Rietvlei

Review Date: October 2011 Updated on:

Rating

6 stars Good
  • Value for money: 6.0
  • General Quality of the Trial: 8.0
  • Range of Trails: 5.0
  • Route Markings: 5.0

Riding Experience

Rating

6.3 stars Good
  • Accessiblity: 6.0
  • Secure Parking: 8.0
  • Attractions in the area: 4.0
  • Child Friendly: 7.0

Facilities and Services

We found the bike park to be an awesome spot, and the facilities on offer really make this a great spot to take the family with, while you rage around for an hour or so.

With a nice coffee shop, kiddies play area and mini zoo, the kids will be stoked, although there is no designated kids riding area.

Add to this the beautiful scenery and this place has a great mix that makes it a real Bike Park.

Sadly we only had time to do the Blue and Green trails and a bit of Yellow, so this review is really about theBlue and Green trails.

From a riding perspective, there are only three main trails Blue, Green and Yellow. Once again though, its really poor of a bike park to use colours to name their trails, and this park is a prime example of this. The trails are not very well marked at the starting area and it’s not really clear how long the trails are and which one is which with regards to difficulty. From riding them we found the Blue to be difficult (should be a Black rated Trail), the Green to be medium (should be a Blue rated Trail) and Yellow to be easy (Green rated Trail).

So the signage is not great at all in terms of the info you get from them.

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Test Crew Wisdom

Although you are pretty close to base there are some far out places on the trail which could take longer to get back in an emergency so ride with a cell phone and carry spares. The blue trails is the most difficult trail and if you are not a confident mountain biker rather stick to green and yellow. If you feel you are ready to up your game and give it a bash – do it, although it is very technical there is always a walking option.

Categories

Cool

  • The trails are awesome and varied
  • The blue trail offers some really challenging sections to test your abilities.
  • Trails give you a long uninterrupted ride but you are always close enough to base in case you get into trouble.
  • There is a lot of flow in the trails
  • Bike shop on site
  • Awesome additional facilities like the restaurant, kids area and zoo
  • Beautiful surroundings

UnCool

  • Signage – Not enough detail as to where to go and what to do both on arrival and on the trail.
  • Trail markings are not always clear when the trail splits. Often when there is a fork in the trail there is no marking as to which way to go.
  • No kids riding area that we could see.

What's on offer

  • Secure parking
  • Car guards
  • Changing room with showers
  • Bike shop
  • Coffee shop with restaurant
  • Kids facilities in secure area
  • Mini zoo for kids and adults
  • Braai facilities