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  1. With very little greenery, and blown-out dusty trails the only options around the Western Cape lately, we headed to the North West province in search of some greener pastures - and boy did we find some gems. Click here to view the article
  2. After a year of riding and documenting only trails in the Western Cape during 2015, the Trail Daze crew packed up and headed for the hills where the grass was apparently greener, and rain wasn't a myth. Forming part of the greater Van Gaalens trail network, Hakahana was our first taste of some truly amazing views, red dirt, thunder storms and most importantly, some proper trails. Good bye Cape Town Hello Lanseria Travelling in style on our way to Hayden Brown's place, thanks to Jeep and Thule. Luckily our bikes survived the trip and everything was in place. Well almost everything... a small bolt from Daniel's rear derailleur undid itself somehow and disappeared, but luckily we found a spare derailleur at the friendly local bike shop. Alarms set for 4:30am. Dawn patrol here we come. On the road at first light, with some dramatic skies all around to get us frothing for some adventure. Hartebeespoort dam in the background. Tricky, steep uphills meant a lot of hike-a-biking. The trails here are purpose built for the enduro race format and while the trail names are a bit tame (sp1, sp2 etc), the trails themselves are anything but! Sharp rocks, drops, jumps and off camber sections means burly tyres and longer travel bikes will be most at home here. Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Seemingly unlimited singletrack through lush green grass fields, puffy clouds and views in every direction. We found it. Terrain resembling Eselfontein meant Daniel was in his element navigating tricky rock gardens. Probably the best gravity trails around Gauteng, Hakahana have done some great work to keep riders coming back for more. Tough and long climbs are well rewarded on the way down with smooth and flowing trails that cater for riding levels from intermediate to advanced. The trail builders have created technical and challenging features for the best of riders, keeping you on your toes, alert and excited. The general terrain on the hills is very rocky and loose making you ride a bit on the wild side, while the trails down on the lower slopes are fast and flowing letting you relax and unwind. Chris Pearton A and B line options caters for varying skill levels, though I wouldn't recommend these trails to any novices. [caption this] NWP natives keeping an eye on things. Baboons out here are by far more people shy than the ones found in Cape Town, scattering in every direction as they spotted us. To have the opportunity to be in front of the lens for a change, I couldn't turn down the chance to shred for this issue of the Trail Daze. Hakahana Trails, a familiar set of trails that I've raced a few times in the past year, is the perfect playground for one to test the skills of an enduro rider. A bit of everything-ideal for a beginner and testing for the more skilled. At speed one finds themself on the edge navigating technical rock gardens and drifty corners that force one to hang a foot out and get loose. Hayden Brown This project is made possible by: GPS: S 25 46 32.36 E 28 00 33.70 Permit: R50 per permit - Saturdays and Sundays only Website: www.hakahanatrails.co.za All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Hayden Brown | Chris Pearton Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  3. Following a super successful first year of the Enduro Western Cape series during 2018, the EWC is back with a bang in 2019, selling out entries and topping out at 230 riders. With the weather gods on their side, riders were treated to an awesome day out at a green and grippy Contermanskloof, with the 5 stages and liaisons covering 27km with around 2100m of combined vert. A few changes to last year’s stages included the scrapping of the wide & off-camber stage 1, and a new section added onto stage 4, as well as a few other small adjustments. The series also sees the addition of the E-bike category, as well as the return of the lite category where newcomers have the opportunity to only do 3 of the 5 stages. It's a beautiful day. Riders line up at registration to get a number board and timing watch. Harry Millar with race briefing before riders head up liaison 1. Let faster riders past. Assist injured riders. Blue flags = pro line. Pink flags = easy line. Ride within your limits. Have fun! Some spectators bringing the gees on Stage 1. On the racing front, it was Franki du Toit that took top spot in the women’s category with a total racing time of 18:19.781. Following her in 2nd was Katja Steenkamp with a time of 19:33.698 and Colleen de Oliveira in third about one minute 15 seconds off the pace coming it at 20:45.776. Landowner, beer-brewer and trail-builder Robert Starke again put down the fastest time in the men’s category with a time of 15:22.841, just 16 seconds ahead of young pinner Luke Moir (15:38.432). Rounding out the podium, just 2 seconds behind Moir, was Dane Olsen with a time of 15:40:148. It was so good to race on my home trails again, after racing the EWS Madeira. It really opened up my eyes to the level of riding and the trails those guys are building, it was truly inspiring. Often I hear local riders say our (RSA) trails are not good enough for an EWS but they are very wrong, they certainly are right up there. The race went really well apart from SS5 when I almost flatted at the top rock garden but thanks to my foamos I made it home with 15psi to spare and got to share my first podium with my brother! Vibes on the trails and race village was simply epic, it’s amazing to see how this awesome sport is growing. Big thanks to the EWC crew for making it happen! Robert Starke | 1st male It was so so cool too see so many people here. I think Conties is always such a nice venue because they do such a good job with the race village and its quite a vibe down there, and the trails are good, with LOTS of climbing. I was happy with how I rode and I really enjoyed it. Coming back from Europe, this is a completely different style of racing again. I punctured at the start of S5 but luckily I could make it down! Overall it was an amazing event. Franki du Toit | 1st female Full results can be found here. We try to organise events that push riders. Putting in some big climbs and gnarly downhills made us nervous. We expected a backlash. Lo and behold, we didn’t need to fret. The racers took the punch in the face like the prize fighters they are are. Well done guys and girls. You’re tough as nails. Rupert von Tutschek | President of Stage Creation and Marketing Big shout out goes to Giant Bicycles, Tygerberg MTB club, Robert Starke, Starke brews, all the marshals and volunteers, and finally to Rupert, Harry, Daniel, Jacques, Michelle and Ezanne for putting together these awesome events, and making it a huge success. Photos and words by Ewald Sadie | www.esphotography.co.za
