Different type of territories will be experienced on the Honey Trial, the Garden Route’s own family-friendly MTB challenge.
GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Garden Route is synonymous with breath-taking views from mountain to sea which is a favourite spot for the sporty at heart.
Now, adding even more sweetness to the adrenaline rush of wonderful acti-vities in the area is a new 3-day mountain bike challenge aptly named the Honeytrail.
It was high time that the Garden Route had a race of the same stature as some other regions.
The Honeytrail will have a firm family focus with families and supporters staying in B&B’s or Guest Houses instead of in tent villages, making it much more user friendly for families, especially those with tiny tots.
For the not-so-serious mountain bikers who immediately feel excluded as they conjure up visions of the Cape Epic, there is great news. The Honeytrail is aimed at everyday bikers and not exclusively to professionals.
The route holds some challenges, but is ultimately an event that brings together the sport of mountain biking, the beauty of nature and a fun experience for the whole family.
From 9-12 Sep-tember mountain bikers and their families can experience the very best this region has to offer as they partake in the first pedal-ling of the Honey-trail.
The route kicks off on the beach at De Bakke in Mossel Bay. Riders will follow a short section next to railway line that will lead cyclists on to the beach to Hartenbos.
The timing of the ride is perfect and the neap tide (very low) will leave firm sand for participants to make their way to the river.
Across the river the cyclists will tackle their first climb over the hill and then proceed down to Little Brak River. The foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains will lift the riders up into the forests above Great Brak and George.
Participants then descend the mountain along beautiful forest paths, finally winding through Fancourt to end off day one for some hard-earned rest.
On the second day, riders make their way up through the mountain paths of Witfontein Forest.
The route gently meanders the indigenous forest, dropping down to the banks of the Kaaimans River and then climbing to Wilderness Heights. From there, cyclists climb further up to Bergplaas and work their way through the seven passes to Rheenendal where Portland Manor will be a welcome sight at the end of a memorable day’s riding.
On the last day, cyclists briefly retreat from the mountains and weave through Knysna to the verge of the Knysna Lagoon. From the edge of the water, the trail ascends a path that joins the official Hakerville Trail, a magnificent cliff ride with the beaches far below.
The final descent into Plettenberg Bay runs through Piesang Valley and ultimately to the Crescent Country Hotel and the sweet taste of success at the end of the inaugural Honey Trail.
If the description of this trail gets your heart pumping, visit www.honeytrail.co.za for more information on entry forms, training, and how you can become part of this exciting new event.