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Howick & Karkloof Region 2016

Howick

Nothing quite beats a day out in the KZN Midlands, especially if that day happens within the gorgeous #Karkloof Conservancy. Extensive #sappiforests patchwork this verdant corner of the Last Outpost, and everyone from dog lovers and birders, to off-road explorers, trail runners and mountain bikers have claimed the great outdoors here as part of their little piece of [...]

Howick MTB Trails 2016

Howic

Nothing quite beats a day out in the extensive #sappi forests blanketing the scenic #kzn #midlands. #Karkloof may well be the immaculately groomed ‘Fat-Track Fairy Princess’ of the Midlands #MTB World, but for many local mountain bikers, the real deal is the #Howick Trails network. This is the hard-core #DH sista, and on iconic sections like ‘The Face’, you’d be trail kill if you don’t bring your [...]

Karkloof Trails Shoot 2016

Karkloof

I’ve been raving about the #Karkloof MTB Trails – mostly within the extensive #SAPPI Plantations surrounding #Howick - ever since I first rode there 3 years ago. My most recent visit to this #singletrack paradise has re-affirmed my love affair with these gorgeous trails, and the good news is that there is a whole bunch of brand new routes to go and play [...]

A Hit of Rooikloof #XTC

Rooikloof

Got to take the new Giant Bicycles South Africa #XTC Advanced on its first proper off-trail mission in the stunning Roggeveld surrounds from #Rooikloof Guest Farm, near Sutherland. Very lekker to have Zane Schmahl from #EcoboundMTB with me on his #VIPA, as part of a potential scout around the #Karoo leg of the multi-day #RideTheRail #MTB Tour. Hopping fences [...]

Rocking in the Roggeveld

Rocing

‘Roggeveld’ is one of those quintessential Afrikaans words, with Rs and Gs rumbling around the back of your throat like ominous thunder clattering amidst Karoo outcrops. And frankly, the landscape around this part of the Northern Cape is a bit like this, too. In a nut shell, the Roggeveld region unfolds along the agoraphobia-inducing south-western [...]

Coming Soon … #Ride the Rail

#RtR

Plains! Trains! Velomobiles! How can you not be excited by a multi-day mountain bike tour that combines Karoo plains, olde-worlde rail travel and – best of all – brilliant bike trail bombing in five of South Africa’s nine provinces? I was fortunate enough to join Wikus and Zane for part of the#RideTheRail Recce a couple of [...]

Desert Storming

Dune Adventure

Namibia. Dunescapes. Dove-egg skies. Head space country. Heartland. Call it what you want, but for the past two days, I experienced it through the windscreen of the new Isuzu South Africa #IsuzuKB Bakkies, and all I can say is: It Was Good. Exceptional #desert #exploration was the name of the game, and if you want a never-say-die day in the dunes, [...]

Rhino Facts Trip 2016

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For six days last week, I traveled with a group of international journalists on a fact-finding mission around southern Africa’s key rhino conservation ranges. Funded by the neutral#Comanis Foundation, the focus of the trip was to meet with as many conservation specialists and rhino custodians as possible and – based upon their professional input – generate [...]

Trans Baviaans #2 2016 – All the Guts. All the Glory.

TB2

There may be a few other pretenders to the throne, but the#TransBaviaans 24HR MTB Marathon remains the original and one hundred per cent proof ‘Mother’ of all the single-stage Mountain Biking Monster events here at the southern tip of Africa. If you’re brave (or fool-hardy) enough to dare line up at the start, you had better [...]

Trans Baviaans #2 2016 – A Sneaky Peek at some of the 24hr Action

TBsneak

Guts, glory and bucket loads of grit. Believe me, you’ll need that if you roll up to the start line of this long-standing #MTBroller-coaster ride from #Willowmore to #Jbay. Along the 230km route you will ascend 3550m, all the while slugging it out with rutted descents and rambunctious climbs. If you survive #MAC (Mother of All Climbs) and #BigDipperand the #NeverEnder, there are [...]

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