After three amazing but challenging years of documenting South Africa's finest trails, the Trail Daze project has punched its final ticket.

From Cape Town to KZN, we've travelled the country to try and bring justice to the countless hours of physical labour and vision by trail builders and riders alike. Behind the scenes, it's a bumpy and sometimes messy process to produce each episode, but the ice cold beers, braais, banter, and good times afterwards always wins. Great friendships were formed and lots of lessons learnt, and without the support of the amazing sponsors and trail riders in South Africa, this project would never have been possible. For that, I'm incredibly grateful, and I hope that this project has inspired you to go out and shred some trails.

Trail Daze | Cape Town - Part 2

It’s absolutely amazing that these trails have been opened up recently. Being able to shoot out for a quick shred around Lions Head and the Glen to ride and test new product is a dream for us as a mountain bike company! Throw in some of the sharpest rocks in the region, rad turns in the Glen, a top-class sunset as well as your choice of restaurants/bars at the bottom of the hill, and you've got yourself a great place to ride. Mark Hopkins

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Trail Daze | Witfontein

If you looked at a map of the trails around Witfontein, you'd probably give it a miss and go and ride elsewhere. You would certainly be making a mistake in doing so! They only cover a small area but every trail is an absolute gem. Multiple lined rock gardens, punchy corners, poppy roots, and beautifully shaped jumps will mean you'll want to ride all day long in this little patch of paradise. Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica

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Trail Daze | Jungle fever in the Garden Route

The Garden Route Trail Park is definitely a must if you're going anywhere up the coast. I'm lucky enough to visit the park frequently and it's definitely on the favourites list. The trails vary from deep, dark, and dense forests with big bomb holes and tight branches, to open grasslands with amazingly flowy trails. I love riding here because of the natural forest that just makes you forget about the world for a few hours. And it's always nice to finish with a few pump track laps and a good coffee. Matt Lombardi

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Trail Daze | Fatbiking the Garden Route

The South African coast is scattered with small interesting towns which are often missed when using a car, I can see this being one of many fat trekking trips to come in the future. A great way to spend three days. We were blessed with amazing weather and got to see some epic scenery along with lots of childish banter and post ride beer drinking. It was a real eye opener to see how easy it is to trek along our coastline taking only the bare necessities and a bank card. Dayle Holmes

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Get all the info and the full photo epic part 1 here.
Get all the info and the full photo epic part 2 here.

Trail Daze | Jonkershoek Revisited

I remember it started in 2012 with Fanie, Harry, and I on a ride in Karkloof. Fanie and I were sitting at the top of a road gap after descending some trail, quietly staring for some time at the view then he said, "I think you should come and build in Jonkers". They returned home to Stellenbosch and a few months later I was in conversation with Bobby and Bennet about coming down for a few weeks to build trails. Immediately I was drawn to this area - the natural features that stood out, the carves and textures of the land. That place has a powerful presence about it that humbles you very quickly. Jonkers is not a place you just pop into scratch a trail in and pop out. You have to take the time to walk and scout and really get a feel for where the trail is going because of the features, and also visually what the area offers and the feel it has. Like where there is a little stream flowing by with some incredible vegetation that attracts the sounds of the wild life. I often think of it, you probably wouldn't find yourself on this piece of the mountain if it wasn't for the trail taking you there. Hylton Turvey

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Trail Daze | Karkloof Revisited

Karkloof is home for me. I was born and raised here and still live here today. I can remember from a young age going on adventures into the mountains with my parents. Having that wide open space to explore with no real boundaries and living on our small farm played a huge part in the creative side of mountain biking for me. We didn't have a trail or features to ride so we had to build it or you rode something raw as it lay. My friend and I rode BMX and my dad helped us push some soil on the farm to build jumps. Every day after school we would be building and just as the sun sets we would ride as the jumps faced into the sunset, that went on for a few years. I'd still join my dad on some of his outrides into the mountains with no real purpose-built trail at the time just exploring on bikes. Hylton Turvey

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A massive thank you must go out to all the riders that have been involved over the years. Without you bringing the action, hitting a section 'just one more time', and enduring the rain, heat & wind, there wouldn't be any episodes today. In order of appearance, they are:


Daniel Dobinson


Matthieu Hamel


Rupert von Tutschek


Harry Millar


Rolfe van Breda


Mark Hopkins


Tyrone van Rooyen


Pieter Henning


Romain Belaud


Bennet Nel


Myles Kelsey


Matt Lombardi


Hayden Brown


Chris Pearton


Julien Louw


Kath Fourie


Tim Bentley


Mark Millar


Simone Futter


Joanna Dobinson


Rika Olivier


Andrew Neethling


Jonty Neethling


Dayle Holmes


Danie du Toit


Andrew Savage


Roman Kumpers


Hylton Turvey


Travis Browning


Sam Bull

All images by Ewald Sadie



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