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Retto 2014 Challenge – Of Weather Warnings and Trail Warriors

Retto Challenge

The Challenge Edition of the annual Otter African Trail Run – following on two days after the Race event – Seemed set to throw a curve ball at organisers Magnetic South this year. It bucketed with rain for most of the night, with heavy showers predicted during the day as well. Despite a rather wet [...]

Retto 2014 – The Ultimate Trail Test

Retto race

In the absence of trail running World Champion Ricky Lightfoot (UK) and Salomon SA wunderkind Kane Reilly, some observers may have thought that this year’s OTTER African Trail Run – presented by Salomon and GU Energy – may have lost a little bit of its cachet. Well, the nay-sayers could not have been further off [...]

Raid International Gaspesie – Day 2

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Today probably rates as one of the most beautiful days of adventure racing I have shot in years. Cascading waterfalls, fairy-tale forests, blue skies, see-through rivers and a bunch of Gaspesian Quebecois who truly live for adventure. The characters of the various teams have also started to emerge, making for a fantastic day out on [...]

Raid International Gaspesie – Day 1

Raid 2

#RAIDig2014 kicked off in full force on the Grand Cascapedia River, arguably one of the most celebrated salmon fishing and canoeing rivers in the world. Thrity teams from around the globe lined up at the start to careen at full speed into the forest in search of the first 3x check points, then returned to [...]

Raid International Gaspesie – Day 0

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Prologue Day at RAIDig2014 dawned grey and rainy, with Team Green Things joining 90-odd other athletes at the start arch on a spit of sand in the Carleton-sur-Mer bay. Ahead of them waited a technical 20km-plus route winding first along the coastline, and then into the densely wooded mountains overlooking the Baie de Chaleurs region [...]

PUFfeR 2014 – The Long and Winding Trail

PUFfeR

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 [...]

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

TdT day 4

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

TdT day 3

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

TdT day 2

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

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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 [...]

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