First and foremost we need to take cognisance of the rules of our trails. It is vitally important as they have been set for you and your fellow rider’s safety, and to help protect our environment, especially our Renosterveld. And lastly we are guests on the farms where we are allowed to build trails. We do not own the land; we just build and maintain our wonderful trail network. For the privilege of being able to build/ride these trails we have agreements with our landowners which dictates how, what, when, why and who. And as many clubs have found out this year if we do not follow the rules or have mutual respect for each other we can lose access to these wonderful trails very quickly. (Kliprug est: 2010 died November 2013 RIP)
- Keep to the marked trails
Please do not take shortcuts even if on Jeep track, or go “explore” areas of the farms. This is not allowed and will cause problems for the club.
- Follow the arrows! For safety’s sake, do not go against the flow
All our trails have directional markers and most of the trails have an easy one way flow so they should not be too hard to follow, but please remember, cows thing our markers as scratch poles so they do have a tendency to go missing at places. If they do please log a trail maintenance request form. Going against the flow can cause serious injury.
- Greet fellow trail users- a wave and smile cost nothing but says everything
The biggest thing lacking it seems in our cycling world is mutual respect. Leave the ego at home we are all equal on the trails from the newest newbie clad in T-shirt and Tekkies to the top Pros on their 100k carbon steeds. We have all paid to access and ride these trails we all want to have a good time. So if you are slow and some faster rider comes and sits on your back wheel and you can feel their breath on the nape of your neck don’t worry, If he/she would like to get past then it’s up to them to ask politely if they can have the track. Once they have asked for track, acknowledge by saying something like “sure when safe” meaning I will pull over when its safe for me to do so. Never take a risk to let a faster rider through. If you see people on the trail who you think does not belong, i.e. trail runners, dog walkers, hikers etc. Be polite and kindly inform them that the trails are for MTB for safety reasons. (This does not count for Majik forest which is public land and hikers/runners/walkers/dogs are allowed.) When riding Majik make sure to keep an eye out for two and four legged creatures on the trails, and thank them if they move over for you.
- Respect the land
As stated we do not own the land, we are guests on the land. Respect the farm workers, the landowners and the land itself. Do not go off the route to unmarked areas. Do not scare or hurt the animals. Also don’t trample on the plants most of our trails are in the Renosterveld conservancy.
- No smoking or littering on the trails
The only thing that you are allowed to leave on the trails are blood and sweat, the only things allowed to smoke on the trails are bearings seizing up.
- Approach animals with care, respect and space – they spook easily
- Your Membership and board
Please take note of the following, even if you have paid your membership for the year you have to be in possession of a bike board to ride any of our trails and corridors. The board may not be modified and must only be displayed on your handle bars at all times. The board is non-transferable to other individuals. You may purchase a board for friends or family members but only if you enter their correct details during placement of the order.
- Trail Running
No trail running on any of the Tygerberg MTB club and associated single track is allowed. Land access has been negotiated for mountain biking where members are clearly identifiable via bike boards only. However, lower Bloemendal does allow trail running on dirt roads only and not on the single track. Meerendal does have dedicated trails for running. No dogs are allowed on the trails.
- It is your responsibility to ensure guests riding with you pay for the correct permits
Failure to do so could lead to the committee taking action against you. As a club member you need to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations as well as the area’s where non-members are and are not allowed.
- No night riding on TMTBC Trails
You may ride the trails from sunrise to sunset, the only exceptions are the organised, official night rides.
- No helmet, no ride!
This is not debatable, and it includes your children doing the kids Y Bike track and pump tracks.
- Respect the trails!
The trails are extremely expensive to maintain and build. Please respect not only the trails but also the people that build and maintain them. No braking in the corners, no skidding, no Scandinavian flicks, no berm rolls… in fact nothing that destroys the hard work that goes into building these trails.
If you are unsure about any of these rules please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further explanations.