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  1. Meet Hylton Turvey, a trail builder who finds inspiration in the shape of the land itself. Click here to view the article
  2. When the earth speaks, Hylton Turvey listens, taking the time and care to carve trails in South Africa in a way that honors her presence. Soil Searching founder, Fanie Kok, shares this intimate profile of a man who has a true connection with the land he builds upon.
  3. He obviously had the gist of it, otherwise he wouldn’t have agreed to fly halfway to South America with two guys he barely knew. But then again all it took was, “Hey Martin, you want to go film a mountain bike video on one of the most remote islands on earth?”. Who wouldn’t jump at an opportunity like that. After Martin had asked his question, Darren and I looked at each other. We had a script and a clear picture of what we wanted to capture but when you’re attempting to do something that has never been done before, on one of the most remote island on earth there is only so much you can plan for. We started unpacking the storyline in more detail to Martin and by the end he was smiling from ear to ear and frothing for our journey to the volcanic tropical island called St Helena. On route to St Helena. There’s a quick refuel in Walvis Bay before the 2000km stretch over the Atlantic ocean. Flight time is 6hrs from Cape Town. Bottom: Hit the ground running. Martin was in a hurry Photo credit: Darren Peens / Andre Hugo So where is this place? Imagine for a second you’re on an island 16km (10mi) wide and 8km (5mi) across. Then imagine that the closest land mass to you is another island which is 1300km (800mi) away and which subsequently was used as a designated emergency landing site for the Nasa Space Shuttle program. Now look to the west - 4000km (2480mi) away is South America and 2000km (1240mi) to the east is the African content. This pretty much sums up the feeling when you set foot on St Helena - you feel like you’re on the edge of the world. A little speck of land in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean which happens to be the 2nd most remote inhabited island on earth and our home for the next 7 days. Blue Point had the most incredible landscapes. The looming stone figure in the background is Lot’s wife. Photo credit: Darren Peens But the whole project almost didn’t happen. I won’t bore you with the details. The truth is just that a lot had to happen in a very short span of time. After Darren and myself put the pitch together we approached people that we thought might be interested. This would be Darren’s second trip to St Helena and he knew who to get hold of. A guy called Matt Joshua. Matt is a Saint (born and bred on the island) and is very involved with the tourism on the island and was at that time actually on a ship headed to St Helena. He had limited wifi but his reply came through clearly. He loved the idea and would put us in touch with the right people to take it further. First on the list was Airlink. They are the only commercial airline that flies to St Helena. Also a resounding “YES” from them. Awesome, this is going well so far. Now we needed a rider. An essential part of the video. After all this will be a mountain bike film. We contacted as many people and brands in the industry, but because of the short notice it was tough getting anyone on board. In the end Martin Zietsman was the rider we chose for the trip. His experience in racing the EWS would be vital to riding the terrain on St Helena which is raw and unridden. Also, over the years he’s built good relationships with his sponsors which meant there was a chance we could get a cycle brand on board - something we’d really been hoping for. With only a week to go we had already made peace with the fact that we’d be self funding the trip and living off peanut butter sandwiches and two-minute noodles. Then a very welcome email popped up in our inboxes, “We love the idea and we’re in”. This was the message we received from Industry Nine, a cycle company that needs no introduction. They have been sponsoring Martin with wheelsets for the last 2 years and they were keen to come on board. We were over the moon to have such an awesome company backing us on this. Top: Scotland, as it's appropriately called, is in complete contrast to other parts of the Island. Lush green forests and grasslands. Bottom: Blue Point with its breathtaking views. Photo credit: Darren Peens. St Helena is a place of contrasts. From mars like surfaces to lush green forests and even when it comes to its elevation there is no flats, it’s either up or down. Obviously a good thing when you’re mountain biking and the prospects of building some serious mountain biking trails there are endless. Local Saints, Craig Yon and Alonzo Henry, are two of only a handful of mountain bikers on the island. They were keen to meet up. After spending almost 30mins drooling over Martin’s spec’d out enduro rig we got down to discussing places we could go do some filming. And there was a lot to choose from. So we didn’t waste any time. Left: Two local Mountain Bikers, Craig Yon and Alonzo Henry, inspection Martin’s bike. Right: Martin discussing some very important business with Co-creator Darren Peens. Photo credit: Andre Hugo There were many highlights from our time on the island, from the crystal clear waters to the friendliness of the Saints. But if I had to pick two landscapes that blew my mind it would have to be Blue Point and the forests in Scotland. Ridiculously beautiful scenery that left you standing in awe when you saw it for the first time. Even looking at the images now leaves us in awe. Blue Point in St Helene. Photo credit: Darren Peens / Andre Hugo Tourism on the island is growing especially since the completion of the St Helena’s International Airport in early 2018. Before that you had to visit by ship or yacht. Airlink’s weekly flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town makes it possible for even more people to visit and we’re excited about the possibility of seeing purpose built mountain biking trails being built. You never know, maybe an EWS event in the future. Now that would be out of this world! Special thanks to our partners that made the project possible - Airlink, Industry Nine, Mantis and St Helena Tourism.
