Event Information

The new kid on the mountain biking block with all the makings of a true classic. Experience staggering views while enjoying the best of the West Coast wine route.

The 80km Route

The spectacular 80km route (1300 m of elevation) is a ride of 2 worlds. The trail starts at Spruitdrift Winery, 5km outside the town of Vredendal. The first half will be on the escarpment of Bergkraal on some splendid new trails through wheat fields, beautiful rock formations, fynbos and scenic arid landscapes. On this section of the trail riders may be rewarded with a range of wildlife sightings. After a fast and exhilarating descend into Trawal wine cellar, riders will enjoy a wonderful waterpoint WITHIN Trawal wine cellar. This is also spectator point 1. Here supporters can enjoy a lovely wine tasting. (Those riders not in a rush are welcome to do the same.)

Directly after Trawal cellar, the backside of Remhoogte hill awaits, which is the easier approach to this climb. This is the main climb of the day. Hereafter the second halve of the route will descend into the Olifants River valley for a second refreshment station at the beautiful Idma@Kapel venue (spectator point 2). At Idma@Kapel, spectators can enjoy a lovely meal and refreshments.

From here on riders will have a comfortable ride on the banks of the Olifants before taking on the pinnacle of the route, up Skaapkop hill, roughly 10 km’s from the end. Riders will enjoy some breath-taking views of the valley underneath. Be sure to pack a cell phone, this is selfie heaven! The descend down Skaapkop is sure to get your heartbeat rushing.

The 3rd spectator point is at Teubes Family Wines, roughly 2 km’s from the end. Yes, only 2 km’s from the end, because there’s a very special surprise awaiting riders which simply had to be included. Riders will finish by RIDING THROUGH Spruitdrift WINE CELLAR, part of the largest singular wine cellar in SA, Namaqua Wines.  Riders finish at Die Keldery restaurant.

This is an untimed, non-technical route, but a moderate level of fitness and experience is advised. This event was carefully planned to maximise rider AND supporter experience. Supporters can spend comfortable time at each of the spectator points and still meet riders when finishing. Spectator points are easily accessible.

The 55km Route

The 55km option follows the same route as the 80km trail for the first 20kms after which it takes a shortcut and links up with the last 30 km of the 80km trail.  This means riders will still enjoy majestic scenes from atop the Bergkraal plateau, which includes stunning new scenery added to the 2022 event before descending into the Olifants River Valley.  The 55km route will cut out the famous Remhoogte climb and, sadly, the gees and wine tasting at Klawer wine cellar reserved for 80km riders.  However, the 55km trail offers the majestic reward previously only enjoyed by the 80km riders in the form of the best 10km descent on offer.  In terms of difficulty, the 55km route is a welcome addition to riders looking for more than a 30km social ride, but not as strenuous as the flagship 80km trail.  It sports 880 meters of climbing.  Although not regarded as a technical trail, a moderate level of skill and fitness is required. 

The Short Route

The Vines and Views SHORT route will start at the beautiful Idma@Kapel venue, halfway between the towns of Klawer and Vredendal. This will lead to a major improvement in rider experience. The short route will start at 09:00 which means riders can still enjoy a lovely breakfast at the starting venue.

The short route will be a fast, untimed, non-technical 30km ride with 450m of climbing. The iconic Skaapkop climb will be included in the short route, meaning riders on the short route will also enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Olifants River valley.

Also included in this ride will be the spectator point at Teubes Family Wines AS WELL as the new finale riding THROUGH the wine cellar at Namaqua Wines. This event is ideally suited for the weekend warrior looking for a fun day with friends.

Riders on the short route will enjoy splendid scenery on the banks of the Olifants River, previously reserved for the long ride only, while traversing the vineyards of Kapel for the first 10 km’s.

Riders might even be rewarded with the morning call of the African Fish Eagle! This event was carefully planned to maximise rider AND supporter experience.

