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TransCape MTB Stage Race – Day 6

TC6

Mountain-biking days do not come much better than #Stage6 at the annual #TransCapeMTB Stage Race from Knysna to Franschhoek. Imagine pedalling up #Bakenskop with the sunrise at your back, missioning up the side-winding #singletrack with the village of #Greyton still slumbering way below. Even better, once you plateau just beyond the summit fence stile, you realise the local Winelands #TrailFairies have been hard at work creating brand [...]

TransCape MTB Stage Race – Day 3

TC3

After a mammoth Stage 2, this is pretty much a day of ‘mind over matter’, with around 70km-plus of gavel and stone linking you from the sublime Rooiberglodge all the way to the town of Riversdale. That sounds pretty do-able if you’re an MTB god and Stage Racers do it every day, but hell, with 140km in [...]

TransCape MTB Stage Race 2017 – Brand New Vibe

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TransCape Take III … now with added ‘ASG’ and ‘VXC’! Folks, if you thought you could not step up the level at this annual #TransCape event, you had better think again! Yup, both ASG Events and Volvo Cars (South Africa) have come on board for #2017, and this has been the proverbial cherry on top. (I mean, who would [...]

Into the Heart of the Bo-Karoo

#KarooHighlands #OpenAfrica

The final Part of our #OpenAfrica road trip into the #KarooHighlands … This exploration covered the eastern section of the beautiful Bo-Karoo, and on the next trip we head into Tankwa and the Hantam, to spend some quality time in Nieuwoudtville, Loeriesfontein, Calvinia and Sutherland. The locals say you cry twice in #VictoriaWest; once when [...]

La Vida Loxton

#KarooHighlands #OpenAfrica

Part II of our recent #OpenAfrica Road Trip through the heart and soul of the #BoKaroo … Once you extricate yourself from the wonderfullness that is #williston, meander in a generally eastern direction along the countless #moerandgone gravel roads while the wide-sky plains slip-slide past your windows. Chances are you’ll eventually rock up in laid back #loxton, a dorp that has muscled it’s [...]

Wacky. Wonderful. Wild … Williston

Loxton

Last week this time, I could barely fore-finger Williston on a topographical map, yet now I feel like I have any number of new friends in this quirky little dorp. But that is exactly what the #Karoo is like … I’ve always been a firm believer in the ‘weird is good’ principle, where people strive to be [...]

MokkaX Launch 2016

#Opel #MokkaX #MokkaMoments

Once again had great fun putting the PENTAX SOUTH AFRICA #PentaxK1 and #PentaxK3 through their paces this past weekend. This time the event was something completely different from my normal adventure missions, and way more focussed on people. (Celebrities, mostly, but I wouldn’t know, as none of them ride bikes or run in the mountains) Excellent fun [...]

ToHellAndBack #Day2: Like a Bat Outta Hell

H&B

“I like that it is a real-life MTB Adventure, without gimmicks and bells and whistles. For real mountain bikers, you know” … That’s the typical comment you get from #HellAndBackers once they bang into the under-belly of Gamkaskloof. They’re usually saying this with a big-ass #DarlingBrew beer clutched in their paws, and with dust and [...]

ToHellAndBack 2016 DAY #1: An Old-School MTB Adventure

H&B day 1

“I like that it is a real-life MTB Adventure, without gimmicks and bells and whistles. For real mountain bikers, you know” … That’s the typical comment you get from #HellAndBackers once they bang into the under-belly of Gamkaskloof. They’re usually saying this with a big-ass #DarlingBrew beer clutched in their paws, and with dust and [...]

Mankele MTB Park 2016

Mankele

No #mtb mission into #Mpumalanga can be complete without a few serious hoicks and climbs into the mountains rucking up around Mankele Mountain Biking Park. This is free-rider country with serious trail attitude, but there are more than enough Intermediate and Beginner options to keep the whole family happy. This time, there was no #DeadMonkeyRide for me and Matthew Drew, as we [...]