With the winter storms the last 2 weeks, there is a lot of erosion and damage to the trails. Errol with his team has been hard at work to do repairs and maintenance. Some areas that are very muddy have been rerouted.
Any feedback on issues will be appreciated. You can send a WhatsApp to the club cell phone.
We have upgraded and added some new trail sections at Dornier.
New bridges and berms added to the existing trail sections to make the ride more enjoyable.
Then we added a new single track with some nice futures at the top of the farm after you have passed the viewpoint at the pine trees. The single track curls down the side of the mountain through the proteas and fynbos to join up later with the existing single track at the bottom.
Those who have been riding on Stellenzicht in the last month would have noticed that they have installed a new security fence around the bottom of the farm. As of Friday 3 July, you will not be able to use the entrance from the newly tarred Stellenrust road. You will only be able to enter through the new Stellenzight main gate on the Dornier side. This gate will be open during the week from 6 am to 6 pm. On weekends it will be locked. Next to the main gate, there is a pedestrian gate that can be used by our club members to enter and exit. There is an electronic lock that can open the gate with a code. This code will be changed monthly, and we will send it out to the club members on the WhatsApp communications. Please make sure the gate is closed once you have passed through it.
This code is not to be shared with any non-members. Please respect the farm and their security, it is a privilege that we can ride there and we don’t want to compromise that.
Urgent notice re Dornier trails! Kindly note that Dornier trails are closed to riders until Friday 12 June 2020 for trail building and maintenance. No riders allowed on that section of the trails. Riders must adhere to this rule and could face consequences if you do not observe this request.
Covid-19 Level 3 Regulations
As of Monday 1 June we will change to Covid-19 Level 3. Members are requested to please adhere to the rules and regulations as set out by the government and to self-regulate in order for us to keep our trails open.
Kindly note the following important notices:
- Trails will only be open to registered riders.
- We may only ride from first light to sunset. Hence no riding in the dark hours allowed any longer.
- The special early morning entrance in Bredell road will be closed and as of Monday we will not be allowed to use that entrance. Please use the entrance from Steynsrust road into Eendrag farm to access the trails from Heldervue.
- No access to Helderberg Farm Trails at this stage.
- Do not cycle in groups; keep social distancing considerations in mind at all times
- Parking is now allowed at Somerbosch.
- Trail running on Somerbosch is now permitted from first light to sunset.
- Remember to wear a buff or mask over your mouth and nose. It is required by the Level 3 regulations. Carry sanitiser, you may need it.
- Please do not transgress. Be self-responsible. We do not want to lose this privilege.
Collection of membership packs
Members can collect their membership packs from Heldervue Kwikspar up to Sunday 31 May 2020. We will transfer our collection boxes back to Campus Solutions, situated at Shop 3, Waterstone Village Centre, corner Main Road, and R44, on Monday morning. As from Monday lunchtime, you can collect your membership packs at Campus Solutions. Please take your collection notice along, even though it might state the collection point at Kwikspar. You will not be allowed to collect your membership pack without proof of the collection notice sent to you by e-mail.
We are now able to sell day permits should your friends would like to make use of our trails. Please use the link on our website to see where you can obtain these. At this stage, the Lord Charles hotel is not able to sell. But, we do have a new vendor. Specialized Stellenbosch is now also selling day permits. No rider allowed on the trails without a valid MTB board or day permit.
Parking is now permitted at Somerbosch for those who would like to park and then either cycle or run from their parking lot. The Bistro will also be able to take orders for coffee and muffins for the riders. They kindly offered to make riders toasted sandwiches. Phone your order in prior to your ride and they will arrange it for you. Their take out menus are available too. They will also be selling day permits for running and cycling @ R60 per person per day.
Cycling clothes and equipment
If you have any cycling clothes and/or equipment to spare, please drop it off at Go Cycle at 28 B Caledon Street, Somerset West. Tom Wittenberg and Clayton Hindle will make sure it gets to our Development Riders.