Modderfontein

Review Date: November 2012 Updated on:

Rating

6.5 stars Good
  • Value for money: 6.0
  • General Quality of the Trial: 6.0
  • Range of Trails: 6.0
  • Route Markings: 8.0

Riding Experience

Rating

4.5 stars average
  • Accessiblity: 6.0
  • Secure Parking: 6.0
  • Attractions in the area: 4.0
  • Child Friendly: 2.0

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Being a resident of Edenvale, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to ride the tracks at Moddies relatively often, usually over the weekend, but sometimes during the week with the occasional organized night ride. I have ridden each trail and know the tracks backwards. The park caters for everyone, but does lack technical descents and climbs that can be found at other bike parks such as Groenkloof and Rietvlei. There are 5 different courses available at Modderfontein, ranging from the ‘Red’ course, being the most technical and also the longest at 35km, and the ‘Black’ course, a 5km course designed for kids.

The trails are well marked and maintained and they do change as new additions are constantly being added. The park is surrounded by a perimeter gravel road and many of the trails, from which most of the trails are accessed. This perimeter road gives riders quite a lot of options in terms of mixing different trails. It can also be used if you are looking at doing a session where you need to keep your power or heart rate at a constant level and just want to do laps, but you would be missing out on some extremely fun single track between the trees.

Having ridden each trail many times over the past few months, as well as constantly riding the new additions to the trails, this park caters for riders from beginner to intermediate level. Advanced riders would not find the red course too technical, but a good training session none the less.  If you’re in a racing mood, there is the XCO course that is used for the current XCO series, its 5km long, and has a fair amount of climbing, but nothing extremely technical. The park is setup in a way that if you know your bearings well you can basically mix up a few different tracks and get in a solid 3 hour ride without doing sections more than once besides for the perimeter road.

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Test Crew Wisdom

Moddies is a park park designed with all in mind, beginner to race snake looking to have some fun. Placed in a central position its easy to get to and a safe option. Its a great meeting point for friends and family on a saturday morning and the many trail options allow everyone to do their own thing and meet up afterwards. If your friends and family get excited to ride, it gives you more chance to ride. Do the math!!

Categories

Cool

  • Trails to suit all types of riders
  • The red trail has a few challenging sections, but nothing too serious
  • The single track keeps getting better with constant new developments, and flows nicely
  • Some wildlife and birds to be seen
  • If you chose not to ride, you can also do a trail run or go for a long walk
  • R40 is quite steep if you going to be riding at Moddies once a week, but this money is being but back into development and conservation

UnCool

  • No play area for kids while you ride
  • The trail markings are visible, but they don’t indicate how far into your ride you are, and if you don’t know the area its quite hard to judge the distances
  • There aren’t any really challenging technical descents or climbs
  • No cheaper season passes that frequent riders can benefit from

What's on offer

  • Secure parking
  • Changing room with showers (at the sports grounds)
  • 3 great coffee shops and restaurants within a 2km radius
  • Guards at both areas where cars can be parked