MTB Off-road Cycle Track Next To OR Tambo Runway East Rand Boksburg South Africa

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  1. Roger Johnson says:

    Hi. Some inputs re your post on on that bike track east of the main ORT runway. It’s actually part of the Emperor’s Palace Classic Road & MTB event which takes place in April each year. The MTB track which comprises two parts, viz; a small area off Jones Road at the far south west corner of the ORT complex which then links to that part on the eastern side. See map at http://www.emperorsclassic.co.za/. The ride is real twisty turny amongst trees in the first part with some open track and then connects to the other side via a short stretch on Yaldwin Rd . There’s a gate to get into the eastern track section on Yaldwin Road (at “the dip” in Yaldwin at the southern end of the runway) and I tried to get in there recently but found it locked. Next time I ride out that way I will try the 43 Roman Rd access to see if the gate (visible in Google Maps) is open or also locked and let you know. It is possible to get into the first section from Harvey Road (which leads to the ORT long term parking area) and turning south at the traffic island – as can be seen in the map in the Emperors Classic web site. Recommended to ride it though? It’s very lonely being inside the ORT perimeter security fencing. I haven’t seen any signs of pedestrian through traffic or shack dwellings but have seen evidence of people having come in to cut the trees – mostly young bluegums that grow erectly – for vertical poles for shack construction (I guess). This at times other than Feb/March when the race organisers go in to clear the new growth since the last event in preparation for the upcoming one. PS: I share this info in the interests of finding safe off road riding areas on the East Rand that don’t require having to ride a fair/long distance to get there (or, having to take the bike on the car) and which are ‘free to ride’

  2. Roger Johnson says:

    3 Jan ’17: This may be a repeat of a post that I did mid-December (or thought that I did – can’t find it or ):the blog section now.
    Hi. Some inputs re your post on that bike track east of the main ORT runway. It’s actually part of the Emperor’s Palace Classic Road & MTB event which takes place in April each year. The MTB track which comprises two parts, viz; a small area off Jones Road at the far south west corner of the ORT complex which then links to that part on the eastern side. See map at http://www.emperorsclassic.co.za/. The ride is real twisty turny amongst trees in the first part with some open track and then connects to the other side via a short stretch on Yaldwin Rd . There’s a gate to get into the eastern track section on Yaldwin Road (at “the dip” in Yaldwin at the southern end of the runway) and I tried to get in there recently but found it locked. Next time I ride out that way I will try the 43 Roman Rd access to see if the gate (visible in Google Maps) is open or also locked and let you know. It is possible to get into the first section from Harvey Road (which leads to the ORT long term parking area) and turning south at the traffic island – as can be seen in the map in the Emperors Classic web site. Recommended to ride it though? It’s very lonely being inside the ORT perimeter security fencing. I haven’t seen any signs of pedestrian through traffic or shack dwellings but have seen evidence of people having come in to cut the trees – mostly young blue gums that grow erectly – for vertical poles for shack construction (I guess). This at times other than Feb/March when the race organisers go in to clear the new growth since the last event in preparation for the upcoming one. PS: I share this info in the interests of finding safe off road riding areas on the East Rand that don’t require having to ride a fair/long distance to get there (or, having to take the bike on the car) and which are ‘free to ride’

    As a follow up to this, I rode Yaldwin& Impala Park area on Sunday 31st and took a look at the access gates to that area east of the ORT runway. Both closed and therefore the area inaccessible. So, I guess that i’m right that it is only opened for the Emperor’s Classic event

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