Thursday , 9 April 2020

 
TRYING TO PEDAL IN CIRCLES? DON’T BOTHER…

TRYING TO PEDAL IN CIRCLES? DON’T BOTHER…

Pedalling techniques – we’re told about peanuts, circles, mashing, pulling up, left/right balance… It’s a lot to think about. How much technique is involved in pedalling and are t ...

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STEEP CLIMB RESTART

STEEP CLIMB RESTART

We’ve all ground to a halt for some or other reason on a steep climb. Instead of dismounting and pushing your bike up the rest of the climb, here’s a step-by-step instruction from ...

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THE GREAT CHAINRING DEBATE

THE GREAT CHAINRING DEBATE

Truth is, until recently, I wasn’t interested in gear ratios. Actually, nobody was. Except maybe for mechanics and some pro riders. They understood the physics and could talk with ...

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ROOKIE PROJECT – THE ART OF RECOVERY

ROOKIE PROJECT – THE ART OF RECOVERY

  We’re often so focused on pushing our bodies to the max that we don’t give them a chance to properly recover from the intense workout regimes we subject them to. This tende ...

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LEARN HOW TO POP A WHEELIE

LEARN HOW TO POP A WHEELIE

It’s advanced for some but a piece of cake for others. Either way it’s a skill worth mastering, both in terms of being able to ride more smoothly when you need to lift your front ...

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THE DARKEST DESCENT

THE DARKEST DESCENT

If I broke my arm in a cycling accident and wandered into a coffee shop frequented by cyclists to tell my story I would be fêted and the free coffee would flow. People would be sy ...

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ROOKIE PROJECT: RACE FASTER – IT’S POSSIBLE, BUT KNOW THIS

ROOKIE PROJECT: RACE FASTER – IT’S POSSIBLE, BUT KNOW THIS

After many years of dabbling in mountain biking, I seemed to stumble across some semblance of fitness. Whether this was accidental, or the result of a highly naïve, highly unstruc ...

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Women’s MTB, Find your Freedom

Women’s MTB, Find your Freedom

I am a runner. For the last ten years, at least three times a week, I have pounded my way along pavement, trail, district road or beach. I am au fait with running jargon. Speciali ...

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TRAIN EFFECTIVELY IN 8 HOURS A WEEK

TRAIN EFFECTIVELY IN 8 HOURS A WEEK

Time. After health, time is the most valuable thing of all. Most of us are fortunate to have good health. Few of us are fortunate enough to have a lot of time. Most of us are ambi ...

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Stage Race Wisdom: BEAT THE HEAT (AND OTHER EXTREME WEATHER)

Stage Race Wisdom: BEAT THE HEAT (AND OTHER EXTREME WEATHER)

While extreme cold is limited in South Africa, stage race mountain bikers will have to deal with cold – and not only in the winter months. Add heat, rain and wind to cold and you ...

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