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"THE U" MTB STAGE RACE COURSE PREVIEW // PIKET-BO-BERG TRAILS //WESTERN CAPE
"The U" Mountain Bike Stage Race is widely regarded as the holy grail of trail in mountain biking circles simply because there is no other stage race like it in South Africa! Its network of trails are completely exclusive to the point where the only way to access them is by personal invitation, joining in on one of the pre event recce rides or by riding the 1 day Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run. The trails themselves are remarkable with the event being made up of 98% single track! Riding these trails is a true test of your technical skill set and fitness as they are not easy and need to be well prepared for. The off the bike experience is equally as world class. With a sold out field of 250 riders, the race village experience is pure class with riders being able to enjoy gin tastings, gourmet food and great music! With all of this in mind, let's head out onto the trails to take a look at the prologue route!
ALL RIDE EP22 - Trail Trippin' Through the Piketberg
WATCH, SHARE, SUBSCRIBE - WILD AIR TV If you're a fan of big views, rad trails and authentic mountain-biking then buckle up because EP22 of #ALLRIDEZA is a must watch! A mere 90 minutes outside of the mother city lies arguably one of the Western Cape's best kept mtb secrets, the Piket-bo-berg Trails! A true hidden gem in every, way, shape and form, this episode finds us rock 'n rolling through our latest Trail Trippin' escapade! From technical climbs to rapid descents, raw features to manicured berms, the extensive Piket-bo-berg trail network has it all. With over 106km of marked trail, this place is every mountain biker's dream. The only catch is that you can only ride these trails upon invite from the Starke family or at their annual stage race, The 'U'. With an exclusive invite and the full crew in tow, we were treated to hospitality of kings before linking up with our trail guide and local weapon, Rickus Jooste. What unfolded can only be described as two days of unbelievable two-wheeled exploration! A big thank you to the Starke family for hosting us! Shot 100% on GoPro! #WILDAIR #WILDAIRTV Music Usage: Markvard: https://soundcloud.com/markvard Music from Soundcloud Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/9xDk9nPUVlU Song: Peyruis - Vogue (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music promoted by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/0L7eP5_6zvw Song: Markvard - Good Vibes (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/vE9Tu58t044 Song: NOWË - Heart Of Gold (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/EALgD9ZjFyo Song: Fredji - Flying High (Vlog No Copyright Music) Music provided by Vlog No Copyright Music. Video Link: https://youtu.be/ueOi5slIU2E
The 'U' MTB Stage Race - ALL RIDE EP37
With an intimate field of only 200 riders, The 'U' MTB Stage Race is fast becoming one of those must rides on the annual two-wheeled calendar. Hosted by the Starke family on the Mouton's Valley farm of the Piket-bo-berg, The 'U' is one of those feel good weekends. With three days of incredible trails, good vibes and unreal scenery, this event certainly is something special. Team WILD AIR were on the ground taking care of the event videos and social media coverage but we also happened to craft EP37 of #ALLRIDEZA to give you a clear perspective of what makes this event so great! Sit back, relax and enjoy the radness that is The 'U'! For the 2018 event highlight videos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/pbbtrails/videos/?ref=page_internal For the 2018 Instagram coverage: https://www.instagram.com/pbbtrails/ For more info on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/157730388253690/ For more info on the Piket-bo-berg Trails: https://www.facebook.com/pbbtrails/ #WILDAIR #WILDAIRTV
2018 Prologue and Episode 1 (Stage) Highlights
The Prologue sets the tone but Episode 1 is the real deal. On paper, its seems like an easy day - 47km with 1660m of climbing - but out on the trail, riders are challenged on a technical, physical and metal level that leaves them feeling satisfied but tired. This is real mountain biking! In the words of Ariane Luthi "who builds these amazing trails?". #TheU Bike Hub Enjoy Specialized Bicycles Cape Brewing Co. Pura Soda Cadence Nutrition Truth Coffee Roasting Namgear Carmien Tea Piekenierskloof Wines Agrisell - the source of prime property