Starting from Smuts House the ride is an easy jaunt around the Smuts House area – Being this a family ride, emphasis was placed in shorter distances that will (hopefully) encourage stronger riders to take the leap into the next level. Stronger groups (Yellow+) will ride North along the railway line; riding uphill for a stretch at the N1 highway, then east down past Cornwall Hill followed by a climb up along next the R21. The Green group starts out immediately South East climbing up to the R21 to meet the other groups. All groups then do some nice single track down into the Red Barn race route; climbing up to the South end of the circuit and back North through a Red Barn section with a series of whoop-de-doos in and out of a dry river bed with nice berms on the opposite walls. We then wander back to Smuts House on all sorts of single and jeep track.
Visitors are very welcome to join one of the groups as a guest rider. Because it is a public outride, guest riders must pay a reasonable ride fee of R50 to help cover the effort in organising and hosting the ride. Be there from 06:30 for a 07:00 start.
A guest rider is encouraged to let us know ahead of time if joining else arrive at the ride start and ask one of the club members to introduce you to the ride coordinator who will assist with the legalities and help you join the right group.
We typically cater for all skills, fitness, and experience. Each group is led by a group leader and typically a sweep as well. The number and type of ride groups will depend on the number of riders on the day before the ride start. Typical groups is Green which is shortest distance, slowest pace and technically easiest, then Yellow followed by Red and ending in Blue which is longest distance, fastest pace and technically hardest.
Bring enough money for the if you wish to join the post ride eats and drinks, when it is available, which we encourage to socialise and swap ride stories.