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CAPE EPIC 2017: HARD RACE OR SOFT RIDERS?

CAPE EPIC 2017: HARD RACE OR SOFT RIDERS?

Was the 2017 Absa Cape Epic particularly brutal, or were many of the riders that started it under prepared? It’s a question that’s been raised regularly since the decision by the organisers to shorten Stage 2 from 102km to 62km due to predicted extre ...

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Rookie Project, WHY I RIDE

Rookie Project, WHY I RIDE

People often ask me why I am so obsessed with mountain biking, and I'm often lost for words. It's not because I can't think of a reason. It's because my eyes glaze over as a tsunami of a thousand thoughts hit me all at once, and it's impossible for m ...

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ROOKIE PROJECT – WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

ROOKIE PROJECT – WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

We're generally a friendly bunch of folks, so it's not like you need a reason to spend more time socialising with other mountain bikers. But there is an added perk to these friendships that you may not be aware of yet. You see, stage racing is a team ...

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SOUL PROVIDER: CHANGE IS GOOD.

SOUL PROVIDER: CHANGE IS GOOD.

When I started mountain biking back in 1990, the bikes were very basic. Suspension forks were rare and simple, clipless pedals were just launching, there was never a thought of tubeless tyres, rear suspension or hydraulic disc brakes. In 25 years the ...

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5 REASONS THE TELKOM 947 MTB CHALLENGE MATTERS

5 REASONS THE TELKOM 947 MTB CHALLENGE MATTERS

Once mountain biking started to overtake road cycling in popularity in South Africa, every major road cycling event felt the need to make the most of this and add a mountain bike race. Not a bad thing at all. But of course the big problem is that roa ...

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IT’S POSSIBLE: HOW THROWING A ROCK OFF A MOUNTAIN HEALED ME

IT’S POSSIBLE: HOW THROWING A ROCK OFF A MOUNTAIN HEALED ME

  Adele Kimble hit her midlife crisis for a six. But it wasn’t easy and it required a goal, a coach, commitment, and a ridiculously long ride on her mountain bike. “I’m 47. I missed my 20th wedding anniversary by 4 months. It was an amicable div ...

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MOUNTAIN BIKING HITS THE BIG FOUR OH!

MOUNTAIN BIKING HITS THE BIG FOUR OH!

On 21 October 1976, the first recorded mountain bike race was held. It was a 2-mile (3.2km) individual time-trial down a gravel road on Mt Tamalpais in Northern California. It was organised by Charlie Kelly and it was ridden by a group of free-spirit ...

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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 sympathetic and tell their own ‘me-too’ stories. No one would be critical ...

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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 unstructured training plan, I found that my ranking slowly started to improve ...

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Is this South Africa’s greatest race?

Is this South Africa’s greatest race?

You’ve probably heard about the Freedom Challenge, the annual non-stop race across South Africa. You’ve probably decided it’s not your thing. But you should probably read this summary of the 2015 edition of the event because it gives you some insight ...

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