MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPS
With a network of some 500 km of trails, it’s no surprise that Stellenbosch, is regarded as the mountain bike capital of South Africa! The trail network extends from privately-owned wineries to nature reserves. Stellenbosch is set to host a leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in March 2018 and is also the start/end destination of the Cape Cross Cycle Route, a 750 km cycle route that runs between Plettenberg Bay and Stellenbosch. In 2019, Stellenbosch will be host of 2 stages of the famous Cape Epic.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP
RIDE THE BEAUTIFUL TRAILS OF THE WESTERN CAPE
We are based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which is fast becoming a mountain bike paradise during the European winters. It offers stellar training facilities and amazing single tracks. Stellenbosch has a fabulous sunny Mediterranean climate, warm sunny days and dry heat.
The scenic surroundings and mild weather are conducive to both indoor and outdoor activities, making it a popular sporting destination for young and old, the adventurer and the outdoor enthusiast. Outdoor sports lovers are spoilt for choice as mountain bike trails meander through fynbos, mountains and vineyards. Mountains, hills, valleys, forests and streams offer unequalled opportunities for both the outdoor and adventure enthusiast. An unforgettable mountain bike camp whilst you bike under the African sun.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP WEEK PROGRAM
BOOK YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP BEFORE THE 1ST OF OCTOBER AND GET A R1000 DISCOUNT PER PERSON
|GROUP 1||6:00 - 13:00||13:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 21:00|
|Friday||Pick up from airport and check-in||Bike Pick-up (rentals) & Fitting or building of your bike with our partner bike mechanic. Early afternoon easy ride||Night market (optional|
|Saturday||Long ride through winelands (90-100 km)||Brunch followed by presentation of plans for the week|
|Sunday||Transfer to Cape town + Long ride in Cape area (100-110 km)||Get up Table mountain / shop at Waterfront (optional)|
|Monday||Mountain passes ride (75 – 100 km)||Massage|
|Tuesday||Wine lands morning ride (80-100 km)||Ice bath||Night ride (Mtb) / trail run at Boschendal|
|Wednesday||Mountain 3 passes ride (120 km)||Afternoon mountain bike tour (optional 1.5hr)|
|Thursday||Coastal ride (100 km)||Safari game drive + wine tasting|
|Friday||Check out + Airport transfers|
CYCLING CAMP PROMOTION
BOOK YOUR CYCLING CAMP BEFORE THE 1ST OF OCTOBER AND GET AN EXTRA MASSAGE
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). Extra days can be booked for R1800 per day
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). Extra days can be booked for R1500 per day per person
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). Extra days can be booked for R1200 per day per person
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). Extra days can be booked for R1000 per day per person
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). Extra days can be booked for R1000 per day per person. Contact us for groups bigger than 12 athletes.
The Émonda ALR 5 is fast, light, responsive, and balanced – everything a quality aluminium road bike should be. But it also has the sleek looks of a far more expensive carbon bike. Upgrades on parts that make a big difference in performance, like the dependable Shimano 105 drivetrain, make it a smart choice for racing, group rides and more. A dependable, lightweight racing bike for longer, faster rides.
The ALR 5 comes with shaped tubes and Invisible Weld Technology, a carbon fork that absorbs vibration from the road, powerful direct-mount rim brakes, Bontrager Affinity Tubeless Ready wheels and a full 2×11 Shimano 105 drivetrain for precise and dependable shifting.
Road bikes can be rented for R450 per day, more info can be found here.
Including helmet and water bottle
Including helmet and water bottle
Including helmet and water bottle
Including helmet and water bottle
Let our partner BMT bike shop built and box your bike, they are located next to your apartment.
DAY 1 FRIDAY
Arrival, check in, easy ride (25 - 30km), night market
Airport transfer from Cape Town airport, no matter what time you arrive, you will be picked up. If we can't pick you up ourself (Bram), we will arrange a transfer for you. But please tell us if you bring your own bike ;-). It takes about 45 minutes from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation in Stellenbosch.
We will sort out your rental bike asap when you arrive. Today we do a short test ride to check if the bike is well adjusted to your body size.
In the evening we do an open water swim, which you are welcome to join. After the swim we will visit the night market at Boschendal for some nice farm meals and a drink.
DAY 2 SATURDAY
Morning ride to Franschhoek (70 - 100km), welcome breakfast
After lunch time we visit the pool to arrange your pool and gym access for the rest of the week. You will have unlimited access to the gym, gym classes and the pool (within their opening times) for the rest of your camp.
