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  1. I have a titan racing rouge sport 2023 and i love how it rides but i feel like it needs to be more maneuverable at the back. Im new to mountain biking, so if the pros and cons can be shared, if you have done it before or if it is even possible please let me know.
  2. The guys at Drecaso Guest Chalets are making a real effort to establish Bonnievale as a destination for mountain biking. We stayed there over the weekend and rode some amazing trails they have built. Here is a link to a Google Map of the Drecaso MTB Trail Network. The farm is described as follows, "Drecaso self-catering chalets and conference venue is the ideal destination for your family weekend getaway or business brainstorming. The farm began as a break-away for four Cape Town families, offering their children and businesses a taste of country living, close enough to be used on a regular basis. The abundance of fynbos and renosterveld, as well as the natural beauty of the farm, were deciding factors in choosing the location of Drecaso. You will experience unsurpassed views of the valley’s vineyards and orchards, with the Langeberg mountains on the horizon. The proximity to world class wine estates is, of course, an added bonus!" ...and now they have more than 30kms of mountain bike trails!
  3. "Bike Odyssey 2021", the toughest and biggest race in Greece and one of the hardest worldwide, will be held from June 20 to 27 June. Get ready for the most exciting cycling Odyssey in the mountains of Pindos. Stay tuned for many more! More info: https://www.bikeodyssey.gr/en/
  4. Event Name: Overkruin XCR When: 21 October 2017 Where: XCOSA Bike Park Voortrekker Monument, Gauteng Category: MTB Hoërskool Overkruin bied op 21 October 2017 ‘n bergfietswedren aan as fondsinsameling vir ons bergfietsspan. Die wedren sal die formaat van XCR aanneem (aflosspanne wat in die Olimpiese dissipliene kompeteer). Spanne van 2-4 lede neem deel en elke span moet 8 rondtes voltooi. Spanne neem in ouderdomskategorieë deel maar kan ook uit lede van verskillende ouderdomme bestaan – in diè geval neem die span deel in die sterkste ouderdomsgroep van die onderskeie lede. Die 2017 Overkruin XCR vind plaas by die XCOSA Bergfietspark, Voortrekkermonument en vorm deel van die 4-wedren 2017 Portable Shade XCR Reeks. Elke rondte van die wedrenroete is +-5km lank en bied ongeveer 150 m vertikale klim per rondte. Daar is geen ekstreme hindernisse op die “deelnemersvriendelike” roete nie. Die wedren word in oorleg met Gauteng-Noord Fietsry en SA Fietsry, dienooreenkomstig internasionale standaarde, aangebied. Hoërskool Overkruin daag alle skole uit om spanne in te skryf wat teen ons bestes kan kompeteer! Hoërskool Overkruin is presenting a mountain bike race as fundraiser event for our mountain bike team on 21 October 2017. The race will take on the XCR format (relay teams competing in the Olympic discipline)where teams of 2-4 members compete over 8 laps in their respective age categories. Teams can, however, consist of different aged members, in which case that team will compete in the age group of the strongest rider. The 2017 Overkruin XCR takes place at the XCOSA Bike Park, Voortrekker Monument and forms part of the 4-race 2017 Portable Shade XCR Series. Each race lap is +-5km in length and offers approximately 150m of vertical ascend per lap. There are no extreme obstacles on the “rider-friendly” race track. The race will take place in accordance with Gauteng North Cycling and Cycling SA. Hoërskool Overkruin challenges all schools to enter their mountain bike teams to compete with with our best. Go to Event Page
  5. Hello everyone, I am 'new' to taking Mtb biking seriously and I just purchased a Lapierre XL 729 Frame. I wish to build it up to a sweet well specified bike starting With the Cannondale Lefty. All advice is highly welcome. Thanks for reading.
  6. Did the unthinkable, Sold everything here in GP, bought a log cabin in Dullstroom and starting up a MTB-centric backpackers in Aug/Sept this year. Looking for your valuable input into what you'd expect from such a place when you visit. I backpacked across the globe for some years, but only started MTB'ing again in 2012, so I'd appreciate some suggestions to tip the scales evenly and create a place where MTB'ers would feel at home. Sorted so far: - Local trails and friends with farmers for the "unbeaten track" routes - Bike wash bay + free lubricants - Secure lock-up facilities - Small selection of parts/clothing/accessories - Repair specialist in town - Transportation to/from pic-up/drop-off locations - Emergency stand by - Entertainment, awesome vibe, small bar, super comfy sleeping, great view. - Free additional red blood cells when you do altitude training for your enduro races ;-) (Dullies sits at 2100m above sea level) Any suggestions would be awesome. Happy dayz!
