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  1. My father-in-law has recently purchased a holiday house in Pringle Bay, I can see myself spending a good few weekends there, any trails worth checking out in the area?
  2. Hoping to get some help here. I've googled around and can't find the exact thing, but I'm guessing if it's possible someone on here would have figured out how. The problem: I want to be able to view WHERE I am on an elevation profile for a certain route - quite practically, I've often done (Mtb) races and pulled out my phone to look at the elevation map, cross that to how many km's we've done, and been able to go "OK, looks like we have that x big climb left", or "we're this far now into that hard piece" etc. I'm wondering if somehow, using the EDGE 520's segments or route profiles, you can load a race's route before the ride and be able to map yourself during it on the unit itself. i.e. on one of your data screens, have some version of the 'total' race and be able to track yourself on it.
  3. Yes, I just made up a word. Gravelable (adj) - Suitable for pleasant traverse on either a gravel or standard road machine, equipped with rubber exceeding 28 metric millimeters. I was planning a ride from Glentana (George) to Natures Valley. While scouring maps for a possible route that does not involve perishing on the N2, I saw something called the "Seven Passes Road". It looks pretty spectacular, consisting of tar and untarred sections. My question is, does anyone know if these roads are MTB type gravel, or gravel type gravel? I would love to slap on my 28's and have a crack at it. I am just not keen on heave corrugations which will undo the dental work I had done as a child. Any local knowledge would be much appreciated! The route I am talking about can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/maps/9akgRySrfqH2
  4. Hi all. I'm new to the group. I'm currently cycle touring around South Africa and hoping that maybe someone has done a similar ride. I'm looking for a route from Johannesburg to Durban and plan to cycle it over a few days, I have found a few and have made some but not sure what they will be like and if the areas they go through are safe or not, it needs to be an alternative to the N3 as its very dangerous and I think its illegal to ride on highways here. I don't mind any distance, dirt roads, hills etc, if they include camping spots along the way then thats awesome to or I will find places to camp. I will be riding with a loaded bike and will have all my camping gear with me. Thanks for any advice, it will be highly appreciated.
  5. Hi All, Does anyone know where to find the route details for the Epic? I want to start planning around nutrition etc, but need to know where the water points etc are for the various stages.
  6. Hi all, I need some information for a training ride this coming Saturday. Unfortunately I'm riding solo, so I need to know if one of these will be safe enough to ride, considering traffic and general safety? All the routes lead from Wonderboom South, Pta. R101 North (Old Jhb road) R513 West (Old Brits road) R515 West (van der Hoff road) R55 South towards Sandton R573 North (Moloto road) R513 East towards Cullinan I plan on riding around 75km, and doing that through the suburbs instead of more open road, and having to stop at every 2nd street will take forever. I would appreciate any info on these routes or other routes as a suggestion.
  7. Good morning all, Did anyone here cycle between PE and Grahamstown? Any safe back roads? If anyone can assist with a GPX file. Thanks
  8. Hi all. Will be doing a ride this Saturday 9 June 2018 from the Dros in Krugersdorp (opposite Key West Shopping Center) to the Spar in Magaliesburg. Problem is i know of a route to Magaliesburg (approx 45km's thanks to the Dros Flyers) but not sure how to get back to Krugersdorp without backtracking or going through private land / property. I've attached the GPX file that gets me from Krugersdorp to Magaliesburg, can anyone recommend a route back? Approx 45km's if possible (so total for the day 90km's). Thanks Duane route3509130-Krugersdorp_-_Magaliesburg.gpx
  9. Hi We would like to do a multi-day mountain bike ride in the Western Cape, but non-circular. So start point A and end up point B. Had a look at the capecycleroutes.co.za but does not really look like proper mountain bike riding (ideally would like some single track, jeep track, technical downhills etc). Any recommendations would be really appreciated? Thanks Jaco
  10. Hi guys I'm just writing to request a bit of help I'm currently residing in the UK but I am moving back to South Africa in 2018 I've recently set up a charity to work with ex-offenders and I have a few meetings in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town between January and February. I am looking at cycling from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Durban to get to these meetings. I was just wondering whether you'd be able to help me with the best routes possible for both on and offroad I would really appreciate it as I am planning on doing these rides to raise an awareness of the charity, its objectives as well as raising funds thank you in advance Brian
  11. Hi, Wonder if anybody has done this ride before, or could shed some light on which roads would be the best to take and avoid. My mate is turning 30 and has always wanted to cycle to langebaan. Seeing he is the one that got me into cycling, I thought there is no better way to celebrate than to make this a reality for him. Starting point: Vida Durbanville - Middle Ville Centre, Wellington Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7550 Finish: Langebaan - On Tac Beach, Corner of Bree and Beach Road, 8 Main Jacoba, Langebaan, 7357 We will have a support vehicle following us. Thanks in advance.
