A 3 day Classic Women’s Mountain Bike Social Ride, Food & Wine Weekend
Be assured that first and foremost our women’s weekends are about enjoyment and pampering. The mountain biking is non-intimidating, set in lovely surroundings with the right terrain to practice new skills, let you push the limits if so desired, structured carefully for rider ability.
This is a social MTB weekend, so whilst there is no formal skills training, a lot of informal training and support goes on. Whatever you are a new rider or expert, spend a three-day weekend with us, and you will learn some of the physical and mental skills to ride balanced, efficiently, fast and smooth.
Remember to go wild – the best students and teachers are insatiably curious, thrive on learning, embrace failure as the opportunity it is, have empathy for others, are never afraid of looking silly, and get great satisfaction from mentoring and passing on new found knowledge.
This weekend is also available on a private-guided and self-ride basis – see our dates and price sheets for details.
|Day 1||Protea Franschoek||Franschoek transfers if required, check in, a welcoming hamper, mechanic course 101, a special hosted dinner at Foliage, Reuben’s, Pierneef or similar (Dinner)|
|Day 2||La Motte | Moreson | Solms Delta||La Motte Plantation Ride, Bread & Wine for a light lunch, Charcuterie Neil Jewell, Solms Delta Heritage & Wine Tour, Pierneef, Reuben’s, Foliage or similar for dinner (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)|
|Day 3||Franschhoek||A special breakfast, Chocolate, Some awesome MTB and a few skills, La Petit Ferme or similar for lunch, departure and home transfers. (Breakfast & Lunch)|
The first and last days mentioned in the itinerary are the arrival and departure days for this weekend. Depending on where you live, you may have to arrive a day early or leave a day later. Transfers to and from the destination, as well as additional pre and post- weekend accommodation can be organised with our office. Routes mentioned and overnight places are our preferred choices but may change due to unforeseen events.
The Travel Experience
Service Level – Classic (C) This tour is a Classic holiday. Classic holidays are the ideal way to experience the culture, wildlife, history and highlights of a destination. A 4 star level of comfort and organization allows you relax and enjoy an authentic travel experience. This package is also ideal for private groups or those travelling with non- riding partners.
Activity Theme – Women’s Mountain Biking O
ur women’s MTB programs are there to remind you that Mountain Biking is really not just about hard-core extreme riding, gnarly drop-offs, getting air and massive speed, which by the way, many of you excel at. These things are just a very small part of the MTB scene – it’s more importantly about socializing, bonding, nature, beautiful surroundings, good health and the life enhancing confidence that come with skills acquisition
Women’s MTB trips tours, itineraries and skills camps for women are suitable for mixed ability levels. New riders looking to learn the fundamentals of riding rough ground, to the advanced and veteran riders looking to launch off massive technical drops
Is this weekend for you ?
This weekend is suitable for the the following minimum skill levels, and all skill levels above this.
Two days and two nights of MTB Food & Wine
Day 1 - Friday
14:00 – 17:30 Check-in at registration desk and Leisure time
18:00 Pre-dinner drinks and welcome @ hotel bar
- Accommodation: Protea Hotel Franschoek or Similar. This charming four star hotel overlooks the majestic mountains and vineyards of the historic village of Franschhoek. Located about 80 km from Cape Town, Protea Hotel Franschhoek combines tranquility and beauty with attentive service. This magnificent hotel has a rich history, with one section dating back to the 1880s
- Rooms: The hotel offers spacious en-suite rooms equipped with TVs, bar fridges, air-conditioning and more. Although no two rooms or suites are identical at Protea Hotel Franschhoek, they are all tastefully decorated to make your stay special, welcoming and comfortable
- Meals: Dinner
- Included Activities: Franschoek transfers if required, check in, a welcoming hamper, mechanic course 101, a special hosted dinner at Foliage, Reuben’s, Pierneef or similar (Dinner)
Day 2 - Saturday
Today’s all about classic Franschhoek. We have a scheduled planned to allow some great riding, some of the area’s best food and wine, and vineyard visits designed to give you insight into the areas rich heritage and past – not your normal wine tasting. There’s also some time to relax, followed by an informal dinner at one of the many fine restaurants available.