Today we ride from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, about 70km - 100 km. Beginners can easily do the ride to Franschhoek and the more advanced riders can even climb the beautiful Franschhoek pass. The ride starts with a moderate climb over the scenic Helshoogte pass (+/- 250m elevation). From there a fast down hill ride, passing Boschendal and many other wine farms. We ride on roads with (mostly) wide shoulders.
DAY 3 SUNDAY
CAPE PENINSULAR RIDE (80 - 120km), EXPLORE CAPE TOWN
After the ride we do a 5km brick run on the beautiful Sea Point boulevard, after the run it's up to you. You can go back with us to Stellenbosch or you can spent the rest of the day in Cape Town (visit Table mountain, Camps Bay, Waterfront etc.). A taxi / Uber transfer back is not included (cost about €25), but we will take care of your road bike.
Early morning we leave to Cape Town for our favorite cycle ride (4-6 hours). Starting in Green Point, Cape Town over the famous Chapman's peak (one of South Africa's most beautiful mountain passes), all the way to Kalk Bay. During the ride we will pass small postcard towns like Houtbay, Noordhoek, Scarborough and Simons Town. Enjoy the beautiful views of the stunning beaches and blue ocean.
DAY 4 MONDAY
Wine lands + Jonkershoek nature reserve (75 – 100 km), MASSAGE
For recovery we included a massage for you.
DAY 5 TUESDAY
COASTAL RIDE (70 - 120km), NIGHT RIDE & RUN (OPTIONAL)
Today we ride the stunning coastal route to Rooi Els 70- 100 km. Beginners can start their ride in Gordons bay and the more advanced riders will cycle all the way from Stellenbosch. The route goes through the beach towns Strand and Gordons Bay, spectacular ocean views are guaranteed and if you are lucky you might even spot a whale or some dolphins.
DAY 6 WEDNESDAY
LONG RIDE (100 - 130 KM), SAFARI GAME DRIVE, WINE TASTING
The last ride of your cycling camp is a tough one. A long ride to Malmsbury and back to Stellenbosch (100- 130 km). Rolling hills again, wide shoulders and vineyards scenery.
DAY 7 THURSDAY
PRISON LOOP RIDE (90 - 100km)
This afternoon we will do a 2 hour game drive at Villiera wine farm. Expect to see some giraffes, kudu's, zebra's, wildebeests and much more. For the afternoon we planned a safari game drive at a wildlife sanctuary situated at Villiera's vineyards, 15 minutes outside Stellenbosch. It includes 12 dams plus marsh areas which attract a huge variety of bird-life. Indigenous trees are grown in old milk containers, plastic water bottles etc. Thousands of indigenous trees have also been donated by the Cape Garden Centre. To date well over 100 000 trees have been planted. A number of mammals have been introduced in the Wildlife Sanctuary: Springbuck, Kudu, Giraffe, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Bush Pig, Burchell's Zebra, common Duiker, Steenbuck, Waterbuck and Grysbok.
The Game Drives last about 2 hours and includes a tasting of Villiera’s wines & self-conducted cellar tour.
Today we ride the "prison loop". The route goes over the beautiful Hells Hoogtepass, through Paarl and all around Simonsberg and Paarl mountain (90km - 100 km). Rolling hills all the way.
DAY 8 FRIDAY
CHECK OUT, AIRPORT TRANSFERS, OPTIONAL RIDE
The last day of the New Years camp.....Check out, return of the rental bikes and transfer back to Cape Town international airport. The athletes who leave late can leave their luggage at the reception and can still make use of the gym and the pool or we might even fit in a short ride. If you want to discover South Africa after the camp, we are willing to give you some tips (there is a lot to do /see). Traveling around by car is very easy and renting a car is quite cheap (try to book in advance). You are also more than welcome to extend your camp with extra training days. For extra days (2 sessions a day) we charge R2000 per day (€119).
Black horse self catering apartment
Our main accommodation is conveniently located at the Black Horse Centre (3 star, a stylish, well-appointed en-suite accommodation. The Black horse has 15 Double / twin rooms with a sleeper coach and adoption to place up to a extra bed, so up to 4 athletes can share the room. Colourful and contemporary, the feature of each room is a large format image of Cape flowers, whilst the windows frame the gorgeous backdrop of the Stellenbosch mountains beyond. The Black Horse Accommodation is the perfect base for athletes who wants to be close to the sports facilities and close to the town center.
