Never Stop Making Memories – Ride Rooibos MTB by Carmién

Life is short. Moments of pure joy can be fleeting. And in our busy day-to-day lives finding them can
be difficult. That is why mountain biking is so unique. The unbridled exhilaration of racing downhill is
unapparelled. Grinding up an arduous ascent brings a sense of achievement at the summit. And even
cruising along an undulating track rejuvenates the soul through a deep immersion in nature.
Rooibos MTB by Carmién takes all these elements of individual joy and adds the ability to share the
experience with your family. Thereby making the memories all the more special. With routes
suitable for riders as young as eight and activities at De Tol for all ages the event promises family
friendly fun throughout.
De Tol will be a hive of activity throughout the weekend, from Registration on Friday through to the
post-race festivities on Saturday afternoon. Situated near the summit of Piekenierskloof Pass, en
route to Citrusdal, the old toll house is now a farm stall showcasing the wares of Carmién tea and its
sister companies. Not only will there be delicious meals to satiate post-race hunger pangs; but there
will also be wine tasting by Piekenierskloof Wines and gin tastings, for the adults. While all-ages will
be able to try their hands at a rooibos tea blending experience. Live music will ensure high spirits
throughout the afternoon, while a children’s play area will serve to keep the little ones entertained
while you relax post-race.
To make the Rooibos MTB by Carmién more of an adventure you can take on the routes on your
gravel bike. Each of the routes, from the 18-kilometre short distance to the 80-kilometre marathon,
are gravel bike friendly with a mix of gravel roads, farm dual tracks and non-technical singletracks. If
your idea of fun is not making life harder for yourself on the bike you will be pleased to note that the
event is E-Bike friendly too. E-Bikers will also enjoy a separate start group.
“The, 55- and 80-kilometre, longer routes include a magnificent climb,” promised Race Director
Albert de Bruijn. “It’s a clearly demarcated segment, with prizes for the Kind and Queen of the
Mountain in both distances, which follows the historic Old Piekenierskloof Pass. From the bottom to
top the 4 kilometre long climb gains 300 meters in elevation and provides both a significant
challenge and breathtaking views.”
For all riders, analogue and electric alike, the routes’ beauty will create on-the-bike memories. The
picturesque mountain landscapes of the region are augmented by sections of pristine fynbos,
gnarled old-growth bush vines, neat orchard rows, and fields of rooibos tea growing in the winter
sunshine. The two longer distances will descend from the heights of the Pass to the Kruismansrivier
Valley – to the south – where fields of wheat, barley and canola are interspersed by paddocks of
grazing sheep and cattle. All-told the riding promises a sensory feast, as each of the visual bonanzas
are accompanied by a riot of aromas as well as the sounds of the countryside.
If this sounds like the recipe for making good memories, then count yourself in. Online entries to the
2024 Rooibos MTB by Carmién – which takes place on Saturday, 27 July – are open and limited late
entries will be available at De Tol on Friday, 26 July. To secure your spot visit
or via To share in the excitement in the lead-up to the race follow
@carmientea on Instagram and like the Carmién Tea Facebook page.
2024 Rooibos MTB by Carmién

Date: 27 July 2024
Start/Finish Venue: De Tol, Piekenierskloof Pass
Distances: 18km with 310m | 30km with 700m | 55km with 850m | 80km

with 1 415m

Entry Fees: 80km – R600 | 55km – R450 | 30km – R300 | 18km – R120.00
Enter Online:
Instagram: @carmientea or @rooibosmtbbyCarmién
Facebook: Carmién Tea or Rooibos MTB

supplied by Seamus Allardice

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