Building the MTB community & FatTracks Family since 1989!

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FatTracks – the first MTB club in SA

Fat Tracks was the first Mountain Bicycle Club in South Africa!

FatTracks is the first MTB club ever established in SA. Initiated in 1989, the Club is a leader in the growth of Mountain Biking in South Africa and has seen substantial growth in the last few years.

As a club we recognise the importance of catering for all mountain biking needs, irrespective of levels of discipline, fitness or skill. We believe that mountain biking is suitable for all ages, and is a great way to get out into nature, and enjoy the spectacular outdoor areas that our city has to offer.

The importance of a healthy lifestyle to sustain us through stressful times cannot be over-emphasised. During the hard lockdown, the FatTracks members still managed to have some fun in their yards – building their own tracks and sharing the videos with the members to help keep spirits up.

Newbie Tuesday ride
Newbie Tuesday ride

Your membership helps maintain the Baakens Valley Trails

Over the past number of years, FatTracks has been building, maintaining, and rehabilitating a number of trails around the Port Elizabeth area. This is all made possible through the investment and support of our annual sponsors, Continental SA and Waudcray.

FatTracks employs the services of a garden maintenance company as well as experienced builders who have honed their skills in building, maintaining, and strategically planning new trails for the MTB members as well as the wider community.

The trail building efforts are supported by FatTracks committee volunteers who assist in some of the bigger projects, and ensure that the trails have very little environmental impact. There is a lot of thought and planning that goes into establishing each route – ensuring that the trail does not have an impact on erosion or the plants and trees that it goes through.

We also recognise the importance of encouraging young people to participate in outdoor activities. Over the last three years, FatTracks has worked on building up the area around the Containers (Trail Centre) as well as the Pump Track which is situated prominently on the William Moffett Expressway.

FatTracks Fast Facts

  • 26 km of trail developed / maintained
  • 3072 trail hours of labour and supervision
  • 120 litres of fuel
  • In excess of 270 metres of weed eater cord used
  • 150 km of grass trimmed
  • 220 tons of ground moved / reworked
  • 1.2 tons of wood used to contain erosion

Family-friendly fun

During late 2020 and early 2021 we saw a huge increase in family memberships – a sign that the lockdown period had encouraged families to spend more time together. To facilitate this, FatTracks focussed on building up the Pump Track and the surrounding area to make it a fun, safe, family-friendly MTB space.

The various obstacles at the containers are designed to encourage moms, dads and kids to hone their skills. It has become a favourite family gathering space over weekends. To this end, FatTracks has invested in lighting at the Pump Track, as well as fencing and other security measures to ensure the trails and obstacles are not tampered with after hours.

Our plans for this year include more detailed mapping of the trails to make them easier for all users – MTB, hikers, trail runners – to follow.

We have also opened up memberships to trail runners who would like to contribute towards the work that the club is doing including building and maintenance of the trails.

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FatTracks MTB Club

FatTracks MTB Club

Established in 1989, Fattracks is the oldest Mountain Bike club in South Africa and still riding strong. We recognise the importance of catering for all mountain biking needs, irrespective of levels of discipline, fitness or skill.

2 weeks ago

FatTracks MTB Club
🌿🚶‍♂ Join us for a guided walk through the Valley 🚶‍♀🌿Join the Botanical Society, Dendrological Society, Historical Society of Port Elizabeth, and FatTracks Mountain Bike Club for a guided walk through the valley to learn more about the history and natural biodiversity of the Baakens Mountain Bike Trail! 🌸🌳🚴‍♂Established in 1995, this trail has helped transform the Ledger Searle Wildflower Reserve from alien vegetation into a thriving wildflower haven. 🌼🌻Today, it hosts 12 of the 18 species of conservation concern. 🌿🌍 Throughout the 5km walk, we’ll chat and learn about alien eradication, trees, botany, history, trail etiquette, and trail maintenance. 🌳🗺📅 DETAILS:Date: Sunday, 28 JulyTime: 09h00—11h00Place: The walk will start from the Peter Gibbs Nursery on Alan Drive in Walmer Downs (next to Aurora)🐾 Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome.📧 For more info, email: info@historicalsocietype.co.za See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

FatTracks MTB Club
Lots of fun at Friday's night ridNorm-Hudlin Trailsrails! 📹 By Malcolm Burrows See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

FatTracks MTB Club
We love hearing such great feedback from all the people who use the valley trails! 😁 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️🚵‍♀️🚵‍♂️🐾🐾The tribe will stick to the valley and do the easy 6.5km LOWER Guinea Fowl Trail this Sunday – 30 June. You WILL NOT get your feet wet ( there are bridges over all the streams now). This is a great walk for anyone new. It is easy, short and fun with some great views.Meet- 3rd Avenue Dip in Newton Park on the grass ( start of the trail). Time- 8.15am to register Walk – 8.30amDogs are allowed on leads with water and poo bags. R30 per adult and R20 for children under 12.Bring water and snacks for our tea break and lucky draw. Whatsapp 081 360 5639 🥾🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ See MoreSee Less
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