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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. Who hasn’t dreamt of chasing a wild childhood dream? On Thursday, 05 January 2017, Stellenbosch local Martin Zietsman will be taking a life changing step in the pursuit of such a dream (well actually 2 dreams). As you read this, he has packed up and sold up his life in South Africa and is headed to the UK where he will be taking up the role as a design engineer for Bilstein, one of the world’s largest vehicle suspension manufacturers. At the same time, he will be pursuing his goal and dream of competing on the international mountain biking circuit, where he hopes to break into the Enduro World Series. Click here to view the article
  4. Riding as a Knolly Bikes grassroots team rider, and supported by Trailtech Cycles, Maxxis Tyres, South Industries, Leatt Protectives, and MRP in 2017, he hopes to gain the experience and skills required to be competitive on the EWS circuit in 2018. This first part in the planned video series covers his background and why he’s taking on such an ambitious move, as well as providing you with a colourful, berm smashing, trail ripping, pedal stomping edit to push your visual senses to overload (editing courtesy of Hayden Brown Visual Media). Over the course of the coming year, the video series will be detailing what it takes to try and break into the international racing circuit, including what sacrifices you have to make and the hard work you have to put in, how to adapt to new climates and being abroad, and the highs and lows of racing in Europe. Additionally, which is seldom covered in video series, he wants to show what it takes to market yourself, how to attract sponsors and how to create value for sponsors, especially when abroad. Apart from the obvious goal of wanting to chase his cycling dreams and ambitions, there’s another important motive behind the video series: I hope to show other South Africans that it is possible for us to compete overseas and hopefully inspire the younger generations to not only become more active in this sport, but also to realise that anything is possible if you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it. I want them to dream bigger and to believe that it is possible. The Bike Hub will showcase some race reports and pictures from Martin's key races abroad. His planned race schedule includes: Enduro World Series (4 races: dependant on the entry lottery system) 6 EWS qualifying races British Enduro series – the full series Tweedlove Scottish Enduro series UK Enduro Championships Scottish Enduro Championships Italian SuperEnduro A number of local and regional Enduro races To see more of what Martin is up to and to get regular updates of his adventures, follow him on his social media platforms: Instagram: @fietsman_SA Facebook: www.faceboook.com/zietsmanracing Twittter: @fietsman_SA
  5. https://www.facebook.com/stefangarlicki/videos/vb.890855117650526/1093099297426106/?type=3&theater Having to shoot this raw video in one day certainly proved to be a massive task. My mission was to capture Stefan in a way that made sense to the eye, emphasize the intensity of a downhill track, and record the sound of a downhill bike at full tilt… Sunrise to sunset, we were knackered by the end of it all… But what we have to show is a “sick edit". Stefan sends a gnarly drop battered by cross winds at the 2016 African Continental Champs where he finished 2nd 2016 was definitely my best year to date and I am so pleased to have achieved a lot of goals. It definitely had it's ups and downs but the highlights would be winning my first event in Europe, successfully defending the national title, getting my best European cup result with a 4th place, 2 SA national wins, 2nd place at African champs and finally getting 57th at world champs in Val Di Sole. I can't thank all my sponsors enough for keeping me out there living the dream! Stefan Garlicki Full tilt into 2017! Follow Hayden Brown: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haydsbrown/ Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/HaydsBrownVisualMedia/ Follow Stefan Garlicki Instgram: https://www.instagram.com/stefangarlicki/ Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/stefangarlicki/
  6. Two-time South African downhill mountain bike champion Stefan Garlicki starts his "off season” with a bang! With a German Cup win and numerous other top results under his belt, Stefan certainly has high hopes for 2017. Click here to view the article
  7. 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...
  8. 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
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