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.