  4. The four day long event consisted of multiple disciplines spread out over the weekend, catering to all kinds of riding and bikes. One of the main attractions of the event is the use of the ski lift, allowing riders to ascend the main climb without a single pedal stroke. With the altitude meter peeking at 3222m above sea level, this is an absolutely vital factor as even the most basic task puts you (especially living by the coast) out of breath. It also allows for multiple runs in a short span of time, putting the stoke at an all-time high. From the top of the ski lift, riders have the option of three enduro stages and four downhill lines, each with their own flavour, and varying technical challenges. Next level scenery and a rather eventful drive in to Lesotho. Thanks for the lift Mikey! Thursday evening saw the night time dual slalom race take place under floodlights. Standard rules applied with two riders racing to the bottom, with the slower of the two getting knocked out. The icy night-time temperatures, off-camber turns and sometimes extremely dimly lit corners made for some interesting riding, but everybody miraculously kept things rubber side down. Theo Erlangsen dropped the hammer from the start and kept the winning runs coming all the way to the end to take the top spot. Second place was claimed by Roman Kumpers, followed by Matt Minter in third. Left: Jasper Barrett winning juniors. Right: Beanie Thies 1st and Nikki Alvin 2nd. Theo Erlangsen 1st, Roman Kumpers 2nd and Matt Minter looking up in awe of his mountain biking heroes in 3rd. Friday’s racing consisted of two disciplines. First off was the XCO eliminator, with lycra-clad riders racing around a very steep and short 400m long gravel track. The track weaved it’s way around the dam and between buildings with the top two of each heat progressing. Wessel Botha took the honours with Armand du Toit and Albert Moffat in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The women's XCO saw Marli van Eeden take top spot with Henike Wielputz and Yolandi Steyn in 2nd and 3rd. The much anticipated Enduro kicked off at 2 pm and 40 odd riders made their way to the top of the slope to race in arguably one of the best Enduro events of the year. Three super fun and very well built trails faced the riders, with the last stage finishing down by the river for a pop-up party with ice cold beers, Red Bulls, and some boerie rolls. The day belonged to Theo Erlangsen as he put in three flawless runs in a total time of 12:23, making it two for two. The fastest female down the hill was Beanie Thies with a total time of 15:09. The men’s podium was rounded off by Martin Zietsman and Robert Frost, with Louise Kotze and Sonja Engelbrecht taking 2nd and 3rd in the women’s race. Travis Hesom on the mic all weekend doing a stellar job as MC. Enduro briefing underway. Really, really cool to be able to go to a country I’ve never been before. It was so cool to have everybody together in that little Afriski Valley, and just be able to ride with your mates the whole day, using the ski lift. It’s not often that we get that opportunity in South Africa. Generally a very fun atmosphere, especially staying with all your mates and just ride with them all day. I was really surprised about how good the Enduro was - probably one of the best I’ve ever raced. All of the trails were really good, which was also surprising as I didn’t know anyone in Lesotho even did mountain biking. Overall, a really nice atmosphere and well-run event. Theo Erlangsen | 1st Enduro Luke Meyer sending it down SS3. Thanks for hooking me up with some wheels for the weekend! The event organisation was really good. The trails were good. So was the restaurant and the food. The lift really got the job done so you could get a lot of runs in. The dual slalom was really good, except that I got Theo first round and got eliminated. The downhill format is a nice idea and more exciting for spectators than a timed race, but they need to rethink it a bit to make it fairer. The enduro was definitely my favourite event. All three trails were really fun, which is like the first enduro that’s ever happened to me. And minimal pedalling to get there, which was pretty good as well. Stages were a decent length, not too much pedalling, and nice technical sections as well. Overall, a really good weekend. Niko Velasco Riders lining up at the start of SS3. The weekend was incredibly amazing. It was so much fun, and everybody loved it. A big thanks has to go to Max for getting me there, and also to the sponsors for all the prizes. Then to my friends that made it such a fun and enjoyable weekend. The trails were fantastic and a big shout out has to go the crew at Afriski for making it so amazing. Beanie Thies | 1st Enduro female Justin Novella showering Theo Erlangsen with some beer and getting thing started for the evening. Jasper Barrett 1st, Kyle Brand 2nd and Ike Klaasen (absent) 3rd. Beani Thies 1st, Louise Kotze 2nd and Sonja Engelbrecht 3rd. Theo Erlangsen 1st, Martin Zietsman 2nd and Robert Frost 3rd. The final event of the weekend saw a slightly adapted version of the usual Downhill format. Four riders would start simultaneously on 4 different DH lines, and the first across the line would take it. No timing or seeding runs as per the usual case. As to be expected with 4 different tracks though, there were differences that affected the duration and outcome per line. This did spark the debate of accuracy, but with the nature of the Crank Chaos event a more relaxed and less serious one, everyone got on with it. Riders drew names from a hat that determined the lines on which they raced, and the top two from each heat progressed to the next. In the end, Frank Meyer claimed top spot with Martin Zietsman and Barry Futter in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The women’s podium consisted of Beani Thies followed by Nikki Alvin and Louise Kotze. The juniors podium consisted Jasper Barrett in 1st, Ike Klaassen in 2nd and Kyle Brand in 3rd. Ski lift for the win! Drawing names from a hat to see which rider races which line. I’m totally stoked about this event and I will definitely go again. The fact that you can get uplifts and uplifts is definitely special, and something that I’ve missed. The trails are awesome and its super scenic and the event overall is super social and interactive. It’s not like racing were there is usually very serious vibe. I loved the jumps and I’m really stoked that I could ride them all! Simone Futter One more lift to the top as ominous thunder clouds gather in the background. Left: Jasper Barrett 1st, Ike Klaassen 2nd and Kyle Brand 3rd. Right: Beani Thies 1st, Nikki Alvin 2nd and Louise Kotze 3rd. Frank Meyer 1st, Martin Zietsman 2nd and Barry Futter 3rd. Crank Chaos 2017 was a huge success, from a rider as well as an organiser’s perspective. Everyone was very happy with the event, and we definitely saw an increase in numbers from last year for the riders as well as the spectators, which is great to see. The riding this year was of a very high standard, although it is more of a fun event. Some serious racing on the downhill eliminator with some bar bashing and guys going big - I think it was definitely one of the favourites this year. We’re going to just build on it for next year, and try to make it bigger and better, get more riders involved and try to get more international riders at the event. Peter Peyper Party time as Crank Chaos 2017 draws to a close. | Full race gallery can be found here. Be sure to get your photo! A massive thank you must go out to all the sponsors involved with the 2017 Crank Chaos. A whopping R80 000 worth of prizes and goodies from FOX, International Trade, Skull Candy, Motorex, Evoc, Pure Nutrition, Oakley, Csixx, and Ogio were up for grabs. Without sponsors like these, this event would not have been possible. We hope to see you again next year. Let's get the numbers up and make this event bigger and better!
