Trail Daze | Delvera - The Original Trail Park

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Thunder and lightning, with the occasional break in clouds and ultimately buckets of rain was the order of the day as we visited the original South African mountain bike trail park, the Dirtopia HQ at Delvera.

Established way back in 2004 already, the Dirtopia Trail Centre has undergone plenty of upgrades over the years, and hosted countless cycling events ranging from Cross Country to Dual Slalom to Enduro. Currently offering a complete bicycle shop, full service centre, fully licensed restaurant as well as accommodation, it checks all the boxes for an MTB destination. But none of that would matter without great trails, and the countless hours of labour put in by Meurant and his team. Trails that feature rewarding singletrack and, if you make your way up to the top of the 18km black route, some spectacular views from Paarl to False Bay and all the way across the Cape Peninsula. Other trail options at Delvera include shorter, less technical sections with more mild climbs to cater for those less experienced riders, but for those wanting more, a quick pedal across the R44 gives you access to an extended ride at Muratie and Uitkyk - all forming part of the greater Simonsberg concervancy trail network.

 

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Leaving the trail centre, the trail ascends gradually along gravel roads through vineyards until you eventually reach singletrack. The rocky climb along the singletrack gains elevation quickly without being to strenuous thanks to a series of (very tight) switchbacks and traversing trail, snaking its way to the top.

 

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A brief break in the thick layer of storm clouds lit our way as we reached the top of the black route, exposing spectacular views all the way from Paarl to False Bay. Simonsberg dominating the skyline towards the right.

 

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Darkness. Alarm. Irritation. Snooze. Alarm. Confusion. Get up. Denial. Caffeine. Thunder and lightning! Acceptance. Spectacular sunrise. Bargaining. Pedal up. Shred down. Happiness. The 5 stages of dawn patrols - difficult but always worth it! Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica

 

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Once you hit the summit, it's downhill all the way along flowing, tight and very rocky ribbons of singletrack, leading you all the way back down to the trail centre for a good ol' eggs benedict and cup of coffee.

 

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Delvera holds a lot of my early mountain biking memories. My first national title win, 8hr relay race, and my first Enduro! The terrain is hard pack and rocky, with so many twisty trails to choose from. I really love the sections when you're traversing and look straight into the Simonsberg mountain in all its glory. The trail network has something for the whole family, with its pump track and coffee shop at the trail head. Meaurant takes pride in his trail building, and you can see it reflected in Delvera Matt Lombardi

 

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Delvera/Dirtopia Trail Centre GPS: 33°50'56.5"S 18°51'27.9"E

Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Matt Lombardi

Permit: R50

Website: http://www.dirtopia.co.za/

 

 

All images by Ewald Sadie

www.esphotography.co.za

instagram: @ewaldsadie

 

 

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7 Comments

Comments

PhilipV, May 08 2017 07:58

Lekker Ewald!
Stewart it, I'm going riding after work today. Shot!

milky4130, May 08 2017 10:25

" a quick pedal across the R44 gives you access to an extended ride at Muratie and Uitkyk - all forming part of the greater Simonsberg concervancy trail network."

Does the R50 permit fee give access to this as well as Delvera?

BikeGenie, May 08 2017 03:43

An awesome trail, took my wife out there for her first real mtb experience in 2010 and she loved every minute. Meurant has done an excellent job over the years maintaining and upgrading it. There's lots to cater for the kids as well.

iRide, May 08 2017 04:57

" a quick pedal across the R44 gives you access to an extended ride at Muratie and Uitkyk - all forming part of the greater Simonsberg concervancy trail network."

Does the R50 permit fee give access to this as well as Delvera?

I don't believe so Milky. The Muratie and Uitkyk trails have their own permit at R50 for the day.

Andrew_Smith, May 08 2017 06:31

Always a pure enjoyment viewing this amazing photography work of Ewald. 

 

Keep up the hard work.

myth125, May 10 2017 07:22

Looks like a blast.  Great photos too...!

Bibi, Aug 01 2017 01:28

We sure do have one of the best places to ride in the country.

Happy Trails all ...