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  1. Established in 2016 as Africa’s first bike hotel, Trail’s End is fittingly at the trail head of some of South Africa’s most spectacular mountain bike trails. The Grabouw Forest Trails, Oak Valley and Paul Cluver Trails are all connected and offer a great variety of trail types and distances for all levels of cyclist – from novice to highly skilled! (And if bridges and berms scare you, you have the chance to practice on Trail’s End’s very own Declan O’Malley Flow Trail). Whether its mountain biking, trail running, hiking, quad biking, or wine tasting, Trail’s End is the perfect hub from which to explore and discover all that the Elgin Valley has to offer. The Elgin Railway Market (the one that you keep hearing about) is a short 4km away – or, if it’s more of the adrenaline filled adventure stuff you are looking for, Cape Canopy Tour’s world famous zip line is 11km further, on the same route. Right next door to Trail’s End is Oude Molen Distillery, so - if you want to see the biggest copper pot stills in the Southern Hemisphere whilst sampling the Cape’s best pot-stilled brandy - it’s a short walk down the road. Alternatively you can just stay put and be pampered by their in-house masseuse! Trail’s End was the brain child of Pieter Silberbauer. After spending more than 30 years building some of South Africa’s most beautiful timber homes he was looking for a change that would allow him more time at home (and on his bike). “The obvious thing to do, was to convert our factory into a ski-lodge for bikes” quips Silberbauer. The idea actually came from his daughters who love mountain biking and anything that sounds like an adventure. “Toy” Eisho Yamawaza presenting a good luck charm. After input from various quarters and a superhuman effort from Pieter’s building partner, Johannes Mathewson, the factory morphed into what many think is a purpose-built bike hotel in just 9 months. The Hotel Cycle in Hiroshima, Japan inspired many of the ideas incorporated during the design phase. Hotel Cycle is a converted warehouse on the Onomichi channel in Hiroshima. The full circle was complete when “Toy” Eisho Yamawaza cycled into Trail’s End earlier this year as part of his bike packing tour of the trails of the Western Cape. Toy, as it turned out, is a tour guide for Hotel Cycle! It was a very special visit and Pieter made time to take Toy on scenic mountain bike tour before he continued on his way. The Trail’s End vision from the outset was to become a global destination for adventure enthusiasts and, beyond that, a place where local meets the world and ideas are shared. The Elgin Grabouw Valley, like many rural areas, is a microcosm of South Africa with so many challenges and so many possibilities. Trail’s End has used its network and influence to give back to the Grabouw community. Working with local visionary NPO, Grabouw Beautiful, and in partnership with Qhubeka, Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) and PPA, more than 250 bikes have been earned by Grabouw residents. Many of these are school children who have undertaken projects that will improve the lives of others. A spinoff of this project has been the skills training of a number of enthusiastic youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds. They have moved up a notch and some ride mountain bikes donated by generous people who have met them or heard their stories. They have become part of the local cycling community and regularly take part in the many events that take place in the Elgin Grabouw Valley. It is heartening to see how the bicycle has been a major catalyst in changing lives and bringing hope to this struggling community. And what of the future? The coronavirus pandemic has been a time for introspection. For the time being at least, people are avoiding large crowds and many big events have been postponed or cancelled. People are realising how important it is to spend time with family and with good friends. Trail’s End is seeing more and more group bookings: families who know each other; father and son groups (mother and daughter groups too!); cycling clubs and cycling friends wanting a change of scenery; and so many bike packing groups heading off on an adventure of discovery. It’s also the ideal venue for team-building, conferencing (with an active spin thrown in), boot camps, yoga retreats and so much more… Contact Trail’s End now to plan your next adventure. They would love to hear from you! Contact Trail's End Bike HotelWebsite: www.trailsend.bike E-mail: accommodation@trailsend.bike Phone: 021 859 5192
  2. If you haven’t yet experienced the amazing Trail’s End Bike Hotel in the Elgin Grabouw Valley – you need to treat yourself. Described as “The Centre of the Great Outdoors”, this is exactly what it is with adventure at every turn! The ideal family getaway. Click here to view the article
  3. Hey everyone I've recently noticed an increase of more enduro bikes (hopefully riders) on my local trails here in, Hermanus, in the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Although these trails are not bad, they do lack any form of challenge or gradient. A few mates and I have been building a pretty steep and gnarly-ish trail and would be keen to show or send the location of to anyone who is looking for something a bit different in Hermanus. If you're a local and have some spare time to contribute to finishing up the trail and or maintenance, it would also be greatly appreciated. If you are coming for a weekend and need someone to show you some of our more gravity focused trails we've built (and found ) do let me know.
