There are so many good dirt roads around Uniondale, which create wonderful opportunities for mountain and offroad biking. Bring your own mountain bike - or ask the hosts at your guesthouse whether you can use theirs!
With more than 300km of dirt roads and trails in the area, stunning mountains, scenery and wide open spaces– you are spoiled for choice for mountain and offroad biking;
For those who want to have a quick spin around the town in Uniondale, our pdf maps out a route or two for you to explore and enjoy. Bring your own bike - or ask the hosts at your guesthouse whether you can use theirs. Most guest houses will pack you a lunch for day trips.
Haarlem is also a lovely town to cycle, and Afsaal Guest House offers drop-offs to some of the higher points if you are only feeling half-energetic.
The area is a favourite training ground for local and international professional cyclists, so for the fitter – and very fit – it’s paradise.
2001 Masters MTB World Champion Geoff Vorpagel lives in the area, and has shared with us his insight on a few of the routes he likes to ride. These are listed below.
Via Wagon trail – 80km (one way) – high fitness high skill. This is the beginning part of the annual Karoo to Coast MTB challenge. Through the Poort, via Avontuur. Part way is on tar –which needs high fitness, low skill.
High skill, high fitness required for the 12km one way to Avontuur. The climb out of Lyonville to the saddle is brutal. The road surface is loose and steep; Geoff feels that the grader that fixes it up for the Karoo2Coast...
Along the R339, turn right at the R341 at turn left into Toorwaterpoort road. Follow the circular road and back onto the R341, or ride until you meet the N9. The dirt section goes through 3 distinct biomes.
High fitness medium skill required – a very pleasant route; go as far as you like and turn around. Do not underestimate this road however far you go. Take a lot of water in summer and leave early in the morning.
From Uniondale, through the Poort to the top of the climb and then left onto the dirt road clearly signposted “De Hoop”, with a Mountain Pastures sign. If you follow it to the top of the descent (you will not be confused when...