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  1. First race is a week away! (F. me... Somehow I'll be ready-ish for it after 2 months of on/off illness) We have been teased with the conties route, so probably expect to see a lot of recce-ing this weekend. Who else is riding/racing?
  2. Hi All I am looking for some riding buddies. Getting tired of riding on my own now as the wife stopped riding a while back in favour of trail running. There is safety in numbers, not only from bergies but from a crash standpoint. Some Criteria: Fun (pfft what is fun! must be stravasshole, KOMs matter, everything is a race I got to win it ) Will suffer the ride uphill to get to the fun stuff, i.e. I don't race up the hill but still, enjoy the climb and may or may not scream while riding downhill Beer and or Coffee I mostly ride Conties and Hoogekraal. Used to ride Tokai when I still lived close by and before the farking fire... But keen to head back out there and to start exploring stellenbosh, paarl, etc area (weekends) I hit the trails on a Tuesday(afternoon), Thursday(afternoon), Saturday(mornings) and sometimes on a Sunday So if you are interested post here and I'll PM my number. Regards George
  3. Saw several riders riding the new Trail Z on S-word. Is this trail officially opened yet? In the newsletter it said an announcement would be made this week.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. I've been a roadie for more than 40 years, and have grown to love the camaraderie, goodwill, and generally sporting nature of fellow cyclists. We support each other, assist newbies and are active in the community. Some friends of mine convinced me to try mountain biking, especially now that the road season is over. My wife and I decided to give it a go. I asked around for a beginners route, suitable for novices. it was suggested that we try Hoogekraal. We were told that most, though not all, routes have an "honesty box", or some other informal method of compensating the farmer for use of the land. No problem with that. So off we went this morning to Hoogekraal. Absolutely stunning morning, lots of other riders about. I didn't see the honesty box immediately, and assumed it was on the side of the Blacksmith shed, or perhaps it was at the bike shop off to the side. If we didn't see it later, we could ask around. We were really quite excited at this new adventure. We set off up the gravel road, but when we got to just past the wooden bridge I realised our bike setup was all wrong, and my wife's tubeless tires weren't doing too well. so we turned back. Just as we arrived back at the entrance to the parking, a group of about 4 or 5 MTB'ers blocked the path, and demanded to know if I'd paid. No, I said, not yet. Is there a box? Where is it? At which point they got really rude and aggressive, and the incident got very ugly. I got my bike back to the car, put money in the box, which I had now seen, and we left. But the incident totally ruined any joy we had got out of our short foray into the world of mountain biking. Perhaps the MTB'ers feel their sport is too crowded and are trying to scare newbies away? Perhaps they are club members and feel that their routes are being abused, and there are too many freeloaders not paying at all? Whatever the case, I would like to suggest that you will achieve more by trying a decent approach first, then resort to bullying if that doesn't work. It would have been a better conversation if you had said something like "Hey guys - nice ride? Are you new here? Please don't forget to pay the fee if you haven't already. Come back soon and let us know if you need any info" Whoever you and your buddies are, all I ask is that you find it somewhere in yourselves to be better people, be kind, be supportive. Not only on your bike, but off it as well.
  10. I hear there is a big fire out in Durbanville and that parts of the Tygerberg mountain bike trails might have been damaged. Does anyone have more information on this?
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