  5. The weekend of 9th to the 11th of September 2016, saw 52 brave riders head to Ceres, to take on the 2nd edition of the brutal and challenging, invite-only, EzelEnduro. Click here to view the article
  6. With more than 40km of trails, 1660 meters of vertical climbing, and the addition of another stage, the event was designed to be even tougher than last year’s. Stages 5 and 6, like last year, required riders to hike-a-bike for about 1.5 hours each, before dropping into a 10 minute, arm destroying descent. Riders spent between 7 and 8 hours battling against the unforgiving Ceres terrain, with 15 DNF’s at the end of the day, and plenty of mechanicals in the mix. With riders from KZN and Joburg travelling down specifically for the event, racing was set to be tight, and in the end, Hayden Brown (PYGA) took the win over Oli Munnik by 5 seconds, with last year’s champion Matt Lombardi (GIANT) rounding off the podium in 3rd. A standalone event this year (previously piggybacking on the Eselfontein Festival), riders and supporters had full access to the entire campsite and eco-huts, and were free to roam the entire farm. A post event chill-zone was setup on Saturday, treating everybody to some delicious potjiekos, with beers and energy supplied by CBC and Redbull. The after-party ensued, and the unbroken ones took things into the early hours of Sunday morning... The idea behind the EzelEnduro is a simple one. Super tough riding with a small group of people looking for the same challenge. The fact that it's showing us how many people are keen on this type of riding as well as the fact that it's the youngsters that are most amped about the event gives us massive hope for the riding talent in this country. Well done to all the participants - it was an honour to meet, ride and party with you! Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Friday night saw most of the riders arrive at Ezelfontein to setup camp and get the fires going. Some were better prepared than others to fight the cold... For most it was an early night as Saturday would be a tough 8 hours in the hills. Last minute bike preps and the daily caffeine fix in the early hours of Saturday morning. Frosty morning beats provided by Redbull. No sleep-ins at the party. The EzelEnduro, far from easy... and definitely a far cry from cruising on Cape Towns beaches... Thanks for a ROCKIN event! - excuse the pun... Joe Nesbitt Best weekend EVER! Guy Ian McKechnie Thank you Daniel! Scared the crap out of me but loved every second! Nico van Zyl What a jol it was. High 5's all round! Carlos Marquez Proper mountain biking. Gina Nixon I nearly bombed on stage 4, but stage 5 went really well and about 300m before the end of the stage I had a huge crash, went OTB, and had to ride the rest of the stage on a rear flat. Hayden Brown The official EzelEnduro trophy - hand crafted by Dave Mercer. Rupert trying his best to brief the eager crowd. Every stage was f*ing gnarly, but everyone tried their best and I got third on the day - so I'm happy with that. Matt Lombardi I came out here very scared, I didn't know if I'd be able to ride all these trails - I rode them all and I'm so proud and so happy and I had so much fun. Craig McKune I'm in charge of making the big decisions. Rupert von Tutschek Awesome timing system provided by KZN MTB - worked a charm! Rider getting ready to take on SS3. Matt Lombardi, 3rd overall. Event organizer Daniel Dobinson - 5th overall. Rika Olivier - 2nd overall in the ladies category. Gina Nixon - 1st overall in the ladies category. Winner winner chicken dinner. Hayden Brown, the king of Ezelfontein. I'd like to say that I wasn't beaten by all the girls, but I was beaten by the first lady. Cliff Beckett For the rest of the year, Cliff Beckett is my b***h. Dave Hartley What a legendary event. Respect to the organizers, respect to the sponsors, and I beat Cliff Beckett also. Richard Dick Goldstein Keira Duncan, only 15 years old and smashing out 4th overall. The future is bright. Oli Munnik - 2nd overall. Thumbs up on liaison 5. Only about an hour's hiking left... on this stage. #lunarlandscape Today I had a great day, I beat Cliff Beckett, and I went OTB twice on the last stage. John Toastie EzelEnduro 2016 - 6 extremely tough stages, specially the last 2 - It is dubbed the toughest Enduro in South Africa for a reason. Joanna Dobinson Thanks for the awesome day guys. Final stage saw me hit the deck 3 times but it was worth it! Karl Kielblock Hayden Brown charging his way into top spot. Matt Lombardi showing the signs of an OTB on stage 5, with Dave Mercer apparently moving rocks out the way with his face. Joanna Dobinson - 3rd overall in the ladies category The 3 brave ladies taking on EzelEnduro 2016. Legends. Daniel, you guys did an Awesome job on the Ezelenduro, thanks! Frank Corris I can't remember the last time I consumed alcohol with no regard for the consequences.... great after-party peoples! Harry Millar Such an awesome weekend guys, thanks so much to the team for organising. Julian Moore Flannel for the win! The podiums from left: Danie du Toit taking the hardtail category. Overall ladies and overall men. Top 10 overall: 1. Hayden Brown - 26:19 2. Oliver Munnik - 26:24 3. Matt Lombardi - 27:16 4. Keira Duncan - 28:31 5. Daniel Dobinson - 29:18 6. Hilton Frost - 29:19 7. Neil Bradford - 29:26 8. Harry Millar - 29:28 9. Rupert von Tutschek - 29:53 10. Julien Louw - 30:31Download the full results here. Shoutouts for making this event possible, goes to Redbull for music, shade, energy and very importantly, accurate timing. To CBC for some well deserved beer afterwards. To SRAM and WPGE for financial support and event insurance. To Deon Malherbe for providing us with this unique playground and building so many top quality trails for us to play on, and providing accommodation and motorbikes for myself and the event organizers to use during the event. To Llama bars for some amazing trail food. Lastly, to all the ladies that helped prepare the delicious potjiekos for all the starving riders Saturday afternoon. See you all in 2017! All images by Ewald Sadie | instagram: @ewaldsadie | www.esphotography.co.za
  7. Nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, lies one of South Africa's top mountain biking destinations. Proper trails cutting through lush indigenous forest with an incredible ambiance of bird sounds and other wild life, and a majestic mountainous backdrop is what defines this place. Add to that accommodation in the form of the Trail Park House, or a 20 person dorm room setup hand crafted by the land owner and trail builder Rob Dormehl, and you have the perfect place to rally together some friends and shred the 40km trail network from dawn till dusk. And with 4 trail options varying in difficulty and distance, and a pump track/dirt jump line, it really caters for all riders of all abilities. The ever-expanding network of trails and accommodation at Garden Route Trail Park is something to admire. Well built jumps in every size you could ever want, means it's the perfect place to get airtime and it's one of the few places in SA that you can ride proper singletrack under an indigenous tree canopy. Phone your friends now and plan a weekend getaway now! Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica 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 This project is made possible by: Garden Route Trail Park GPS: 33°55'01.3"S 22°51'47.7"E Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Matt Lombardi Permit: R100 Website: https://www.gardenroutetrailpark.com/ All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie
  8. About an hour's drive further up the coast from last month's Trail Daze destination, we re-visited the now world-famous Garden Route Trail Park, to round off our trip up the N2. Click here to view the article
