PLEASE NOTE: LOGWOOD BIKE HAVEN CLOSED ITS DOORS FOR THE LAST TIME IN FEBRUARY 2008 AFTER TAKING MANY HIGH VELDT MTB RIDERS FROM RIDING DIRT ROADS TO AN ADDICTION TO TWISTY GROOMED SINGLE TRACK. THIS PAGE REMAINS BECAUSE SO MANY RIDERS ASKED US TO KEEP IT UP, A NOSTALGIA THING FOR SOUTH AFRICAS FIRST COMMERCIAL BIKE PARK.
Skill Level: Green 5
Green Cathedral has two entrances and two exits.
For the longest ride, begin at the entrance that is almost opposite the exit from Organ Grinder on the Transverse Shortcut section of the Main Drag. This is fast and smooth forest riding at its best!
As you enter the trail heads down a couple of smoothed steps and into a very fast and lightly bermed left hander before straightening to glide between two very large closely placed trees that represent the edge of the forest.
After the trees comes a short sandy section that follows a fairly straight path with a few roots and other features. There is then a quite aggressive dip in the trail into a stream bed that only flows during storms (if it has water in it then you are already very wet ‘cause it’s raining) and immediately after comes a very tight left bend with a large berm and a small mound immediately following.
It is here that the short Green Cathedral enters. The gate for this entrance lies on the Main Drag between the swimming pool/tennis courts and the vehicle entrance gate.
A twisty downhill section follows, that although very narrow is bermed and will hold extreme speed if you can turn the cranks that fast. At the bottom of the hill the trail circumnavigates the Tool Shed on a high speed berm before cutting around the biggest tree you have ever seen and climbing back up.
Save some legs during the short climb because you will need them to safely negotiate the next dry (possibly) stream crossing and re-enter the forest area proper. The idea here is to spin the cranks as fast as you can whilst dodging those tricky and somewhat treacherous trees that seem to just wait till you come before jumping into the trail.
Yet another (possibly) dry stream crossing will lead into a wide sweeping bend that uses a skinny (but short) bridge to lead into a hugely bermed right hander that scrapes the bottom of another truly huge tree before feeding between two very close but smaller ones.
A couple more bridges take you over the stream and back into the forest to dodge more trees and hone your cornering skills on non-bermed fast single track.
At this point the trail splits. The right hand fork will take you out the Short Exit onto the Main Drag near the entrance to North Shore and Zombie Birdhouse. The left fork will take you down toward the dam, passing over a couple of mounds, the second of which has been affectionately named The Launching Pad. You must land this (if you decide to get air) whilst in the middle of a left hand bend…it’s about as easy as it sounds! Be warned the Water Worx also enters at this point and things sometimes get quite interesting because your brakes don’t work well whilst your wheels are in the air.
A little further along we have the entrance to Inner Circle splitting off to the left whilst Green Cathedral continues to the right. Expect the unexpected because now comes a long skinny log bridge that crosses the dry stream at it widest point, and then you are asked to follow a contour path around the edge of a knoll.
From here its all uphill through narrow single track to exit onto the Main Drag near the Tennis Courts.
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