SPUR Adventure Duo & Sprint #3 – Oak Valley


Silly Season … it is upon us! But before you start dreaming of Xmas feasts and New Year parties, December still has a good few events in store for those dyed-in-the-wool outdoor folks. This past weekend’s SPUR DUO combo (grab a bite of 25km of mountain biking and 6km of trail running) rated pretty high [...]

MTB Road Trip – Mankele


Final stop on the 2013 MTB Trail Mapping Mission saw me and Matthew Drew pulling in at Mankele Bike Park, undoubtedly one of SA’s prime MTB destinations. This Mpumalanga spot has been a top trail destination for as long as one could care to remember, and the roots of the sport runs undeniably deep here [...]

MTB Road Trip 2013 – Tranquilitas Trails


One of the best surprises of our mini-road trip to map and shoot MTB Routes for my new MTB TRAILS Guide (covering ZKN and SA’s northern provinces) has been Tranquilitas Trails. When I last road Boven around 6 years ago, the route consisted of gravel roads, jeep track and the odd bit of hiking path, [...]

Misty Valley Bike Park

Misty Valley

So, continuing on re that recent MTB road trip … After cranking to our hearts’ along on the trail networks of Howick and Karkloof Mountain Bike Club, we packed the Jeep Patriot (courtesy of Max Cluer and his crew) and headed west, travelling in style towards Mpumalanga. A damn long drive got us to Misty [...]

48hrs in erm … Bikekloof?


r Trailkloof. Maybe Forestkloof. Definitely not Karkloof, if I had my way renaming this sublime Midlands region … I mean, you don’t want a car here. You want a bike, or maybe even two. One All-Mountain machine with which to shred what must rate as SA’s top singletrack network. And if you’re a gravity rider, [...]

Of Penguins and Parties


Gracie loves penguins. And the beach. And so do Beth and Robs. So what better way to celebrate a 2nd birthday than at Boulders Beach, with fresh sea air, rocks to climb, kelp pools to explore and penguins galore. Plus, Kay and I get to see some of our friends outdoors, and just have a [...]

XPERIA Z1 – Serious YOH! Factor


I’ve had the new XPERIA Z1 phone – SONY’S latest ‘pro-phonetography’ mobile powerhouse – for around a week now. I’ve played with it (lots), stared at it (in amazement), fiddled the knobs (repeatedly), taken it into the ocean (not really allowed), and had my kids show me 712-odd functions (that I would probably never have [...]

SPUR Adventure Duo #2 – Lourensford 2013

Lourensford #2

Exciting changes to the current series of SPUR Multisport events have seen the inclusion of a Solo Duo Category. This means that more serious competitors can get their teeth into a technical 25km MTB ride, followed by a 6km trail run without water obstacles along the way, and this been a huge hit with the [...]

MERRELL Eden Duo 2013


The MED … it has become a bit of an institution with adventure racers in South Africa, but that is no wonder after serving up a decade of adventure along the most gorgeous section of the Garden Route. The involvement of sponsors MERRELL over the past few years has seen the event boom, with a [...]

NEDBANK Save the Rhino 2-day MTB Stage Race – Day 2

Save the rhino day 2

Never, ever, ever in my life have I experienced a mix of mountain biking and wild life like this morning at LEGENDS Golf & Safari Resort! The plains ended up being a manically fantastic mix of riders, with impala fly-pasts, giraffe arabesques and darting warthog – it was an absolute fantastic scene to shoot, but [...]

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