Monthly Archives: August 2014

PUFfeR 2014 – The Long and Winding Trail

PUFfeR – the Peninsula Ultra Fun Run – but do not be fooled – certainly rates as the Grand Daddy of all Ultra Trail Runs here in the Cape. The weather may have played ball this weekend, but running this beast is still like going to war, with trail gladiators from all over the country […]

TransBaviaans 2014: 24 hours of Pain and Glory

There may be more recent pretenders to the throne, but the #TransBaviaans 24HR MTB Marathon remains the original, 100% proof, Mother of All Single-stage MTB Monsters. Enter here and you better be prepared to commit mind, body and soul to a single-minded philosophy of bike-or-die. As they say in Afrikaans, “moenie hierdie katjie sonder handskoene […]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 4 – The Road to Mapungubwe

Okay, so I’ll come straight out and admit it … I’ve been dragging out the Uploading and Posting of my NEDBANK TOUR DE TULI images to Facebook. It’s not a lack of time or lazy thing, but rather a way of avoiding the #FOMO of not being there by living vicariously through the beautiful memories […]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 3 – Zooming Zimbabwe

Everybody comes short on the NEDBANK Tour de Tuli at some stage; it is just the nature of riding wild on ungroomed and challenging tracks. I had a few tumbles, fortunately innocuously enough, but sometimes you fall at just the wrong time or place. Today it was the turn of Tony Roche, my guide, as […]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 2 – Crossing the Shashe River

Amphitheatre Bush Camp is a pretty cool place, but you can’t lurk within the beautiful wilds of Botswana for ever. A world of wilderness awaits, and at dawn, a few hundred mountain bikers once again lay tracks onto virgin elephant trails as they pedalled towards Zimbabwe. Today it was necessary to carry your passport in […]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 1 – Into Elephant Territory

If you’ve not been to Mashatu Game Reserve, you are missing out on one of Africa’s truly special places. The dramatic sandstone landscape unfolds on the Botswana side of the sluggish Limpopo, which was uncharacteristically in full flow this year, and a corker of a course had been marked out, mainly along elephant tracks ducking […]

Nedbank Tour de Tuli 2014 : Day 0

As a true-blue Oom, I’m a bit beyond all the hype surrounding mountain bike racing. Give me a wilderness trail any day of the year, though, and I’d be as keen as the next guy to saddle up and explore beyond the horizons. NEDBANK Tour de Tuli allows you to do exactly this, with endless […]