This steep route meanders along gravel forestry roads through the pine plantations blanketing the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. Expect to climb a lot during this hilly ride.
You will become well acquainted with your granny gear on your way past the Garden Route Dam. Get your payback along two short single-track sections near Pepsi Pools. Give a tip of your helmet to the Hillbillies, the local MTB club who developed and maintain these trails. Then kick back and relax at Pepsi Pools, a waterfall cascading over boulders with great pools for a refreshing swim.
You’ll pass through small patches of indigenous forest and fynbos along the way, but don’t get too carried away by scenery as some sections are technical. Follow the old Seven Passes Road out of George towards Knysna for approximately 7 km to Saasveld. Also try the legendary surfing breaks at Victoria and Buffalo Bays and many a famous hiking trail in the Outeniqua Mountains.
This breathtaking return route traverses the Montagu Pass, an historic, gravel pass joining George and the village of Herold. Completed in 1848 by Henry Fancourt-White, the mountain road climbs to an altitude of 780 m, affording magnificent views across the Outeniqua foothills.
Superb gravel surface and steep ascents takes you through plantations, indigenous forest and mountain fynbos.