DAY Off Road Ride to the Overberg - 25 June

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2016/06/25 08:00

If You Have Never Ridden On Gravel Or Are New To Gravel Then You'll Love This Event.

Gravel riding is what adventure biking is all about, exploring places close to Cape Town that beckon you back for more.

The BMWMRCCape has organised another enjoyable club gravel road ride.

70% of the ride on gravel roads / 30% of the ride on good old familiar tar roads.

The ride is PILLION friendly.

Attention will be given to those new to gravel.  For the more experienced riders, this is an enjoyable scenic ride to the Overberg region.

The route will be the normal most popular Andy Connell gravel roads.  Total distance is around 300 km. This ride is a fantasia of color and smells and far horizons.


Meet 08H00

Briefing at 08:15 and depart at 08:30.


Meet at 08H00 – the BP on the N2 on the far side of Somerset West.  Fully fueled and with ATTGAT (All The Gear All The Time)    


No charge for paid up BMW MRCC members.

R50.00 fee for non club members. (club dues not paid or not registered).

Lunch is for your own account. Lunch will be at the popular SEARLE's Trading Post.

The Route:

We will split into groups of 10 riders, with experienced riders leading and sweeping.

Some of you have done this before and now when you do it again, you will be surprised how some 'dicey' parts that scared you seem so tame the next time round.

We will ride- irrespective of the weather.

Join us to build up kilometers under the belt or just to enjoy our exquisite back yard.

We ride N2 up Sir Lowry’s pass bypassing Grabouw & Elgin.

Over the Houwhoek Pass through Bot Rivier and then hook right through Caledon.

All on tar.  There will NOT be a back up vehicle.

Now we descend into the Hemel en Aarde Vallei turning left onto the gravel- Terslaarsdal road. 

We adjust tyre pressure and suspension for gravel and an off-road briefing

We will split into groups of 10 bikes to keep us manageable, and increase rider enjoyment.

It’s a magnificent road and a very beautiful ride which pillions will just love as they are feasted to brilliant vistas of the rich spring colors of the bread-bin of the Southern Cape.


After snaking up to the N2 we cross and head up to lunch stop at Searle’s TRADING Post in Greyton.

After a relaxed lunch we ride out West on tar to Genadendal, then gravel road.

6km further we turn right at Middelplaas on good gravel, past Helderstroom prison at Sunnyside, tar over Eselsjag pass and L to gravel and the Draaiberg road to Botriver via Van der Stel pass.

Top up, say goodbyes in Botriver and then run for home.

Plenty stops to adjust gear, bikes as needed to make your ride more comfortable and photograph the awesome scenery.

Some feedback from riders that done this as novice riders:

"I started my off road riding with Andyman on this exact route in 2009.  He opened the door for me to adventures and friendships beyond value."  Don't miss out.  

To join this day ride, respond to this post or mail me

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