Mankele’s world class trails has become the training playground for SA’s top riders. With a number of top events held at Mankele, the trails are always kept in race condition.
The adrenaline pumping trails have an excellent balance: from lung bursting climbs, disc burning descents, nail biting north shore, big drops, river crossings and fast, smooth single track. We have something here for everyone, no matter what riding skill, fitness level or age.
All trails are marked out using an easy to follow colour coded system, with points of interest along the way and warning signs for any technical or heart in your throat obtacles, many of these have an atrenative and less intimidating “chicken out” detour around them.
Please Note: The trail and route markings have to be followed strictly!
Easy – Beginner level.
Fast and flowing single track, bridges and jeep track. This route was designed for beginners to practice their skills without too much exertion.
Duration 30 minutes.
Skill Level 20%
120 meter ascent.
This is a shorter version of the X-Country route. Test yourself on the single track, boardwalks, river crossings and technical climb, Don’t be fooled pink is not just for girls
Duration 30 – 45 minutes.
Skill Level 30%
160m Ascent, Technical. Used for Nationals Cross Country. Boardwalks, bush tunnels, bridges and some hairy descents are on the menu once you have climbed the unforgiving Sting. Duration 25 – 50 minutes.
Skill Level 40%
728 Ascent. An extension of the green route. This is a good long ride with a bit of everything. A choice of a technical (bush tunnel) or a fun twisty single track. Escape point at the green route turn off. Duration 5 hours.
Skill Level 50%
480m Ascent, Moderate. Don’t let the distance fool you; this is 20km of single track, bush tunnels, bridges, boardwalks and lung bursting climbs. It’s a good work out while having the best time ever on two wheels. Duration 2 – 3 hours.
Skill Level 70%
1200m Ascent, Difficult. The first 15km is a non stop battle with granny gear. The view and single track is well worth the climb. Two escape routes have been marked out. Take lots of water, food and a cell phone. Duration 5 – 8 hours.
Skill Level 80%
A short ride along the R539 tar road and a short stretch of gravel road before the mostly downhill bush-tunnel single track back and over the tar road and then enjoying the last bit of singletrack along the river.
Skill Level 30%
Madness. It’s a double black. Caution – adrenaline is addictive. This is not for your average hard tail or got the gear but no idea type rider. Switch backs, drop offs and rock gardens will try rip you off your bike.