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  1. After 30 years of riding the pipetrack above Hout Bay, it has been closed! The pipetrack is a peculiar piece of thoroughfare, traversing multiple landowners, including private and SanParks land. It route has been so important for anyone wanting to stay off the Main Road, when riding into or out of Hout Bay. ERF 1783 is private land and the owner has decided to start developing. He is doing this by putting up a big black fence both sides of the pipetrack on his property. Effectively making a dead-end, if you are coming up from Hout Bay. I believe he is well within his rights to do so. Would it not be awesome to for this developer see the value that cyclist and cycling bring to Hout Bay and greater Cape Town. Would it not be clever and a great bit of PR for this developer to integrate a bicycle thoroughfare through his property? Who knows given the profile of the cyclist, he might sell a house to one. Let us see how this unfold!
  2. We have worked really hard to raise funding and in turn to build a mountain bike trail in Hout Bay. The trail is just over the hill from Constantia Nek and is ideally placed for riders doing the green belts to get some technical riding in. We want people to try the trail out. If you like what you see and would like to see the trail develop, then you can buy a permit valid for 1 year from purchase at R60. The pin point is the entry to the trail. Please visit the Vlakkenberg MTB Trail for more information about access and permits. "Bicyclegear.co.za is proud to announce the establishment of the Vlakkenberg MTB Trail. The trail has been built on private land above the Constantia Nek Estate in Hout Bay. It features a 900m cross country loop that will eventually become a 2.5km course, that will run all the way down Constantia Nek. Please be aware that the trail is being developed all the time. We are open to feedback that we might add, change or correct to the trail. The Vlakkenberg mountain bike trail is named after the mountain on which it is built. Positioned on a beautiful piece of land, the trail has amazing views into Orangekloof. The lay of the land means the trail is technical and challenging through all its A-lines. For the less experienced we have created a B-lines, which means the trail can be enjoyed by all. The area is safe and far from the traffic which means families can park at Constantia Nek and ride to the trail, off-road. Powered by Private Client Holdings, Pedal Power Association and Bicyclegear.co.za, the vision of the trail is to increase riding skills through a maintained and safe cross country mountain bike trail. It is open and accessible to all riders, the only requirement is that you register and pay R60 to use the trail and ride with a trail number plate when using it. The permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase."
  3. Any cycling business out there wanting to share some outside advertising? We are offering interested parties a chance to share an outdoor advertising space on the " Cycling Super Highway" as it runs through Hout Bay. We are looking for other cycling companies to come onboard for at least three months. You will have to supply a high-res artwork at the size of 1500mmX1000mm. The other half will be used by Bicyclegear.co.za. Get in touch if you are interested. Jonathan news@790tv.co.za
  4. The Hout Bay Cycling club urgently needs help. The club was formed to provide a healthy outlet for boys from the Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg communities. The club has been running for 5 years and in this time more than 60 teenage boys have enjoyed the benefits of cycling and being part of a well organised cycling club. But we need more volunteers to keep the club going. What kind of help is needed? - Riding with the boys, teaching cycling skills, and general supervision (1 to 3 rides a week) - Various administrative tasks (secretarial and accounting). - Mentoring and help with school studies. - Able to help with minor bicycle repairs ( major repairs are taken to bike shops) - Transportation of riders and bikes to and from fun rides (5 to 6 events per year) Without more helpers the club may be forced to close its doors. So if you live in Hout Bay and would like to get involved and can spare a few hours either during the week or at weekends please contact Iain McIntosh 082 658 2148 or Janet Moss 021 790 0807 or Mike Calvin 079 036 9319
  5. When returning to events year after year organisers must always have fresh ideas and change aspects of their show, and this is exactly what The Night Harvest did in 2015. From the roll in (where the riders start the jumps), to squeezing in more jumps, removing the whale tail and boosting the amount of international riders was just the start. The Night Harvest crew upped their game again by bringing an international sponsor, DMR Bikes, onto the bill. It's great for the sport locally, but good to see that The Night Harvest also creates excitement internationally. They didn’t stop there though, also inviting Catfish back to South Africa to commentate next to local radio presenter Kai Linder. It started as a calm night with the weather gods allowing for some insane warm up heats before heading off to the final rounds. Round one of the Freestyle Mountain Bikes (MTB) saw some insane backflips, whips, 360s and even a front flip executed by Danny P. It was insane... The crowds went mental and the riders showed off some breathtaking skills. Among those four local boys really stood out. Of course, the Neethling brothers (Jonty and Andrew), Thomas Sandel, who was blowing the commentators minds, and of course local Potato Trails rider and builder, Justin Novella, who ended up walking away with the award for Best Local Rider in the MTB category. The man they refer to as ZimBlake aka Blake Samson, who