• CAPE EPIC DIARY: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR BUILD-UP RACES

    CAPE EPIC DIARY: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR BUILD-UP RACES

      If you’re going to race the ABSA Cape Epic, you need to do some hard racing/stage racing in the build-up to prepare your body, mind – and family – for what lies in store com ...

  • SOUL PROVIDER: STAGE-RACE MAGNITUDE, AND GRATITUDE

    SOUL PROVIDER: STAGE-RACE MAGNITUDE, AND GRATITUDE

    The mountain bike stage race capital of the world – that’s South Africa. With 58 stage races scheduled in 12 months, that works out to an average of more than one a week Wow! We’re ...

  • A BEER WITH: ‘TREAD BUFFALO’ GD KOTZEE

    A BEER WITH: ‘TREAD BUFFALO’ GD KOTZEE

      The TREAD Buffalo Category became a hit in its first year, adding a whole new dimension to mountain bike racing for those weighing 90kg or more. For GD Kotzee, a former provincia ...

  • TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

    TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

    PROVINCE: KwaZulu-Natal CLOSEST CITY/TOWN: Bergville DESCRIPTION: We’ve reviewed the Northern Drakensberg trails as a destination before, but when we returned in January, we were o ...

  • ROOKIE PROJECT: BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE

    ROOKIE PROJECT: BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE

        Our bikes have looked after us well over the years. They’ve got us through those hectic rock gardens when we had our eyes tightly shut. They’ve soldiered on bravely t ...

  • TRAIL: WOLWESPRUIT

    TRAIL: WOLWESPRUIT

    REGION: Gauteng CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Pretoria DESCRIPTION: Pretoria mountain bikers now have a new riding option with the establishment of Wolwespruit, a managed trail centre on priv ...

  • SPECIALIZED ATLAS XC PRO AND SWAT BIB SHORT

    SPECIALIZED ATLAS XC PRO AND SWAT BIB SHORT

    SPECIALIZED ATLAS XC PRO SHORT The range of quality baggy riding clothing in South Africa has traditionally been quite limited, so we were pleased to see Specialized is now going b ...

  • SPECIALIZED FATBOY EXPERT

    SPECIALIZED FATBOY EXPERT

    Despite the mostly black styling with a flash of red, the Specialized Fatboy Expert isn’t exactly hiding in the shadows. The 26x4.6 inch Ground Control tyres make it difficult to m ...

  • 9 ZERO 7 WHITEOUT

    9 ZERO 7 WHITEOUT

    Yes, 9 Zero 7 is a strange name for a bike brand, but not when you find out that it’s the Alaskan telephone area code and the bike brand is based there and only makes fat bikes bec ...

  • Fatty BOOM!

    Fatty BOOM!

    The almost overwhelming need for every bike brand to have a fat bike in its line-up has intrigued us. They look really cool and different. But what is it about this type of bike th ...

  • AVIANTO BLUE TRAIL

    AVIANTO BLUE TRAIL

      A 10-minute drive north of Randburg, west of Fourways and east of Roodepoort gets you to Avianto, a classy, established Italian styled functions and weddings venue. There’s ...

  • GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 1

    GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 1

    Giant didn’t just embrace the 650b (27.5) wheel size, it built its entire mountain biking future around the wheel size, eliminating all 26-inch adult models and trimming its 29-inc ...

  • TRAILS: VULTURE TRAIL

    TRAILS: VULTURE TRAIL

    If you’re in need of a real challenge and have good level of fitness and a high level of skill, then it’s worth spending most of a day riding the Vulture Trail in Skeerpoort. TREAD ...

  • SAFE-T ST BRAVO PERSONAL TRACKING DEVICE

    SAFE-T ST BRAVO PERSONAL TRACKING DEVICE

      Mountain biking is high risk; of that there’s no doubt. But it’s damn fun! So in order to keep the fun coming, we have to manage the risks – ride on safer trails or with a g ...

  • RYDER AIRPLUS FLOOR PUMP

    RYDER AIRPLUS FLOOR PUMP

      The one piece of equipment every mountain biker should own, is a floor pump. Optimal tyre pressure is essential in order to get the most out of your bike and the trails that ...

  • MOMSEN MOUNT GRAHAM TYRE

    MOMSEN MOUNT GRAHAM TYRE

      A South African brand tyre – why not? We’ve got South African brands for just about everything else in mountain biking. The folks at Two Wheels Trading, who own the Momsen b ...

