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  1. Set in a commanding position on Polkadraai next to the strawberry farm, overlooking the ocean and vineyards of Stellenbosch, with the completion of phase ll this will be one of the biggest and most comprehensive family-friendly bike parks in the Western Cape. In collaboration with Trail-Blazers and Michard Meets over 2kms of flow trail, fun lines, jump lines, rollers and a technical skills zone have been added to the already comprehensive offering (pump,track, skills and flow trails and small kids trail). The new addition is expected to open by 1st October, day permits cost R70 per rider, and is free to Bottelary Hills Mtb Annual permit holders for 2022. Now taking bookings for Bike parties. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @Polkadraai Bike Park.
  2. Hi guys Just prepping for the upcoming CT Cycle Tour and wanted to hear from you guys what you do to prepare 2/3 weeks out from an event you haven't really trained a sufficient amount for. Training wise, time on the bike as well as nutrition advice all welcome. Goodluck to everyone participating, holding thumbs for good weather.
  3. Very enthusiastic passionate young guy looking to make a career change. Looking for opportunities in the Mountain bike community. Mulit-skilled with technical, sales and marketing ability. Please contact me if you have something available, or know of someone who does. I'm available to chat over zoom/video call. I arrive back in Cape Town on the 2 December from Germany. Thanks Jamie Holloway +27658439066 (WhatsApp only) , Email: jamiedouglasholloway@gmail.com
  4. So Trans Baviaans got moved on by 2 weeks. With the covid figures seemingly on the decrease its looking positive that the race will go ahead. How is everyones training going? Im feeling good despite just recovering from chickenpox. General thoughts/ opinions on the event coming up?
  5. Hi guys I have see there are a number of "Trans Talk" videos. However the only one that is available to watch is episode 1. If you google it you find plenty of other episodes but its says they are not available. So is there somewhere I can find them or have they condensed all the episodes into the one video which have linked on the website?
  6. Gents I need some of your expert advice. Myself and two mates are training for our very first Trans Baviaans in August this year. We are fairly fit. 2 of us did a 153km (2000m elevation) Fund Raiser ride a month ago and found it fairly comfortable with an average speed of just over 21kmph. Having a business to run and a wife with 4 children means training time requires planning. At the moment I am able to put in around 10 hours a week on average. That is 2-3 rides in the week with one longer ride on the weekend. Now as winter draws closer its going to get more challenging but I will cross that as it comes. My question to you is: what sort of training should we focusing on now??? We are doing the Around The Pot 100miler event in July. Any advice would be most appreciated.
  7. A number of hubbers have reported in the Covid threads that they, or their family members contracted the bug. I am sure many more cyclists have been exposed. Hopefully most did not suffer severe symptoms or get hospitalised and by now, many will have recovered. Getting fit and cycling again is the next step. This thread is document the experiences of hubbers, their families and friends when they resume cycling and training after recovering from Covid 19. Please keep other Covid discussions to other threads! I will discus my personal experiences in a following post.
  8. Hi all, I need a little bit of help here. I am new to cycling and have gone out for a total of 2 rides since I got my bike last week. Now on these rides (both about 20km) I can't pedal consistently for more than a few minutes before I need to free wheel to 'catch my breath'. The pain in my quads burns like **** which forces me to stop pedaling. From a cardio perspective, I am unfit, however when I look at my HR data from Garmin my AVG is about 100bpm, so clearly I could continue, but its just that burn that stops me. I have been for a bike fit so I am confident that it is all setup fine. Is it just a case of me needing to ride more and more to 'get through it' and it will become less, or is there potentially a problem here? It's just the HR data throwing me off, which is why I thought to get a few opinions here. TIA
  9. With some time to kill following the Absa Cape Epic cancellation, Nino Schurter and the Scott Sports team got into the gym to share some of his training secrets. Click here to view the article
  10. Can anyone recommend a route to take around Cape Town (I'm from overseas but based in Somerset West for the summer) that would be suitable for a 60 minute FTP test? I've just ordered my first power meter, but can't think of anywhere near me that doesn't either have too much decent or intersections.
  11. Good Morning. I recently won a set of tubular wheels. I have never ridden on tubulars before and did a lot of research on how to put the tyres on and everything about that. So last week the wheels were ready to ride. I put Continental Gatorskin 25mm tyres on which I thought should be the best puncture resistant. I also put some sealant in the tyre to prevent punctures. I read that people in the UK has gotten 1 000 miles+ on their tubular tyres without any issue. After the ride I fell in love with them and just want to ride the tubby's now. There's just that thought of a puncture in the back of my mind and also the cost involved in replacing such a tyre. My questions are: Is there anybody that can fix a puctured tubby? Who else trains with their tubular wheels? Should I only use the wheels for special occasions?Any views would be great. Thanks.
