Last night my riding partner and I got to take our mountain bikes for a ride on a section of the new Constantia Green belt loop, and it was much better than I had expected it to be. There are no big climbs, but there are a few short, steep descents. This makes for a fast and following piece of ST which is a ton of fun to ride.
Total Distance: 8km (when ridden in full)
Difficuluty Level: 4/10 ( easy enough for begginers who have gotten the basics like correct braking and attack position nailed)
Riding Time: Approximately an hour
Single Track: Yes, and plenty of it
Trail Condition: Neat
Starting at the bottom of Lismore Avenue in Tokai the trail goes down a short bit of tar, then turns right onto the single track. Follow that track along for about 1.5kms and come out at the Keyser River trail. This section of trail starts on a short but fun downhill section before getting into a rolling, winding section through the reeds.
The surface changes from hard compacted clay, to loose sand and wood chips, so be prepared for a bit of slipping and sliding, and don’t get too grabby with those brakes 😛 There are a few short steep climbs that you need to power up, so unless you have legs of steel and weigh next to nothing, I wouldn’t suggest a high gear ratio.
The trail is winding and goes past the River and through the trees, along some gardens and fields. The route is very pretty overall. The trail is not manicured, so don’t expect a smooth ride like you would at trails like Meerendal. I suspect that the surface will change often and that new obstacles likes roots and rocks will come into play, especially as the trail starts to see some heavy use.
The trail is bidirectional, so be on the lookout for other cyclists coming along. While riding we came across one other group of riders who pulled aside and let us pass. There are also people walking on the trails, so be careful of them too.
For the most part I was able to keep a good cadence using a 2(f)/4(b) gear ratio. I did have to stop on two short accents; one that I just didn’t have the power for, and changed up a gear instead of down (like the genius that I am) and one where I couldn’t find traction on the soft sand.
If you want to explore the trails, use Google Maps to find the bottom of Lismore Avenue, and from there the trails are clearly marked with green boards showing you the way.
FULL ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The 8 km trail can be ridden in either direction. Please ride at a sensible speed and respect all users at all times.
Starting from the bottom of Lismore Avenue in Tokai, cyclists enter the original cycle track on the Soetvlei Avenue Greenbelt. The route is clearly marked with directional arrows all the way in both directions.
From here the route follows the Keyser River along a narrow trail. Please proceed with caution and respect other trail users. The route then crosses Firgrove Way and enters the Strawberry Lane section of Greenbelt, still along a narrow trail. This section exits at Spaanschemat River Road (close to Peddlars on the Bend) and crosses the road (at the pedestrian crossing) to enter Brounger Road.
The route then turns right off Brounger Road and onto the Pagasvlei Greenbelt section until it meets up with Constantia Main Road.
Cross at the pedestrian crossing and enter the Silverhurst Greenbelt section. Here the trail keeps to the left hand side of the Greenbelt. No cycling is permitted on the trail that runs up past the small dam on the right hand side of the Greenbelt. Exit this section across the wooden bridge and enter Silverhurst Drive. At the top of the short hill, turn left into Duckitt Avenue and continue to Southern Cross Drive. Cross the tar road and continue for about 200m (look out for the sub-station on the right) to turn right at the thoroughfare that meets up with Picardie Avenue.
Cross over Rathfelder Avenue and enter the lovely Bel Ombre Greenbelt Section of the trail. Follow the route markers through Bel Ombre Meadow, and cross Rathfelder Avenue again and proceed up Avenue Beauvais.
Turn left at the end of Avenue Beauvais and enter the Diep River Section of the Greenbelts and head up towards the mountain. (Please note that the lower section of this trail is out of bounds as it would join up with the Alphen section). The trail winds its way up four sections of the Diep River Trail and crosses Bel Ombre Road, Monterey Drive and Bellevue Road.
On the last, steep, section of the trail, enter the trail to the left up the purpose-built cycle trail and exit onto Southern Cross Drive.
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