Location The Black horse is located only 30 min drive from Cape Town International Airport. Just a 3 minutes walk from center of Stellenbosch and 20 minutes drive from the nearest beach. Centre facilities on your doorstep, restaurants , coffee shops, shops, car rentals and a travel agency. Off-site Gym, pool, sport fields, athletic track within walking distance Our partner BMT bike shop is next to the complex. We start most of our training sessions from this location.
- Satellite TV
- Free wifi
- 24 hour security
- Little kitchen with microwave and tea and coffee facilities
- Next to bike shop
- Town center
OLYMPIC SIZE POOL, HIGH PERFORMANCE GYM, BRAND NEW ATHLETIC TRACK
The high performance training facilities are based in the heart of Stellenbosch. Our training camps includes access to a heated 50m Olympic size pool (FINA Standard), ten lanes with a constant depth of 2 meters. In the summer months it is frequented visited by pro triathletes like Flora Duffy, Bradley Weiss, Jodie Swallows and James Cunnama and many more international pro's wishing to escape the European winter. Besides the 50m pool there is also a 25m indoor pool. Don't be surprised when you have a whole 25 m lane for yourself.
All our athletes have access to the Maties sports center. It contains weight training areas which are equipped with a large variety of equipment that allow a large number of members to train simultaneously. A Dedicated High Performance training section that is generally used by members as well as International Athletics Federations such as UK Athletics, German Athletics, and Austria Athletics. The gym also has large variety of cardiovascular training equipment including stationary cycles, elliptical trainers, indoor rowers, steppers and treadmills.
Oh and it even has an indoor track
Wining and dining
Whether you take a morning walk or afternoon stroll, you’ll find a huge variety of cafés, coffee shops and small restaurants lining the streets in the town centre. There are more than 200 restaurants offering the most basic dishes to over-the-top and 5-star dining experiences, set both in the town and on many of the wine farms. A special aura abounds within restaurants housed in Cape Dutch buildings, while those with ultra-modern interiors reflect the diversity that is dining in Stellenbosch. Fine dining restaurants, laid-back bistros, coffee shops, sidewalk cafés and fast food outlets abound and offer traditional Cape cuisine and South African specialities, to the most exotic international cuisine. Stellenbosch restaurants were once again awarded Top 10 status in the Eat Out Restaurant Awards. Stellenbosch lies ensconced in the Jonkershoek Valley and is surrounded by towering mountains and vineyards, making any dining experience memorable.
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-10 Celsius & 70km/h wind in Geneva - makes one want to go to some sunny, warm place... Escape to South Africa for some cycling & running with Annchen Clarke (Kona World Championships finisher) and Bram Peereboom(MTB champ) - these two make the most amazing training camps! Top-notch coaching, assured security (in SA!) and a lot of extra attention: sharing with us a bit of their South African dolce vita (wine, wine and more wine!) <3 Dankie Annchen & Bram!
In case you were wondering I did sneak in some time for my iron man training in South Africa! Overdue thank you to Bram & Annchen for arranging out cycling, swimming & running adventures and taking me in as part of the family! I had such a wonderful time, despite having a little too much wine the day before! All my love!
If you love sunshine, beautiful scenery and epic tri training this is the camp for you....Thank you Annchen Clarke and Bram Peereboom for a fab week
Training in Stellenbosch is a MUST for all triathlon or multisport athletes! Annchen & Bram are super hosts and coaches offering a really focused and personal training camp. I could not recommend more packing your bike up and heading to 3YO in the stunning Western Cape with first class international athlete facilities. You may even bump into a pro-star or two!
There is no denying that every trip changes our way of thinking and seeing the world. It is almost impossible to travel to a different place, to experience new things, to live incredible adventures and then to remain as if nothing had happened. An internal click type occurs! But surely travel is striking in different ways: some are more philosophical and make you rethink your life; while others take your breath away and leave you full of adrenaline. There are priceless experiences, and one of them this time was to practice triathlon in an incredible place and counting on the great help of a local specialized company, the @3yo_trainingcamps
The picturesque little town of Stellenbosch, lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains, in the heart of Cape Winelands (50km east of Cape Town). The second oldest town in South Africa, it boasts some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. The historic town centre of Stellenbosch and many of its neighborhoods have flat, quiet roads, perfect for easy cycling. The town is best explored by bike and once you have discovered the joy of cycling here, it is difficult to get back into a car again. Being a university town, Stellenbosch is home to a range of cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee shops. One of the great advantages of cycling in Stellenbosch is that you can stop anywhere to shop, have coffee or visit a museum because you have no parking problems and bicycles are always welcome!
