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  1. DKS

    Transbaviaans 2022

    Hope it’s not to early to start this group up. I might just be over eager, but have entered the race, and looking to complete my first TB, As always, will be good to have the forum for useful tips and motivation as we go along. First question I have is best accommodation options for the night before? Cheers
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. So I have been riding with my Garmin Fenix 3HR for some nearly 2 years and have recently purchased a chest strap for more accurate HR data. I haven't used the navigation much, other than a local training ride with waypoints and turn by turn navigation. The battery drop seems reasonable. But we are training for the Trans Baviaans this year, and I was wondering if anyone has experience with the battery life of a Garmin Fenix watch (preferably a Fenix 3HR) using it for navigation and HR data during the event. Since it is a long event and battery on the watch is limited. Lets say we are aiming for anything below 15 hours to be safe battery wise. I have tried the Ultra Track mode, but I found this to be pointless, since it is not very accurate. I would rather ride without than have data that's misleading.
  5. I'm looking for transport for 2 guys and their kit back from Baviaans Repeat (17/18 Aug) to Cape Town. Contribution for fuel will be given. If you have a space or two open, drop me a PM please
  6. Hallo fellow Hubbers! I'm looking to join (or create) a lift club to travel from Cape Town to Willowmore on 9 or 10 August 2018 and return on 12 August. Anybody keen to join or got space for 1? (By that time we might be paying R25/litre) Regards Dirk
  7. Cycle Light Buyers Guide Best Cycle Light Buyers Guide will help you decide which light is best for your type of riding. New to cycling or a veteran, how do you decide which cycle light to buy? Our Best Cycle Light Buyers Guide will guide you through the process of deciding which LED Cycle Light will suit you best. First question: Do you want a battery integrated cycle light or one with a separate battery? Separate Battery: Pro: High powered, long run times, can change batteries on the go / during an event Con: Slightly heavier, 'more cluttered' cockpit Battery integrated: Pro: Neat, lightweight, no wires, USB Chargeable, easy to fit on helmet Con: Cannot change batteries on the go, limited run times, limited power output Ultimately the question to answer is simple: What type of riding do you do? Ultimately the question to answer is simple: What type of riding do you do? Trail Riding Mountain Bikers Mountain Bikers who do Off Road Trail riding on dirt roads, jeep tracks and single tracks. Not just any single track, but challenging single tracks. You like to impress or scare your mates with your ridiculously bright light, are afraid of the dark or simply want to see EVERYTHING. Only the latest and greatest will do for you. What you need & why As much light (lumen) as possible, in a very wide beam. When you cycle on single tracks, your handlebar will be pointing forward while the tracks will be turning, even into switchbacks. A very wide beam will allow you to see a bigger portion of the track – even “through” the corner. Best Light The Ultimate+ Cycle Light has 3000 lumen, which it shines in a wide hotspot, fading into a 180º beam. It is the best light that you will find for jeep and single tracks. It still comes in a compact, lightweight package that is easy to mount to your bike. Long Distance Mountain Bikers Mountain Bikers who do a combination of Road and Off Road riding. You focus on many hours in the saddle training and riding long distance events like the Transbaviaans, 36ONE, 24 hour events or training for the Munga. You spend most of your time on dirt roads, and moderately technical single tracks. What you need & why A lot of light (lumen), in a wide beam. When you cycle on winding dirt roads, you need to see next to the road. You also need Modes that will give you sufficient light to see into the early hours of the morning, not tiring your eyes. A long battery life in a light (weight) is essential. Best Light The Endurance+ Cycle Light has 2100 lumen, which it shines in a wide hotspot, fading into a 180º beam. On it’s HIGH mode, the battery lasts for 10 hours, and on LOW 40 hours. It is designed specifically for the Transbaviaans Rider. Commuters and Road Riders Commuters, Road Riders and the occasional off road mountain biker. You want to be highly visible everywhere you go – for safety reasons. However you still want to be able to see clearly – not only to be seen. You don’t mind an external battery pack, as you like the fact that you can change batteries midway through. What you need & why You need a light that has a small, focused hotspot, lighting up the road directly in front of you. This will let you see obstacles far ahead. You also want to be able to see a bit wider. You have to be highly visible to motorists, but you do not want to blind them completely. Best Light The Core+ Cycle Light has all the essentials that you need, in a small, light, quality package. The focused beam has the furthest beam distance, while still giving you light on the sides. The smaller battery pack attaches securely to your bike.
