Visitors are very welcome to join. Just make sure to be there around 7:30. Ask one of the club members to introduce you to the ride coordinator Derrick who will assist with the legalities and help you join the right group. Each group is led by a group leader and typically a sweep as well. Bring enough money for the venue entrance fee and extra money for breakfast afterwards.
Acknowledgment of the ride descriptions must go to an article “Thaba Trails” on website http://www.mtbroutes.co.za/thaba-mtb-trails-closest-citytown-mulbartonjohannesburg
Ride Groups: Green, Yellow, Red & Blue
Ratings: Green/Yellow: Technical: 6/10 Hills: 7/10 Distance: up to 25Km. Red/Blue: Technical: 8/10 Hills: 9/10 Distance: 32Km
Starting From: Thaba Trails – Entrance via Southern Brickyard
Ride Description: The tower climb at the start which used to go straight up has been replaced by a whole lot of easier switch backs. The Blue loops are still there for the technical nuts. The main Green loop is much longer.
Yellow: NON Technical – suitable for beginners and those who are “Not So Fit”
Green: An anti-clockwise 15 km trail which has no technical challenge for the experienced riders. There is mainly single track with some Jeep track. A GOOD training ride for those training for marathons…but there are 300 meters of climbing. Not too steep but steep enough to build strength and endurance…There are escape routes for those who find the trails too challenging for their fitness levels.
Blue: A total distance ridden of 30km if all the blue and green sections are combined. Very Technical – NOT suitable for inexperienced riders. The first encounter with the technical blue sections will be LOOP A. You will enter “Prince” which is an awesome piece of single track. Start mildly through the bush with a challenging downhill followed by a sharp right turn. Some ups and downs twists and turns an 1.2km later you get spat out onto some jeep track only to re-enter KUDU which is a 600 m loop that is a really nice section. Onto the jeep track for about 50 m and you enter the attention grabbing AMON. mostly a challenging downhill but a nice “BITE” as you reach the end of this 1 km loop only to keep climbing gently till you pas Mzuzu and you can turn right into Lawrence which has a character of it’s own. Wending your way along the single track you will go through some 300 year old ruins only to re-join the green trail.
Once again your choice is to repeat the A Loop or turn left onto the start of the B LOOP. This is not as challenging but half way through when you start the climb up ” heartbreak hill ” you will experience the hill challenge. You can choose to ride the original BLUE climb or take the split up ” DION”. Now here is a challenge for you. A solid 10min climb that keeps you honest! At the top you will turn into “Abraham” with it’s trade mark of the two little drop offs! as you exit the bush and turn left you will once again meet up with the green trail.
There are quite a few fatigue distractions..Impala, Springbok, Black Wildebeest, Zebra, many small rodents can be seen….mongoose, Dassies, cane rats, jackell, scivit cats.