  4. 2018 Tru Cape MTB Event Date2018-05-05Distances50km, 25km, 10kmEvent starting times09h00 , 09h20, 09h40VenueElgin Grabouw Country ClubOrganizersEuna ParnellEmailparnelle@hsgrabouw.co.zaEnquiries Phone Number:021 859 4203/4Entries close2018-05-03 ROUTE DESCRIPTION This great event offers three routes in the popular Grabouw Forest. The 10 km route is aimed at beginners and youngsters (grandparents also welcome!), while experienced MTB riders can tackle the challenging 50 km endurance event. This route requires technical experience to handle the fine single track, many jeep track climbs and exhilarating descents. Don’t feel like doing all those climbs? Then the 25 km is just right for you! Be warned, the two longer routes both include some long, steady climbs, but the stunning view makes up for the sweat. The single track sections will still have you raving about them weeks later The closing date for online entries is MIDNIGHT Thursday 3rd May 2018
  5. Likely podium contender Matt Beers (Red-E/Cannondale) will be giving Team BCX a run for their money at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za With forests and mountains and the lush, green vegetation of the Cape winter, the mountain bike trails in and around Grabouw have become a firm favourite, incorporating some spectacular singletrack that’s both scenic and stimulating. The significant popularity of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series lies in the fact that it caters for all riders with the four events on offer. Each route – Marathon (67km), Half-marathon (38km), Fun Race (20km) and Fun Ride (10km) – is designed to offer participants a distance-appropriate challenge, but not too technical so that there’s also a high fun factor. Waylon Woolcock claims (Team BCX) claims victory at the previous Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Tulbagh - Sure to be a race favourite for this weekend in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “The Nissan TrailSeeker Series events always offer a good experience. The courses are not overly technical, but are challenging enough. The routes are well marked and the water points are awesome,” said Clifford van Ass, a regular entrant of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series events, who will be on the start line in Grabouw on Saturday. As usual, the race village will cater for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supporters before the start and after the finish. As far as the likely title contenders go, Team BCX’s Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger will head up the podium challenge in the men’s marathon. Woolcock won Round 1 in Tulbagh and leads the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Marathon Series. “I’m looking forward to racing in Grabouw again. I always enjoy the trails out there. Between HB and I, we are eager to try and take the win. I think both of us are in a reasonable condition to do so,” said Woolcock. Another men’s podium contender is sure to be Red-E/Cannondale’s Matt Beers. “I'm feeling good. I took a little break for a few weeks and have been building up nicely, so hopefully the legs come to the party on Saturday,” said Beers. Candice Lill (dormakaba) lines up to be a firm favourite at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s Marathon, Candice Lill (dormakaba) lines up as the firm favourite. Should she win, it will be a hat-trick of victories for Lill at the popular event, after claiming the Grabouw event title in 2016 and 2015. “The Nissan TrailSeeker events are always well organised and the route at the Grabouw event seems to suit me. I hope to have another good result again this weekend,” said Lill, who is coming off a mid-year break and isn’t back to peak racing form yet. Nissan TrailSeeker Grabouw 2017 schedule of events:Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country Club Registration: Saturday, 24 June at Elgin Grabouw Country Club: 06h30-10h00 Race start times: Saturday, 24 June 07h45: Riders briefing 08h00: Start Marathon 09h00: Start Half-marathon 09h50: Start 20km Fun Race 10h10: Start 10km Fun Ride 12h00: Prize giving
  6. The opening round of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series will boast a super strong international field and should deliver high-pressure racing as South Africa’s best racers will be up against some of the world’s biggest names. Click here to view the article
  7. Karl Platt (Bulls) set to continue his rivalry with Christoph Sauser (Investec-Songo-Specialized) and Kristian Hynek (Topeak Ergon). Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Multiple world champion and five-time Absa Cape Epic winner, Christoph Sauser (Investec-Songo-Specialized) heads up a high-profile field in the Elite men’s race. He will continue his rivalry against fellow five-time Absa Cape Epic winner, Karl Platt (Bulls) and 2015 Cape Epic champion, Kristian Hynek (Topeak Ergon). The trio delivered a spectacular podium battle at the Fairview Attakwas ultra-marathon last weekend and will find themselves in a field with even more depth in Grabouw on Saturday. Also confirmed are: Alban Lakata, the 2015 marathon world champion; South Africa’s Erik Kleinhans, who was fourth at Attakwas and Jeremiah Bishop, America’s most successful stage racer. All four will be competing for the Topeak Ergon team and their superior numbers are sure to count in their favour. Defending Ashburton Investments National MTB Series champion, Max Knox (Lowveld Tractors/This Way Out) – left – says he looking forward to the shorter distance. