Event Information

A true classic. Experience staggering views while enjoying the best of the Namaqua West Coast.

The 80km Route

Host event for the Western Cape XCM Championship 2024.

 

The spectacular 80km route (1,500 m of elevation) is a ride of 2 worlds. The trail starts at Die Keldery at Spruitdrift Winery, 5km outside the town of Vredendal. The first half of the route will be on the escarpment of Bergkraal on some splendid 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. One of the additions to the 2024 event is the Bergland Gorge, 3km before waterpoint 1, a technical but thrilling drop into a secluded ravine, guaranteed to wake you up if you’re still in a slumber from Friday’s social. Waterpoint 1 at 15km.

 

The 2024 event sees a brand new section on the ridge of the mountain, with a stunning view of the valley underneath and  Maskamberg to the east.  After a fast and exhilarating descent into Trawal wine cellar, riders will enjoy a wonderful waterpoint WITHIN the cellar, at the 34km mark. The 2024 sees a return of a section last traversed in our first edition – a 4km loop through the wheat fields of Rietrylaagte, hugging the iconic Gifberg, whereafter a new 4km “play section” awaits. After this fast section got the adrenaline pumping, the main climb of the day lies ahead – Ben se Hel. 

 

At 42km riders will start their descent into the second halve of the route into the lush Olifants River valley for a 3rd waterpoint on the 53km mark.  The descent into the valley is one of the best on offer!

From here on riders will have a comfortable 10km ride on the banks of the Olifants river and the historic canal system, passing through an enormous greenhouse before taking on the pinnacle of the route, Skaapkop hill, a short but punchy climb roughly 15 km from the end. The 80km trail tests a variety of skills and during this reasonably flat section, riders more adept at time trialling will have a blast. From Skaapkop riders will enjoy some breathtaking views of the valley underneath. Be sure to pack a cell phone, this is selfie heaven (if you’re not in a rush)!  This is also the location for the Lutzville Vineyards KOM/QOM Strava challenge.  A scintillating refreshment station awaits at the end of the descent.

 

The main spectator point is at Teubes Family Wines, roughly 2 km from the end. Spectators will enjoy interaction with riders as they make their way around the porch of the tasting room.  The last 2 km is fast, thrilling and downhill, topping off a magnificent day in the saddle.
The 80km event is advised for experienced and fit riders only. A decent level of skill is required.  70% jeep track; 20% gravel road; 10% single-track. E-Bikes are welcome (although not eligible for prizes), but this trail is not suited for gravel bikes.

The 80km event is a proper MTB challenge with exceptional rewards.  This event was carefully planned to maximise rider AND supporter experience. CSA sanctioned event.  Starting time:  07:30  Minimum age:  19 (male & female)

The 55km Route

Host event for the 2024 Western Cape XCM Championship

The 55km (950m of climbing) option follows the same route as the 80km trail for the first 22km after which it takes a shortcut and links up with the last 33 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 2024 event, before descending into the Olifants River Valley. One of the additions to the 2024 event is the Bergland Gorge, a technical but thrilling drop into a secluded ravine, guaranteed to wake you up if you’re still in a slumber from Friday’s social.

The first half of the route 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. Waterpoint 1 at 15km. The 55km route will cut out the famous Ben se Hel climb and, sadly, the gees and wine tasting at Klawer wine cellar reserved for 80km riders. However, the 55km trail offers majestic rewards previously only enjoyed by the 80km riders, including the best 10km descent on offer. Waterpoint 2 at 30km. In terms of difficulty, the 55km route is a welcome addition to riders looking for more than a 25km social ride, but not as strenuous as the flagship 80km trail. Although not regarded as overly technical, a moderate level of skill and fitness is required. Not for beginners and not suitable for gravel bikes. 70% jeep track, 20% gravel road, 10% singletrack.

For more information on the 55km trail, please see the full route description under the 80km banner. Starting time:  08:15. Minimum age:  15 (male & female)

The 25km Route

Host event for the Western Cape XCM Championship 2024.

 

The new short route has been reduced to 25km in distance with 460m of climbing, with a new starting venue at Die Keldery.  The route follows the same trail as the 55km and 80km events for the first 12km, where it splits off from the long routes shortly before the Bergland Gorge.  Waterpoint 1 at 13km.  The climb towards waterpoint 1 is the only significant challenge on this trail.  This is a fast ride, suitable for more social riders.  Although not overly technical, there are short sections of the trail which are not recommended for beginners. Easy to Moderate rating. This race option does NOT include the Skaapkop climb/Lutzville Strava Challenge, but does include Lutzville Vineyards’ festive waterpoint, on the 20km mark.  Minimum age:  8 (male & female)

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.

Western Cape MTB

The 2023 edition of V&V will form part of the WC XCM Series.

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 wine cellars, an enormous greenhouse and a section of the historic Olifants River canal system. 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 welcome!

E-bikes will not qualify for prizes in the Hill Climb Challenge, though.

Strava competitions

2 Strava segments featuring additional prizes. A race within a race means fun in overdrive!

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Spectator Points

Make Vines & Views a getaway with family and friends!

Spectator point - Klawer Wine Cellars

Make Vines & Views a getaway with family and friends!

Klawer Wine Cellars’ Trawal premises will serve as waterpoint 2 and Spectator Point 1 (on the 75km trail) 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 opportunity 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 - 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.

Start & Finish - Die Keldery Restaurant

All 3 MTB events will start and finish at this exquisite venue.

Die Keldery Restaurant will also serve as the regsitration point and entertainment venue for the prize giving.  


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 enjoy 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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