  4. A shout out to all those who stoke our stoke—trail builders like Hylton Turvey. “He builds because riding is also a part of his expression. It becomes this full picture where he doesn't just build for other people to enjoy—he builds it because he also needs to express himself in that way through his riding.” – Fanie Kok, Hylly’s brother-in-law NOTE: This video is a combination of multiple days riding in both Karkloof, on trails Hylly built, and footage of the crew exploring new trails together in the foothills of the Drakensberg.
  5. For more info on iNsingizi visit - https://www.insingizi.co.za/ Video by Visual Outdoor.
  6. https://www.strava.com/segments/9765064 Behind the scenes making Contego Segment Hunter Episode 5: How do I ride this segment? Aap d'Huez is part of the black route at the Welvanpas trails just outside of Wellington.If you leave Wellington on Church Street towards Bainskloof Pass, follow the Bovlei Road turn off until you reach the Welvanpas farm. Here you can buy riding permits for the trail and grab some refreshments at the cafe. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes - Win with Duesouth By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode.Episode 5 winner: Tim Wightman Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can still nominate your segments here.
  7. In episode 5, Mariske Strauss is out to claim the Queen of the Mountain from Ila Stow on the Aap d'Huez climb at Welvanpas trails. Click here to view the article
  8. After gliding down Bartinney Skyfall, Contego Segment Hunter moves to the twisty climbs of Welvanpas for the Aap D'Huez climb. Watch as current QOM holder Ila Stow (Gray) and Oliver Munnik take us up the Aap d'Huez segment. Click here to view the article
  9. The Segment: The highlight of the Aap d'Huez segment is the tight switchback turns, and the shade from the trees, something that is becoming increasingly rare in the Western Cape.The current QOM is Ila Gray with Karl Platt holding the men's record. https://www.strava.com/segments/9765064 How do I ride this segment? Aap d'Huez is part of the black route at the Welvanpas trails just outside of Wellington.If you leave Wellington on Church Street towards Bainskloof Pass, follow the Bovlei Road turn off until you reach the Welvanpas farm. Here you can buy riding permits for the trail and grab some refreshments at the cafe. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode. Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can nominate your segments here.The winner of the Cadence hamper for episode 5 is Sean Newbery. Thank you for your nomination.
  10. In Episode 4 of Contego Segment Hunter Adriaan Louw seeks to best Gert Heyn's record on the scenic Bartinney Skyfall trail. Click here to view the article
  11. https://www.strava.com/segments/13164991 How do I ride this segment? The Bartinney Skyfall trail is on the Bartinney Estate wine farm just off Helshoogte Road and forms part of the Banhoek Conservancy trail network. On a bike, the trail is best approached from the Botsmanskop single track. Riders must purchase a day permit (if not already a year member) to ride these trails. Permits for the Banhoek Conservancy can be bought using the Zapper payment app. You can either scan the code online here or at Grind Coffee in Stellenbosch or on some of the partnering farms. Further information is available on the Banghoek Conservancy website. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes - Win with Duesouth By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode.Episode 4 winner: Sean Newbery Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can still nominate your segments here.
