Company Owner, founder and partner
Building trails since 1997, after doing bike trial shows with adidas in Europe for a year. From Bellville, but worked on a trout & protea farm for many years before getting involved with the MTB World Cups. Since then, building & consulting landowners world-wide from Chili, to Ghana to Tsitsikamma. Attended the IMBA World Summit in the USA for a few years and served on many cycling committees in South Africa through the 20 years in the industry.
Meurant’s role in the company:
Event director - logistics & routes
Master Trail Builder & designer
Artwork - Designer
Founder & Managing Director of Amarider (and Trail Tag) & Spur School League
Company Owner and partner
Arina worked in the service & wine industries during holidays & weekends since she was sixteen. After matriculating at Paarl Gymnasium, she first completed the National Diploma General Management (3 year course) at Cape Technikon, before working & travelling in the UK & Europe for one year. Back in SA while working at a wine estate, she realized the travelling bug was too strong, and for another two years she lived, worked & travelled in the USA where she mostly had adventures on the West Coast & Hawaii. During this time she started MTBing (skiing & hiking trips too) in the Rockies & Sierra Mountains. Dollars were earned mostly in the service industry abroad, but back in SA the wine industry called again, and she worked at famous Paarl & Stellenbosch Estates for more than 10 years - PR, Sales, Exports & Admin, Marketing etc. Loving mountain biking singletrack always, competition was never in her blood - rather trail riding, but she did compete in provincials XC & downhill for a few years. After meeting Meurant in '95, and getting involved with MTB events part time, she finally left the 'monthly salary' to be a full time partner in Dirtopia by 2003. Now also teaching their daughter, Kaylee and son Meurant the love for outdoors and farm life... Time on the bike is a bit slightly less now, with the business and little ones keeping her busy, but getting to run on Delvera is a bonus :-) Enduro events is the only ones both Meurant & Arina can ride as well as organize.
Arina’s role in the company-
Trail Centre Manager
PR & Marketing manager & social media
Cafe & Lodge manager
Event co-ordinator and administrative manager
After having completed her schooling in Johannesburg, Alanda moved to Cape Town in 2010 to study BSC Human Life Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch. During her studies she started her career as a part time crew member that saw to all duties in the Dirtopia Trail Centre over weekends where she soon gave into her interest in outdoor events and joined the team on a full time basis.
With one degree down, she still opts to further her studies in BSC Genetics with Psychology through UNISA while balancing work and enjoying the much loved Cape Town culture of wine tasting. Alanda has worked her way through the ranks to earned her new title. She welcomes each challenge that comes her way and has shown that she is more than capable of solving problems. A true team player and valuable member of the Dirtopia Team.
Bookkeeping experience for the past 25 years. Enjoy working with figures but also like to be thrown into the deep end and swim no matter what the challenge is. Like to increase my work environment, learn and do more than expected from me. People pleaser, family and home always near to my heart.
Barrista - Dirtopia Cafe
Cardwell joined the team in October 2016. He was a freelance barrista for many companies including CTICC, Pronto etc. A man of plenty experience - more than 10 years! Been around the team as a freelance service provided for more than 8 years and has finally given in to joining the team permanently. Cardwell has a vision to turn the coffee business into greater heights including other beverages. Come try his magic smoothies!
Trail Centre: customer relations
When not manning the front desk at the Dirtopia Trial Centre, Nico is a final year B.Com student at the local university. In his free time, you can find him exploring the mountains and oceans between the Hoanib and Palmiet Rivers.
Alida Studied BComm Management science at the University of Stellenbosch (incomplete). She is a people's person with well developed social skills and loves interacting with people from all walks of life. Alida enjoys the outdoors, sporting activities and horse-riding. She is meticulous, have an eye for detail and have strong administrative skills, making her a perfect match with the Dirtopia family. She has experience with weddings & functions and she now enjoys welcoming Lodge & Cafe guests to Delvera.
Joined Dirtopia in May'14, Divan works on site at events and on Delvera with various maintenance tasks and on the trails where needed.
Stuart Wilkins - Trail manager
Dirtopia also contracts a construction trail building team and has various part-time crew members that assist on events and in the trail centre during weekends. Contact us with your details if you are interested!
TRAIL RUN @ WARWICK WINE ESTATE 2016
FAIRTREE CAPITAL SIMONSBERG COUNTOUR MTB STAGE RACE 2016
SPUR LOURENSFORD MTB CLASSIC 2012
The Team and event crew after prize giving... smiles all the way
DIRTOPIA MTB FESTIVAL 2012
Crew ready for Summer!
STAALWATER MTB CHALLENGE 2014
Crew assisting at the finishline
AVIOR CORPORATE 2014
PERDEBERG MTB FUNRIDE 2015
Crew assisting at registration