Last year’s MTB route was a mud bath of note, and I was expecting the same again this year despite the organisers letting us know the route would exclude the worst of the bogs. I was wrong. Someone has been putting a huge amount of effort into building single-track in the Greyton area, and we got to play on some amazing trails.
This is my third Greyton Classic. In my opinion this must rate as the best sporting weekend getaway in the Cape.
The start at The Oaks is always a highlight. It’s a beautiful venue, and there is always a great vibe with plenty going on in the way of food and beverages. Parking at the venue is limited, so we were directed in an efficient manner to park in a paddock about 1km from the venue that had been neatly laid out for the purpose. Registration was quick and simple.
The start was well announced and we were off along the farm roads and through some orchards. Last year’s route included some single-track early in the day which caused a snarl-up as the field had not had a chance to spread out at all; the sections through the orchards and along the dirt road to town remedied this.
The route covered ground closer to Greyton. We passed through the Blue Hippo on the way out and then again higher up on the return leg. There were two beautiful sweeping single-track downhills, each time above a different small dam. There were also two water crossings: one over a narrow stream in a tight deep dip which we portaged, and the other near the end (photo above). The route was varied and fun and perfectly suited to a beginner without being boring in any way.
There were 171 entrants. I got chicked twice.
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