was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in the Isle of White, also travelled all the way to the tip of Africa to compete in The Night Harvest. He was extremely glad to be back in South Africa, to be travelling around, filming and seeing what The Night Harvest had to offer. “It was a little tough under the eyes at first”, he said, “but once they adjusted to the light it became a lot easier to start pulling some tricks for the crowds. Sadly, I only finished 4th over all but it was an awesome night out shredding with my buddies.” The BMX riders were up next and the crowd was shouting for local (now international rider) Greg Illingworth. He had a big crash on the night but he didn't let that stop him from going big, it's just who he is. The BMX category boasted a lot of local and international talent however no one could keep up with a certain rider. Kevin Peraza, travelled all the way from Tucson, Arizona to be in South Africa. In his first couple of runs he was already pulling backflips, 360s and 360 triple whips. He was unstoppable. He boasts so much skill but is the most down to earth rider we have ever met and when catching up with him after he had this to say; “The Night Harvest was rad! The combined MTB and BMX session in the beginning was good and the Jam format made the event more chilled and gave me time to focus on the tricks. Best trick was so gnarly, I just wish the landing wasn’t so soft for my small 20” wheels. I was super surprised to see so many spectators, its always great riding for them, and they even stayed through all the wind. The event was so dialled that you will definitely see me returning in 2016, I love Cape Town.” Round 2 for the MTB riders saw Canadian Matt MacDuff turned up the heat and start pulling out some big airs and some massive tricks, putting pressure on defending champion Sam Reynolds. The two of them were pulling out some insane tricks before mother nature decided to have her say. The wind slowed things down for a while and it was on the judges to make the call whether we were going to wait or move on to best trick. After a few minutes of discussion, the call was made to move onto best trick where only a few riders took part. The wind was still pretty gnarly but that didn’t stop some of the guys taking part. Sam Reynolds and Matt MacDuff stole the show by pushing each other to do bigger and bigger tricks. The fans minds were absolutely blown by the calibre of riding taking place on their local trail. Jam Final results: MTB 1. Matt MacDuff 2. Sam Reynolds 3. Danny Pace BMX 1. Kevin Peraza 2. Ben Hennon 3. Matt Priest Best Trick went to Sam Reynolds for pulling an extremely styling 360 flip. The sponsors must be mentioned as with out them something like this could never have been brought to Cape Town. Monster Energy, XPERIA, Imperial Ford, Cape Frame Work Constructers, The Pole Yard, FOX, DMR Bikes and Cape Audio College.
  6. It was a mad week leading up to The Night Harvest for the crew. With the extensive fires blazing through Cape Town and the builders helping friends and family evacuate their houses in Hout Bay, there weren't that many hands free to prepare the jumps. Despite these interruptions, the trail builders pulled it off in style. Click here to view the article
  7. Now in its fourth year, The Night Harvest has become synonymous with big jumps, and even bigger tricks, making it an event you simply won’t want to miss. Since the inception of The Night Harvest, every year has been bigger and better than the last, and we can already tell that 2015 will be no different, especially when you look at the line-up of international pro’s that are coming down: BMXKevin Peraza (USA) Ben Hennon (UK) Matt Priest (UK) Kevin Kalkoff (France) Greg Illingworth (SA) Maxime Charveron (France) More to be confirmed... MTBSam Reynolds (UK) Matt Macduff (Canada) Olly Wilkins (UK) Adam Williams (UK) Pavel Alekhin (Russia) Danny Pace Blake Samson Dylan Stone More to be confirmed... Zachary Alexander, aka ‘Catfish’ will be commentating on the event and beats will be provided by some of the top local DJs around. Highlights from The Night Harvest 2014: http://www.pinkbike.com/video/354423/ And if you aren't familiar with Sam Reynolds, here is what he got up to during his previous visit to South Africa: No parking in Garron Ave on the Night. Safe parking will be provided off Disa river road. For any event inquiries contact thenightharvest@gmail.com Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/688855571234519/?notif_t=plan_user_joined Instagram: @nightharvest
  8. It’s almost that time of the year again, the largest and most unique BMX and MTB dirt comp in the whole of Africa, The Night Harvest, brought to you by Monster Energy in association with Sony Mobile ZA, The Pole Yard, FOX, CFC Scaffolding, Imperial Ford, DMR Bikes and WG Dixon - Pty Ltd, is going down on tonight, and we want you to be there. Click here to view the article
  9. http://bicyclegear.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Neverland.jpg This is an amazing trail in Hout Bay. This is just another piece of the puzzle that could get a mountain bike trail built all the way round Table Mountain.
  10. I am not talking about keeping mountain bikers safe from gun-pointing, knife wielding tik addicts. I am talking about how rutted the trail has become on Karbonkelberg. A few months ago you could ride the majority of the trail up and then certainly downhill all the way. Today I went up and there are sections totally washed away, leaving gaping holes. I would love to start a "kickstarter" project to employ guys under SANParks to build a proper trail there. "Hike and Bike" up from Rocket Road with a downhill into the Hout Bay Harbour precinct. Here is a video clip I made of the ride a few months back, when it was more rideable...
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