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What is the difference between a raven and a crow aka A short quest in January for road racing areo wheels

Not that I don’t love writing about training indoors in January when I’m actually doing it; it’s just that I enjoy looking for the perfect pair of racing wheels instead. I decided around January 11th when I saw my Visa bill after Christmas that there was not really room in this year’s budget for a brand new racing bike. I’ve [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|Art Inspiration, Training|0 Comments


Focusing on the long boring hours of winter training is an exercise in criminal neglect and pathological compartmentalization. Training indoors goes against every grain of my adventure seeking, outdoors loving spirit. As I write these words, I feel fibres twitching, fidgety fingers seeking airfares, escape, hell - even a brisk walk to the corner store. It’s a physical, social and [...]

By | January 27th, 2018|Training, Winter Biking|0 Comments

Riders on the Snowstorm

With the words “this will be the death of the hobbits” ringing in my ears, I put on one layer after another, getting ready to test my recently mud-tested Cannondale CAADX in snow. It’s not just any snow out there, it’s bring the mountain down snow. Thick, fluffy and delicious looking, you can bet just about every boarder or skier [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|Cyclocross, Winter Biking|0 Comments

Hello South Africa or how I came to love 30,000km of travel for a mountain bike race

Continent number 6! Am I happy? you better believe I am! Now that jetlag has burned off a little and I'm recovering from 36 hours of travel and reorientation it's safe to say I'm super happy to be here. And man, it's nice to have a few days r and r before the race begins. Flashback 2 days later - [...]

By | November 25th, 2017|Mountain Biking, Race, Roadtrip, Stage Race|0 Comments

Hoogekraal MTB Trail, Durbanville, South Africa

What a great morning's riding. Woke up at 4:30am and spent 45 mins fuffing around, getting bike, clothes, fluids and other gear ready. Camera check; cellphone power cell, check; there was something else I forgot this morning, but what was it? Oh, I remember now, it was breakfast. No matter, there'll be plenty of places on the way right? So [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|Mountain Biking, Roadtrip|0 Comments