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Another high profile team is that of Cannondale Factory Racing, which boasts German Manual Fumic and Brazilian Henrique Avancini. They won the final stage of the 2016 Cape Epic and are in the country early to prepare for their assault on the 2017 edition in late March. “It will certainly be a different race to Attakwas. Higher watts packed into a shorter racing time on a smoother surface,” said Sauser. “I am quite positive I will be in contention for a podium finish again. Close racing or not, I would be more than happy to repeat last weekend’s result!” “I’m looking forward to racing on those great trails around Grabouw. It’s a very short race, not really the best preparation distance for the Cape Epic, but it will at least be close, exciting racing,” said Platt. South Africa’s Erik Kleinhans will be riding alongside Jeremiah Bishop, America’s most successful stage racer, for team Topeak Ergon. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za It will be the first competitive outing of 2017 for defending Ashburton Investments National MTB Series champion, Max Knox (New Holland/This Way Out), who says he looking forward to the shorter distance. “I’m looking forward to the new Ashburton Investments National MTB Series format. The racing will be more aggressive with more riders in contention for podiums. With this in mind, you cannot afford to make mistakes,” said Knox. “A 75km race is about one hour longer than a XCO race so it allows the cross-country racers a chance to be competitive in marathons too; and the courses will also be more interesting with a higher percentage of singletrack, which I really enjoy. I’ve always liked the trails around Grabouw in the Cape Epic and I’m looking forward to racing on them on Saturday,” added Knox. Other leading South Africans on the start list are multiple Cape Epic stage-winners, Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes, racing in the colours of their new team, Euro-Steel/Pyga, the Telkom BCX pair of Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger, Cannondale Red-E’s Matt Beers, Dylan Rebello, Lourens Luus and Andrew Hill (TIB). Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health), the current South African champion, heads the women’s entry list. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The women’s race also boasts an exceptionally strong field. The 2016 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series champion, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health), heads the entry list. The current South African champion finished second at last weekend’s Attakwas ultra-marathon, indicating her good form early in the year. Also on the entry list are Swiss marathon champion, Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur), Swedish marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag (CBC/Abro), South Africa’s London Olympian, Candice Lill (Dormakaba) and Namibian champion, Vera Adrian (Dormakaba). “I’m excited to race in Grabouw. It’s such a beautiful area with amazing trails. The Cape Epic will be going through there this year so this will be a good reminder of what the terrain is like and this Ashburton Investments National MTB Series event will be good preparation race. As I saw at Attakwas, I’m not quite where my rivals are at this stage. It’s amazing how strong the women’s fields have become in South African events. It means that I have to be at my best and I’m looking forward to another good podium battle on Saturday,” said Lüthi. Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur), and Swedish marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag (CBC/Abro) are sure to cause a stir in the women’s race. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Annika Langvad, Denmark’s current XCO World Champion, is on the start list, but will only decide closer to the weekend if she will race as she’s been nursing a cold this week. Should she be on the start line, she’ll be a firm favourite for the win as she confirmed with a course record and victory at Attakwas last weekend that she’s in very good form. “With no gruelling ultra-marathon, the race pace will be faster, the pressure higher and the racing smarter as riders do battle over 75km. This by no means makes it an easy race (it's a National event after all), the route is well balanced with plenty rewards, challenges and suprises that will make for tight racing to the line delivering a very comprehensive test to the competitors,” said Wessel van der Walt, Head of Marketing and Communications for Advendurance, the organising company. “Although there have been many fires in the area, the routes for Saturday’s race haven’t been significantly affected and are considered safe. Thanks to our Advendurance crew and those of Pieter Silberbauer, Johan Kriegler and Pieter du Plessis, all the intended trails for our race on the A-Z Trails and the Cape Pine Trails are cleared for racing,” added Van der Walt. In addition to the marathon, which covers a distance of 75km with an accumulated ascent of 1500m, there is a half marathon (43km with 900m ascent), a 20km Fun Race and a 10km Fun Ride. Online entries will remain open until race day and can be done through: www.nationalmtbseries.com. Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Round 1, Grabouw Country Club, Grabouw:Friday 27 January 2017 15h00-18h00: Registration and line entries Saturday 28 January 2017 06h30-09h30: Registration and line entries 07h30: Start Marathon A. Batches + 5 min intervals 08h30: Start Half-marathon Batches `+ 5 min intervals 09h30: 20km Fun Race 09h45: 10km Fun Ride 12h00: Prize Giving For more information, visit www.nationalmtbseries.com.
