Mother nature treating us to an epic sunrise.
From the top of the first climb, a long and flowy descending single track awaits.
"In the last month, two of our most popular mountain bike destinations have been severely burnt by huge wild fires. People have lost their houses, some of our precious wildlife lost their lives and mountain bikers lost our wonderful trails. As heartbreaking as it is to see, we know this is all part of the circle of life and we know the damage will be repaired, given time. Thankfully, we have many other trail networks around Cape Town to make use of in the mean time! The Bottlery trails provide us with some great cross country riding with ever expanding option of trails." ~ Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica
Fynbos fields separates the block of vines and provides the perfect, hard packed single track.
Short, punchy climbs on the switchbacks as the trail winds down into the valley.
Early morning mist still hanging around on the valley floor in the distance.
New bike. Happy rider.
"When we think about Cape Town, we think about wine and vineyards. What could be more logical than riding these tracks during the harvesting period, in order to smell the morning parfume of these plants a last time before the crop goes in the tank. This ride was also for me the opportunity to ride my new Canyon Strive, and the least we can say is that I can't wait for the next rides! This bike makes everything faster and easier, in uphills as well as downhills." ~ Matthieu Hamel
Connecting the various parts of single track is a network of gravel roads winding through the vineyards.
Rocky climbs out of the valley with the morning mist lurking further down below.
Entering the pine forest. During midday summer's rides, these forests provide the perfect break from the relentless heat.
The town of Stellenbosch in the distance.
Back out into the fynbos and onto the dry and dusty soil.
Apparently no such thing as 'too early for beers', so 10am beers it is.
Heading back into the valley.
Scandi flick anyone?
Watering hole specifically for Bottelary Hills MTB riders. Specially handy during summer.
Watch out for the guard otter.
Cooling down and escaping the midday heat before we head back out on the trails.
Riders: Matthieu Hamel and Daniel Dobinson.