  12. Our man on the ground was Alfons, once again having local knowledge is KEY to having a good time! Our first afternoon was mind blowing! We followed Alfons into the surrounding dunes of Swakopmund and rode some lines as the sun set behind us. The next morning we went off to see the highest dune in the world, Dune 7. After asking around we realised that nobody had ever walked up and ridden a bike down! Challenge accepted. The footage doesn't do the scale and steepness of the Dune justice, it really is insanely steep. We found ourselves on a moon like surface for the second part of our adventure, The Lunar Landscape. The choice of lines was overwhelming! For as far as you eyes could see, ridge after ridge, gully after gully, endless lines to ride! We had left the fat bikes behind by this stage and were back onto the enduro bikes. Namibia has a lot to offer! It truly is an adventurers play ground! Remember to do some planning beforehand, connect with the right people and hopefully you can have as an amazing adventure as we did. CreditsFat bike rental: Cycles 4 U, Swakopmund. Content production by Nathan Pellow-Jarman Visual Outdoor Riders: Devlin Fogg, Antonio Silva, Alfons Kiesewetter
  13. The Bike Life crew recently returned from a Namibian mountain bike adventure. In the latest episode they visit the immense sand dunes and lunar landscapes of Swakopmund. Click here to view the article
  14. Shortly after announcing the segment, Darryn Stow's title was snatched by Die Muishond. Darryn went back to rectify things but that KOM fell a few hours later when Tiaan Jordaan raised the bar with an outstanding effort setting a new mark of 9:13. This put our challenger, Nils Hansen, under some serious pressure to perform, forcing him to employ some drastic measures. https://www.strava.com/segments/5831618 Tiaan wins with South Industries The team at South Industries were super impressed with Tiaan's KOM claiming efforts on Cape Cobra. Through some light Strava stalking they noticed that Tiaan had recently broken a rim. South Industries jumped into action. How do I ride this segment? Hoogekraal Cape Cobra (Down & Up) is on the Hoogekraal farm just off Vissershok Road in Durbanville and is part of the larger Tygerberg MTB Club trail network. Riders must purchase a day permit (or be a Tygerberg MTB club member) to ride these trails. Permits for Hoogekraal can be bought in the Hoogekraal carpark. There are two options available: 1) place cash into the honesty box or 2) pay using the Snapscan app on your phone. The current permit fee is R40 per rider. More information is available on the Tygerberg MTB Club website here. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes - Win with Duesouth By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode.Episode 3 winner: Carl Toua Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can still nominate your segments here.
  15. The third instalment of Contego Segment Hunter at Hoogekraal's Cape Cobra turned out to be a fiercely contested battle. Click here to view the article
  16. The Segment: For this episode, we created the Bartinney Skyfall Contego Segment Hunter segment as there appeared to be anomalies in the existing segments resulting in inaccurate times.The current KOM holder is previous hunter Gert Heyns and the QOM is held by Deleen-Marie Steyn. https://www.strava.com/segments/13164991 How do I ride this segment? The Bartinney Skyfall trail is on the Bartinney Estate wine farm just off Helshoogte Road and forms part of the Banhoek Conservancy trail network. On a bike, the trail is best approached from the Botsmanskop single track.Riders must purchase a day permit (if not already a year member) to ride these trails. Permits for the Banhoek Conservancy can be bought using the Zapper payment app. You can either scan the code online here or at Grind Coffee in Stellenbosch or on some of the partnering farms. Further information is available on the Banghoek Conservancy website. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode. Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can nominate your segments here.The winner of the Cadence hamper for episode 4 is Seamus who will be donating the hamper to Songo.info. Thank you for your nomination.
  17. After an eventful hunt at Hoegekraal's Cape Cobra, Contego Segment Hunter heads to the Banhoek Conservancy just outside Stellenbosch. In this episode our challenger will be taking on the glamorous Bartinney Skyfall trail. Watch as Erik Kleinhans and Oliver Munnik take you down the Bartinney Skyfall segment. Click here to view the article
  18. Watch Tim Bentley enjoy a day out on the trails at Giba Gorge MTB Park. Click here to view the article
  19. The Segment: Hoogekraal Cape Cobra (Down & Up) tests both fitness and skills with a fun, technical descent leading to a steady climb back to the top of the hill.The current KOM holder is Darryn Stow with Kate Slegrova recently claiming the QOM. https://www.strava.com/segments/5831618 How do I ride this segment?Hoogekraal Cape Cobra (Down & Up) is on the Hoogekraal farm just off Vissershok Road in Durbanville and is part of the larger Tygerberg MTB Club trail network. Riders must purchase a day permit (or be a Tygerberg MTB club member) to ride these trails. Permits for Hoogekraal can be bought in the Hoogekraal carpark. There are two options available: 1) place cash into the honesty box or 2) pay using the Snapscan app on your phone. The current permit fee is R40 per rider. More information is available on the Tygerberg MTB Club website here. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode. Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can nominate your segments here.The winner of the Cadence hamper for episode 3 is The_Chav. Thank you for your nomination.
  20. After conquering the tar on Red Hill, Contego Segment Hunter is heading back to the dirt and knobbly tyres. It is also a return to the Tygerberg Trails but there is good reason; the super enjoyable Hoogekraal Cape Cobra (Down & Up) segment. Click here to view the article
  21. We love the process of adventure, the unexpected challenges and rewards. Our Namibian trip was way more rewarding than it was challenging. We flew out of Durban to catch a connecting flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek. In Windhoek, we met up with Patrick de Goede who runs Cycletec in Windhoek and operates bike tours into the Namibian countryside. Click here to view the article
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