  8. Who else have attended these races, as we were there today again with the family to enjoy the short race @ Paul Cluver (organised by outdoor elements events) The whole family got to enjoy the riding & running (with the dam section at the end), and such an amazing venue. http://outdoorelementsevents.co.za/
  9. Howzit Hubbers! A quick update on iRide Africa's trail building progress at Lebanon. As some of you may know, Harry and I have been given permission to go and improve the trail network and we've been traveling out there and doing as much trailwork as we can between work stints (My skills clinic class schedule has suffered terrible, so sorry to those who I've had to turn away). We've designed new signage and Action Frames has kindly sponsored the material and printing costs (please support them if you need any display products made-they are mountain bikers!) but that signage will only go up in a month or so. So far we have added about 4km of trail to the network and without signage we are worried that the trails won't bed in and stay clear if riders don't start using them! So our suggestion/plea is to please download a VERY current map from our website here (we'll update it every time we add a new trail), plan a day to go riding/running and go and find these trails and give us your feedback while bedding in the trails! Obviously some of the trails won't link up perfectly yet so we want you to find your own way and connect the trails. We have the rad little problem of too much space and potential and not enough time/manpower to get the trails all built at the same time! The trails start at Oak Lane cottages/ Old MacDaddy and permits only cost R30! We've identified a few problems with the network and are trying to resolve them so more people want to ride there. What we are trying to fix is the following; 1) More singletrack 2) More variety to suit all types of riders 3) Better signage so people won't get lost 4) Improve start/end of loops to be exciting (proving to be difficult but long term goal) 5) More singletrack! So please, go and book yourself/family a weekend away and go and ride Lebanon trails and help us out while you are about it! We are planning a weekend of trail building for those that want to help out but most likely only in Sept/October. Lebanon MTB will kindly offer free accommodation, we'll supply free CBC beer and will have marked out the trails to build and the thinking is we get a posse of mtbers out there, do some serious trail building, and have a braai and social get together while we're doing so. We'll keep you in the loop with that one as we have at least 12km more trail to add there before we'll be happy ourselves!
  10. One of the more challenging race routes delivered a good allround challenge for over 1000 riders in four different distances in the heart of the scenic Western Cape agricultural district. For Heyns, it was his second successive win in the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape. The SCOTT LCB Factory Racing rider held off a strong field to claim the 70km race title in a time of 02 hours 45 minutes 14 seconds. He was followed home two-and-a-half minutes later by Team Telkom’s HB Kruger who out-sprinted Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale) for the runner-up spot. Dylan Rebello (Momsen Bikes) and Waylon Woolcock (USN Purefit) rounded out the top five overall. Gert Heyns (second rider from left) in SCOTT LCB kit, making his way up the ranks to claim the win in the marathon race. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “Today was great fun, really good route with incredible trails. It was just so nice and grippy out there after the rain” said a satisfied Heyns. In the women’s race, Team Dorma’s Neethling took the lead on the first big climb, which came after 20km of racing. From the summit she steadily increased her lead to clock a winning time of 3:16:31, which put her in 22nd place overall. Carmen Buchacher finished second in 3:21:31 with Katie Lennard rounding out the podium positions. “On the first big climb I knew what kind of pace I could hold to the top, so I kept that and had a decent lead over Carmen by the top. From there, I just had to make sure that she wasn’t closing on me. Fortunately for me, there was a lot of technical riding, which gave me an advantage over her and I extended my lead,” said a content Neethling. Candice Neethling taking and holding the lead on the first big climb at Grabouw. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “I love racing in the Grabouw area. The terrain is tough and unforgiving and that suits me better than the events with lots of flowing, open-trail riding. Having said that, we did finish on a fun section of trail that left me finishing with a smile,” added Neethling. In the 40km Half-marathon, Robert Hobson and Allison Morton won the male and female races overall respectively. For complete results, visit www.saseeding.co.za Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series will be the Hemel & Aarde event near Hermanus on 8 October 2016. To enter, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za
