Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club
The Club was officially constituted in 1997 and has been run by various enthusiasts over the years. It reached its previous largest size around 2005/6 when it had nearly 200 members and was given use of the Majik Forest trails for as long as it remained active. It is obligated through an old agreement with the De-Grendel Sub-Council to maintain these trails.
The Majik Forest is an area of woodland and derelict vineland situated above the Van Riebeeckshof Shopping Centre, bordered now by the Oude Westhof estate on one side and D’Aria/Altydgedacht vineyards on the other. Access is from an entrance off the Jip de Jager extension road that leads to the Vineyard Development, or from Oude Westhof. The whole area is less than 12 hectares, and it is the ONLY trail in the Northern Suburbs, an area that is home to perhaps 300,000 people or more. Mountain bikers have been using the trails there for the last 17 years, but as housing has grown up around it, more and more walkers and runners use them too.
The idea for a Durbanville Hills trail network germinated after TmtbC was invited to present ideas to the Tygerberg Renosterveld Conservancy (TRC) at its AGM in Mar 2008.The TRC was looking for ways to raise funds to preserve, maintain and grow the preciously small (only 4% remains of the original) areas of Renosterveld remaining in the Southern end of the Western Cape. The idea that mountain bikers would ‘pay to play’ was seen as a key factor in opening up areas of unused farmland for the benefit of all.
Visit the TBMTBC at: www.tygerbergmtb.co.za