  9. Trail Daze, yet again you simply take my breath away. I am now seriously waiting to be able to buy my first full trail bike and follow your lead.KarlvN Seems I have a trail to go explore this weekend. Thanks for the great review.BlackSnow Now why post all of this awesomeness on a Monday?? Lucky we have a free day on Wednesday so I don't have to wait a whole week to get on the trails again.Lone_Ranger Click here to view the article
  10. It's feedback and comments like these that remind us that we're on the right track with Trail Daze, and that we've inspired at least some of you to get out there and explore your local trails. Following a very successful first year in 2015, we've documented some great trails in 2016, adding 2 new provinces to the list with hopefully more added during next year. Another success story and personal achievement is the compilation and production of Volume 1 of the Trail Daze coffee table photobook series, available online or in store at Giant Cape Town and BMT in Stellenbosch. Giveaway: Be sure to cast your vote in the poll HERE to stand a chance of winning a Camelbak Mule 3L and a signed Volume 1 Trail Daze photobook.Competition ends on 31 December 2016 at 12pm. Welvanpas | April Spontaneity is the spice of life... Wanna go riding? Yes! This afternoon... we're pressed for time. Cool, let's do it... where? Welvanpas. Sweet I'm on my way. How many of us? Four... can we fit the bikes in your car? Ya, I'll make a plan, no problem. Awesome, we'll bring food and beer. No excuses, no hassles, no complaints, no delays, just awesome company, awesome trails, focused hard work, and all-round make-it-happen positivity. This is the mountain bike culture I live for, and every experience like this enriches life so much more than "just another ride in the forests". Harry Millar Get all the info and the full April photo epic here. Drakensberg | May Dropping into the first rocky chute, choked with boulders - I knew this wasn't going to be a flowy trail ride but a test of creativity and a willingness to engage with the rugged features on offer. I mean it's the Drakensberg, it's not called "the Barrier of Spears" for nothing, you have to work for your ride. Sometimes I came off second best, but stopping for a moment and taking in the view - it really brought home how remote and incredible the area is. At the end of the day, if you've got a big travel bike and a set of knee pads this is an incredible experience, and making the most of the rock features, gullies and ridge lines is all part of colouring in the memory you're actively making. Kathryn Fourie Get all the info and the full May photo epic here. Hoogekraal | July Hoogekraal is a trail riders treat! Perfectly groomed swooping berms, big drops, fun table tops and rocks made for a perfect balance of speed, exhilaration and heart pumping action! The fact that I got to ride it with two ladies who inspire me with their riding style and immense skill, made it an afternoon that will never be forgotten! #BigBikes&Baggies Joanna Dobinson Get all the info and the full August photo epic here. Karkloof | August The trails here hold a special place in my heart and have always been brilliant thanks to Hylton Turvey whose vision of MTB translates into flowy technical trails. The OutBack trails are located a bit further away from the Karkloof Country Club than the rest of the trail network and give those willing to make the journey some brilliant varied single track, with some phenomenal descending. The three main trails include the legendary Bat Outta Hell, Rene's Rumble & Jewitt's Jive. Mark Millar Get all the info and the full August photo epic here. Boschendal | September Boschendal trails offer a variety of different terrain. From fast forest trails to open twisty flow trails. The scenery surrounding the trails is truly breathtaking with the Simonsberg mountain always in the peripheral. There has really been a lot of effort put in to making these trails in such a special place just outside of Stellenbosch. Not the most technical trails, but certainly an enjoyable day out! Matt Lombardi Get all the info and the full September photo epic here. Hakahana | February Probably the best gravity trails around Gauteng, Hakahana have done some great work to keep riders coming back for more. Tough and long climbs are well rewarded on the way down with smooth and flowing trails that cater for riding levels from intermediate to advanced. The trail builders have created technical and challenging features for the best of riders, keeping you on your toes, alert and excited. The general terrain on the hills is very rocky and loose making you ride a bit on the wild side, while the trails down on the lower slopes are fast and flowing letting you relax and unwind. Chris Pearton Get all the info and the full February photo epic here. Giveaway: Be sure to cast your vote in the poll HERE to stand a chance of winning a Camelbak Mule 3L and a signed Volume 1 Trail Daze photobook.Competition ends on 31 December 2016 at 12pm. Winner to be announced on 3 January 2017 at 12pm. No project can be successful without the collaborative efforts of some key players, most important of which are the riders that are featured in each episode. So to the following people, I say a massive thank you: Daniel Dobinson, Harry Millar, Matthieu Hamel, Hayden Brown, Chris Pearton, Julien Louw, Kath Fourie, Mark Millar, Tim Bentley, Joanna Dobinson, Rika Olivier, Simone Futter, Matt Lombardi, Andrew and Jonty Neethling. And lastly, to Camelbak for supporting this project for two years in a row now. Without your backing, we will not be able to inspire more people to go out and ride. Cheers 2016, it's been real! See you guys again in 2017... #TrailDaze
  11. Wrapping up our trip to KZN, the Trail Daze crew headed for Karkloof - an amazing trail network with immense flow and maximum fun factor, sculpted by master trail builder Hylton Turvey. Click here to view the article
  12. A short drive North from Howick, my usual base when visiting KZN, you find yourself in the centre of a 60km odd trail network, with a big variety of trails to choose from. Rene's Rumble, Jewitt's Jive and Bat Outta Hell, to name a few, will all leave you with that silly grin on your face and the feeling that you could also one day maybe definitely race as a pro. Such is the speed and flow of these trails. As to be expected, a trail network over such a vast area will feature a wide array of terrain. From the tight, loamy forests of Rene's Rumble, to the exposed, golden grasslands of Bat Outta Hell, there is something for everyone. And with a total descend of around 1275 meters, you'll find yourself going back up for one more lap, more often than you'd think. Bikes washed, and ready to leave cassa Millar en route to Karkloof. With scenery like this, the 15km drive from Howick flies by, and you almost wish it was further away. Ah man, I don't really know if I can ever express what I feel when I ride here. Maybe a bewildered happiness that it's on my back door? The Renes Rumble descent has to be one of the most sensational sets of continuous single track in the country. It's got the perfect gradient to make you feel like a super-hero, and it's packed with delicious little treats like popper jumps, fat berms, moon shaped bridges, rock features and high speed motorways of pine needles threaded between green trees. Kath Fourie Still one of my favourite trail networks that I've had the pleasure of riding, and its right in my backyard! Long flowing trails with berms that make you feel like you're in a super tube. What a great day out with friends riding until the sunset over the midlands. Tim Bentley Countless bobsled-like berms, super grippy loam and endless