Briefing – Dome cycling

Cyclists in the Dome

TWO WHEELS IN THE CRATER

We cater for the beginner and intermediate rider rather than those who do mountain biking as a sport. We are however happy to host all kinds of riders and will advise you on the best outings to suit you. We do not mix tough competitive riders with beginners (unless you want it that way). For intermediate and less experienced riders we advise you to take a guide. Other more independent riders can get our trail maps and we arrange access to private land.

Here is information about cycling from Otters Haunt near Parys. Graeme and/or Karen Addison organise and may guide.

Once you’ve booked, read the next pages: Cycling Kit, Cycling Safety and Unaccompanied Cycling.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW
Call to discuss

Tell us whether you are
– an experienced competitive rider
– a hardy trail rider
– an intermediate rider capable of most moderate challenges
– Someone who rides for fun but is no expert
– a complete beginner or one who has not ridden for years

We also need to know:
= your age/s and level of fitness
= how far or how many hours you wish to ride
= whether you have your own bike and what condition it’s in
= or whether you wish to hire a bike
= and do you wish to stay over?

TRAIL CYCLING

There are lots of great routes in the Vredefort Dome and Bergland on gravel and off road. They range from very easy and mostly flat on bsck roads to rugged, steep and challenging in the mountains. Anyone can take part, provided yiu know your limits.

Bikes are for hire or bring your own. Families welcome. Trails can range from a few km to 100km or multiday sleep over. Our qualified expert cycling guides can be hoted and will tell you all about the Dome area as you go.

VEHICLE SUPPORTED TRAILS

We do organised trail outrides for groups with vehicle support. A trailer with a bike rack may carry bikes from point to point, with food packs and kit in the vehicle. It is a 4×4 seating 5 people. Trails may range from secondary country roads on tar or gravel to limited offroad on jeep tracks and single track.

UNSUPPORTED TRAILS

Serious off road cycling is not vehicle supported. Some mountain bike trails are graded red and black, only for hardy and experienced riders.

Mountain biking: tougher trails briefing and guiding on request.

ALL ACTIVITIES

1. Book in advance
2. Self cater unless you order catering
3. Take Covid precautions
4. We send a map pin location to our place when you book.
5. We send an activity briefing.
6. We have a 4×4 for extended Dome tours on rugged trails.

PRICING  (2022)

May change without notice
Bike hire per day or part thereof R325 with helmet, gloves, water bottle, basic repair kit. You must have own plastic cycling visors (“glasses”).
Guide hire for 4 or less R495 x 3 hours, R695 x 5 hours
Over 4 ask for a quote

There are discounts for family groups hiring bikes and guides.

If supplying your own, NO HELMET NO RIDE. It is advisable to have gloves, repair kit, glasses, water, medikit.

We can usually come to your rescue if you need to be picked up but three is a per/km charge for all transport. We do not repair or maintain bikes.

BRIEFINGS

We know all the routes in the area and can provide maps. Almost all routes are unmarked. Offroad routes are on private land to which access fees are charged and we must arrange for you to go in. We take no responsibility for the condition of tracks and trails.

Once you’ve booked, go to the detailed briefing here.

ROUTINES

All guided trails begin with a brief assessment of rider skills and a bike check. A safety talk is given and the route discussed with map details. Special needs must be raised with our office in advance.

All participants must sign the Informed Consent and Indemnity in person on the day. Minors under 18 must be signed for by a parent or guardian.

Payments are in advance and there are no refunds.

ACCOMMODATION

Our base is at Otters Haunt on the Vaal, 3km from Parys and about 1hr 15min from Johannesburg. There is a big riverside guest house, a bush camp and chalets. Contact Karen 082 475 8767 about accommodation.

WEBSITES
Come to beautiful Otters Haunt for your getaway to nature.
http://otters.co.za/
https://www.facebook.com/MTBtourguides/