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Paarl Adventure Trails – Laborie Wine Estate

Paarl - Western Cape Boland

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Trails: 86
Total Distance: 95km
eBikes: Yes
Shuttle-friendly: N/A
Cost: Day Pass (Weekdays) Adults - R80.00 | Day Pass (Weekdays) Kids & Pensioners - R50.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Adults - R100.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Kids & Pensioners - R80.00
Security Rating: 4/5
Nearest City/Town: Paarl
Trail type: Country Trail

Trail Park Summary

Country Trail 

More information:

https://paarladventuretrails.co.za/

Trailforks Information:

https://www.trailforks.com/region/paarl-adventure-trails-30284/

Security rating:

4/5

Websites:

https://paarladventuretrails.co.za/

Best suited for: Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders

What we love about it: Laborie is a stately piece of land with immaculate Cape Dutch buildings dating back to 1800. The farm itself is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, established in the late 1600s. It’s nestled against the base of the Paarl Mountain and offers luxury guest rooms, quality dining and wine tasting. The current owners of Laborie are keen mountain bikers, which is what led to the building of trails on their land as well as the establishment of the venue as one the four main trailheads for the Paarl Adventure Trails network. If you’re super fit and strong, you could try and ride the whole network in two days, but it will likely take you longer. That’s why it’s been segmented around the Paarl Mountain so that you can sample a bit of each section in 2-4 hour chunks.

The trails:

The trails at Laborie include:Laborie Twister: 1.2km XCO trail with lots of features
Laborie Drop: 1.8km ‘down-country trail)
Laborie Up: 1.45km climb

There’s not a lot of distance at Laborie but that’s because there’s plenty of distance on the Paarl Adventure Trails network and Laborie is one of the trailheads. What you do get though is a steady climb up the side of Paarl Mountain and a ridiculously stimulating descent back down! There’s a new 2.5km XCO trail being built currently, which will be launched at the end of February 2022. These trails aren’t ideal for beginners (there are other trails around Paarl for beginners), but perfect for confident, strong riders.

 As with the rest of the Paarl Adventure Trails network, the singletrack at Laborie has been very well built so that you always feel a good level of control, even at speed. The climbing is generally done gradually with switchbacks that are thoughtfully designed, while the twisty, bermed descents are super fun and just reward.

Additional Trail Facts

Signage

The signage is good, but was due to be updated in January 2022 with new signage.

Grading

The trails aren’t specifically graded, but are predominantly blue and black trails according to Trailforks. We agree.

Off The Bike

The estate is very secure and has a couple of restaurants, a coffee shop, the Paarl Brewery, a bar and, on weekends, a food market. It’s a culinary delight.

Summary

The front of the Laborie indicates that you’re arriving somewhere fancy to taste wine, but once you’ve pedalled through the vineyard, an incredible ascent and descent of the slop of Paarl Mountain await you. An eBike is ideal to do some repeats or you can enjoy one of the upcoming shuttle days to get the most out of that sweet descending trail…

Cost

Day Pass (Weekdays) Adults – R80.00 | Day Pass (Weekdays) Kids & Pensioners –
R50.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Adults – R100.00 | Day Pass (Weekends) Kids & Pensioners – R80.00

 

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Trail Reviews
Charles
15 June 2022
Excellent trail
M D
25 April 2022
Best in the West
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Gavin Duxbury
11 February 2022
Great destination to park and enjoy post ride meals and drinks. Laborie down is a fun and fast skill test. Up gives a nice option to just climbing Jan Phillips to get onto the mountain. Beware up can be steep though.
Franco Immelman
08 February 2022
The trail has so much potential for a fun-filled downhill with awesome gap jumps and table tops. There are quick uphill sections in the downhill trail which is super frustrating. Beside from that the trail is neat and enjoyable
Altus Rossouw
08 February 2022
Super fun trail, super flowy with amazing berms. Has some hidden jumps if you get creative. I live right next to it and ride it almost everyday. My favourite trail in Paarl. Super well done to Paarl adventure trails for creating it. Love it!
Rudi Koen
04 February 2022
One of the best trails in the Western Cape, smooth, fast and fun
Sean Badenhorst
14 January 2022
The trailbuilders have outdone themselves in creating superb climbing and descending trails that I can't wait to go back and ride!
Corbin Mann
12 January 2022
Looooove this trail from top to bottom! Great job by Paarl Adventure Trails, Duan and the team.
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