flow. While the rocky sections of these trail are short and not too burly, its enough to keep you on your toes, and will catch you out if you to don't respect them. The trails here hold a special place in my heart and have always been brilliant thanks to Hylton Turvey whose vision of MTB translates into flowy technical trails. The OutBack trails are located a bit further away from the Karkloof Country Club than the rest of the trail network and give those willing to make the journey some brilliant varied single track, with some phenomenal descending. The three main trails include the legendary Bat Outta Hell, Rene's Rumble & Jewitt's Jive. Mark Millar Perfect late afternoon golden light. #lightbro Heading down the last stretch of Rene's Rumble, we had to be quick as the light was fading fast and we still had to make it to the top of Bat Outta Hell for the last rays of the day. *Special permission was granted for this story to bring our vehicle on to Sappi land. This is not the status quo, private vehicles are not allowed on Sappi land. The access road up to Bat Outta Hell will be open to riders shortly, please visit the Karkloof MTB Club Facebook page for up dates on trail closures and openings. Surreal golden fields, literally as far as the eye can see, waited for us at the trail head. With the sun seemingly setting down below in the forest, the exposed elevation rendered the perfect golden hour setting for us to wrap up the day. Black-jacks doing their thing. 3 tiny riders in a sea of rolling hills and golden light to end off an epic weekend of riding. Bat Outta Hell has to be on every riders bucket list, and I have to hand it to our friend Hylton Turvey for crafting his vision from this hillside. Nowhere else have I ever felt like I'm riding full pace through a field of golden butter with such a view in front of me. The only problem with Bat Outta Hell, is that as soon as it's finished, you want to ride it again...and again. Kath Fourie Tim embracing his inner phone-tographer and paying tribute to man's finest invention as the last rays disappear. Thanks for awesome times Karkloof. Now let's get some pizza. GPS: 29°22'58.1"S 30°15'49.7"E Permit: R40 at the Karkloof Country Club All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie This project is made possible by: Riders : Kath Fourie | Mark Millar | Tim Bentley Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  13. Forming part of the greater Tygerberg MTB trail network, this loop probably won't keep you busy all day, or even half a day, but what it lacks in distance, it more than makes up for on the fun scale. Likewise on the scenery scale, with luminous green rolling hills in every direction, and on a sunny day as we experienced it, blue skies and puffy clouds. Celebrating women's month, this episode sees the first all ladies edition of Trail Daze, featuring three of Cape Town's (well one of them is imported from Switzerland, and the other from KZN) finest trail riders in the form of Joanna Dobinson, Rika Olivier and Simone Futter. A quick pedal out from the parking area and you're surrounded by views stretching all the way to Table Mountain. Hoogekraal remains a commercially active farm, so expect to encounter some curious locals during your ride. These guys have notoriously bad eye-sight, so don't be alarmed when they get startled and start running as soon as you get close. Some high speed A-frames to indicate the start of the single track. The Hoogekraal loop consists of pretty much 99% pristine, single track, all courtesy of master trail builder, Bennet Nel. Trailside banter. A late afternoon winter ride at Hoogekraal is special – green landscape, tacky dirt and, if you’re lucky like we were, that winter kind of sunshine. Perfect golden afternoon fun. Rika Olivier Simone sending the jump line. This section was added more recently and features a high speed, flow trail with a few big jumps and a drop with an alternative chicken line. Blue skies, green grass and some puffy white clouds along with a super fun trail = good times. Ascending the switchbacks towards the top of Hoogekraal. In stark contrast to the extremely dried out and dusty summertime conditions, this region transforms into a lush and colourful landscape during winter. Tiny riders in a sea of green. Muddy trails... something we haven't seen much of in the Western Cape for a very long time. Dropping into the Cobra. A fast paced descent, filled with boulders, a few shaley sections and a lot of fun. I like Hoogekraal for its rocks, jumps and flow. Though it's a short trail, there is a lot to play with and the many switchbacks make it a great workout. We scored a great day after heavy rains and were rewarded with super tacky trails. Bombing down the last flowy section left me smiling silly, long after arriving back at the car. Simone Futter With the Cobra taking you all the way back down the hill, there's a punchy climb back up to the top of the trail. From the top of Hoogekraal, you get panoramic views of pretty much the whole peninsula - from Table Mountain, all the way to Stellenbosch. Hoogekraal is a trail riders treat! Perfectly groomed swooping berms, big drops, fun table tops and rocks made for a perfect balance of speed, exhilaration and heart pumping action! The fact that I got to ride it with two ladies who inspire me with their riding style and immense skill, made it an afternoon that will never be forgotten! #BigBikes&Baggies Joanna Dobinson Swooping back down towards the parking area on perfectly tacky trails as the last rays of the days start to fade away. Cheers to all the female mountain bikers out there, having fun and shredding trails 'till the sun sets. GPS: 33°47'01.2"S 18°34'53.4"E Permit: R40 (part of greater Tygerberg MTB trail network) All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie This project is made possible by: Riders : Joanna Dobinson | Rika Olivier | Simone Futter Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  14. With the promise of some spectacular cloud formations and an epic sunset thanks to the daily thunderstorms rolling through this part of the country, we headed for the hills in search of some elevation. Contrasting the smooth and ultra fast trails down by the river, Pofadder provides you the opportunity to ride some rocks - big ones, small ones, jagged ones and then everything else in-between. And a quick diversion off the relatively overgrown and rocky path, revealed some off-piste magic in the form of a dried-up, riverbed, cascading down into the valley below. Daily thunderstorms decorating boring skies with epic cloud formations, and keeping warm summer's days mild and bearable. Not having local knowledge on our side, we probably would not have found this, the Pofadder trail head. A random clearing next to a random dirt road seems to be it, apparently. Hard packed single track through tall grass fields gets things going, but trail conditions quickly turn rocky and technical as you ascend the Puff Adder. Loads of skinny gaps along some properly tight and technical sections of trail, keeps you on your toes. Preparing to get soaked as the bursts of rain moved ever closer to our position. Off-piste exploration courtesy of Hayden Brown, sending us down a seemingly ancient and overgrown, dried up ravine. Some hectic climbing leading to some well deserved and awesome down runs, with rocks that took the Trail Daze crew's breath away. Hayden took us down a dry river bed with big sheets of exposed rock creating some crazy fast sections with awesome drops and tech features along the way. Pofadder, a trail not to be taken lightly, probably the longest descending trail around JHB, it just keeps on going giving you no time to rest or relax. Some rocky trails definitely worth checking out. Chris Pearton