  11. Gert Heyns and Candice Neethling made the most of their cross-country technical racing skills to win the men and women’s marathon race titles respectively at Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series at Grabouw in the Western Cape at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  12. “I’m really looking forward to the race in Grabouw. I love this series and especially the trails in Grabouw. My choice of bike will be the Scott Scale. The hardtail suits my riding style and knowing that I’m on one of the lightest bikes in the race gives me a lot of confidence.” - Gert Heyns Heyns will be keen to hear the sound of the podium platform underneath his feet. After a great season start, he was set to pair up with Matthys Beukes at the Cape Epic. However, illness for both riders left their 2016 Epic dreams in tatters. After some time off, the two came back with a bang at the Sani2C. With this win still echoing in his mind, Heyns is the guy to watch at Saturday’s race. Date : 25 June 2016 Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country CLub, Grabouw, Western Cape, South Africa GPS: 34°07'41.5"S 19°01'24.7"E Terrain: Farm lands | Vineyards | Arid | Savanna Ascent: 70km (69.32) - 1413m / 40km (38.47) - 603m / 20km (20.94) - 277m / 10km (9.01) - 129m Participant Limit: 1500 (70km - 500 / 40km - 600 / 20km - 300 / 10km - 100 ) - LATE ENTRIES AVAILABLE Features: Hand-built trails | Bridges | Cattle track | 4x4 Trails | Dirt roads
  13. The starting roster features some of the big names in South African mountain bike racing with the men’s marathon title in particular sure to be hotly contested. Among those that have confirmed they’ll be on the start line are SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Gert Heyns and Matthys Beukes, both Cape Epic stage winners. Heyns won Round 1 of the series last month and will be eager to build on his points to help in his quest for overall success. Team Telkom’s HB Kruger has been showing good form lately and will be out to turn recent podium finishes into a solid victory, while USN Purefit’s Waylon Woolcock, Contego’s Adriaan Louw and Momsen’s Dylan Rebello will all be aiming for a top three finish. Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale), runner-up to Heyns at Round 1 at Boschendal, will be going all out to secure an important victory on a route that’s deceptively tough, yet incredibly scenic during the Cape winter. In the women’s marathon, Candice Neethling (Dormakaba) will be looking to repeat her victory at the same event in 2015. Her form is good currently, confirmed by her win in the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series marathon at Van Gaalen recently. Neethling will start as favourite, with the likes of Carmen Buchacher, Katie Leonard, Hanlie Booyens and Michelle Lombardi all sure to be in the hunt for a podium finish. The significant popularity of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series lies in the fact that it caters for all riders with the four distances on offer. Each route (70km, 40km, 20km, 10km) is designed to offer participants a distance-appropriate challenge, but not too technical so that there’s a high fun factor. As usual, the race village will cater well for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supporters before the start and after the finish. Entries will be available until prior to the start. Nissan TrailSeeker Grabouw schedule of events:Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country Club Registration: Saturday, 25 June at Elgin Grabouw Country Club: 06h30-09h0 Race start times: Saturday, 25 June 07h45: Riders briefing 08h00: Start 70km 09h15: Start 40km 10h00: Start 20km 10h20: Start 10km 13h00: Prize giving For more information on Saturday’s event, visit www.trailseeker.co.za
  14. The second round of the Western Cape Nissan TrailSeeker Series takes place in Grabouw this weekend and will, for the first time form part of the official Cape Winelands Cross-Country Marathon Series. This will be the second year the popular Nissan TrailSeeker Series returns to the trails of Grabouw following a very well received debut in 2015. Click here to view the article
