What is Dirtopia
Dirtopia is a mountain bike event and trail construction company, focusing its activities in the Western Cape region of South Africa. It all started out as a mountain bike festival in 2000 (Greyton). The company was registered in 2001 and since then have branched out to incorporate the organization of several annual mountain bike events, the construction of mountain bike trails as well as extensive trail maintenance projects on hiking and mountain bike trails in the Western Cape. Partners: Meurant and Arina Botha.
Alanda Radley is our Event co-ordinator and administrative manager and Alida Kruger is at our Trail Centre Reception and controls stock and administration assistant . Divan Werth helps with driving, storerooms, trails and joined in 2014. The trail crew is contracted with a bit team of labourers from Kyamandi and Dirtopia also uses several part time staff in the Trail Centre & at events. To the team, event organising is our lifestyle and we love what we do!
Based on Delvera Farm north of Stellenbosch, 2004 saw the expansion of Dirtopia activities to incorporate a Trail Centre from where active travelers can buy trail permits for 3 mountain bike trails as well as 3 hiking trails. Giant mountain bikes are for hire as well. In September 2007 a 'Pump Track' was opened on Delvera - a cross between BMX, dual and MTB dirt jump track. In Feb '09 a Terrain Park & kiddies track were opened. The Trail Centre expanded at the end of 2011 to a bigger building on the farm.
The Dirtopia Trail Centre also stocks maps, clothing, snacks and basic mountain bike accessories and acts as our events office. A second Trail Centre opened near Stellenbosch at Welgevonden Oct 2013, and now Pierre de Villiers run the show there with bike mechanics, bike & equipment sales.
In February 2006 Dirtopia opened another two new marked trails in Grabouw. In association with the Greenmountain Ecoroute, Groenlandberg Conservancy and Thandi Farm Kitchen.
From 2014 Dirtopia manages the trails of the Knorhoek Valley in The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy and in June 2015 opened the L'Avenir / Nooitgedacht trail near Stellenbosch.
Events in the Dirtopia stable include Dirtopia MTB Festival (since 2000), Cape Argus Pick ’n Pay MTB Challenge, Grape Escape (route), Amarider 100Miler, Die Burger Stellenbosch MTB Challenge, Nelsons Creek MTB Festival & stage race, Spur MTB Classic, 24 Hour MTB Team relay, Staalwater MTB Challenge and various other mountain bike events like Provincial races, funrides, skills clinics, nightrides, downhills, trial shows and of course our Full Moon & Sunset hikes, MTB outrides, 8hour MTB relay (9-5) etc. Dirtopia Trail Run Series offered 26 Trail Runs in 2015 and is now the biggest one in the country.
Meurant Botha is a well-known trailbuilder and also the founder of the African Mountain bike Association www.amarider.co.za that runs the Spur Schools MTB League and the Trail Tag system. Meurant has served on several non-profit committees such as CSA, PPA (8 years), Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, WPMBA, Simonsberg Conservancy, WP Cycling, WPMBA etc.
The trail construction and maintenance component of the company has undertaken various projects including contracts for Sanparks, Safcol, CapeNature, MTO, Mountain Club of SA, Pedal Power Association and private landowners. Projects have ranged from mountain bike trail construction all over the Western Cape to major maintenance projects on the Tsitsikamma Hiking trail.
You are welcome to contact us for consultation on trails and event consultation of mountain biking, trailrunning, hiking and teambuilding events. Dirtopia is the oldest mountain bike event company in the country with extensive experience, a strong database and lots of equipment!
In November 2008 Dirtopia was runner-up in Nedbank/567 Capetalk Small Business competition out of 3549 nominations.
Dirtopia is leading the way by creating sustainable ecotourism product in conservation areas. Dirtopia is a member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy.
Dirtopia's mission is to offer outdoor enthusiasts of all ages & abilities the opportunity to take part in events and therefor promote and develop off-road trails & activities such as mountain biking, trail running and hiking.