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  1. Spent an hour longer out there every day than what we planned. The Adventure was wet but rideable. The Race looked like a different kettle of fish. Still had a good time and rode almost half of the race with the Binders. Here's my take on it. Day 1: https://youtu.be/YVbCmcYsFE8 Day 2: https://youtu.be/f6Cl_LPfkHc Day 3 https://youtu.be/0ffdnwXQY8Y
  2. I ride the lower green section with my 6 and 8 year old often. They love it!
  3. Just added you Harryn. Looking forward!
  4. You need a Strava Permium subscription, have the function activated on your Garmin and add the segments you want to include to your favorites (star the segment, as ouzo said).
  5. Think about your base. You are slowing down because oxygen transport to muscle decreases, lactate formation increases and the rate of lactate removal decreases. Doing adequate base training will improve the structures in your muscles that transport blood (oxygen) to your muscles. Research capillary and mitochondrial density. Areobic.base training doubles the density of these structures in your muscles and teaches your body, at a low intensity, to be more effecient by being able to transport more blood to your muscles during exercise. Effeciency is key to any endurance exercise and is what makes you able to sustain hard efforts. By going through an adeqaute base phase you've improved the effeciency of your body which translates into direct performance benefits when transitioning into high intensity training. As your body is more effecient in using oxygen and 'fuel' you'll, to put it simply, be able to go harder for longer.
  6. Squier

    The Munga 2019

    Hats off. At that temp all your fluids are warm and getting warm energy drink into your gutt is almost impossible. Don't know how they do it.
  7. I was on the South Coast early December last year and the missus and I joined a group ride at the Burry Stander Bike Park, led by Charl, Burry's dad. Even though his memory sometimes fades in between the rat race, over there it is very much alive and still celebrated daily. The shop is filled with Burry memrobilia from Cape Epic jerseys to his London 2012 skinsuit, pictured below. On top of every climb and down in every valley floor there was talk about how fast Burry did that section. This was his training grounds. The locals are still asking Charl to upload Burry's Garmin files to Strava. He just smirks. I guess he knows what a special athlete his kid was. He doesn't need KOMs to prove that.
  8. I enjoy using my GoPro and editing the clips after almost every ride. I use it for my rides, kids' sport, holiday videos or whatever and edit using the GoPro Quick software on my phone. It's quick and painless and does the job just fine. I had a GoPro Session 4 and upgraded to a Hero 7 Black before Sani this year. The HyperSmooth function is awesome! Thing is, if you're doing it for views you'll probably be dissapointed as people don't care, nor enjoy, looking at your singletrack clips. I think I average 4 views per video, of which 1 is me on my phone, the other me on my TV and then probably two sympathy views from my wife. For me, I enjoy looking back and have found it a cool way to keep stock of some good memories. Hoping to have a massive collection of footage so that I can cancel my dstv subscription when I move into my nursing home one day... I try and keep my MTB clips under a minute, except for stage races where I try and get as much as possible in as short as possible time. Here's one from a race we did in the Karoo recently: https://youtu.be/yc51iEOTcLs
  9. Can we get this going again. I'm looking for some new stuff to listen to. Some good ones I came accross recently: - Cyclingtips podcast - Tyler Hamilton interview - Cyclingnews had a couple good ones, incl a Landis interview - Life in the peleton - Daryl Impey and Robert Gesink - The Science of Sport Podcast - What it really takes to ride the Tour de France: A Doctor's perspective
  10. So, we got this mail from the tannie we're staying at in Willowmore. In Afrikaans... essentially just saying it's not looking pretty... Doing number 5! Looking forward to a good one, around 12 hours.
  11. Impey was the higlight. That cricket world cup final just upset me. Great game, sure, but winning a trophy without actually winning the final. Grates me a bit... and that "6"... Is what it is I guess. Compounded by Fed not closing it out at 8 - 7. My Impey euphoria was short lived. Thanks. I feel better after sharing. As you were.
  12. Thought the same thing. They probably had plans to bring the feature in-house and just looked for an easy out.
  13. The newest gem in Pretoria East is Tierpoort Adventure Farm. New trail - technical in spots and fun.
  14. Squier


    "...there are only three things wrong with this South African team: they can't bat, they can't bowl and can't field. That might sound overly harsh and it's not an original line in cricketing folklore, but if it makes the Proteas the laughing stock of the World Cup it's because they are." https://www.sacricketmag.com/proteas-fast-bowlers-world-cup-slow-lane/ Pretty spot on.
  15. My first thoughts were you need a new mechanic. Firstly, a crank doesn't "loosen itself", but a crank that hasn't properly been fitted comes loose. Secondly, if the Ocho was fixed under warranty should they not be sorting out the entire issue relating to the failure under warranty, .i.e. any subsequent damage like the scratch on the stanchion? Not a CPA related comment but to me that just makes sense. Lastly, my GX runs like a well oiled machine so I would refer you back to my very first line in this post. That being said, I have a friend who has had issues with his GX since getting his new Pyga and he was told that there is a manufacturing fault on some of the cassettes. Hearsay though, can't confirm but perhaps something to explore.
  16. The Gran Fondo is not a high intensity plan and even though it does get progressively more intense the focus is not on doing explosive intervals but rather long sustained efforts. It's aerobic exercise preparing you for a long marathon effort, not anaerobic efforts, like intervals and sprints. Think of a steady 100km ride VS an XCO race. That is how the plan was designed. In contrast, the Cape Epic plan is designed to prepare you for short sharp efforts mixed into a long challenging day. It pushed me to my max quickly to the point where I couldn't finish some of the workouts. I still need to muster the courage to go and finish the plan... I started doing the Hunter's Challenge plan last week. Looks like a cool one as well.
  17. Don't. I had one. Just don't.
  18. I saw Alan post that he needed a bit of a 'rest and reset'. I'm sure the early season is taking its toll. He has been rather busy (and successful). I'm sure getting a racing calendar right for an athlete to compete with the best in the world on multiple fronts is a very fine balancing act. That being said, if you're carrying some fatigue and still finishing in the top 30 of a World Cup you are something special. 6 weeks to Vallnord! Looking forward to see him go!
  19. I had a 1x11 11/42 setup and it nearly killed me last year on Baviaans. You are short at least two gears when the going gets steep and the legs get tired. Riding around PTA East the setup was generally fine, but when I got outside of the province on the big climbs I was in trouble. I rode Sani with it and even there I managed, even though I was searching for gears on some steeper places, but on Baviaans I missed those extra gears badly. I've now upgraded to GX 1x12 and it changed my life. Running a 46 at the back would alleviate the issue somewhat but you'd still miss that 50 on the rough and steep stuff, a problem that the 2x setup will sort out.
  20. Good on you OP. Make a decision, stick with it and live with the consequences.
  21. That still seems rather expensive for old stock of a discontinued product.
  22. Would love to see his power file for that last 10 km.
  23. Perhaps I'll join you. I'm feeling a bit under the weather but seeing it's not that hard it's probably better to join you for the Everest than those intervals on the IDT. I'll bring some soya hot dogs.
  24. Yes, that's the A-line section on the Maniak trail. That last drop I don't think is rideable without a dropper post, for anyone of average skill level... and I don't mean average in a negative way. For something that steep you need your weight way back and your saddle will just make it difficult, although not impossible.
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