  15. Competition was rife in the men’s race with young South African hopefuls having to contend with the likes of Frenchman Brice Daubord and Swiss triathlete Jan Pyott. Frenchman Brice Daubord claimed victory in the men’s race in a lightning fast time of 01 hour 09 minutes 17 seconds. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Daubord set the pace in the men’s race claiming a deserving victory in a lightning fast time of 01 hour 09 minutes 17 seconds. “My goal was to win the Ultimate Warrior Challenge by taking part in both the XTERRA Full and XTERRA Lite races over the weekend, but unfortunately due to a bicycle mechanical, I was unable to finish the XTERRA Full yesterday,” says Daubord. “The XTERRA Lite route was really nice. I had to win today, I had no excuses. One word sums up XTERRA South Africa and that is wow.” Jean-Paul Burger came in second, while Jan Pyott (Switzerland) finished third. Reigning Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Grabouw Champion, Hayley Preen successfully defended her title in an impressive time of 01 hour 23 minutes 33 seconds. “I love XTERRA, this is my favourite event,” says a delighted Preen. “The swim was tough, but I had a good mountain bike and run. I actually started racing the XTERRA Lite as part of a team. I took part in the XTERRA Full yesterday as part of a team. We placed first in our category. The XTERRA is a great day out for the whole family.” Vicky van der Merwe came in second, while Mikaela Jonsson finished third. “People often think that in order to take part in fitness events or races they need to be seriously fit. That’s the beauty of our XTERRA Lite events: they don’t require an advanced fitness level of any kind, so they are accessible to the average healthy person. And, since one can enter in teams, these events provide a wonderful opportunity for a group of friends or couples to get moving together,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. RESULTS: Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite Sunday, 21 February 2016RESULTS: Open Men 1 Brice Daubord 01:09:17, 2 Jean-Paul Burger 01:11:02, 3 Jan Pyott 01:11:12, 4 Michael Ferreira 01:13:16, 5 Jeffrey Neethling 01:13:58, 6 Stephen Kennealy 01:14:18, 7 Ruan Van Zyl 01:15:08, 8 Adriaan Myburgh 01:16:09, 9 Samuel Courts 01:19:37, 10 Jamie Penfold 01:20:08 RESULTS: Open Women 1 Hayley Preen 01:23:33, 2 Vicky Van Der Merwe 01:25:39, 3 Mikaela Jonsson 01:26:48, 4 Natia Van Heerden 01:30:40, 5 Mellusca Toovey 01:31:30, 6 Kasha Dickie 01:34:19, 7 Michelle Krebs 01:37:28, 8 Amy Goodwin 01:39:40, 9 Famke Boonzaaier 01:40:20, 10 Deleen-Marie Steyn 01:40:25
  16. The 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Grabouw saw an impressive field of multi-sport enthusiasts put on their swim caps, rack their mountain bikes and lace up their trail running shoes to partake in what has become South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon. Click here to view the article
  17. The 70km marathon route makes use of the abundant gradient and superb trails in the Elgin Valley, with riders skirting the Eikenhof Dam, venturing along the lower slopes of the Groenlandberg Nature Reserve and heading up various ascents on Nuweberg. The reward for all the climbing follows with a long, steady descent back into the Grabouw Valley. The last half of the race is where the skills challenge comes in with steep climbs and some rocky descents, while an abundance of singletrack can be expected in the final 15km that will undoubtedly require full concentration from weary riders. The total ascent is 1431 metres. “It’s a course that’s going to suit strong all rounders. Stamina, strength and skills will all be put to the test on this route, which we are really happy with. The recent rain has also made for firm trail surface conditions and we are expecting dry weather on race day,” said Wessel van der Walt, Event Director at Advendurance. The men’s race pre-entry list includes some of the country’s strongest marathon racers, including Waylon Woolcock, Nico Pfitzenmaier (Dorma), the Contego Swift pair of Lourens Luus and Adriaan Louw. Going by the pre-entry list, there is no obvious favourite to take charge in the women’s race, but expect the likes of top-seeded riders Gina Stewart, Louise Ferreira, Sarita Louw, Nadia Visser, Joanne Bentley and Diana Carolin to be gunning for the podium. The 40km half-marathon with only 603 metres of climbing is followed by a fun descent and stimulating singletrack to complete the scenic loop. Care