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Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club

Durbanville - Western Cape

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Trails: lots
Total Distance: 201Km
eBikes: Yes
Shuttle-friendly: No
Cost: A day pass is R60 at most individual trails venues. Tygerberg MTB Club membership boards permit access to all trails.
Security Rating: 4/5

Trail Park Summary

Wilderness Trail | Gravity Trail | Country Trail | Bike Park

More information:

https://www.tygerbergmtb.co.za/

Trailforks Information:

https://www.trailforks.com/region/tygerberg-mtbc-trail-network/

Security rating:

4/5

Websites:

https://www.tygerbergmtb.co.za

The Tygerberg Mountain Bike Trail, located in Durbanville, Western Cape, is one of the best mountain bike trails to experience in SA.

Best suited for:

Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced riders.

What we love about it:

Wow! So much choice. Having been mountain biking since the early 1990s, when mountain biking was grouped with skateboarding as a very fringe activity, our ultimate dream was to have kilometres and kilometres of mountain bike-specific singletrack to ride every day. And that is precisely what you get at the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Trail.

Durbanville mountain bikers are probably unaware of how lucky they are. Especially those who have started riding in the past five years. It’s a privilege to ride from home and have access to over 150km of marked trails, mostly purpose-built singletrack across private land belonging to 30 landowners. Add to that, the tracks cater to every level of rider, from novice to accomplished Enduro/DH riders.

The Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club manages the network. They have over 7000 members and are probably the most prominent mountain bike club globally. The club is managed by a committee of volunteers responsible for building and maintaining the trails within the network. Membership fees and sponsors fund the club. Because the club makes a profit, it re-invests in various social initiatives to support the local community. It also helps fund the Western Cape XCO and Enduro Series.
With over 7000 members, the club has secured a Discount Partners reward system with local businesses, offering discounts to members for cycling and non-cycling.

 

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Additional Trail Facts

Signage

The signage is generally very good. Not all of the signage is the same though as some landowners only permit smaller directional arrows. The official Tygerberg MTB Trails signage is very distinct, with a wooden ‘horseshoe’ denoting the start of each trail, with its name at the top.

Grading

“The trails team uses the IMBA grading system as a guideline and signage is allocated accordingly. You can also find the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club trails on Trailforks https://www.trailforks.com/region/tygerberg-mtbc-trail-network/ where they are rated mostly Green and Blue, with a few Black.

Trails

Bloemendal and Hillcrest – Total distance: 27.5km; Total elevation gain: 878m; Total elevation loss: 1176m

Contermanskloof – Total distance: 36km; Total elevation gain: 720m; Total elevation loss: 1124m

Fair Cape – Total distance: 13.4km; Total elevation gain: 286m; Total elevation loss: 248m

Hoogekraal and Welvergenoegd – Total distance: 23.9km; Total elevation gain: 681m; Total elevation loss: 768m

Klipheuwel – Total distance: 13.3km; Total elevation gain: 215m; Total elevation loss: 215m

Majik Forest – Total distance: 11.6km; Total elevation gain: 310m; Total elevation loss: 307m

Meerendal – Total distance: 20.1km; Total elevation gain: 405m; Total elevation loss: 440m

Corridors – There are corridors to link the various trails. These are only for members and require an access code.

There is more very detailed trail information here: https://www.tygerbergmtb.co.za/trails/#traildistances

Off the bike

Well, you’re basically in a highly productive wine-producing region and most of the wine farms in the Durbanville region have superb restaurants. Cape Town is a 20-minute drive away so all the usual Cape Town activities are within a short hop by car.

Summary

It’s unlikely you will ever tire of riding this incredibly varied mountain bike trails network. There is heaps of gradient to ensure you are challenged on the many climbs, but the descents are so well thought out and provide ample reward for the ‘gravity tax’ paid. The scenery is simply superb, with the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek mountains to the east and Table Mountain and Cape Town to the southwest.

Cost

The full trails network is only open to paid-up members that display the current year membership board. Day visitors are able to buy a temporary trails access permit for R60 at each of the trail heads. To find out about the various membership packages, click here. https://www.tygerbergmtb.co.za/shop/

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Trail Reviews
Alan Ditcham
17 March 2022
great network of farms and trails all linked togeteher with trails for all types and levels , and a few beer houses and coffee shops inbetween .
Mariana Marx
15 March 2022
Amazing single track with the Tygerberg network connecting so many rides. Meerendal and Contermanskloof are my favourites.
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Sean Faria
14 February 2022
I’ve been riding these trails for 10 years and they have such a wide variety, they are simply incredible
Ricus Groenewald
07 February 2022
Tygerberg trails are the best maintained in RSA
Theo Alkema
04 February 2022
Brilliantly kept trails.
Karl van Niekerk
04 February 2022
My local trails have it all. From beginner-friendly loops to long single tracks, to steep climbs and fast and loose descents, to skills parks with some constantly improving flow, tech, and jump lines. There is no shortage of rideable trails on farms with some of the most spectacular views of the entire Cape metro. Views for days from the West Coast to Cape Point to False Bay and across to Jonkershoek and Paarl vicinity. Most farms also have coffee shops and some even have showers, with secure and safe parking and some even have things to do for the non-riding family members.
Mitchell Davies
04 February 2022
The Tygerberg MTB network is my home turf. It's where I go to ride during the week and on weekends, and it has something to offer for everyone. The trails are well maintained, well signed, and built really well - especially Contermanskloof and Hoogekraal.
Ricus Groenewald
04 February 2022
Tygerberg trails are the best maintained in RSA
Malcolm Isaacs
04 February 2022
Trails for every level of Rider beginner to expert. Fast flowing single track or green for the family, black diamond or double diamond if you want to go slow and technical but nothing stops you from going fast either. Warm showers on those wet muddy or cold days and post ride beverages in the form of Craft Beer or The best Coffee in the north.
Michael Rhategan
04 February 2022
So many riding options with the ability to link multiple trails into a longer options.
Stuart Strang
04 February 2022
Tygerberg Mtb club is doing an amazing job in giving us awesome trails. So many options to choose from.
Bernhard Teuteberg
03 February 2022
Great trails, and nice variety between the different farms. Much better if you are a member and combine various trails in one ride
Francois Harris
03 February 2022
Fantastic downhill sections and a lot of super cool climbs to get elevation and time in the seat
Sean Faria
26 November 2021
Ive been using these trails at least weekly for 9 years now and still love every moment i spend out there, as a member you can use the links between various trails which creates variation , its by far the most professional club I know of, and has a wide variation of trails, difficulty, types, elevation and distance.
Team Tread
30 June 2020

Durbanville mountain bikers, especially those that have started riding in the past five years, are probably not aware just how lucky they are. To be able to ride from home and have access to over 150km of trails, mostly purpose-build singletrack, across private land belonging to 30 landowners, is truly a massive privilege. Add to that the fact that the trails range in catering for every level of rider, from novice to accomplished Enduro/DH riders.

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