La Motte – The MTB Trail is a further expression of La Motte’s commitment to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards and the protection of precious indigenous flora and fauna in the mountain area surrounding the estate and the adjoining Wemmershoek mountain range. It offers the ideal opportunity to explore some of La Motte’s greatest assets – the abundant birdlife, a protea garden, sustainably farmed vineyards, and a wealth of flora, resident mammals and reptiles and the breath-taking vistas of the Franschhoek Valley.
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant exudes an old world charm. It is a character-filled, rustic restaurant that has won numerous accolades for its honest food.
Neil Jewell, the Charcuterie Guru, is the inspiration behind the perfectly balanced, seasonally influenced and surroundings inspired, menu. His passion lies in his homemade Charcuterie that he prepares with mountains of patience and bucket loads of love.
Solms Delta offers a unique experience – far more than what you’d expect from a wine estate. This outstanding estate not only creates celebrated classical wines, it also offers a variety of highlights throughout the seasons. A museum pays homage to the slaves who lived in the area and there are six special interest guided wine farm tours. The museum, which chronicles the social history of the 325-year old estate, is housed in the original wine cellar dating back to 1740.
- Accommodation: Protea Hotel Franschoek or Similar
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Included Activities: La Motte Plantation Ride, Bread & Wine for a light lunch, Charcuterie Neil Jewell, Solms Delta Heritage & Wine Tour, Pierneef, Reuben’s, Foliage or similar for dinner (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 3 - Sunday
Breakfast this morning in a most beautiful setting before setting out for our morning ride. A chocolate experience and possibly another wine tasting is on the cards. Lunch at the award winning La petit Ferme’ concludes the weekend – expect to finish later in the afternoon.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Included Activities: A special breakfast, Chocolate, Some awesome MTB and a few skills, La Petit Ferme or similar for lunch, departure and home transfers. (Breakfast & Lunch)
- Included Services: Transfers back to Cape Town if pre booked with us.
Tour Leaders & Guides
On our skills camps and women’s explorer rides you’ll get hands-on coaching in all aspects of your riding and develop skills with confidence, in welcoming, no-attitude environments. When it comes to tour leaders and hosts we have you covered. Meet some of the best women mountain bikers on the planet, skilled ladies – human to human, hosts who receive great pleasure from your learning and riding enjoyment.
We know you are at different skill ability levels so we always have at a minimum two trainers per group and very often three.
Please note that these trainers and guides lead or support the majority of our tours in this region. Your preferred host may not always be available for private guiding, rest assured their replacement will not disappoint – its our guarantee.
Riding Hours, Travel Distances & Times
Travel distances and times where stated on your itinerary are affected by many factors beyond our control, are approximate only and have been prepared in good faith.
Your tour leader will usually set the pace and some group members want to ride all day; others want to stop more frequently, meet the locals, and see the sights and relax before dinner in the evening! The riding hours if indicated with the tour description include time for coffee stops and photo stops, but do not include time for picnics/lunches.
These trips will be accompanied by an escort vehicle for safety, service and first aid as well as for day pack transportation. As a matter of safety, this vehicle will follow the group on most of the riding days. There is limited space for participants to ride in the vehicle. Contact us for the details.
Accommodation and rooms listed on our itinerary are our preferred options, but are subject to availability for private guided tours where we have not taken up seasonal allocation. Where we cannot use our preferred accommodations we utilize similar and equivalent properties.
This tour has 2 Nights in Classic 4 Star Hotels/Lodges
Included Meals 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners
Please inform us prior to travel wine your wine preferences so we can prepare accordingly for the food wine pairing dinner.