  12. This is my opinion, so feel free to disagree…But I think the 2017 Cape Epic route sucks… You are doing the Wine to whales backwards 2 and half times.... I understand that it is logistically much easier for the organizers to camp out in one spot and have the riders go round in circles . The entry fee is astronomical and the amount of riders and sponsors have multiplied three-fold since the Knysna years…So funds cannot be the problem …more riders more responsibility, I get it, but for heaven’s sake make it more interesting. Riding one wheat field to the next wheat field....Boring! What I loved about the other and earlier Epic races was the change of scenery and landscape. Been able to say I went from A to B and it took me 8 very hard days crossing various areas and terrain….not A-bbbbbb-C That’s why the Tour de France have been such a huge success for so many years. Yes having live broadcasting helps , but the Idea of crossing so many borders and areas is what fascinates people. Its the emperor's new clothes story ---everyone love the Epic, me to...but this route suck for what you are paying. Maybe I am just pissed that I will have to spend my yearly income on a race that is held on a track that I can go ride for R50 per day all year round…(I am not racing in 2017) So please Mr Cape Epic route decider dude, for 2018 MIX IT UP A BIT….
  13. Hi Looking for a route from krugersdorp to parys thru carton vile. Can anyone suggest a route or map.
  14. The seventh edition of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa sees significant changes, including a point-to-point format, a coastal start in Mossel Bay and back-to-back ascents of the formidable Swartberg Pass. Click here to view the article
  15. For the first time, riders will climb the formidable, majestic Swartberg Pass from both sides of the mountain during the 2015 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race. // Photo credit: www.oakpics.com Running from 18-24 October 2015, the Cape Pioneer Trek, which is a UCI-graded event, will cover a total of 541 kilometres with 11 320 metres of ascent, as it takes riders through three different eco-regions in the Western Cape province. The dramatic route changes from previous editions will see the race begin in the coastal town of Mossel Bay, starting and finishing at the Point on the water’s edge with a very urban-style 15.5km route that includes some steep climbs and a passing of the Bay of St Blaize (Santos Beach), the place where Portuguese explorer, Bartholomew Diaz, the first ever European to set foot in South Africa, landed in 1488. Stage 1 then takes the riders northwards on a seven-kilometre beach ride from Mossel Bay and then inland for a tough 110km leg that includes 2 232 metres of climbing along the base of the Outeniqua Mountains, ending in George. Riders will tackle a 7km beach section as they leave Mossel Bay on Stage 1 of the 2015 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race. // Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia Stage 2 from George to Oudtshoorn, is a relatively short 84km leg, but includes the climb of the Montagu Pass as well as old Voortrekker wagon trails and also passes through the Chandelier Game Reserve; while Stage 3 is another 84km haul from Oudtshoorn to De Rust via the Kammanasie reserve. Stage 4 sees the traditional ascent of the Swartberg Pass, but from a completely different approach that includes the climb of Spitskop and a pedal past the Kango Caves. Then there’s a significant 2 149m of climbing on this day with the final 11km on the Swartberg Pass to the mountain-top finish. Stage 5 sees an unprecedented back-to-back ascent of the Swartberg Pass taking riders the opposite direction to Stage 4 on a longer 113km leg with 2262 metres of climbing, starting in Prince Albert and finishing in Calitzdorp. The organisers expect this to be the toughest stage of the 2015 edition. The final day, Stage 6, is a relatively short 65km section from Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn. The Cape Pioneer Trek has been embraced by the harbour village of Mossel Bay. The race visited