It's feedback and comments like these that remind us that we're on the right track with Trail Daze, and that we've inspired at least some of you to get out there and explore your local trails. Following a very successful first year in 2015, we've documented some great trails in 2016, adding 2 new provinces to the list with hopefully more added during next year. Another success story and personal achievement is the compilation and production of Volume 1 of the Trail Daze coffee table photobook series, available online or in store at Giant Cape Town and BMT in Stellenbosch.
Giveaway: Be sure to cast your vote in the poll HERE to stand a chance of winning a Camelbak Mule 3L and a signed Volume 1 Trail Daze photobook.Competition ends on 31 December 2016 at 12pm.
Welvanpas | April
Spontaneity is the spice of life... Wanna go riding? Yes! This afternoon... we're pressed for time. Cool, let's do it... where? Welvanpas. Sweet I'm on my way. How many of us? Four... can we fit the bikes in your car? Ya, I'll make a plan, no problem. Awesome, we'll bring food and beer. No excuses, no hassles, no complaints, no delays, just awesome company, awesome trails, focused hard work, and all-round make-it-happen positivity. This is the mountain bike culture I live for, and every experience like this enriches life so much more than "just another ride in the forests".
Get all the info and the full April photo epic here. Drakensberg | May
Dropping into the first rocky chute, choked with boulders - I knew this wasn't going to be a flowy trail ride but a test of creativity and a willingness to engage with the rugged features on offer. I mean it's the Drakensberg, it's not called "the Barrier of Spears" for nothing, you have to work for your ride. Sometimes I came off second best, but stopping for a moment and taking in the view - it really brought home how remote and incredible the area is. At the end of the day, if you've got a big travel bike and a set of knee pads this is an incredible experience, and making the most of the rock features, gullies and ridge lines is all part of colouring in the memory you're actively making.
Get all the info and the full May photo epic here. Hoogekraal | July
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
Get all the info and the full August photo epic here. Karkloof | August
The trails here hold a special place in my heart and have always been brilliant thanks to Hylton Turvey whose vision of MTB translates into flowy technical trails. The OutBack trails are located a bit further away from the Karkloof Country Club than the rest of the trail network and give those willing to make the journey some brilliant varied single track, with some phenomenal descending. The three main trails include the legendary Bat Outta Hell, Rene's Rumble & Jewitt's Jive.
Get all the info and the full August photo epic here. Boschendal | September
Boschendal trails offer a variety of different terrain. From fast forest trails to open twisty flow trails. The scenery surrounding the trails is truly breathtaking with the Simonsberg mountain always in the peripheral. There has really been a lot of effort put in to making these trails in such a special place just outside of Stellenbosch. Not the most technical trails, but certainly an enjoyable day out!
Get all the info and the full September photo epic here. Hakahana | February
Probably the best gravity trails around Gauteng, Hakahana have done some great work to keep riders coming back for more. Tough and long climbs are well rewarded on the way down with smooth and flowing trails that cater for riding levels from intermediate to advanced. The trail builders have created technical and challenging features for the best of riders, keeping you on your toes, alert and excited. The general terrain on the hills is very rocky and loose making you ride a bit on the wild side, while the trails down on the lower slopes are fast and flowing letting you relax and unwind.
Get all the info and the full February photo epic here.
Giveaway: Be sure to cast your vote in the poll HERE to stand a chance of winning a Camelbak Mule 3L and a signed Volume 1 Trail Daze photobook.Competition ends on 31 December 2016 at 12pm. Winner to be announced on 3 January 2017 at 12pm.
No project can be successful without the collaborative efforts of some key players, most important of which are the riders that are featured in each episode. So to the following people, I say a massive thank you: Daniel Dobinson, Harry Millar, Matthieu Hamel, Hayden Brown, Chris Pearton, Julien Louw, Kath Fourie, Mark Millar, Tim Bentley, Joanna Dobinson, Rika Olivier, Simone Futter, Matt Lombardi, Andrew and Jonty Neethling. And lastly, to Camelbak for supporting this project for two years in a row now. Without your backing, we will not be able to inspire more people to go out and ride. Cheers 2016, it's been real! See you guys again in 2017... #TrailDaze