Monday , 30 March 2020

 

TREAD Insight

EBIKES ARE HEAVY. YES, BUT THEY’RE STILL AGILE

EBIKES ARE HEAVY. YES, BUT THEY’RE STILL AGILE

We know eBikes are heavier. Santa Cruz’s Heckler weighs just over 21kg, on the lighter end of most ‘regular’ eBike weights, but still a bag and a half of dog cubes heavier than a regular mountain bike… How does that affect the handling? Well, if you ...

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SANTA CRUZ HECKLER: THE LAUNCH AND THE BACKLASH

SANTA CRUZ HECKLER: THE LAUNCH AND THE BACKLASH

On 11 February 2020, Santa Cruz launched its first eBike, the Heckler. The move says a lot about Santa Cruz; the polarised reception says a lot about Santa Cruz’s (largely US) market… Some couldn’t contain their praise, gushing their welcome with aff ...

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ABSA CAPE EPIC DAY TRIPPERS EXPERIENCE AWAITS SPORTS SCIENCE BOSS

ABSA CAPE EPIC DAY TRIPPERS EXPERIENCE AWAITS SPORTS SCIENCE BOSS

Phathokuhle Zondi is the CEO of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), where world-class progress in Sports Science happens on a daily basis, including the coaching of leading mountain bikers and cyclists. In what might be considered r ...

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NICOLE CAPPER TO GET A TASTE OF THE ABSA CAPE EPIC

NICOLE CAPPER TO GET A TASTE OF THE ABSA CAPE EPIC

Former Mrs South Africa and Survivor runner-up, Nicole Capper, is on a mission to conquer more mountains in 2020, including some of the rugged slopes of the Absa Cape Epic. The keen mountain climber, who is preparing to summit Kilimanjaro in August, ...

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GARMIN FLEXES ITS MUSCLE FOR TACX SOUTH AFRICA RELAUNCH

GARMIN FLEXES ITS MUSCLE FOR TACX SOUTH AFRICA RELAUNCH

A year ago (February 2019), Garmin announced that it had bought Tacx. The announcement shook the cycling world, partly because it was a bit of a surprise to most and partly because it revealed that Garmin’s intentions on cycling market dominance have ...

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DARKFEST LIGHTS UP SOUTH AFRICA

DARKFEST LIGHTS UP SOUTH AFRICA

DarkFEST 2020 had the biggest man-made jumps ever jumped by mountain bikers. You might have seen incredible photos and POV video clips rolling through your Instagram timeline. Truly remarkable feats by fearless men on bikes. That is all happened righ ...

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HOW THEO ERLANGSEN TAMED THE DARKFEST JUMPS

HOW THEO ERLANGSEN TAMED THE DARKFEST JUMPS

Théo Erlangsen was one of three South Africans that featured at DarkFEST 2020. Neil Evans had a quick chat to him during practice. Photo: Eric Palmer ‘Down to earth’ isn’t necessarily how a big-jump rider wants to be described, but it’s hard not to u ...

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4 REASONS WHY SPECIALIZED’S NEW LEVO SL MATTERS

4 REASONS WHY SPECIALIZED’S NEW LEVO SL MATTERS

When Specialized launched its new Levo SL earlier this month, it was everywhere! And for good reason. It wasn’t just another model of eBike being introduced, it was the opening of the doors to a whole new mountain bike category – lighter bike, lower ...

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FIVE FEATURES THAT MAKE THE GARMIN EDGE 530 THE MTBER’S NEW BFF

FIVE FEATURES THAT MAKE THE GARMIN EDGE 530 THE MTBER’S NEW BFF

When the folks at Garmin launched their new Edge 530 and 830 models a few months back (late 2019), they gave mountain bikers five reasons to be even more cheerful. At least five reasons that is… By Sean Badenhorst While I have recorded my training ri ...

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DARKFEST 2020 THE BIGGEST LINE IN FEST SERIES HISTORY

DARKFEST 2020 THE BIGGEST LINE IN FEST SERIES HISTORY

DarkFEST 2020 is officially in the dust with the event having been one of the biggest and most successful in FEST series history. The world’s best freeride mountain bikers, invited by host and creator Sam Reynolds, took part in a week of next-level r ...

