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Poles are going up now while ground is still softer after the rains. Not sure when the wire fence will go up, but should only be in a few weeks time from now.

BHC MTB sub-com is actively busy with discussions re alternatives with landowners.

 

Indeed a big thank you to the landowners. :clap:
All BHC trails run across privately owned land and all funds generated through the MTB trails are used for trail maintenance and alien clearing. The mission of the BHC is primarily to preserve and grow the existing Renosterveld in its area and no funds go back to the landowners who generously grant us access.

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As you might have seen the Bonfoi fence went up earlier than expected cutting off the track accross the top of Wolfkloof. You need to use the Ystervark trail going down into Wolfkloof and back up the other side for now.

Kastanjeberg fence is not up yet, so Ribbok single track is still accessible at present via a temporary "detour" through the veld.

Construction of alternative singletrack is due to start soon and should be completed by end November.

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I did notice some new berms on Mongoose and other single tracks, lots of maintenance happened the past month, however they are still a bit dry and in need of rain.

 

Had a lovely ride yesterday, took some nice pics and I found the tap at Goede Hoop! Just in time since the one at Kaapzicth was dry.

 

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on the trail yesterday, and did the new 'grysbok' and new climb (to mast) on 'ribbok'

FANTASTIC

 

well-done to the trail-builders !!

 

Trails beautiful at the moment - so many colours - from white and yellow to rich dark green and purple

 

I struggled up the new climb!  Will have to give it another go.

 

Agreed, these are the most beautiful conditions.  Everything in full bloom, plus some late season rain to keep the dust in check.  Just remember to spray yourself with lots of insect repellent before your ride  :D

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Big thanks to Trailblazers for the new trails and to the Bottelaryhills Conservancy for funding the build. :clap:

 

For now we still have access to the "old" Ribbok trail, but the Kastanjeberg game fence is due to go up in the near future (not exactly sure when).
Unfortunately this fence will cut off access to, Ribbok and Rooikat.  :( 

At least we have alternatives in place.

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silly question - how do you access the old ribbok? We followed the signs from the fence and did the new route

 

Would like to do ribbok once or twice before it gets closed off

Don't turn right! After the fence 'junction' carry straight on for 50m, you will get back onto to the old road that takes you up to Ribbok. 

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Anyone know if Asara are selling day passes again? They seemed to close completely for a while.

I am not 100% sure about the status at Asara, but seeing that nobody has replied yet:

Rumour has it that Asara will open 1 December 2020. (Best is to confirm with Asara directly before going).

 

Also note that Brenaissance Wine & Stud Estate on Devonvalley Road has just been added as a park & ride venue for Bottelaryhills trails.

 

Access to the trails is still the same: Join the Yellow route via the security gate for Fransmanskraal / Dwars-in-die-Weg / The Styling Shed.

Day permits can also be purchased from the security guard at this gate (Zapper payment only - no cash or card), but strictly no parking of cars at this gate please.

 

See facebook post:

https://www.facebook.com/183227135056695/posts/3706492699396770/?sfnsn=scwspmo

 

 

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so there is this fella who is a Marshal for Bottelary Hills, but for a while now he has taken his green and yellow bike on the trails before sunrise.  I have commented on his Strava before, but he doesn't seem to care.  Aren't Marshals supposed to enforce the rules?

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Is this not what he's doing, ensuring no one else is on the trails before sunrise?

 

so there is this fella who is a Marshal for Bottelary Hills, but for a while now he has taken his green and yellow bike on the trails before sunrise.  I have commented on his Strava before, but he doesn't seem to care.  Aren't Marshals supposed to enforce the rules?

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I must say I know a few Marshalls on these trails all of them hell of a nice guys, doing great work to ensure people stay within bounds and contributing time and energy for all of us to enjoy the trails.

Did you attempt to actually talk to the guy? Or just immediately jumped to conclusions and accused the Marshall?

I must say the actual rule is a bit vague, as it says Sunrise to sunset, "No night riding" seems to be the key point here. Tygerberg gives specific times, while BH doesn't. I would intepret sunrise with a "no night riding" sentence after that, to be that twilight would be fine.

But perhaps like Rudi said, the Marshall was out making sure you don't put yourself at risk.

You wouldn't know if you don't politely ask? Now would you?

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