As a long term resident of camps bay, our editor has bundu bashed his way through the fynbos thicket below the glorious 12 apostles for many years - dreaming of finding a rideable trail.
Nearly 20 years later the trail fairies answered the prayers of Paul Ingpen & many local riders wishing to complete the loop around our famous Table Mountain. Sanparks control issues scuppered the efforts of many, but the likes of passionate local riders and businessmen Rob Vogel & Lionel Murray have seen Kirstenbosch connect to Constantia Nek through to the Blockhouse. Now at last the 'missing link' from Camps Bay to Llandudno is rideable too. The full urban riders & commuters dream 40km mountain loop is now complete, almost all off road.
The 6km '12 waffles' link and the just today completed new section, the Lobotomy< dropping down to Victoria & Ottawa roads are not just rideable but sublime!
It's the ideal mix of technical and flow as it winds its way down through lord of the rings style forest ravines & up over flower-strewn singletrack, originally carved by antelope such as the tahrs that, albeit stealthily, still roam today.
These instantly popular routes that gave riders a chance to ride trail during lockdown were made possible by Table Mountain Bikers with private donor funding from riders like you. Not only have these generous donations, especially in such tough economic times, made a difference to riders' lives, they have provided critical employment for the hard grafting builders under the leadership of talented Belgian trail builder Walter Brosius and his local volunteers like Harry Miller from iRide Africa.
Check out some images and videos Paul has taken in recent months to get a sense of what's waiting for you, and to give the men that made it happen a very big High 5! Help support this awesome cause - there are Snapscan boards on route which makes it super easy to contribute what you can at the push of a button.