  8. Hi everyone, i'm looking for a partner to race or just finish the baviaans in a good time. Last year I entered with a unknown team & it was a gruelling 18 hours of crappy small talk and and waiting on every hill. Anyone interested?
  9. Entries opened at 8am this morning and our team is in - first to register, last to finish, but we will finish. That sets up the training schedule for next year, already excited by the possibilities when it's on paper. Getting the practice to match will make all the difference.
  10. Trans Baviaans first timer Lourens Luus teamed up with old hand Billy Stelling to successful effect as the PowerBar 1 pairing rode to Trans Baviaans victory on Saturday 13 August. The race was the first of two weekends of Trans Baviaans action and joining Luus and Stelling on the top step of the podium were; Yolandi de Villiers, Johan Labuschagne and Neill Ungerer, of Ultimate Cycling TBC, in the mixed category and Theresa Ralph and Amy McDougall, of Galileo Risk Valencia in the women’s category. Click here to view the article
  11. Hanco Kachelhoffer, of Altech-Autopage, leading the Trans Baviaans peloton into the Baviaanskloof. Photo by Seamus Allardice. The 230km race started at 10:00 in Willowmore on Saturday morning. A steady early pace was set by in large by the ASG Best-Med teams, with Labuschagne and Ungerer also doing turns on the front. The expected tail wind failed to materialise and instead a slight head wind kept the lead bunch together until around the 80km mark when the jockeying for positions heading into Check Point 2, at 104km, started. At Check Point 2 the experience started to show for teams like Ultimate Cycling TDC as they tended to navigate the potentially confusing check point zones; where riders had to check in, fill bottles, stock up on nutrition, collect essentials for the next leg from their check point boxes and check out again in good time. Stelling and Luus had clearly planned their check point strategy too and managed to minimize their time off the road. The leading mixed team of Johan Labuschagne, Yolandi de Villiers and Neill Ungerer, of Ultimate Cycling TBC, heading up The MAC. Photo by Seamus Allardice. Heading into the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve the race started to splinter as first the Frangs and then The Mother of All Climbs (The MAC) took their toll. Up front Stelling and Luus were joined by the Altech-Autopage duo of Pieter Seyffert and Hanco Kachelhoffer. Behind them on the road the leading mixed team of de Villiers, Labuschagne and Ungerer were riding with the third placed men’s team of Steven Shirley and Juan-Pierre Minnie riding as team On Your Bike. A little further back the race for second in the mixed category was hotting up as the RMB Change A Life duo of Martin Dreyer and Jeannie Bomford had caught the Merrell Mixed trio of Craig Boyes, Timo Cooper and Nicky Gillomee. Amy McDougall leading her Galileo Risk Valencia teammate, Theresa Ralph, into the Baviaanskloof. Photo by Seamus Allardice. Stelling appeared to be struggling up The MAC, so Seyffert and Kachelhoffer attacked in the final phases of the climb to claim the PowerBar King of the Mountain prize. However, once over the climb the four leaders all missed the Bergplaas check point at the crest of the climb and had to track back, nullifying the 20 second gap the Altech-Autopage guys had garnered. The first woman to crest The MAC climb and claim the PowerBar Queen of the Mountain was the high flying de Villiers. Amy McDougall of Galileo Risk Valencia stops to fill up her bottles at a Trans Baviaans river crossing. Photo by Seamus Allardice. Descending the Big Dipper Seyffert and Kachelhoffer again pulled a lead on Stelling and Luus, but Luus dug deep when they reached the kloof below to re-join the leaders. For the next 50km Luus sat at the front of the lead group setting a steady pace, while Stelling recovered on the back of the group. Heading up the Never Ender climb the race for outright victory appeared to enter a stale mate. Where Team Spirit Gets A Whole New Meaning is the new tag line for the Trans Baviaans and that spirit was epitomise by the Merrell Mixed team of Nicky Gillomee, Craig Boyes and Timo Cooper. Photo by Seamus Allardice. The Trans Baviaans is famed for its need for strong teamwork and in the final reckoning it was teamwork that settled the two closest battles. In the mixed category race for second the advantage of having three riders in a team allowed the Merrell Mixed trio to reel in the RMB Change A Life duo. Gillomee took turns hanging on Cooper and then Boyes’ pockets as they powered up the Never Ender passing Dreyer and Bomford. In the men’s race the decisive move came at the self-service Check Point 6. Stelling passed the check point