|From a gentle meander through picturesque farmlands to the thrills and spills of our world-class single-track, the Midlands Meander provides a perfect destination for your next cycle adventure. Many of our members offer mountain biking on the property or can advise on where you can ride. Just look under the Leisure and Activities section of our guide for a list of these members.
The Midlands is home to some of the most legendary mountain bikes races in the country; the Karkloof Classic and Howick Classic.
Midlands Trail Mecca - Mountain Biking in the Karkloof:
Thanks to generous landowners who allow access to trail custodians such as the Karkloof Mountain Bike Club, a world-class trail network is now accessible year round to recreational riders. Add to this the facilities offered at the Karkloof Country Club, including safe parking, hot showers and a place to wash your bike and you have everything you need to enjoy a mind-blowing mountain biking experience!
In an effort to make the area safer and more enjoyable for recreational riders, the Karkloof Mountain Biking Club has implemented the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) trail grading standards across their entire trail network. For those new to the area we have marked and mapped a very easy 10km, an easy 20km and a moderate 30km route. Once riders become more familiar with the trails, they are then also able to connect to sections of the trail network, referred to as "outback" trails, which do not form part of the marked and regularly maintained trails, but allow riders to create longer routes and enjoy some variety.
All riders wishing to access the Sappi plantations and the other private properties, across which these mountain biking trails traverse, must have either a day indemnity or annual indemnity board on their bike at all times. Day indemnities are available from the Karkloof Mountain Bike Club or you can obtain an annual indemnity from the Club Secretary.
Directions can be obtained from the following page - http://karkloofmtbtrails.co.za/about-the-karkloof-mtb-club/