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IMBUKO GIANT EAGER TO KICK-OFF THE SA STAGE RACING SEASON

IMBUKO GIANT EAGER TO KICK-OFF THE SA STAGE RACING SEASON

For the Imbuko Giant Pro Cycling team the South African mountain biking season has already begun. The squad’s first outing was the Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, in January. While the line-up of riders and sponsors rem ...

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BIOGEN INVESTS IN TEAM FIRST MOVE

BIOGEN INVESTS IN TEAM FIRST MOVE

Leading South African endurance sports supplement brand, Biogen, has added its support to the new men’s mountain bike racing team, First Move. Jaco Venter (pictured) and Jacques Janse van Rensburg will tackle the 2020 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, pre ...

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THE DARK SIDE OF STELLENBOSCH

THE DARK SIDE OF STELLENBOSCH

How lucky are we? The world’s biggest, craziest dirt jump show/competition, DarkFest, happens right in our backyard! For the second year in succession, it’s going to be at Hellsend Dirt Compound at Vuurberg Farm near Stellenbosch on 7 and 8 February! ...

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SA MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN – BIKE & GEAR PREFERENCES

SA MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN – BIKE & GEAR PREFERENCES

The third and final reveal part of our 2019 South African MTB Race Survey, presented by Garmin, focusses on bike and gear brands. Besides our recent SA Women’s MTB Survey, presented by Biogen there’s never been a survey like this in South Africa that ...

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TEAM FIRST MOVE UNVEILED

TEAM FIRST MOVE UNVEILED

Following formidable international careers racing at the highest level with Team Dimension Data for the past eight seasons, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Jaco Venter have returned to South Africa but with no intention of taking the pressure off the ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONS COMBINE TO FORM SUPER TEAM

SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONS COMBINE TO FORM SUPER TEAM

Not since Yolande Speedy, in 2013, has a South African woman stood upon the top step of the Absa Cape Epic podium. In recent years, Robyn de Groot, Mariske Strauss and Candice Lill have had shots at the title, though all three came up short. Local fa ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN CYCLIST RANKED NO.1 IN THE WORLD

SOUTH AFRICAN CYCLIST RANKED NO.1 IN THE WORLD

The latest of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) (the world governing body of cycling) World Ranking, Capetonian and SACS student, 17-year-old Luke Moir is officially ranked as the number one Junior Boy in the World for the Cross Country Olympic ...

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LEG DAY FOR DANNY

LEG DAY FOR DANNY

More than 1.5 million had already viewed Danny Macaskill’s latest jaw-dropping, smile-generating, feel-good video after just three days. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here Then watch the making of video, which shows that nothing exceptiona ...

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THESE ARE SA’S FAVOURITE MTB RACES

THESE ARE SA’S FAVOURITE MTB RACES

With our 2019 SA MTB Race Survey, presented by Garmin, we set about establishing some data on preferences of South African mountain bikers that participate in races. Racing has always formed the foundation of the sport in this country, although many ...

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THE RESULTS ARE IN! 2019 SA MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN

THE RESULTS ARE IN! 2019 SA MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN

There’s limited data available on the South African mountain bike market. Steadily, over the past few years, TREAD has helped give some insight and perspective with a series of surveys. In this the first SA MTB Race Survey, presented by Garmin, we re ...

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ZWIFT PARTNERS WITH THE ABSA CAPE EPIC

ZWIFT PARTNERS WITH THE ABSA CAPE EPIC

The Absa Cape Epic is proud to announce a renewed partnership with the world’s largest multiplayer online training and racing platform, Zwift, that builds on the successful relationship that was developed in 2019. Historically, Zwift may have been pe ...

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VENTER & JANSE VAN RENSBURG SHIFT FOCUS TO MTB RACING FROM 2020

VENTER & JANSE VAN RENSBURG SHIFT FOCUS TO MTB RACING FROM 2020

Between them, they’ve completed 13 Grand Tours and each won the South African Elite men’s road race title. Now, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Jaco Venter will turn their attention to mountain bike racing and it’s difficult not to believe their prosp ...

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PYGA INVESTS IN ITS OWN SOUTH AFRICAN FACTORY

PYGA INVESTS IN ITS OWN SOUTH AFRICAN FACTORY

2019 has been a momentous year for PYGA MOUNTAINBIKES as it has seen the realization of a dream to bring manufacturing back home to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. A fitting place to manufacture mountain bikes given its strong ties to both the roots ...

