Blog

Kingdom of the Camel-Thorn

Mokala

Just to the south of Kimberley is a hidden gem of a national park by the name of #Mokala. In Setswana, this means the ‘Kingdom of Thorn Trees’, and the park is the most perfect example of savanna-thornsveldt you will find anywhere in the Northern Cape, or for that matter anywhere else in South Africa. Utter [...]

TransCape 2016 Day 7 – The Champagne Day

Transcape7

This amazing race is done … right now, it’s all too hectic to capture the emotions in words. But as the saying goes: a picture is worth a 1000x words, so here goes with the images from Transcape #Stage7  :-) Click here to view the pics

TransCape 2016 Day 5 – A Singletrack-Minded Day

Transcape6

Good things are worth the wait indeed, and no dorp more so than Greyton. As usual, Searle’s Restaurant kicked in with a kickass party, and if it were not for my ninja tequila-ducking moves, I would not have made it to bed before midnight. Actually I snuck out like the #oom I am, but somehow still did [...]

Transcape 2016 Day 5 – The OverHill Day

Transcape 5

After the heat and horse-flies and general route mayhem of yesterday, the #TransCape organisers made a call today to shorten the route between Swellendam and Greyton, cutting out one of the rugged mountain legs in lieu of a flatter gravel road section. This effectively turned the Overberg Day into an ‘OverHill Day’, but I did not see [...]

TransCape 2016 Day 4 – The Day of Milk and Honey …. and horse-flies

Transcape 4

There was this fairy-tale that today was going to be an easy day, but you know how rumours go. Down the tube, that’s how. You can believe the MTB Fairies as much as you want when your legs are blunt and your muscles screaming with fatigue … They whisper those two magic words in you [...]

TransCape 2016 Day 3 – Mind-Over-Matter Day

Transcape3

Right, you have around 120km to crank, from Calitzdorp to Riversdale … that sounds pretty do-able, right? Hmm, if you’re an MTB God, I mean, of course. Stage Racers do it every day, and all that. But #TransCape is different. Chuck in a gruelling ‘King & Queen of the Mountain Stage’ up the girtty Rooiberg Pass, assorted [...]

TransCape 2016 Day 2 – The Day of Certain Death

Transcape2

Bliksem. Gamkaberg is one ma-se-grannygear of a crank. First you have the long unduling up-and-up from WaterPoint #2. Then, all of a sudden, you bugger off into the klipkak ridges to the right of the district road, and it is about now that you realise that the shizz is going to hit the small-blade. It’s [...]

Transcape 2016 Day 1

Transcape1

TransCape Part II … it is – in just about anyone’s book – a day made up of equal parts of dreams and nightmares. The second showing of this astoundingly tough MTB Challenge is made of seven days of gruelling riding, with competitors taking on 750km of gravel road, jeep track and single-track as they [...]

Of Mountains and Stars

JM-a7R2-20160128-1518

In our backyard, we have one of the truly mythical mountains of our tiny Blue Planet. It rears it’s rugged bulk a mere 1086m above the tempestuous chop of the Atlantic Ocean, but it is so much more than a gargantuan hulk of antediluvian granite and sandstone. Ancient time-lines crisscrosses its soaring buttresses, and it [...]

24 HOURS of Oak Valley

Oak Valley

24 Hours of solid riding, along a gritty track of around 11kays, and with 250m or so ascent along the route. Stifling heat on Day #1, with a crap-load of dust due to very dry course conditions, and a never-say-die bunch of hard core muckers on your ass … can we just say the annual #24HrEnduro at [...]

©2016 Jacques Marais Media. All rights reserved. Designed and Developed by Refresh.