  • A BEER WITH: JAMES REID

    A BEER WITH: JAMES REID

      James Reid won the South African marathon champs title for a second year in succession recently. He’s not focussed on marathon racing though, he’s chosen to race the highly ...

  • FAST, FASTER, FASTEST

    FAST, FASTER, FASTEST

      Most of us race, or want to race. It’s a South African thing. It’s a human thing. A race is different from a ride. There’s pressure to perform at your best in a race. But ar ...

  • CONTRABAND ROGUE 650b/29r

    CONTRABAND ROGUE 650b/29r

      This young South African brand is focussed on steel hardtails. The concept of the Rogue intrigued us in that Contraband claims it is equally efficient as a 29er or a 650b (2 ...

  • WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA, MARITZBURG MEMORIES

    WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA, MARITZBURG MEMORIES

      South Africans were once again privileged to witness the world’s best mountain bike racers competing at the first round of the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano. Priv ...

  • SCOTT SPARK 920

    SCOTT SPARK 920

      After Specialized, the long-time most popular Cape Epic bike brand, SCOTT was the highest climber in terms of brand popularity for the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic. We rode the SCOTT ...

  • GEAR: POC TRABEC RACE (MIPS) HELMET

    GEAR: POC TRABEC RACE (MIPS) HELMET

      POC, a Swedish based sports gear brand with it’s roots in snow sport is a relatively newcomer to the bicycle helmet market and brand new to the South African market. The com ...

  • POCPAC WEATHERPROOF POUCH

    POCPAC WEATHERPROOF POUCH

      We all know how vulnerable our smartphones are when we are riding or racing. They cost a packet and contain just about everything we need to communicate better with our world. Be ...

  • G-FORM EXTREME CASE AND SCREEN SHIELD

    G-FORM EXTREME CASE AND SCREEN SHIELD

      We all know how vulnerable our smartphones are when we are riding or racing. They cost a packet and contain just about everything we need to communicate better with our world. Be ...

  • ROCK SHOX PIKE 29 RCT3 140mm and 120-150mm

    ROCK SHOX PIKE 29 RCT3 140mm and 120-150mm

      So, you’ve been mountain biking for a while. Long enough to realise that sure, you enjoy training, but nothing makes you smile more than hitting the trail as HARD as you can ...

  • HOW MUCH CLIMBING ARE YOU REALLY DOING?

    HOW MUCH CLIMBING ARE YOU REALLY DOING?

      Despite the obvious suffering they cause us, hills deliver both challenges and rewards. When describing races or trails, people tend to focus on the distance of the route. W ...

  • RACE OR RIDE? WE DECIDE

    RACE OR RIDE? WE DECIDE

      A flower sprouted from the basin of rich South African earth that used to be the bottom of my cycling shoe, as I carved into the mud, hunting my cleat. I’d already been clea ...

  • A BEER WITH: CHERISE STANDER

    A BEER WITH: CHERISE STANDER

      After losing her husband and best friend, Burry Stander, on 3 January 2013, Cherise Stander has been on an emotional journey that’s taken her to the loneliest places. Her mo ...

  • CROESER, KLEINHANS MASTER THE MUD TO CLAIM BALLITO MTB TITLES

    CROESER, KLEINHANS MASTER THE MUD TO CLAIM BALLITO MTB TITLES

    South African Rourke Croeser and Swiss Ariane Kleinhans conquered strong competition and atrocious conditions to claim victories in the men and women’s races respectively at Round ...

  • JUNIOR ELIMINATOR SERIES GAUTENG, PWC PARK

    JUNIOR ELIMINATOR SERIES GAUTENG, PWC PARK

      Round two of the Junior Eliminator Series for Gauteng hosted at PWC Bike Park set new standards for the series moving forward. The course was 99,9% visible from sitting in o ...

  • STRONG FIELD LINED UP FOR ASHBURTON NATIONAL MTB SERIES BALLITO

    STRONG FIELD LINED UP FOR ASHBURTON NATIONAL MTB SERIES BALLITO

    The prestigious Ashburton Investments National MTB Series heads to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province this weekend for what could be the most decisive round in the seven-event s ...

NUTRITION: FAT-ADAPTED RACING, WHAT I’VE LEARNED

The low-carb high-fat nutrition movement has become as contentious as religion or politics. I’ve been following it since 13 December 2013 in ...Read More »

TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

PROVINCE: KwaZulu-Natal CLOSEST CITY/TOWN: Bergville DESCRIPTION: We’ve reviewed the Northern Drakensberg trails as a destination before, bu ...

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