. Please consider your skills, abilities and fitness carefully, and always make sure your bike and helmet are safe to use. The single-track routes are graded by colours which are clearly marked and the other routes are graded by difficulty,  1 being easy – 5 being difficult.

Follow all signage, cycle safely, enjoy yourself and come back soon.

Singletrack - Orange Trail

Accessibility

This trail starts from the Park & Ride location behind the Montagu High School. Enter the route between the houses and follow the Orange arrows until you return to the start. This is a nice easy route and perfect for a quick trail run, walk or boomerang Mountain Bike event.

Singletrack - Green Trail

Accessibility

This trail starts from the Park & Ride location behind the Montagu High School. Enter the route between the houses and follow the Green arrows until you return to the start. This is a nice easy route and perfect for a quick trail run, walk or boomerang Mountain Bike event.

Singletrack - Blue Trail

Accessibility

Our singletrack is located behind the hospital on the mountain side of Montagu South. There is a park and ride behind the Montagu High School and blue arrows indicate the way. Wanting more distance? Start from your accommodation in town, going up Church Street and turn right into Hospital Street. Enter the Sugargum forest and enjoy the beauty of this area while exploring Little Red Riding Hood and M+K trails. Exit the forest on a flowery downhill and be cautious before you cross the bridge. Follow the Blue arrows over the beautiful vast Karoo landscape. A pump track awaits before you exit the trails. Pump track, not your thing? There is an easier exit should you choose.

Singletrack - Black Trail

Accessibility

Our black route is an extension of the blue route singletrack, adding an additional 1.85km to the loop. Follow the Black arrows over the beautiful vast Karoo landscape. 

Ashton Klaasvoodgs

Accessibility

A gentle touring route for a family from a young teen onwards, with a few climbs that are rideable for the moderately fit ride. There is much to see on this route from 90-year-old vineyards to honey tasting, a cactus nursery, geranium and lavender cordial tasting, olive tasting as well as good mountain air. 

Rietvlei No 1, Talana Loop

Accessibility

Head out to Barrydale on the R62. Just out of town, there are two small rises which can be taken in one’s stride or push it a bit to get the heart pumping. Turn left at 9km or 12km, both have a sign indicating “Rietvlei No1”. From the turn off enjoy a quiet, peaceful ride back to town on good gravel roads and the old Barrydale road.

Talana Loop (including Leeurivier)

Accessibility

This is a flat and fast route ideal for families or riders wanting to do a time trial. There are a few rollers once you reach the turn-off to the Poortjieskloof Dam, six of them in fact if you want to count them before you reach the R62. There is a nice rest period for around 6 kilometres before turning back onto the dirt through Rietvlei No 1, and back onto the short section of tar on the narrow old section of the old Barrydale Road and onto the Talana Road back to town.

Joubert’s Pass Loop

Accessibility

A challenging route of about 42km for the average rider with a long climb from town to the summit of the Jeep Track. Please close the gate once you are through. A stop at the summit is a must to take in one of my favourite views of the Langeberg. 

Caution is required on the descent as the drop-down has about ten water runoff humps. Once you are through the nursery it is a fast drop down back home.

Ouberg Pass

Accessibility

This is the ride for the hard-core rider wanting to get in that much-required hill training. It is a good idea to use a Camelbak for this one. The return trip is fast and caution is required on the descent down the Ouberg Pass with sharp corners and plenty of washboard surface. 

Distance is around 52 kilometers depending on your route back to town. It contains 38 bends, corners and curves within its 7,8 km length, with an altitude variance of 497m, producing an average gradient of under 1:16.

Ouberg Pass Up (from Joubert Pass)

Accessibility

This is the ride for the hard-core rider wanting to get in that much-required hill training. This route is an extension from the Joubert pass turn off. Distance up and down is 14km in total.

Pietersfontein Dam Loop

Accessibility

A ride suited for both the average rider and the hard-core racing snake. Flat for the most part. When you reach the T-junction, turn left if you want the short option. Turn right to continue towards the Dam Route, half a kilometre further, turn left and follow the road to the dam. There is a compulsory portage as you climb the steps on the right or left-hand side of the Pietersfontein Dam without your bike as it is all about the view and taking in the beauty of Langeberg. Count the steps. Depending on whether you go out to the dam and which return route you use, you can stretch this ride to a good 53-kilometre training ride.

Pietersfontein & Patatsfontein Loop

Accessibility

This route is an extension of the Pietersfontein Dam Route.

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