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MOUNTAIN BIKING, WINE AND PHILANTHROPY COMBINE TO COMBAT CANCER

MOUNTAIN BIKING, WINE AND PHILANTHROPY COMBINE TO COMBAT CANCER

Mix the Western Cape’s most sought after 3-day mountain bike stage race with an exceptional wine estate and a charity that activates efficiently and effectively – and you make magic. ILoveBoobies and Cansa screen 60 women at Paul Cluver today; Thursd ...

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GOAL ACHIEVED. MARRIAGE INTACT. MEMORIES MADE. WHAT AN EVENT!

GOAL ACHIEVED. MARRIAGE INTACT. MEMORIES MADE. WHAT AN EVENT!

His and Hers Sean and Joanne Badenhorst are a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. Having ridden bicycles for over 30 years, they’ve got loads of experience and are now tackling some mid-life bicycle riding challenges together. ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN

SOUTH AFRICAN MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN

South Africa is a world leader in terms of mountain bike races. A packed calendar from January until December takes advantage of our generally great year-round weather and includes hundreds of mountain bike events designed to challenge and reward par ...

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CRANKCHAOS 2019: WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CRANKED!

CRANKCHAOS 2019: WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CRANKED!

On the 31st of October, CrankChaos riders and spectators from across Southern Africa descended on the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The incomparable views you get when riding the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Photo Credit - Dom Barnardt CrankChaos is a ...

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SAVANAH ORIGIN OF TRAILS PROUD SUPPORT OF THE STELLENBOSCH TRAIL FUND

SAVANAH ORIGIN OF TRAILS PROUD SUPPORT OF THE STELLENBOSCH TRAIL FUND

The organizers of Stellenbosch’s “MTB Party of the year”, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience that will take place at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on Saturday 30 November 2019 and Sunday 01 December 2019, are proud to promote the building an ...

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‘DIVE IN; STEER OUT; LET IT DANCE…

‘DIVE IN; STEER OUT; LET IT DANCE…

If you haven’t already seen it, you’re missing out. And if you have, you’ll never be able to watch it enough… Bryn Atkinson gives a masterful display of how to flippen ride a bike on twisty singletrack aboard his 2020 Norco Optic. Dayum! If this does ...

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WINES2WHALES DIARY: OUR FATE IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE WEATHER

WINES2WHALES DIARY: OUR FATE IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE WEATHER

His and Hers It’s 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz race week and Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD had a rather chilled training week ahead of their big test! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cycl ...

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BIKES OF THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

BIKES OF THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is seen globally as the ultimate test in mountain bike stage racing. A combination of the world’s best racers, the potential for extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain and the high pressure that comes with a UCI HC-race ranking ...

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WELCOME CHANGE OF SCENERY AS RACE WEEK LOOMS!

WELCOME CHANGE OF SCENERY AS RACE WEEK LOOMS!

His and Hers With just over one week remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD hit the road and got in a few rides on some  classy KZN trails. They’re a married couple with full-time work ...

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OH OH! A MIDLIFE HEALTH CHALLENGE WEEK

OH OH! A MIDLIFE HEALTH CHALLENGE WEEK

His and Hers With just over two weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD hit some mid-life snags. They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been ...

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STAN’S TAKES PUNCTURE REPAIR TO THE NEXT LEVEL

STAN’S TAKES PUNCTURE REPAIR TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Stan’s NoTubes is proud to introduce the DART, an entirely new and better way to repair tubeless tyre punctures and slices that are 5mm or larger. Although Stan's Sealant alone handles most punctures, the DART makes the toughest tubeless tyre repairs ...

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THESE ARE THE TRAVEL PREFERENCES OF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCLISTS

THESE ARE THE TRAVEL PREFERENCES OF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCLISTS

What are the travel preferences of South African cyclists and mountain bikers? It’s a simple question that’s been asked often, but the answer is, not surprisingly, multi-layered. Club Med and TREAD teamed up to create a survey to find out more. Durin ...

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THE VALUE OF SOLID PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PREPARATION

THE VALUE OF SOLID PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PREPARATION

His and Hers With just over three weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD opted for a slightly easier training week to recover from the bigger previous week that culminated in a tw ...

