• 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • KLEINHANS, DE GROOT DEFEAT THE MONSTER ON FIRST ATTEMPT

    KLEINHANS, DE GROOT DEFEAT THE MONSTER ON FIRST ATTEMPT

    North West Province, South Africa – Close to 2 000 adventure seekers toed the line at the ATKV Buffelspoort on Saturday, 23 May 2015 to test their mountain biking prowess at the mu ...

  • WHITE WINS WALKERVILLE MTB CLASSIC

    WHITE WINS WALKERVILLE MTB CLASSIC

    Nic White showed his enduring class in a testing two-man sprint to take the victory in the Bestmed Walkerville MTB Classic, presented by ASG, in Gauteng on Saturday. The 80km race ...

  • DE GROOT IN RACE AGAINST TIME FOR SA MARATHON CHAMPS

    DE GROOT IN RACE AGAINST TIME FOR SA MARATHON CHAMPS

    Van Gaalen – Double defending South African Marathon champion Robyn de Groot is locked in a race against time to try and shrug off a viral problem in time for the Ashburton Investm ...

THE MUNGA DIARY: BENCHMARK 1

  Having never done an ultra-endurance bicycle race before, I figured the best way to tackle The Munga is by doing some longer distance ...Read More »

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 style ...

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