Review Date: May 2011 Updated on:
Riding at Bains MTB Trail was like arriving at a blind date some mate of yours organised and finding Cameron Diaz waiting for you as your date. Yes it’s that good. The fact that we got lost trying to find the venue was a bit irritating, but that was all forgotten once we started rolling along the trail. In fact even when you arrive on Welvanpas farm, and park in the open field opposite the old manor house and small coffee shop, you started to become enchanted.
First thing that impresses you is the amazing scenery of the place. Being just outside Wellington, about 45 minutes outside Cape Town and right in the heart of the winelands, it’s a lekker experience just driving out there. You leave the Cape Flats behind and arrive in the stunning mountains and vineyards that extend away to Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
ur local connection for the ride was Action Sports photography guru Nick Muzik and his riding buddy Rick Lawrence, who is also the creator of Enjoy cycling gear. Nick is an old varsity buddy from Stellenbosch so we invited him to come and join us for the day. The rest of the crew consisted of crew regular Devlin, Mark Dorfling from the Big Smoke up north, and our lady tester Nicky. Poor Antonio had to sit this one out due to hip surgery. We told him it was actually a crap trail so I hope he does not read this….
If you are going to ride a trail like Bains and you know its remote, make sure you are organised. One bottle of water will not be enough on a hot day, for example. You should have your own emergency plan or at least let people know where you are going and when you will be back. While you should always ride in a group, make sure you have some spares between you and that someone knows how to make running repairs to bikes. We flew in on the morning of the ride and some of the crew had issues with their tubeless after letting tyres down on the plane, meaning having to fit tubes part way through the ride.