the coastal town once before, in 2010, its second year, but has now developed into one of the world’s premier bicycle stage races, bringing with it a high level of prestige, as well as international media coverage. “We are delighted that Mossel Bay has been included in the 2015 Cape Pioneer Trek route. The race has already built up a reputation for itself as one of the premier mountain bike races in South Africa and we believe that Mossel Bay’s natural beauty and facilities will add another attractive dimension to this prestige event,” said Executive Mayor of Mossel Bay, Alderlady Marie Ferreira. “We are sure the Cape Pioneer Trek will go from strength to strength and further enhance the Little Karoo and Garden Route’s reputation as the heartland of mountain bike racing in South Africa.” Indigenous forest and natural waterfalls are what riders will experience during the 2015 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race. // Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia. “We are excited about the significant changes for our seventh edition,” said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management, co-founder and race director of the Cape Pioneer Trek. “This is the first year we will not start in Oudtshoorn, which has allowed us to introduce a point-to-point route format for the first time. This opens up a whole lot of options for us in terms of route changes in future years too. “The other exciting change is the back-to-back stages that climb the Swartberg Pass. Normally we only climb this mountain from the Oudtshoorn (south) side. But this time we’ll also return again from the Prince Albert (north) side and will be able to showcase the spectacular quartzite cliffs that form part of the amazing geology of this World Heritage Site,” added Rademeyer. Also fresh to the race are the two new stages from Oudtshoorn to De Rust and from De Rust to Prince Albert. Both will incorporate completely new routes; while another new section will be encountered when riders enter the Kammanassie Reserve from a new entry point. “A bicycle has never been ridden up the new climb into the Kammanassie Reserve, which remains one of the most remote and rugged features of our race route. You will struggle to find another bicycle race route this diverse. From riding on the beach, then through coastal belt forest and into the dry, harsh desert conditions of the Karoo, all within the first 48 hours, is truly quite unique,” remarked Rademeyer. Entries will open to previous Cape Pioneer Trek participants on 22 December 2014 and to the general public on 29 December 2014. It’s the first time entries will open the same day as the new route launch. Entries are once again limited to 400. Riders will climb a total of 11 320 vertical metres in the 541 kilometers of the 2015 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race. // Photo credit: www.oakpics.com “Because of the change in race route format, riders will now get an additional night’s accommodation after the prologue stage, along with three extra meals being provided compared to previous years. Changing the race route each year is always a challenge, but it’s a challenge we relish and we look forward to welcoming the riders to the incredible route of the seventh edition of the Cape Pioneer Trek,” added Rademeyer. 2015 Cape Pioneer Trek 18-24 October 2015 Western Cape, South Africa Sun 18 Oct: Prologue, Mossel Bay – 15.5km; 416m Mon 19 Oct: Stage 1, Mossel Bay–George – 110km; 2 232m Tues 20 Oct: Stage 2, George–Oudtshoorn – 84km; 1 536m Wed 21 Oct: Stage 3, Oudtshoorn–De Rust – 84km; 1 766m Thurs 22 Oct: Stage 4, De Rust–Swartberg Pass – 69km; 2 149m Fri 23 Oct: Stage 5, Prince Albert–Calitzdorp – 113km; 2 262m Sat 24 Oct: Stage 6, Calitzdorp–Oudtshoorn – 65km; 959m Total distance: 541km Total ascent: 11 320m For more detailed descriptions of each stage or to enter, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. Also like the Facebook page: Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek and follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter for up-to-the-minute announcements.