has been taken to have as little route merging as possible between the 70km and 40km events, with only a few hundred metres in total needing to be shared to accommodate both routes. “We will be incorporating the new A-Z trails recently built by local trails guru, Johan Kriegler and his team and have actually cleared old routes in the region that haven’t been ridden in ages, which will offer a fresh challenge to most. We have also constructed a large bridge that will link Grabouw with Eikenhof, which is all part of a bigger-picture plan to link up the many great trails venues in the area in future,” added Van der Walt. “Besides being careful to avoid potential high risk areas with our route design, we have altered our route marking strategy and increased the number of motor-cycle route marshals. We will also place race officials at high-risk areas and route splits and we have the support of local metro police as well as the SA Police Service should it be required,” said Van der Walt. In addition to the 70km and 40km events, there’s a 20km fun race an a 10km fun ride, offering opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and fitness levels to experience the beautiful region on their bicycles. More than 1200 entries are expected and late entries will still be taken on race day. Nissan TrailSeeker Grabouw schedule of events:Venue: Grabouw Country Club Registration:Friday, 26 June at Cycle World Helderberg, Somerset West 10h00–16h00 Saturday, 27 June at Grabouw Country Club 06h30–09h00 Race times:Saturday, 27 June 07h45: Riders briefing 08h00: 70km 09h15: 40km 10h00: 20km 10h20: 10km For more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za
  18. Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Mountain Bike Series takes place on Saturday in the Grabouw region on a spectacular route that’s expected to reward both skill and endurance. Click here to view the article
  19. Well known in South Africa for its huge fruit farms, Grabouw is a place where we had a lot of fun - on uphills as well as downhill. The trails we did are a perfect mix between sandy/rocky singletracks, pine forest, fynbos and unfortunately, burned forest. This variety makes it very interesting to ride and gave us the feeling of having four different rides in one. It was actually nice to feel how this Canyon is versatile and performs in every conditions. Matthieu Hamel Heading up and over Sir Lowry's pass, towards the greater Elgin Valley. Baby blue, ash grey and iridescent green. Those are the colors of these trails. Grabouw has the ability to create images and memories that are impossible to forget because of the natural colour palette on offer. It is one of my all time favourite places to ride because of the mars-like rock formations and the fact that trail builders are always creating new lines to enjoy. Daniel Dobinson Grabouw, with the mountains waiting on the horizon. The area also features an abundance of pine forests, with much of the trail network going through them. The younger plantations don't offer any form of shade and it can get pretty hot in the valley during summer. Trails scattered with interesting rock formations - a dream playground for mountain bikers and photographers alike. Pushing back to the top of the section. Super technical riding with 'Porcupine ridge' in the background. The tight forest and rocky sections make way for the fast, flat and open sections towards the Theewaterskloof Dam. Wildfires are an unfortunate but natural thing, and holds a certain beauty in itself. Matthieu going off-piste in search of more steep and technical riding. Heading further towards the dam, through the last section of pine forest and the last rays of the day. Customary post-ride beer. Check. Man and nature. It's heading towards Autumn now with the temperatures dropping fast as the sun goes down, but with riding and scenery this good, you want to take in every last bit. Heading home on the N2. Riders: Matthieu Hamel and Daniel Dobinson Experience your own Trail Daze with iRideAfrica.
  20. Named after the German town Grabow, the small town of Grabouw sits about 1.5 hours drive away from Cape Town, in the vast Elgin Valley. Known for being the largest single exporter or fruits in Southern Africa, it has also hosted numerous mountain biking, trail running and other adventure sporting events over the years. As a results of this, the trail network seems to be never-ending and the backdrop never ceases to amaze. Click here to view the article
  21. Who's ready for the XTERRA Grabouw? Kick off is 08:30 - its gonna be HOT. Looking forward to my first triathlon ever!
