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Riemvasmaak MTB Trail
29 Dec 2013

Riemvasmaak MTB Trail

Here is rugged but breathtaking beauty, awesome scenery, towering granite cliffs and the bliss of natural hot springs to wash the desert dust and worries of the outside world away. Riemvasmaak occupies a special place in South African history as it was one of the first land-restitution projects in the new South Africa. About two-thirds of the people of Riemvasmaak belong to the Nama culture and live at the mission station.

Riemvasmaak, encompassing 74 000 hectares of fascinating desert wilderness, offers harsh rides along a dedicated mountain-bike trail and three 4x4 routes. Terrain varies from thick sand and rugged tracks to deep dongas and rocky plateaus – you can expect to suffer and push at times...

(GPS coordinates: -28.450393, 20.307713)


Normandien Pass MTB Trail
25 Dec 2013

Normandien Pass MTB Trail

This is an ideal ride for a taste of “bike-packing” or genuine endurance training. The circuit is very scenic, meandering through the foothills of the Drakensberg. Except for 15 kilometres of tarred road at the end of the pass, it is all secondary dirt roads known only to the local communities.

The circuit starts and ends at the Mullers Pass general dealer in KwaZulu-Natal, but includes a stint through the Free State. At the Mullers Pass shop, turn left onto dirt. You'll reach the top of Mullers Pass after 10 kilometres; the last three-kilometre stretch is the first of many ups and downs...

(GPS coordinates: -27.86687, 29.710293)


Eight Bells MTB Trail
24 Dec 2013

Eight Bells MTB Trail

You might not like the idea of this route when you hear the first 2,5 kilometres of it follows the R328 south from Eight Bells Mountain Inn until you get to head left at the Botlierskop/Groot Brak turn-off.

From here, it’s quality gravel for the next three kilometres. The road to the right at eight kilometres takes you off the Mossel Bay gravel road; it is not signposted, but will blast you two kilometres down into the “Big Dipper”. Watch the erosion ruts and your speed as the surface is loose...

(GPS coordinates: -33.936026, 22.037469)


19 Mar 2013

The RattRace, Saturday 20th July 2013

N.B. Entries close 30 April

Although there’s enough single track to amuse, this 30km fun cycle/run through the rugged veld of northern KwaZulu-Natal is one that the whole family will enjoy. And it’s for a good cause. The event is held in memory of famous battlefield raconteur David Rattray with all entry fees and fines going directly to The David Rattray Foundation.

Participants get discounted rates at Fugitive’s Drift lodge and, space permitting; you can even bring your own tent or sleep out on the verandah! Seems the perfect excuse to make a weekend of it. Entries and accommodation requirements must be confirmed by 30th April.
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Bedford Cycle Safari
5 Nov 2012

A ride through time...

Ernest Hemingway wrote, ‘It is by riding a bicycle that you best learn the contours of a country.’ And even if the great man never actually endured much time in the saddle himself, his sentiment is true. Just back from a four-day,180km off-road cycle safari around Bedford in the Eastern Cape. The scenery was varied and always spectacular; sometimes like being in the Drakensberg mountains, sometimes like being in the Karoo. There was plenty of history along the way, such as the scene of the shoot-out which sparked the 1815 Slagtersnek rebellion and simple stone churches built by the 1820 Scottish settlers. The cycling wasn’t technical, but did require some honest hard graft, with several long grinding climbs, rewarded by fast sweeping descents. And we stayed at farms still owned by the settlers’ descendants, enjoying their hospitality, red wine and tall tales by the fireside.

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