Superior and Luxury room upgrades are available – please contact us for details.
Prices fluctuate dependant on group size, time of the year and other factors. Single room supplements apply to travellers not sharing. Please contact us to obtain a detailed pricing sheet for this itinerary.
We have scheduled a limited number of dates and places for this program.
Private Guided weekend
This weekend is available on a private guided basis subject to availability of accommodation and trainers.
What is Included?
- Accommodation per itinerary
- Most meals – Breakfast and Dinner as per itinerary
- Snacks and drinks
- Road Safety – back up vehicle and bike trailer
- Ride Leaders, trainers and Bike Mechanic
- Daily yoga or Pilates sessions (breathing, stretching and relaxation)
- Informative talks by guest speakers
- A very good gift hamper
What is excluded?
- Regional Flights
- Meals not included on the itinerary
- Tips and other items of a personal nature
- Gear – All your personal riding gear for the duration of the weekend
- Spares for your bike
- Travel and personal accident insurance (obligatory)
Riding Hours, Travel Distances & Times
Any riding distances and times stated on your itinerary are affected by many factors beyond our control, they are approximate only and have been prepared in good faith.
Airport Arrival Meet and Greet
If you are from out of town and have organised transfers with us then a royal greeting awaits you right from the moment you step into the arrivals hall. You will be received by a smiling tour leader or guide holding a plaque with your name or the name of your tour group clearly printed in bold. The documentation and vouchers you receive before you leave home will also have this service itemised, along with our 24-hour emergency contact number.
Arrival and departure transfers are not included in you weekend cost. If you book this service then you will need to supply us with your flight details as soon as possible after booking. If you require pre- or post-tour accommodation this can be organised through our offices. Airport transfers that are included in your weekend cost will be rearranged to coincide with your arrival and departure flights if you have booked pre- or post-tour accommodation.
Pre departure tour briefings
Your tour vouchers will clearly indicate where and when pre tour briefings for scheduled and private guided tours will be held. This important meeting is usually held at your accommodation establishment just before or after dinner. You can call us on +27 82 848 4893 to verify the details.
Insurance, Undertaking & Indemnity
It is preferable on joining our tours that you are in possession of a comprehensive medical insurance. Please make sure you have read our general trading conditions. You will be required to sign a rider undertaking and indemnity before joining us on this program.
Optional activity prices are subject to change and can fluctuate in relation to the high/low season and the number of people on a specific excursion. Not all excursions listed here may be available, due to season, or weather conditions. As generally not a lot of time is spent in start/end cities, you may want to arrange to arrive early, or stay longer after the trip in order to allow sufficient time to participate in optional activities.
Flight prices fluctuate continuously and are only sometimes included – they can only be confirmed when payment is received within 48 hours, so for this reason we only quote on request, and levy a nominal administration fee.
Regional flights applicable to this tour might be:
Durban or Johannesburg to Cape Town
Pre & Post tour Accommodation
Ad Hoc accommodation bookings, extra nights before or after your tour are often subject to best available rate at the time of booking, so for this reason we only quote on request, and levy a nominal administration fee.
Terms & Conditions
Before your trip, please make sure you have read our general trading conditions.
Responsible Travel an Earth Issues
Africa & responsible mountain biking – during your journey take time to observe the miracle of life. Celebrate this continent’s rich and wonderful diversity, the animals, communities and landscapes that you will encounter. Take some quiet time to consider the human impact on our planet, consume resources in a sustainable manner, and when you get home tell your story.
We support the work of the following organization and a portion of your trip cost is donated to them.
BEN SOUTH AFRICA
BEN is a non-profit organization. The main mission of BEN is to address poverty and mobility through the promotion of the bicycle in all its forms. BEN imports used bicycles from overseas and distributes them to low income areas, trains recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establishes Bicycle Empowerment Centre’s (BEC’s) and encourages cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure.