We are celebrating another year of the great Pennypinchers Greyton Classic MTB & Trail Run, and this year we are making it better and bigger once again! We are revamping the MTB races to make room for everyone – this year we will have a 65km distance for the 1st time for the more serious riders, and for the less serious riders who love fun and and a bit of a challenge, there is a 30km route.
The starters who want to get out there and test their mettle can go out on the 15km challenge, and for the first time in the history of the event, there will be prize money up for grabs in the long distances! Watch this space for details… The mountain bike events will once again be hosted on 13 June in the wonderful country atmosphere of the The Oaks Estate, outside Greyton.
This year the town of Greyton welcomes back the Trail Run, which will start and finish in the town on Sunday 14 June, adding the town’s wonderful atmosphere to the trail experience of 2 years ago that is back by popular demand! And yes, the runners in the 21 km race will fight it out for the prize money as well!
For the walkers there will be a 10km walk on the Sunday, and for the multi-sport lovers there is a 30km MTB/10km Trail Run Duo, which takes place with the MTB and Trail Run events.
Take advantage of the long weekend
Monday 15 June is a school holiday and 16 June is a public holiday, so this is starting to look like a really good long week-end, not so? For sure, that’s we have laid on the laid-back Greyton MTB Safari on Monday 15 June, from Greyton Town again. Riders will be taken on an easy 40km tour along the scenic gravel roads and farm roads that surround Greyton – always a favourite amongst tourists. Riders can choose their riding group: Fast, Medium, Slow. Each group will have a host rider and a back-up. It’s going to be fun, and will reward those who just want to cruise or ride with hubby…
History of the Greyton Classic
Where it all began
The Greyton Classic was launched in 2008 by Target Events. The picturesque and historic town of Greyton, being less than 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, nestles against the Riviersonderend mountains and has proved to be a strong drawcard for people who wanted to take part in a mountain bike funride in an environment that is strong on recreation and relaxation, making a week-end trip of it and putting a good charge back into the batteries! Various race distances mean that there’s an ideal race for everyone, ensuring that the race enjoys strong family support. The tranqual little town provides lots of after-event fun and entertainment in a warm, country atmosphere.
After 2 years of the race being hosted in the town, it outgrew the town and a new venue had to be found. At the time The Oaks Farm with it’s manor house and several Cape Dutch outbuildings was in the process of being renovated, and the Ehlers family welcomed the race with typical platteland hospitality. More land owners granted the organizers access to their land for the race, and more tracks and trails were built and the route improved over the years. The trails and tracks in the foothills of the majestic mountain range provides loads of fun in an aura of unique and unsurpassed beauty, and the single track in the valley at the river and the surrounding hills to the south of the valley, leave the riders in a state of ecstacy at the finish, promising to be back the next year!
During 2012 the race was taken over by the Corporate Mountain Bike League, and Pennypinchers joined the race as title sponsor. From 2013 onwards the Greyton Classic forms part of the Pennypinchers Classic MTB Series. The race will once again host the Corporate MTB League as well, which is a competition based on a unique mountain bike handicap.