  7. The South African team has settled in well and are enjoying the last few moments of practice and preparations ahead of the action-packed week at the 2016 UCI Mountain bike XCO World Championships, which take place for the first time in Nove Mesto Na Morave in the Czech Republic from Wednesday 29 June to Sunday 3 July. Some of the team members chatted about their spirits ahead of the events. Click here to view the article
  8. You were riding UP the trail known as DH2 at about 4h15 / 4h30 this afternoon, on your Bianchi Methanol (kick-ass bike, btw) and myself and Marko35s confronted you and informed you that the trail in question was categorised as a mono-directional trail, and as such it was against the rules of the trail system (and by extension TMNP) to ride up said trails. Despite at various points trying to explain that it was both dangerous and against the rules to be riding up a Downhill Only trail, you continued to raise your voice and accuse us of being "gods of the mountain" and "downhillers" and accuse us of creating an "us and them" environment whereby only downhillers needs are seen to. Unfortunately, your instant reaction upon being confronted was one of righteous indignation, arrogance, entitlement and shock at being told that you cannot ride up a trail designated as Downhill only. Your instant attitude was one of aggression, repeatedly telling us that you were "not afraid of us", "don't care how big we are", "do this all the time" and "just want us to all work together" Despite your protestations and attempts at justification (which were numerous) the fact remains that you were riding up a trail that people descend without the expectation of having someone in their way, coming in the opposite direction. The average speed of the majority of riders that come down there does hit 50 plus KPH (the top rider does that entire trail in just 20 seconds) and if you were to encounter someone coming down said trail, there is no way in hell you would hear and / or see them in time in order to react and pull out the trail (despite how experienced you say you are) Now, I know you took none of what Mark & I said to heart, as your opinion of yourself was entirely too inflated in order to accept that you were doing something wrong and were at fault. Despite that, what you are is a typical case study in why this country is going to the dogs. A blatant disregard for the rules of the trail that you (may not, come to think of it) pay to ride, as well as an increasing level of self entitlement which causes you to think that you can do anything without being confronted, as long as you have the louder voice and can try to justify your actions to a level that you think that your actions are okay. The excuses which we were given were, amongst others: I always do it It's the best trail to test your ascending technical skills You're experienced, and can move out the way in time for those coming down You ride without music, so can hear people coming It's god's country, and we should all be able to enjoy it I (as in me) am a downhiller, so I'm only looking out for Downhillers (I'm not a downhiller, btw - I just ride) Who makes up the rules? I didn't sign up for them (you did, actually, when you paid for your annual pass - which I'm assuming you have, btw) It's quiet I paid to ride here You're 57 and you don't care what the rules are (followed by "I just want us all to get along") You ride where you want to... We're doing more damage by pushing our bikes up the trails (we weren't, btw - we pushed up the jeep track as it's much easier. We push up NEXT to the trail when we go to the top of a downhill section) Etc etc. See, the thing is (whatever your name is) - what we tried to say (repeatedly, and every time we said it your voice just got louder and you interrupted us more often) is that you can NOT ride up a trail designated as Downhill Only. End of story. Directionality is one of the few things that maintains order in trail systems, and is shown on the Tokai MTB website, the entry board to the park (designated as highly technical downhill trails) and in signposts on the mountain itself. In your own words, you've previously come up against folks like us who have told you that what you are doing is wrong. Despite that, you continued to do it. Ignorance is not a justification, as by your own words you have been riding there for more than 4 years. The reason you cannot ride up a downhill only trail is that it is dangerous. Not from a technical perspective, but for one single reason. Riders do not expect you to be coming in the opposite direction. As such, they are not looking out for riders ascending, and when they come down at 30 / 40 / 50 kph they will have to take drastic avoiding action and by all likelihood end up injuring not only themselves, but also you in the process. It's the same reason that driving the wrong way down a 1-way street is in no way justifiable. I do hope this gets to you, and that you calm your horses (and sense of entitlement - the force is strong on that one) However - I do regret my profanity - at the time, that was the only way that I could get you to shut up and let me speak, besides just talking louder than you. Whatever your name is, know this. You are not only endangering other riders, you are endangering the access to the park itself. If we (as mountain bikers) cannot adhere to the rules of the park, our attempts to better our relationship with the park and lobby for additional trail (yes, the committee is lobbying for a dedicated climbing trail with suitable technicality, linking up all the trails, but you didn't let us get to that, did you) and all the work over the past year is for naught. But, at the end. I hope you do not continue to ride up the trails designated as down only. If only to prevent somebody from ploughing into you (on bike or fist) in the very near future...
  9. Happening this coming Saturday at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. Entries are done at the venue - Friday from 12pm to 5pm or Saturday between 7am and 9am. As per usual, riders can recce the course on Friday afternoon, with racing taking place on Saturday. The entry fees are R100 for Nipper and Sprog categories and R150 for all other categories.
  10. Nothing is certain in mountain bike racing. But the remarkable consistency of Switzerland’s Nino Schurter strongly challenges that well-worn statement. The 27-year-old Swiss successfully defended his Elite men’s Cross-country (XCO) world title when he powered to a clinical victory on a technical course in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  11. Defending women’s Cross Country World Champion Julie Bresset of France repeated her feat of last year when she held off a relentless onslaught from Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska to claim the gold medal and title of World Champion in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  12. The Under 23 women’s Cross Country clash of the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg took place on Friday afternoon where a complete domination from Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff saw her power home to a comprehensive victory which also saw her achieve the rare feat of successfully defend the rainbow stripes she claimed in Austria in 2012. Click here to view the article
  13. Friday’s men’s Under 23 Cross Country clash of the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg was one filled with drama as Italy’s Gerhard Kerschbaumer made the gold medal his own in testing conditions whilst it was heartbreak from South Africa’s top stars. Click here to view the article
  14. SCOTT Swisspower rider Nino Schurter is quietly confident ahead of his Elite men’s Olympic Cross-country (XCO) title defence at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Click here to view the article
  15. The Netherlands and Sweden scooped new world champions in the morning session of the second days racing at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships, before local riders bounced back to take four of the eight titles up for grabs in the downhill discipline. Click here to view the article
  16. The opening day of competition at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg was one of great success for the local cross country riders as no less than twelve of the twenty-four medals available throughout the day went to South Africans. Click here to view the article
  17. The defending women’s Cross country World Champion Julie Bresset has had a tough season this year with a serious injury putting a halt to her World Cup season, but the French rider has been working hard to get back into championship form ahead of the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September. Click here to view the article
  18. Current women’s cross country world number one Tanja Žakelj has her eyes firmly set on claiming a maiden rainbow striped jersey at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park starting on 26 August in Pietermaritzburg. Click here to view the article
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