A ride trough the heart of the Midlands, with some great opportunities for good coffee, breakfast or lunch. It isn’t easy though, and you will definitely feel your legs burning after 1235 meter of climbing.
Piggly Wiggly to Currys Post
The R103 is narrow and busy so it is not my favourite part of this route. Luckily, it’s only 2km and mainly downhill. Just before the train station, the route goes left, and starts climbing on the D… This road takes you under the N3 and towards Curry’s post road. When you arrive at the T-junction, there is an opportunity to have coffee or breakfast at the Barn Owl café, which is just down the road on your left. If you are not stopping, however, follow the route, which takes a right turn at the Junction.
Turn left. This is the start of Kyberpass a 3 km climb with some steep sections
A short very steep climb....For when you started at Barn owl or Terbodore this is the last steep climb.
Right and left
After elliots neck you hit a T-junction, turn right and after 200 meters turn left towards...
Curry's Post Road
At the T junction turn right onto the Curry's Post road. You will start here with a bit of climbing but will mainly decent for a couple of kilomotres.
Turn left on to Gravel
Just a couple of hundred metres after Thumble Downs Cafe you turn left towards Karkloof. From here you leave the tar and enter the Gravel road.
You can extend the route here
If you are keen to ride a bit longer you can turn right here. You will come out on the Tar road opposite the Karkloof Country club. Turn left and after a couple of kilometres turn left again towards Curry's post road.You will pick up the route again a bit further down this gravel road.
Turn left over de N3
The Gravel road becomes Tar for a couple of hundred metres. Turn left and go over the N3 and continue straight.
At the bottom of the down hill keep left at the fork.
At the Y juntion keep left.
Turn left onto R103
At the T-junction turn left onto the R103. This tar road can be busy. You have a nice opportunity for a break at Piggly Wiggly.
Just before the train station turn left towards
Continue the road underneath the N3
Curry’s Post and Karkloof area
Curry's post's tar forms 10 km of this loop. This stretch is relatively easy and fast as this is mainly downhill. The traffic on this road is not too bad so the stretch is enjoyable and relaxing.
Just after Tumblesdowns café, the route takes a left turn onto the gravel road towards Karkloof. Coming from the Curry’s post road, this stretch of Gravel is predominantly downhill, which allows you to enjoy the Farmlands and the view of the Karkloof nature reserve.
After turning left at the 4-way crossing, you will continue trough pristine midlands farmland. It’s never completely flat, but the hills are relatively short, and you will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the Karkoof Nature Reserve along the way.
Kyberpass and Elliot's neck
This, almost 3km long climb, has some steep parts, so pace yourself and remember to enjoy the view. There is a little dam at the summit where you can take a breather.
Once you reach the top of Kyberpass, the hard work is over except for Elliot's neck. This short but very steep climb will hurt your legs as a final test, but after that you can relax and ride down, with the option to get a nice cup of coffee at Terbodore.
After Eliot’s neck, you will arrive at Curry’s post road, and take a right turn onto it. Shortly after that, you will take a left turn, and from there you will have a nice descending road with lovely turns towards the N3.
The cheese maker
After you cross the N3, you will return to Gravel road and pass ...cheesemaker. This section continuously takes you up and down; probably more up than down though. Keep left at the junctions when heading towards the R103, and if you need a break, you can stop at Cavershem Mill.
As we said: a nice route with great opportunities for coffee and…
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11 on Karkloof
11 Karkloof is a rustic old Mushroom Farm in the beautiful KZN Midlands, only 6.5km from Howick, set in prime farmland of the Karkloof valley. Surrounded by the best single track in Southern Africa, the farm is the ideal starting point for mountain biking.11karkloof.co.za
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The Shaw family have been on this farm since 1852. The Karkloof range is one of the largest privately owned indigenous forests. It has been the pride and joy of all the five generations who’ve lived here. Hikers, birders and lovers of flora and fauna, have over the years enjoyed disappearing among the “giants” for a day, far from the bustle of everyday life.bushwillowcaravanpark.co.za
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