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After the devastating fire of January 2016, the inaugural Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race overcame serious challenges and presented riders with a premier winelands riding experience. For the next three years, Fairtree in collaboration with the Simonsberg Conservancy, landowners and Stellenbosch event organisers Dirtopia, presented riders with  ‘The Fire Ride’ where riders got a chance to experience the recovering Simonsberg Conservancy. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT IS PLANNED FOR 2020, ALTHOUGH A TRAIL RUN WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SECOND WEEKEND OF FEBR. Details to be announced from Dirtopia

The  Contour has been created to continue the development of mountain biking routes and expose the incredible network of single-track trails on the Simonsberg Mountain. With over 25km of mountain single-track, connecting more than 10 wine estates, the region is set to become a hotspot for mountain bike trail riders as well as trail runners.

Dirtopia has spent the last 5 years developing new routes on Delheim and Muratie wine estates. These trails are now operated in partnership with the landowners and the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy being the primary beneficiary. The conservancy represents more than 20 farms around the mountain and is currently focused on a multi-million rand alien clearing project to return large tracts of the mountain to fynbos and renosterveld. In terms of routing; route designer Meurant Botha says riders can look forward to Simonsberg with the emphasis on making it the faster, easier route of the two. Sunday’s Queen Stage returns with new trails to eliminate one or two of the lung-busting vineyard climbs and replace them with flowing trails. The trail team is set to start construction in October, gearing up for a hot summer of building.