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La Motte Plantation

CLOSEST TOWN > Franschhoek

TRAIL DESTINATION > La Motte Plantation

DISTANCE > 14–34km

GRADING > Intermediate

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OVERVIEW

A wide variety of riding options all starting at La Motte Plantation, along gravel roads, jeep-track and singletrack traverse this working plantation. [div2 class="highlight1"]

 

On your bike

At the time of writing this, there was a lot of talk of a PPA-funded trail for Franschhoek around the new dam, but the current state of (legal) riding seems to be very much focused on La Motte Plantations administered by MTO.


Riders who have done Geddan Ruddock’s annual MTB event will know the routes through La Motte and know that there is now enough singletrack amid the jeep track to make riders whoop with delight.

Local knowledge will be good to help you find your way in the massive pine planta­tions, and it will be well worth your while to join the Manic Cycles outrides on Sundays. [/div2]

 

Off the bike

Best cuisine and wine in the country, so come hungry.

CONTACT:

For local MTB info: contact Manic Cycles

Website: www.maniccycles.co.za

Tel: +27 21 876 4956

GPS: 33°55’51.74”S  19°05’08.42”E

Weather: {weather Paarl, South Africa}

FAST FACTS

GRADING:

Intermediate

DURATION:

1–2 hours

CONFIGURATION :

Circular – 14–34km

START POINT:

Robertsvlei Road/Glenwood turn-off

TERRAIN:

Jeep track and gravel road

MAP:

From Manic Cycles

CELL RECEPTION: Good

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Permit from Manic Cycles
(phone them to confirm route status)

 

FACILITIES:

Vive la Franschhoek – go enjoy the Gallic vibe

BEWARE OF:

Working plantation subject to general MTO regulations

HOW TO GET THERE

Take the R45 from Franschhoek and turn onto the Robertsvlei Road to La Motte; look for the Glenwood turn-off.


BEST TIME OF YEAR

A ride for all seasons, really. Mid-July coincides with Bastille Day celebrations – dress in red, white and blue.


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