tag to Luus in the approach to the check point and while the stronger Luus stopped to tag the PowerBar 1 team in Stelling continued up the road. The Altech-Autopage team stopped together, but when Luus accelerated away from the check point to catch Stelling they were unable to hold his wheel. Despite having nearly 40km to race Stelling and Luus managed to hang on; eventually even extending their lead when Seyffert and Kachelhoffer eased off the pace in the closing kilometres once it became clear the pursuit was futile. Lourens Luus leanding his partner, Billy Stelling, a pocket to help him up The MAC. Photo by Seamus Allardice. In the mixed category the Ultimate Cycling RDC team of de Villiers, Labuschagne and Ungerer crossed the finish line, at the Fountains Mall, hot on the heels of team On Your Bike, the third men’s team made up by Shirley and Minnie who they’d ridden with for most of the day. The trio’s victory was their fourth in the Trans Baviaans mixed category. Behind them Boyes, Cooper and Gillomee, of Merrell Mixed, finished strongly to claim second while the RMB Change a Life duo of Martin Dreyer and Jeannie Bomford were third. Lourens Luus of PowerBar 1 leads his teammate, Billy Stelling, and the Altech-Autopage duo of Pieter Seyffert and Hanco Kachelhoffer up The Mac. Photo by Seamus Allardice. The women’s category race failed to ignite into a racing spectacle when an early mechanical for Hanlie Booyens dropped her and her Tiletoria Ladies teammates, Fienie Barnard and Esther Lategan off the pace of eventual winners Ralph and McDougall. Riding on tired legs, following her recent Iron Bike stage race exploits in Italy, McDougall was not happy with the time she and Ralph managed. The very competitive pair would have liked to have challenged the mixed teams more closely, but it wasn’t too be so their attention shifted to enjoying the route and there surely could not have been a team who finished the first event of the 2016 Trans Baviaans with bigger smiles than the Galileo Risk Valencia duo. Closing out the women’s podium was the Ander Fairies duo of Franci Joubert and Lolita van Aardt. The race-winning move was made at Check Point 6 where Pieter Seyffert waited for his Altech-Autopage teammate Hanco Kachelhoffer to complete the check-in process, alongside Lourens Luus, while Billy Stelling raced ahead. Photo by Seamus Allardice. With the first of the two Trans Baviaans events wrapped-up the attention now shifts to the second event, which takes place on the 20th and 21st of August. Along with the other prizes the victors of the second Trans Baviaans event win entries to the first event in 2017 to ensure that the strongest possible field attend the first event each year. To stay updated on all the action from the second Trans Baviaans event follow @EcoBoundMTB on Twitter, @transbaviaans on Instagram, and like the Trans Baviaans Facebook page. For more information and all the results from the first 2016 Trans Baviaans visit www.transbaviaans.co.za. Selected Results: 2016 Trans Baviaans | Race 1 Men: 1. Lourens & Billy Stelling (PowerBar 1) 08:40:52 2. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech-Autopage) 08:49:06 3. Steven Shirley & Juan-Pierre Minnie riding (On Your Bike) 08:553:59Mixed: 1. Yolandi de Villiers, Johan Labuschagne & Neill Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling TDC) 08:54:07 2. Craig Boyes, Timo Cooper & Nicky Gillomee (Merrell Mixed) 09:11:04 3. Martin Dreyer & Jeannie Bomford (RMB Change A Life) 09:19:27 Women: 1. Theresa Ralph & Amy McDougall (Galileo Risk Valencia) 09:54:26 2. Hanlie Booyens, Fienie Barnard & Esther Lategan(Tiletoria Ladies) 10:46:09 3. Franci Joubert & Lolita van Aardt (Ander Fairies) 11:00:43 Keeping your feet dry for the 150km and long hours ahead is a good idea when crossing the many rivers of the Baviaanskloof. Credit: www.jacquesmarais.co.za / Pentax. Friendly Baviaanskloof locals going about their daily lives as the Trans Baviaans rolls by. Credit: www.jacquesmarais.co.za / Pentax. The MAC – A.K.A. The Mother of all climbs, snaking from the valley floor up into the clouds. Credit: www.jacquesmarais.co.za / Pentax. Riding into the night is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. It’s one of the features which keep riders returning to the Trans Baviaans. Credit: www.jacquesmarais.co.za / Pentax. Rolling under the Spur arch at the Fountains Mall in Jeffrey’s Bay to complete the Trans Baviaans with teammates by your side is one of the unique highs of mountain biking. Credit: www.jacquesmarais.co.za / Pentax.
  12. This year will be the first time I do a super long marathon, any recommendations on rubber choice for the event from hubbers who completed the race before?
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