The 2022 Muratie Mountain Series promises challenging outing for mountain bikers, and singletrack enthusiasts can look forward to a spectacular offering, with more than 30km of singletrack, on Sunday July 31.
Dirtopia’ s partnership with Muratie has a long history with the first trails constructed in 2005, culminating in the relocation of the Trail Centre in 2022. The warm hospitality of Muratie coupled with the Melck family’s love of nature and trails, create the perfect environment for trail enthusiasts and this must-do event.
The expansive singletrack network connects neighbouring wine estates, and thanks to special permission the mountain series route accesses sections highlighted by multiple ABSA Cape Epics (50% of the route cannot be accessed under the current route and permit offering and these trails are specially cleared for the race).
With an expected elevation of around 1850m, the route is certainly challenging, but thanks to the contouring singletrack climbs the majority of these meters are easily overcome. The official “bail-out” option is at 27km giving riders a 34km offering with around 1000m of climbing. Three waterpoints for the 48km is on 15km, 25km and around 39km.
Route designer Meurant Botha wears many hats. The bearded, grey-haired mountain biker and founder of Dirtopia, Amarider and the Spur League has vast race director experience.
With a career now spanning four decades, he is considered the original trail builder with multiple local and international projects under his belt. With three of those decades spent in the Simonsberg valley, this route network can be described as the crown jewel of his work.
Dr Rijk Melck, managing director and co-owner, says: “We are proud to host the Mountain Series and are excited to welcome the trail riding community to the farm and experience our famous Muratie hospitality.”
To ensure there is some healthy competition, the men and womens’ winners each receive R3 000 cash, while a host of prizes can be won in various categories, including e-bikes.
Each participant receives a bottle of Muratie wine, branded headband and complimentary coffee on arrival, and there are refreshment stations including cold drinks and a range of savoury snacks and fruit will ensure that the energy levels are maintained.
A free bike wash completes the offering while you enjoy the hospitality and live music at the Muratie Canvas. Family and friends are welcome to join you at the venue.
For more information visit www.muratieseries.co.za, and enter at www.dirtpass.co.za