  22. Just over 1200 multi-sport athletes and outdoor enthusiasts flocked to the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 21 February 2015 to partake in the adrenalin pumping TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Lite presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT. Click here to view the article
  23. Michael Lord proved to be in a league of his own claiming victory in the men’s race in a mind-blowing time of 01 hour 13 minutes 54 seconds, while Hayley Preen was the female XTERRA Warrior to beat with a fantastic finishing time of 01 hour 33 minutes 55 seconds. “Out of all the triathlons that I’ve taken part in over the past eleven years, the Totalsports XTERRA Grabouw Lite is the best,” said an ecstatic Lord. “This is the best route and the best organised triathlon by far, definitely my favourite race of all times. I swam with Michael Ferreira and Ruan Van Zyl. On the bike I went out super hard on the first climb, from there onwards I was pretty much alone for the rest of the race. The run route is amazing. I was just smiling the whole race”. Jean-Paul Burger came in second, while Michael Ferreira finished third. Preen claimed victory after her first attempt at the individual women’s race. “I’m not a great swimmer, but I had a good swim, exiting the water in the middle of the pack. My cycle was good, while my run was great. I’d recommend this race because of the vibe and if you’re not strong enough to race individually, you can enter as part of a team”. Jessica Alcock came in second, while Charne Dry finished third. The Totalsports XTERRA Grabouw Lite presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT saw XTERRA Warriors having to complete a 400m swim, followed by a 12.5km mountain bike discipline and a 6km trail run. Results available here. EVENT INFORMATION: Taking the form of the South African Championship, the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Grabouw presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT forms part of the XTERRA World Tour. Athletes competing at this event stand the chance to qualify for the world championship final in Hawaii later this year. NEXT UP: Sunday, 22 February 2015: Totalsports XTERRA Full presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT Venue: Grabouw Country Club Format: 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 12.5km trail run Start Time: 08:30 Top entrants to look out for will include Conrad Stoltz, Stuart Marais, Bradley Weiss, Theo Blignaut, Susan Sloan, Flora Duffy (Bermuda), Jan Pyott (Switzerland), Roger Serrano (Spain), Jim Thijs (Belgium), Carina Wasle (Austria), Louise Fox (UK), Daz Parker (UK) and Sandra Koblmuller (Austria).
  24. I was attracted to the camp because it appeared to offer everything that I was looking for (skills clinic, basic mechanics workshop, guided rides featuring mainly single track, and hopefully the chance to meet other like-minded riders) in one package. Having never attended any skills training, I was hoping to cover the basics in order to ensure that my riding is on the right track, and catch any bad habits that may have crept in, as well as work on some more advanced skills to improve my technical riding. The ultimate aim being to get up and down the trails faster and smoother, while having even more fun. The camp ticked all these boxes and more. The campsite at the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre, meant that we were based in a bike park, and surrounded by some of the most beautiful trails in the Western Cape. To be able to roll out of your tent and onto a bike in these surroundings is a priceless experience.The guided rides were split into three groups adjusted according to rider skill level, distance, and difficulty of the routes. For the race snakes, or super enthusiastic, time was available in the afternoon to ride as you wished, allowing riders to ride as much or as little as they chose. In this way, all levels of rider were easily accommodated. I was able to enjoy the mornings learning new trails, and skills from our guides in the group rides, and happily ride to exhaustion in the afternoon by practising in the bike park, riding the nearby trails again and participating in the planned activities. The guided rides featured plenty of single track including Paul Cluver, Oak Valley, and the fantastic A to Z trails at the Elgin Country Club - all part of the Wines to Whales route. Riding these trails with a group provided great opportunities to try new and sometimes scary obstacles in a relaxed, supportive environment. As a result, I found myself able to easily ride sections of trail and obstacles that I might not have tried otherwise. The skills clinics, hosted by Joanna Dobinson and Ariane Kleinhans were eye-opening for me, as I realised how much you can learn simply by riding your bike in a field (with some experienced guidance of course). I noticed an improvement in my confidence and bike handling immediately after a session practising high-speed cornering. It was amazing to watch the confidence of total beginners growing exponentially in the space of a couple of hours. I wish I had done a skills clinic, when I first started out, since it might have saved me a couple of bruises, and possibly a few months of learning by trial and error. Finally, off the bike, I could not have asked for a better experience. Great company around the campfire, ample and tasty food (this is extremely important after a long day in the saddle), and lastly, lovely hot showers to soothe tired muscles at the end of every day. If you are looking for a way to ease yourself or your partner into mountain biking in a safe environment, meet some extra riding buddies, escape from your job for a couple of days, work on your fitness, or just improve your riding and have some fun on the trails, a camp like this is a great way to do it. Having seen the value to be gained from working on basic skills, I will certainly be making an effort to attend a skills clinic more regularly in future.
  25. Anyone who has participated in any form of mountain biking event recently will have noticed that basic bike handling skills seem to have been neglected by a large proportion of South African riders. In an attempt to avoid being one of the many that screech to a halt at the first sign of a rock, bridge, or anything that can not be defined as wide open jeep track, I decided to attend the annual Biking in the Bosch mountain bike camp held at Paul Cluver wine estate just outside Grabouw. Click here to view the article
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