Garden Route National Park launches brand new MTB route

2015-10-08 14:30 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) has announced a brand new mountain biking route, the 12km "Graspad" route.  

The new Graspad route was developed after the conversion of the old 'Black Route' horse trail, in the Harkerville Forest.  

The GRNP, together with Plettenberg Bay-based adventure company Muddy Foot Adventures have also organise a fun cycling open-day for Saturday, 7 November. 

The Open-Day will allow free entry for all cyclists in possession of a valid annual SANParks cycling tag in the Garden Route and surrounds for the launch a brand new route. An annual tag costs R550 per person per annum.

The Open Day will also see the mapping of the new trail. Using a rally-style, route book and odometers to navigate, each cycling team will follow a prescribed route and visit strategically located checkpoints on the course. These visits are then recorded by clipping a Graspad route “passport”. 

The route explores the Harkerville Forest, part of the globally acclaimed Knysa Forest MTB trials. It promises a ride through species-rich indigenous forests, with cyclists riding through towering trees with a backdrop of the ocean.  

The cycling and MTB-ing offering in Knysna has seen various improvements over the past year. 

SANPark has established a new technical team to identify maintenance needs of cycling routes in the Knysna forest, with improvement plans already taking place on certain routes. Cyclists can also expect new signage across the various trails, adapted from the International Mountain Biking Association.

Want to take part in the upcoming Open Cycle Day? Here's what you need to know:

When: 7 November 2015
Time: Start time is 10:30. Registration is from 08:30 
Where: Start is at the Harkerville (Knysna) SANParks office. The route is accessible from the scenic Kranshoek gate at GPS Coordinates: 34°05′28″S 23°18′23″E
Distance: The Open Cycle Day teams will ride the new 12km Graspad route, as well as an additional 13km which forms part of a different route. Hence, 25km on the day. 
Cost: Free for all SANParks cycle tag holders who enter online at Other competitors will have to pay R175 per team of 2, R100-00 for individuals, R50 for tag-holders on the day (those who didn't enter online).
Contact: Those interested can register on: or contact James Stewart on

There will be food stalls and goodie bags (for the first 100 entrants) on the day. Food and drinks will be on sale. 

Other favourite activities in Kranshoek include picnicking, the waterfall in the area, dolphin and whale watching as well as the Kranshoek hiking trail. 

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