Trails this unique and fun deserves a few reruns... One more push up to the top as the light fades behind ominous storm clouds, and we prepare to take cover from the approaching squall. Wild & untamed trails. This setting reminds me of a scene from Jurassic Park - all that lacks are a few Ptero and Brachiosaurus in the background. Luckily, the rain moved on past us and we were spared getting wet. And as quickly as it had formed, the storm disappeared again, allowing the sun to peak through once more for a spectacular sunset. Having just recently moved to the area, I had limited knowledge of the trail we had set off on, but I knew that "Pofadder" was the longest and more tech of the lot... The weather wasn't all that glamorous when we set off but as we got closer and closer to the top of the mountain, we were treated to the most spectacular sunset! Hayden Brown Red dirt, blue-green grass, acacia trees, thunderstorms and racing home in the dark - a happy reminder from my days riding in Howick! The Pofadder trail offers sweeping savannah vistas with ribbons of singletrack enticing you onwards and upwards. The trail down is long, rocky and gnarly, and Hayden's local knowledge ensured that we rode a little known gem of a trail. This kind of trail is why I love South Africa! Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Thanks NWP. You've treated us well during our visit. Nothing to do now but head back home and have a braai. Until we meet again next time... This project is made possible by: GPS: 25°48'09.4"S 27°47'53.6"E Permit: R50 (part of greater Van Gaalens trail network) All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Hayden Brown | Chris Pearton Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  15. Our third and final outing in our search for the North West province's finest trails took us to the lesser known Pofadder trail at Van Gaalen's. With no markings or signage in sight, it's a great idea to have a local show you around this rough and rocky part of town - and to experience all the off-piste goodness it has to offer - it's an even better idea to bring a proper long-travel trail bike along for the ride. Click here to view the article
  16. A line I've been thinking about for a while now, planning this rather unique trip up into the depths of the Drakensberg mountains. After a quick 15 minute flip in the helicopter, and a 1400 vertical metre ascend made short work of, you find yourself perched on top of a grassy plateau overlooking the rest of the world. Steep cliffs on the one side and cattle paths leading back down to the collection point, on the other. However, it's not as simple as letting go of the brakes and flowing down manicured trails without breaking a sweat... on the contrary, this is a mountain bike adventure, and its got everything from off-camber, boulder-filled gullies, to hike-a-bike sections that's only ridable for the most experienced of riders, and amazing open grassy plains stretching towards the horizon. Mark Millar's Mancave #mmm really is something special. Dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and everything else in-between required to build up more two-wheeled toys. A quick check over of all our bikes, to make sure everything is set for the challenges the Drakensberg might throw at us in the morning. But first, time to call it a day and get some sleep. 4:30am and some jet fuel for those in need of some caffeine to wake up properly. Hydration packs and trail food are highly recommended, as the day could get pretty long out there. N3 en route to the berg. Pilot Greg, whipping out his toy, and commencing with the pre-flight checks. Not the most high tech approach to shipping your bike to the top of a mountain, but it works a charm. Front wheels removed and a bit of fiddling later, you got yourself six bikes ready for action. Some paperwork to make it official. Heli biking drop off is a go. Scared | Excited Hearing Tim's excitement over the headphones in the Bell Ranger may have been one of my highlights of the trip, "This is so flipping cool!" coming across the static and watching his face completely in awe of his first heli flip, like a kid at Christmas. It was an infectious excitement that carried us all the way down the mountain. Kathryn Fourie Successful drop off with a quick bike assembly to follow, before the pilot leaves you at the mercy of the mountain, some 2,000 metres above sea level. Nothing to do now but ride. It's only about 20km... A brilliant experience in a really phenomenal setting. It makes you feel like one of the pro riders you've seen being dumped at the top of a mountain in your favourite MTB film. That said you have to work for your descents and treat the day as an adventure with mates. The trails are rough, rugged and far from manicured which means having the right bike and a decent level of skill will make the trip more enjoyable. Mark Millar So many line options - or none at all - depending on your level of skill. These trails are unique in the way that they can only be accessed by helicopter or a full day hiking. Consisting of all natural cattle paths, they change a lot with the seasons, and the more we ride the more we find. Kirk Hollis | Rockslide Heli Biking Dropping into the first rocky chute, choked with boulders - I knew this wasn't going to be a flowy trail ride but a test of creativity and a willingness to engage with the rugged features on offer. I mean it's the Drakensberg, it's not called "the Barrier of Spears" for nothing, you have to work for your ride. Sometimes I came off second best, but stopping for a moment and taking in the view - it really brought home how remote and incredible the area is. At the end of the day, if you've got a big travel bike and a set of knee pads this is an incredible experience, and making the most of the rock features, gullies and ridge lines is all part of colouring in the memory you're actively making. Kathryn Fourie Rampage 2018? Tim Bentley is no stranger to going downhill on a bike, taking this washed out, eroded section in his stride. Chicken line towards the right. Proper back country riding in the middle of nowhere, with the majestic Drakensberg behind you and thunder clouds gathering in the distance. Yes. This was my first ever experience in a helicopter and no better place to have it than in the Drakensburg with my bicycle. Trails were raw and natural topped off with spectacular views. Definitely an amazing experience and fun day on the bike! Tim Bentley Back to civilization and a well deserved beer & burger to finish of an epic day. This project is made possible by: GPS: 29°01'06.9"S 29°26'12.7"E For all information check out http://www.rockslidemtb.co.za/ All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie Riders : Tim Bentley | Kathryn Fourie | Mark Millar | Kirk Hollis Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  17. We head out to KZN and the greater Drakensberg area, to bring you an alternative take on ascending 1400 vertical metres, a world of off-piste trails and riding that will test the average man and his machine to their limits. Click here to view the article
  18. Back on home soil after exploring some fine trails up North. We headed out to a destination that needs no real introduction. Known simply as Welvanpas, the trail network merely originates on the farm, but actually spans across six farms in the greater Bainskloof area. Click here to view the article
