Ride groups: Green, yellow, red and blue
Ratings: Technical: 5/10 Hills: 5/10
Distance: 29-41 km
Starting Time: 7h30 for 8h00
Starting from: Valverde Eco Hotel
Ride Description: This ride is very similar to that ridden at JMBC’s 25th Birthday except for the Green group route. The Green route is longer than a typical moderate ride, however, because there is quite a lot of tar, it is considered reasonable.
All the groups start out heading South and soon go off the tar onto gravel road, jeep track and single track. Green and Yellow take the more direct route from Beyers onto the old Pete-Z-area road, while red and blue continue to the N14. Red and Blue skirt past Avianto and then ride some of the single tracks South of Avianto before climbing a long single track uphill back to the Muldersdrift Road and the finally joining the yellow and green routes at the start of a magnificent 3.5km downhill single track all the way to the Cradle Road. Even though this is marked one way for the downhill, beware mad riders attempting to climb against the traffic. A long slow set of rolling hills follows past the Lion and Rhino Park, the old Teak Place all the way back to Beyers on single track all the way. All groups take a shortcut just before Beyers on some challenging single track and then finally, descend Beyers and climb back up to Valverde on a mixture of gravel, single track and tar.
This is a mountain and road bike friendly place – bring money for breakfast or a coffee afterwards.
Visitors welcome at R30 per visitor to JMBC & parking @ R20.
Directions: Directions from Randburg
Take the R512 (Malibongwe Drive) as if going to Hartebeestpoort Dam. Go past the Lion Park 4-ways crossing and over the Krugersdorp Highway. 2km after you drive over the Highway you will see a Total Garage on your left. 500m after the garage, turn left into the tarred road. At the end of this road (6km) you get to a T-junction. Valverde is the property in the corner on the right hand side. Turn right to get to the gate (it’s the second gate on the right)
Directions from the Beyers Naudé off-ramp (N1)
At the off-ramp turn towards Honeydew. Stay on Beyers Naudé (M5) and drive straight for a total of 23km, never turn. You will drive through Honeydew and over the Krugersdorp/Pretoria Highway (N14).
8 km after driving over the Krugersdorp Highway you will see a sign on the right saying Lanseria – don’t take the Lanseria Road, but slow down because Valverde will be the second gate on the right after the Lanseria turn-off.
Directions from Krugersdorp and Pretoria (Krugersdorp Highway R28/N14)
Take the M5 off-ramp (Randburg/Zwartkops) and follow signs to Zwartkops. Stay on this road (M5) and drive straight for 8km. Never turn! After 8 km you will see a sign on the right saying Lanseria, don’t take the Lanseria road, but slow down because Valverde will be the second gate on the right after the Lanseria turn-off.
Directions from Sandton and Fourways
Take the William Nicol off-ramp and turn right to Fourways. In Fourways, take Witkoppen Road to the left then turn immediately right into Cedar Ave and follow signs to Lanseria Airport for 7km. You will get to a T-junction, where you turn left and immediately right again, following the signs to Lanseria and Sun City. After 4km you will cross straight over the R512 (Malibongwe Ext.), carry on with this road for 6km until you get to a T-junction. Valverde is the property in the corner on the right hand side, turn right to get to get to the gate (it’s the second gate on the right).
GPS Coordinates: S 25.954617, E 27.876268. (You can also find Valverde on Google Earth using these co-ordinates)
Contact: Damian Rogans (083 382 4690 – after hours only)