  12. I am looking at getting a RAV X Tx 4 indoor trainer and was just wondering if it is adjustable to be used by a 29'er? Any another reviews or comments on it will also be appreciated
  13. There's a neat new series done by Pinkbike, revolving around the benefits of becoming a fully sponsored team rider vs a full-on privateer. Adam, a Pinkbike staff member, has been supporting himself through EWS and other Enduro / MTB racing for a long time, but has never been able to dedicate the same amount of hours as the sponsored riders, nor get access to the new kit, enhanced training, support and logistical benefits as the pro's have on tap. This series aims to show how much of a difference the step to a fully sponsored ride & team can make to "Adam Average" He's by no means a slouch, but up until now he's had to train when he can, and work to supplement it.
  14. In our new podcast series Q&A with the Coaches, you can ask the experts from Science2Sport your cycling training and racing related questions. The team at Science2Sport, which includes leading sports scientists, Dr Jeroen Swart, Dr Mike Posthumus, John Wakefield, and Benoit Capostagno, will be addressing the answers to your cycling related queries, along with local mountain bike pioneer Steve Bowman adding his insight. The Q&A with the Coaches podcast series is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. Click here to view the article
  15. In our new podcast series Q&A with the Coaches, you can ask the experts from Science2Sport your cycling training and racing related questions. The team at Science2Sport, which includes leading sports scientists, Dr Jeroen Swart, Dr Mike Posthumus, John Wakefield, and Benoit Capostagno, will be addressing the answers to your cycling related queries, along with local mountain bike pioneer Steve Bowman adding his insight. The Q&A with the Coaches podcast series is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. Click here to view the article
  16. Today’s Plan seeks to bring the knowledge of a qualified coach to an affordable, cloud-based training and coaching subscription service in the form of training programs. What sets Today's Plan apart from other off the shelf programs is that it responds and adapts to your feedback and training results. Click here to view the article
  17. The start of summer marks the unofficial start of cycling season in South Africa, with hundreds of cyclists starting to train ahead of the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  18. Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission will be hosting a UCI Level 2 Coaching Course in KwaZulu-Natal from Saturday 5 to Friday 11 December 2015. The venue will be in Westville. Click here to view the article
  19. Share your training moments this August and you could win one of ten online training programmes from Today's Plan. Click here to view the article
  20. Torq Zone Academy, which recently introduced Cytech™ Technical training in South Africa, announced today that their online module Cytech™ Technical 1 Theory South Africa (CT1TSA) is available for enrolment by South African learners. Click here to view the article
  21. Today’s Plan is an Australian software startup which seeks to bring the knowledge of a qualified coach to an affordable, cloud-based training and coaching subscription service in the form of training programs. Click here to view the article
  22. As part of the exclusive licensing agreement to present Cytech™ Technical training in South Africa, Torq Zone Academy is required to undergo an annual Quality & Compliance Assessment by the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) based in the UK. The Assessment includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that the facility, the training and the trainer achieve the high standards of the Cytech™ Technical Training Organisation. Click here to view the article
  23. The attention created by various diets, controversial or not, has seen a definite shift in attitudes to food types and eating habits. Natural, unprocessed foods are becoming more popular and Raw Revolution got my attention recently during a multistage MTB race. They are one of the nutrition companies trending towards a more natural nutrition option for athletes, so I was quite keen to try the product when it was offered. Click here to view the article
  24. To reach your fitness goals and maintain them, you need to train smarter, not harder and this can be achieved by understanding your heart. Your “maximum heart rate” is the maximum number of times your heart beats in one minute. To calculate an average reading of your max heart rate, take the number 220 for men or 226 for women and minus your age. For Example 226 – 30 = 196; a 30 year old woman’s max heart rate is 196 beats per minute. Click here to view the article
  25. The UCI (International Cycling Union), with the support and collaboration of Dr. Wagih Azzam, President of CAC and UCI Vice President, Mr. Yao Allah Kouamé, CAC Secretary General and Mr. William Newman, President of Cycling South Africa, will be hosting a rider training camp, coaching seminar, mechanics course and anti-doping information sessions in January and February prior to and during the 2015 African Continental Road and Track Championships to be held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, between 9 and 14 February. Click here to view the article
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