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SPUR HIGH SCHOOLS SERIES FINAL – WHAT IMPRESSED AND FRUSTRATED US

SPUR HIGH SCHOOLS SERIES FINAL – WHAT IMPRESSED AND FRUSTRATED US

The TREAD crew spent some time at Wagpos High School, Brits, to experience Day 1 of the finals of the 2019 Spur Schools Mountain Bike League. Here are eight things that really stood out for us. The passion With over 500 competitors either waiting to ...

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2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is a race, not a ride. It’s eight days of pressure, not pleasure. It’s not a point-to-point event, but it is a journey – of discovery. Every single participant at the 2019 Cape Epic, whether he/she finished or not, discovered somet ...

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TEAMWORK FOUNDATION IN PLACE

TEAMWORK FOUNDATION IN PLACE

His and Hers With four weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD tackled a two-day stage race close to home as their final preparation event. They’re a married couple with full-time ...

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NOW THATS A BETTER TRAINING WEEK!

NOW THATS A BETTER TRAINING WEEK!

His and Hers With five weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD both had solid training weeks. Sean upped his game properly! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family ...

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UBHEJANEX ENTRIES FILLING UP RAPIDLY

UBHEJANEX ENTRIES FILLING UP RAPIDLY

Durban – The 2019 edition of the uBhejaneX MTB Challenge from Hillcrest to Hluhluwe from 5-7 December in aid of rhino conservation has already set a new record entry and is once again proving to be a popular choice for mountain bike riders of varying ...

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HIS FRUSTRATION, HER PROGRESSION

HIS FRUSTRATION, HER PROGRESSION

His and Hers With six weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD once again had two very different training weeks! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. ...

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GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

Not only does the Absa Cape Epic test riders to their physical, mental and emotional limits, it’s also considered one of the most extreme tests of bicycles and gear. The mostly hot, dry conditions, rugged terrain and varying strains of sand and dust ...

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THE RISE AND FALL – OF TEAM TREAD

THE RISE AND FALL – OF TEAM TREAD

His and Hers With seven weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD faced some fresh challenges! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cyc ...

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TAKE OUR SURVEY AND STAND TO WIN ONE OF TWO GARMIN EDGE 530 GPS UNITS!

TAKE OUR SURVEY AND STAND TO WIN ONE OF TWO GARMIN EDGE 530 GPS UNITS!

Every time we ride our bikes, we’re travelling. Physically and emotionally, every ride removes us from our daily grind. Like a mini-holiday. But of course the real bonus is when we get to take our bicycles away to ride them somewhere else for a few d ...

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HIS NEW INJURIES AND HER OLD INJURIES.

HIS NEW INJURIES AND HER OLD INJURIES.

With eight weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD faced two different challenges. They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cycling for o ...

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9 WEEKS UNTIL D-DAY

9 WEEKS UNTIL D-DAY

With nine weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whale Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst began their preparation in earnest. They’re a married couple with full-time work commitments. This won’t be their first stage race as a teammates ...

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COME MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FRENCH ALPS, THEY SAID. HOW COULD WE REFUSE?

COME MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FRENCH ALPS, THEY SAID. HOW COULD WE REFUSE?

By Sean Badenhorst I’ve never seen myself as a person that would spend a holiday at a Club Med resort. My perception of Club Med is not too dissimilar from those old Peter Stuyvesant cigarette adverts we would see at the movies in the 80s and 90s. Id ...

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UNCLE FISH BEST SUITED TO DAMP TRANS BAVIAANS REPEAT

UNCLE FISH BEST SUITED TO DAMP TRANS BAVIAANS REPEAT

Gawie Combrinck and Gerrit de Vries, riding as the aptly named Uncle Fish team overcame damp conditions to win a very challenging Trans Baviaans Repeat; on Saturday, 17 August. The second event in the 2019 Trans Baviaans stable, which followed the sa ...

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SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 3 – YOUR GEAR AND BIKE PREFERENCES

SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 3 – YOUR GEAR AND BIKE PREFERENCES

For women, mountain biking can be both liberating and intimidating. It can also be both stimulating and frustrating. Are women well catered for in South Africa? Based on our research, we estimate that women make up between 20-25% of the South African ...

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