  16. Does anybody know where to find the route profile of the MTB leg of this year's Wartrial?
  17. Both local and international mountain biking enthusiasts will be taking on the demanding eight day Absa Cape Epic of 718km with 14 850m of climbing during next year’s event. With its unexplored landscapes, the stage locations of Robertson, Greyton and Oak Valley Wine estate await the most prestigious mountain bike stage race in the world, before riders again finish at the Lourensford Wine Estate. Click here to view the article
  18. Image credit: www.sportzpics.net For four-times Absa Cape Epic winner Christoph Sauser, the new route will suit him, as he is a good all-rounder. “This will be my tenth Absa Cape Epic. I look forward to Robertson as I have good memories from last year. I have less fond memories of Greyton as we lost an Absa Cape Epic due to Burry‘s famous crash there, where we broke the front wheel. I personally was hoping we go back to Wellington and especially Stellenbosch, as it’s my second home! Stage 5 will be very difficult as we’ll be tired and we have the UFO and Groenlandberg to climb, which are never easy after 5 days of racing already. We’re targeting an overall win, so every stage has the same importance. We always decide what to do in a situation and don’t follow a master plan.” Karl Platt, also a four-times winner of the Absa Cape Epic, reckons every year is hard. “We’re returning to familiar terrain from past years. Because mountain biking has changed in South Africa, I’m really looking forward to seeing the new style of self-made trails in and around these towns. They are really famous for awesome and breathtaking mountain biking.” With regards to the stages, he reckons they will all be difficult. “The long distance stages are especially difficult to amateurs. One of the key stages will be the stage to Oak Valley with the monster of Groenlandberg. I can remember that terrain very well, maybe because of all the impressions from past years and the pain. Not to sound arrogant, we’ll target every stage for a win. It’s more about the GC (General Classification) than the wins though.” He jokingly adds that there are no easy stages during the Absa Cape Epic. “I promise.” This will be the second Absa Cape Epic for South African rider, Darren Lill. “The route looks like it's sure to live up to the Epic reputation! I think stage 5 will be the most challenging. Already having four stages in the legs, and then having to tackle almost 3000m of climbing is going to be tough. You have to give 100% every day to be at the front end of the race, and stand a chance at the overall podium.” His approach to the race will be “eat, sleep, train, repeat!” Stefan Sahm, three-times winner of the Absa Cape Epic, reckons the new route is the same as every year. “The profile, facts and figures never show the real pain and suffering that awaits you. It’ll be nice to ride through some places we haven’t seen in previous years.” With regards to which stage will be the most difficult, Sahm is philosophical. “I guess it’s a bit like Russian roulette - there can always be a day when everything is against you. It’s not just the route and the terrain.” Swiss rider and two-times winner (in the Ladies and Mixed categories) Esther Süss is convinced the route will be hard to ride. “I’m not looking forward to stage 3. I'm not so good in flat and fast sections and I also don't like it. Stage 6 has lots of singletrack, which I love, and I’m also a good climber. We’ll do our best for stage wins as long as we have fun. But of course I’d like to win. I enjoy the Absa Cape Epic very much.” This will be the second Absa Cape Epic for Cherise Stander. “I think it's going to be extremely testing. It seems like the 2014 Cape Epic has all the variety to test a rider on every level and that one will have to be prepared for an extremely tough 8 days. I think every stage is an opportunity to break away. However, you don’t want to find yourself wasting energy riding by yourself when other teams are working together in a bunch. Its a big dream of mine to one day cross the last stage into Lourensford in first place - the vibe on the finish line is magical and I would love to be able to win that stage.” Team Absa rider, William Mokgopo, with two Absa Cape Epic finishes under his belt, says riders would need to prepare well. “I don’t know why I’m doing this again. There are no easy stages on the Absa Cape Epic - even the so-called ‘easy’ stages are hard. But, I really look forward to stage 5, the Queen stage, as I’m a good climber.” He jokingly adds they might even go for a win in the stage. “During both Stage 1 and 5, we’ll see the super humans break away from the normal ones and climbing is always the best place to do that. It seems like it’s going to be a hard one, but it’s always a great experience. I can’t wait to start.” South African rugby legend, Joel Stransky, will again be riding for Team Absa and reckons, “The route looks tough, but it looks fair! Some really tough days, a long day and some incredible singletrack. Everything one would expect from Dr Evil and the team! The real change I suppose is that the ‘sting in the tail’ does come toward the end. Stage 5 looks very tough, stage 6 relatively tough and we know that the last day home is short but properly tough at the end of 8 days!” This will be Stransky’s 5th Absa Cape Epic. “I don’t mind the climbing and over the years I’ve learned to suffer, so I am looking forward to the challenge of stages 1 and 5. But the last 5 kilometers down to Lourensford definitely suit me best. Every year is the same – when I see the route for the first time, the hair on the back of my neck stands up. One of life’s great challenges is right there in front of me – the journey to the start line and the Absa Cape Epic itself. I can’t wait!”
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