  19. Naturally when covering such a large expanse, you can expect a wide variety of surroundings and surfaces, ranging from overgrown, ferny river trails and orchards to pine forests and exposed single track running down from the foot of the Hawequas mountains. Riders of above average fitness will enjoy these trails most, as some of the more rewarding and scenic sections of this trail network only start after 550m of relentless climbing. 4 of us with 4 bikes on the R44 en route to Wellington. Heading out towards Doolhof to ride some river trails before taking on the long climb up towards the Full Monty. This part of the trail features fast, narrow hard packed single track traversing the hillside along the Kromrivier, heading down towards the orchards. A massive mountainous backdrop, huge climbs, never ending singletrack and trails to suit (almost) every type of rider - these are the things that come to mind when I prepare for a day out at Welvanpas. It's also one of the last places in the area you can blast through pine forest and trail builder Pieter van Wyk has done an incredible job with the flow of these trails! The trails North of Bainskloof Pass are more XC oriented and pass through beautiful, remote areas of protea filled fynbos. The trails South of the pass make great use of the gravity on offer and have incredible flow through the pine plantations and the ridiculously fast and loose descent down 'Cool runnings' is the perfect way to end the ride! Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Further down the river side trail, you enter a 'Jurassic Park' like world of ivy covered poplars reaching for the skies. Contrasting surroundings as you leave the lush green riverside shrubbery, and head up towards the more harsh and unforgiving Hawequas Mountains. It's a long and steep climb and not to be underestimated, especially during summer months - so make sure you fill up those hydration packs. The reward is worth the climb as you drop into Full Monty for some super fast, rocky, pine-needle covered single track goodness. Blasting down endless single track on the MTB express train, the evening sun piercing the trees and flashing on your eyes. Dust assaulting your nostrils, you're breathing heavy, chasing that wheel in front of you. Mates, bikes, flowing trails, Roti, Beers. Welvanpas never disappoints. Julien Louw Exiting the forest en route to Cool Runnings. Spontaneity is the spice of life... Wanna go riding? Yes! This afternoon... we're pressed for time. Cool, let's do it... where? Welvanpas. Sweet I'm on my way. How many of us? Four... can we fit the bikes in your car? Ya, I'll make a plan, no problem. Awesome, we'll bring food and beer. No excuses, no hassles, no complaints, no delays, just awesome company, awesome trails, focused hard work, and all-round make-it-happen positivity. This is the mountain bike culture I live for, and every experience like this enriches life so much more than "just another ride in the forests". Harry Millar Dropping into Cool Runnings with some sublime single track on the way back down to the Welvanpas trail center. Bombing down Cool Runnings in the last rays of the day, dissecting wild Protea fields with the majestic Hawequas mountain towering above you... yes please. This project is made possible by: GPS: 33°37'59.1"S 19°04'10.5"E Permit: R40 All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Julien Louw | Harry Millar Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  20. Our base station during our visit to the North West - with soon-to-be trail dog Benyah, keeping us all entertained. Farm house vibes and fiddling with bikes - so not a care or rush in the world. What trail riding should be all about. Hayden leading the way to the river through the spectacularly green and lush pecan plantation. Having a few mates come over for a braai and a beer is one thing but having them come over to enjoy a network of trails that run through the beautiful Pecan Farm I stay on is on a totally different level! I felt very privileged to show the guys what my backyard had to offer! Hayden Brown Down by the river, the trails were hard-packed, narrow and fast. Roots, full canopy above and as much flow as you could possibly want. Yes. I will never feel sorry for a Jo'burg mountain biker ever again! Just an hour from the concrete jungle lies a network of beautiful trails at Van Gaalens. The river trails have great flow that will inspire beginners to take up this beautiful outdoor lifestyle while experienced pinners can still have loads of fun at speed. Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Hayden scrubbing at mach 3 through the narrow woods. The trail crosses the river a few times over some narrow bridges, so if you're planning to ride till the sun sets like we did, pack a headlamp as things could get super sketch over these structures in the dark. Always good to use guinea pigs to check if it's safe to venture out there with cameras and such. The epitome of flow, the River Trail makes you want to crank it till your legs fall off with fast flowing single track that keeps you alive with a big grin on your face. Heading up the ridge we found some awesome trails with a variety of loamy forest and rough rocky sections, leading back down to the start with some full throttle single track. It took a bit of hike a bike but it sure was well worth it. Having been to the area many times and not ridden several of these trails, I will definitely be back to doddle along them again. Chris Pearton Heading toward the ridge line, the trail exits the lush tree canopy and opens up. Not part of the official trail per se, but if you stumble upon a tunnel, I guess you got to ride it? Local fauna and flora doing its thing. Higher up the trail, just under the ridge line, things were a little less groomed, fairly overgrown and pretty technical with some proper rock sections in the mix. Trail riding at its finest. Even though you pass through active, commercial farm land, we hardly encountered any other humans - giving that feeling of escaping to the less beaten track. This project is made possible by: GPS: 25°47'26.5"S 27°45'16.5"E Permit: R50 All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Hayden Brown | Chris Pearton Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  21. Following our previous installment of Trail Daze, where we traveled North West in search of greener pastures, we bring you another sensory overload of lush green, endless singletrack that will make you want to pedal until your legs fall off. Simply referred to as the River Trail, it follows along the Magaliesriver. You will be forgiven to think this gem lies somewhere in New Zealand, and not 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. Click here to view the article
  22. Not the one in Vietnam though - the one at Muratie, just outside Stellenbosch. Click here to view the article
  23. Driving up towards our first Trail Daze destination for 2016, passing vineyards and keeping an eye on Simonsberg in the distance, with new gear packed and ready for action, we were buzzing and excited to experience the smorgasbord that is Muratie. From panoramic views, to a variety of single track ridden plantations, to warp speed inducing, tight bush tunnels that will make you pedal back up for more... it's all there. The heat wave we've been experiencing here in SA is by far the worst in recent history, and temperatures have soared to the mid 30's every day in the Stellenbosch area. But the need to ride will always be stronger, so we filled our hydration packs, packed the cooler and headed for the hills. Two thirds of the motley Trail Daze crew awaiting the French flair. A short but steep and exposed pedal away from the Muratie tasting room drops you into a lush, fern-lined pine forest with fast single track taking you all the way down into the gully. A welcome escape from the relentless heat. The trails at Muratie offer amazing diversity - from vineyards into beautiful pine forest, to blue gum plantations, to fantastic wattle forests, and open grassland - a real treat for those of us with short attention spans! Designed by Meurant