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Vulintaba Mountain bike Tour #1

October 31 @ 8:00 AM - November 1 @ 5:00 PM

R850 – R1200

Vulintaba Mountain Bike tour #1

About this Tour

You may feel the need for a quick breakaway and your aim is to build some seasonal fitness, then we have already combined it in a tour for you! Consider it a lavishing training camp.

This tour offer:

Endurance Day 1

This includes:

  •  2400m Ascent over a distance of 110km.
  • Normandien pass  – 650m of climbing in 9km
  • Donkey’s pass 500m of  descending in 4.5km
  • Spend the night in a 4-star hotel (a full list of amenities and services available on the hotels website)
  • Dinner

Hit The Trail Day 2

42km hard-core single track

  • Light Breakfast
  • A good combination of Vulintaba’s Blue and Black routes.
  • Rock gardens, switchbacks, steep climbs, technical features and a cave to be explored.
  • Brunch.

You’ll experience scenic nature, hard-core riding, great single track all concluded with hotel luxury and services. We’ll finish early on the second day so that riders from afar can hit the road in good timing.

Who Should do it

Accomplished and advanced riders can use this tour to build fitness and endurance. For the fit, average rider this weekend will build your depth with regards to stamina and skill.


THIS IS NOT A RACE – but a great opportunity to build on your base for the season.  The stage is set on riding at a steady pace but still at a social level. So we will regroup every so often.

This is definitely not a ride for novice or unfit riders!  The route presents seriously steep hills, fast descents and hard-core single tracks.

Day 1 - 117km 2200M vertical scent

The day kicks off at Vulintaba Country Estate. The first 35km is an easy warm up and includes a short section of tar road.  A hilly climb announces our arrival at Normandien. Once there, we will ascent the Normandien pass that include a 650m climb over 9km with a max. slope of 18.4%. At the top of the pass we will have a refreshment break and regroup.

The next 35km include rolling hills with a few short steep stabbers. We will regroup at the end of this section with a drinks break.

The next session is 18 km including the climb towards Sneeuberg.  This climb is 280m ascent over 5km.  Once we reach Sneeuberg, we’ll spend a minute and appreciate the hole in the mountain – some serious scenery to enjoy.

From Sneeuberg we will veer towards Donkeys pass. This is where the beer tops may echo across the scenic views of the amphitheatre at Vulintaba for a well-deserved refreshment break. (This is where the name “open the mountain" derives from).

The final session is by far the most rewarding with a descent of 520m over 6.5km. This leg includes single track that forms part of the Black Mountain Bike route on Vulintaba.

Day 1 is celebrated with a braai in the evening at Jackson Brown restaurant before getting ready for a short, but hard-core Day 2.


Day 1 Schedule

Registration: 29 Aug 06:00 @ Vulintaba Country Estate.

Start: 07:00 am.
1st Regroup:  ETA 8:45 (35 km done) Foot of Normandien pass – 5 minutes.
2nd Regroup:  ETA 9:40 (44 km done) Top of Normandien pass. This is the first big refreshment break, estimated time 30 min
3rd Regroup :  ETA 11:20 Next 22 km  (66 km done) – 5 min  to refill water bottles & regroup.
4th Regroup:  ETA 12:00 Next 13 km (79 km done) Foot of Sneeuberg climb – 5 min regroup.

5th Regroup:  ETA 13:30.  Next 18 km (87 km done) Top of Donkeys pass. This will be a proper break.  Enjoy a beer or two before free riding down to the finish.
Finish:  ETA 14:00-14:30 at your leisure.

Day 2 50km hard-core single track

After an early hotel breakfast, our second day in the saddle will kick off with a total ride of just over 50km. Do not under estimate the distance since it will include gruelling single track and steep core engaging climbs.

After a warmup of 12km on the Vulintaba Blue route we will regroup and continue 6km towards the junction where the Blue- and Black route split.  After another quick regroup, it’s cranking the Black route for the final 30km. This should be a real test of character and skills. The trail is gnarly with some fun technical elements.

The ride concludes at the picturesque Vulintaba Country Estate where a final late Brunch at Jackson Brown will be served before everyone’s departure back home.




Day 2 Schedule


Breakfast: 6:00am
Start : 07:00am
1st  Regroup : ETA 7:45 (12 km done) Darrel Browns farm
2nd Regroup : ETA 8:15 (18 km done) Split Black & Blue route – continue on Black
3rd  Regroup : ETA 9:15 (24 km done) Old Fort
4th  Regroup : ETA 9:45  (28 km done) Jackson Brown
5th  Regroup : ETA 10:30 (35 km done) split of Black- & Blue- descent on Blue route.

Finish ETA 11:00 (42 km done) Jackson Brown
11:00 Brunch at Jackson Brown
12:30 Race Finish

What does your entry include


Hotel Package

  • 2 days of awesome cycling
  • refreshments on route
  • 4 star Hotel accommodation
  • Dinner Saturday evening
  • Breakfast Sunday Morning
  • Brunch
  • Great scenery
  • Great Company

Supporter Package

  • 4 star Hotel accommodation
  • Dinner Saturday evening
    Breakfast Sunday morning
  • Access to spa
  • Brunch
  • Picturesque scenery


Standard Package

  • 2 Days of awesome cycling
  • Refreshments on route
  • Dinner Saturday evening
  • Breakfast Sunday morning
  • Brunch
  • Picturesque scenery
  • Great company



Due to safety regulations, supporters will not be accommodated on the route whilst riding, however they are welcome to use the facilities at the Hotel and on the Estate.

The Estate offers a spa, gym, golf course, hiking trails or you can spend time at the Jackson Brown restaurant and enjoy the mountainous backdrop.

This is a great opportunity for your partner, spouse or supporter to relax and have the full benefit of a break-away, while they enjoy the hospitality of Vulintaba Country Estate.


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Day 1 Vulintaba Tour GPX File

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Supporter Hotel Package
Supporter entry - include 4 star hotel accommodation and also include dinner,breakfast &brunch served for riders at Vulintaba Estate. Supporters can enjoy Vulintaba Estate whilst riders is on route.
R 1,200.00
49 available
Rider Standard Package
This entry include everything the tour offer EXCEPT accommodation. Dinner, breakfast and brunch is included
R 850.00
25 available
Rider Hotel Package
This entry include accommodation in Vulintaba Hotel for one night, dinner, breakfast & brunch
R 1,200.00
48 available


October 31 @ 8:00 AM
November 1 @ 5:00 PM
R850 – R1200