Our mtb camps can be adjusted to your wishes. There are many different routes and areas to discover, from beginners to very experienced riders. Just tell us your skill level and we put a week program together. We can even arrange skill sessions for you if you wish.
3YO are able to facilitate mountain bike hire for those clients who prefer not bring their own bikes. Our partner, BMT can also facilitate any services and repairs. On all or rides we will bring additional drinks, a first aid kit and puncture equipment. Full suspension bikes can be hired for R650 a day, hard tail bikes for R400 a day.
For a bit of R&R – we can book a massage for you after a tough day of riding.
Safari and wine tasting
Included in the package is a 2 hour safari game drive. Expect to see kudus, zebra's and giraffes. After the safari, you will have a wine tasting (including bubbles).
Oh, we will do another wine tasting at another farm too.
3YO offer a list of accommodation options from self-catering apartments to luxury villas. We have also accommodation option for groups up till 30 persons. It guaranteed to be more than just a training camp more than just a training holiday.
Want to do a mountain bike race during your stay?
Training for the Epic?
The Epic route 2019 comes through Stellenbosch, check the trails with us
Our partner BMT bikeshop can built and box your bike
EDEN, MONT MARIE, G-SPOT
The Paradyskloof pine plantation consists of a maze of tracks and trails, ideal for single and downhill track riding. The tracks continue on to the northern side where it links up with the Coetzenburg areas.Dont miss the brilliant downhill opportunities at G-Spot to finish of your ride in the plantation. G-Spot consist of awesome jumps and tight turns to get the adrenaline flowing and now attained international status as one of the best mountain bike single tracks in the world. This place is an really for the single track rider. We start our ride at BMT bikeshop on Dorpstreet.
The Bottelary Hills MTB route runs over 20 farms in the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy area just outside Stellenbosch. All the trails are on private land with permission from the landowners, as a result strict rules apply to use of the trails. The trails are varied and appeal to riders of all capabilities. The hallmark of the trails is the scenic beauty and incredible views of the Winelands, Table Mountain, False Bay and other surrounding areas. We will be starting our ride at Jordan on Devon valley Road.
About 60km’s of trails start right outside the Trail Centre on Delvera.
Set on a private farm within the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains (half-way between Somerset West and Stellenbosch), the newly re-done Helderberg Trails prides themselves on providing a trail destination suited to every type of rider, no matter age, skill level, type of bike, or level of fitness. (Even trail runners will love our routes)!
The Helderberg Farm Trail offers superb views over False Bay, Table Mountain and the Stellenbosch vineyards. This in itself should be enough to motivate you to ascend the moderate climbs and zoom thedownhills and flat sections.
Jonkershoek nature reserve which consist of a network of purpose built single track trails connected by forestry contour paths. Favourite sections include the Never-ending stories and Armageddon, 3 levels of single track zig zagging down the mountain. The tracks include some very challenging double black tracks as well as easy to use jeep tracks.
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). The camps start on Fridays and ends on the next Friday. Extra days €125 PP / day
All our camps can be extended with extra training days (start earlier or stay longer). The camps start on Fridays and ends on the next Friday. Extra days €110 PP / day
Extra days €99 PP / day
|GROUP 1||6:00 - 13:00||13:00 - 17:00||17:00 - 21:00|
|Friday||Pick up from airport and check-in||Early afternoon easy ride on STF trails||Night market|
|Saturday||JONKERSHOEK, ride +/- 5 hours, including welcome lunch at Ride in|
|Sunday||JONKERSHOEK (3-4 hours), including coffee at Postcard cafe|
|Monday||SIMONS BERG (3-4 hours), coffee at Muratie||Mountain bike skill session||Bike maintainance clinic|
|Tuesday||STF / UCI trails, EPIC route recci (3-4 hours), coffee at Mont Marie||Night ride at Boschendal (optional)|
|Wednesday||BANHOEK (3-4 hours), coffee at Bartiney||Safari game drive + wine tasting|
|Thursday||Table Mountain ride (4-5 hours) ,Epic prologue route recci||Spent day in Cape Town||Transfer back to Stellenbosch|
|Friday||Optional early morning ride (2 hours)
Check out + Airport transfers