Why should I ride this event?

4 Spectator Points

Each water point will also be a spectator point. Have your family and friends enjoy drinks, a snack or a lovely meal while enjoying the spectacle.

Untimed

There is no pressure on riders. Racing snakes can race it and weekend warriors can enjoy a wine tasting at waterpoints. Whatever fluffs your feathers!

The Route

An enjoyable and flowing route. Careful consideration was given to strike balance between a proper cycling experience without begin a technical bone crusher. Very little sand, if any.

Unique route features

Riders will enjoy a ride through 2 wine cellars. Furthermore, the route will showcase different biomes ranging from fynbos to dense river banks, wheat fields to lush vineyards.

Unique Venues

Each spectator point will have distinctive character. Supporters are encouraged to visit each of these lovely venues.

Brand new route

Some sections of this route has never been cycled before.

By cyclists for cyclists

The route planners are experienced cyclists, and mindful of the need for all types of cyclists.

Beautiful Views

The event coincides with the annual flower spectacle.

E-bikes and gravel* bikes welcome!

*experience in gravel bike riding is strongly advised

Free 10km Route

This short and easy route is open to all

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Spectator Points

Make Vines & Views a getaway with family and friends!

Spectator point 1 - Klawer Wine Cellars

Make Vines & Views a getaway with family and friends!

 

Klawer Wine Cellars’ Trawal premises will serve as Spectator Point 1 and where riders will enjoy a unique water point IN the cellar.

 

Trawal premises is not open to the public, so this will be a once-off oppurtunity to visit the cellar and enjoy Klawer & Villa Esposto wines in this unique setting. Klawer Cellars forms part of the Rooibos Route. To enhance your Rooibos adventure, they offer a Rooibos & wine pairing at their tasting room in Klawer.

 

It also allows you to taste the premium range Villa Esposto. While you sip and savour the paired flavours, the kids can enjoy the Kiddies Pairing: White Grape Juice & Smartie Mellow; Red Grape Juice & Toffee; Red/White Sparkling Grape Juice & Lollipop.

Spectator point 2 - Idma@Kapel

Make Vines & Views a getaway with family and friends!

 

Keep your ears peeled for the call of the African Fish Eagle as you ride on the banks of the Olifants River! Descending into the valley for the second half of the route, riders will enjoy a relaxing flat stretch of approx 15km, while traversing the beautiful vineyards of Kapel. This is also where the Shorter route will start.

 

Idma@Kapel serves as the second Spectator point. Here you can expect a warm welcome from owners, Idi and Marinda Teubes. They have the perfect venue nestled between vineyards on the banks of the Olifants River. Enjoy real ‘platteland’ hospitality & food. They offer their venue for weddings, conferences and any other celebrations.

Spectator point 3 - Teubes Family Wines

Make Vines & Views a getaway with family and friends!

 

The third spectator point is at Teubes Family Wines, roughly 2 km’s from the finish line.

 

Join the Teubes Family on the cellars big stoep for a proper ‘kuier’ enjoying delicious food from their seasonal bistro menu celebrating the day with their very special Karoobossie MCC. Bring the kids as there is loads of space for them to play and special sweet treats.

Spectator point 4 - Die Keldery Restaurant

The grand finale will see riders riding through the wine cellar at Namaqua Wines on their Spruitdrift premises. Celebrate with your family and friends at this 4th spectator point.

Die Keldery Restaurant will serve as the entertainment venue for the finish line. They have hosted numerous adventure sports’ closing ceremonies such as The Namaqua Daisy, Namaqua X and Expedition Africa.

Die Keldery has a big lawn with a jungle gym, jumping castle and sandpit to keep the kids happy while you relax and ejoy their great food & wine. There is also a ‘Master Taster’ experience for the children, with different grape juices and jelly tots paired. The taster is presented with a badge, tasting sheet and certificate. Adults can enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing or biltong and wine pairing.

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