Action-packed August

Shake off the winter chill with the Winter Trail Run this Saturday August 11, at Morgenhof Wine Estate, and hand-built trails in the Simonsberg Conservancy with amazing views and various terrains from fynbos to forest to vineyards. The ninth edition of the Staalwater MTB Challenge will take place from The Caledon Casino onSunday August 19, with the option of four mountain bike

distances: 15km, 40km, 60km and a new 75km route option. A trail run will take place on the same day with an easy 15km route. Both mountain bike and trail running events offer routes for amateurs to advanced mountain bikers/trail runners, so take the whole family for a fun filled weekend. Gear up for the Falke Change of Season Trail Run, on Sunday August 26, at Uitkyk

Wine Estate. The Simonsberg trail system is one of the most spectacular in the Cape. The climbs are

rewarded with single-track on varied terrain with views of the picturesque winelands.   

Dirtopia Café on Delvera farm near Stellenbosch never disappoints with a great variety of events on offer: on Sunday August 19, there is a Fundamental MTB Skills Clinic, where you can join presenter, David Hogan, to sharpen your skills and come away a better mountain biker. On Saturday August, there is a Wine Walk to Warwick: after walking to neighbouring farm, Warwick Wine Estate,taste wine and then return for lunch at the Café. For more information, contact Dirtopia on 021 884 4752 or, and visit