Botha, the trails are top quality and are perfect for entry-level riding, but also beg to be shredded at speed by more experienced riders. Finish off the day with wine or beers in the garden, watching the sun set over the iconic Table Mountain - there are worse ways to spend your day! Harry Millar The vineyards are such a great place to ride at this time of the year - colours are perfect and the vines are full of juicy berries. Muratie offers flowy trails and a perfect ratio of climb to downhill time, an ideal spot for a sunset ride with the sun hiding behind Table Mountain. The bush tunnel trail is THE route to discover, giving you the feeling of being super Mario between two continuous and packed walls of trees. The kind of trail your eyes can’t follow so you must rely on the capabilities of your bike… That was so good, we did it twice! Matthieu Hamel Climbing up and out of the gully via some tight switchbacks on the way towards Gillooly's interchange, with Simonsberg, Stellenbosch mountains and the Muratie/Delheim vineyards as your backdrop - not bad 'ey. This side of the gully is blue-gum central, with that distinctive smell and sometimes unpredictably slippery leaves covering the trail. The Muratie trails are something that we've been needing in the Cape for a long time. Fun green and blue rated singletrack that are perfect to introduce beginners to the sport and give intermediate riders the confidence to go faster on trails. The bush tunnel trail has to be one of the funnest pieces of trail anywhere (if it's ridden at pace!). I have no doubt that Meurant and his team have plans to expand the network of trails and to add a few more technical trails in the mix, which will make it one of the premier mountain biking centres in the area. Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Natives. The remnants of events that have plagued Western Cape trails during 2015. Lets hope this year brings better luck. Riding out the last rays of the day, with only one thing left to do... Happy new year to everybody! May 2016 be full of trails, dust and ice cold beers. This project is made possible by: GPS: -33.870591,18.8714526 Permit: R50 for a day of riding - just be out by 7pm All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Matthieu Hamel | Harry Millar Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  24. Those were the words with which we started this photo series - and so it's been 12 awesome months of experiencing and searching for the best local trails, during which time we hopefully achieved our goal of inspiring you to get out there and shred. As with most things in life, some trails left bigger and longer lasting impressions than others though, and we've selected the top 6 to take you back to. Giveaway: Be sure to cast your vote in the poll HERE to stand a chance of winning a Camelbak Mule 3L (worth R1,590) and a signed enlargement of your favourite Trail Daze photo. Competition ends on 18 December 2015 at 12pm. Grabouw | April Baby blue, ash grey and iridescent green. Those are the colors of these trails. Grabouw has the ability to create images and memories that are impossible to forget because of the natural colour palette on offer. It is one of my all time favourite places to ride because of the mars-like rock formations and the fact that trail builders are always creating new lines to enjoy. Daniel Dobinson Get all the info and the full April photo epic here. Cederberg | May Arriving in the dark left the imagination running wild until we woke up in the morning to our first view of the Cedarberg - an almost Martian landscape, with wind and rain-eroded rock giving way to trails that shouldn't have been possible to make, but somehow manage to find their way through the labyrinth. Amazing fast flowy trails, interspersed with techy rock sections kept everyone challenged, the "woops" of joy echoing off the cliffs and blokes' banter flowing just as fast as the bikes - this is mountain biking at its purest. Harry Millar Get all the info and the full May photo epic here. Eselfontein | June Before leaving, I was warned that this next mission was going to be more suited to XC riding and any thoughts of proper Enduro trail should be banished from my prayers. Apart from a couple of long, winding descents, that would be it. Oh ye of little faith. Behold. There are trails in this valley that will make you thank your maker. Epic valley views from 2500m high mountains that stare down upon newly forged descending Enduro MTB trails, became the truth. The mix of fun flowing single track over a variety of different terrain and gradients, made this farm one sizable trail offering. This farm is my new religion. Rupert von Tutschek Get all the info and the full June photo epic here. Contermanskloof | July Rolling hills, steep valleys and incredibly green landscapes sprinkled with beautiful trails - You'd be forgiven if you thought you were in the England when riding Contermanskloof in the Winter! In complete contrast to the end of Summer, the trails are grippy and the surroundings have a 'soft' feel to them. While most of the trails have beautiful flow and an intermediate IMBA rating, some of the steepest and gnarliest rock gardens in the Cape are also found here. The riding experience is made all the better with a great coffee shop, friendly bike store as well as the fact that Tygerberg mtb club members can access another 70+ km of trails from here. Daniel Dobinson Get all the info and the full July photo epic here. Piket-bo-berg | August Piketberg is a place I've always driven past since I was a kid never imagining what it looked like on top let alone the trails the guys have built there. An amazing quantity of flowing single track that flows along the mountain cliffs and river valleys kept us frothing! It's amazing to see the progression of the trail building from the earliest trails, they're all marked with a named carved sign post and build date, to the newest trails that feature some rad natural gaps and super punchy berms! Definitely a good day and can't wait to ride the rest! Mark Hopkins Get all the info and the full August photo epic here. Jonkershoek | October Trails don’t build themselves and land advocacy can be tricky at the best of times so when I heard about who was involved with the rebuild of Jonkershoek and about some of the developments planned, I was fizzing with excitement. The red route is a flow trail which is my new favourite trail in SA for sure – not too many man made features, a lot of raw trail with natural gradient, high speeds and some slower techy features too. The double black route is the most technical legal trail in SA IMO, its brutal, requires speed to float over the holes and is going to take skill levels to new heights. What great work has been achieved by Hylton and Bennet and the businesses that support them – these and all trail builders are to be celebrated and cherished, for without them we would all be roadies…. Trails for everyone! Myles Kelsey Get all the info and the full October photo epic here. Thanks for all the amazing support during the year. 2016 will be bigger and better as we visit other provinces to discover more local trails, so watch this space... #TrailDaze
  25. With daily access to incredible media and stories portraying the world's best riders in the world's best locations, we often forget what adventures might be waiting for us just around the corner. It's all too easy to sit in front of your screen, soaking up someone else's experience and wishing you lived near better trails, with bigger mountains and better weather. Hopefully this photo series will inspire you to step outside, get on your bike and explore more.Trail Daze | January Click here to view the article
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