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

Origin of Trails, Day 2, 60km Stellenbosch, South Africa or how I came to (almost) love heat and steep

I wake up groaning - it's not my kind of day's riding. It's short(ish), steep climbs and hot as hell forecast for any time after the sun rises. Yesterday seems like a romp in the park compared to today's profile which features a half dozen steep climbs (doubtless on sandy double or single track up the side of an exposed [...]

By | December 7th, 2015|Mountain Biking, Race, Roadtrip, Stage Race|0 Comments

Origin of Trails, Day 1, 57.5km Stellenbosch, South Africa

This is my kind of day's riding. Almost 60km through some of the hardest, rockiest, sandiest single and double track that the area has to offer. The first 20 of which are directly into a jet stream (737, not 747 so that's something), but I think it's the windiest conditions I've ever raced in my life - and I've faced a [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|Mountain Biking, Race, Roadtrip, Stage Race|0 Comments