Trail

The Attakwas Trail: Just Two Years Old but Already Big on History

Summiting the Attakwaskloof neck is the first challenge of the Attakwas Trail. photos by Oakpics.com

The Attakwas Trail, which takes place on Saturday the 17th of December 2016, offers trail runners the unique experience of traversing the remote Attakwaskloof. The fabled kloof was once a trading route between the coast and the hinterland of the Klein Karoo, but in recent years it has become synonymous with mountain biking. The Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge is ...

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Fairview Dryland Traverse 2016

The trail runners head out for the final stage of the Fairview Dryland Traverse, on the 6th of November 2016.


Photo by: Oakpics/Fairview Dryland Traverse/SPORTZPICS

On Thursday 3 November 2016 my running partner (Niel Swanepoel) and I left Cape Town to go run a stage race in the Klein Karoo (Oudtshoorn, Western Cape). Our plan was to run, relax and enjoy some “down-time” with awesome people. I can honestly say the event met and exceeded all our expectations. From ancient caves to mountain tops, from ...

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Victory for Rorich Wraps up the 2016 Fairview Dryland Traverse

The trail runners head out for the final stage of the Fairview Dryland Traverse, on the 6th of November 2016.


Photo by: Oakpics/Fairview Dryland Traverse/SPORTZPICS


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The short, 11km, final stage of the 2016 Fairview Dryland Traverse was wrapped up by rising trail running star Robert Rorich as he ran to stage and general classification victory in the solo men’s race. The leading men’s team of John April and Francois Maquassa finished just behind Rorich to secure their fourth category stage victory of the race and ...

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Team 1 win Stage 2 of the Fairview Dryland Traverse

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On the hilly Stage 2 of the 2016 Fairview Dryland Traverse, on Saturday 5 November, the Team 1 combination of John April and Francois Maquassa ran to victory to extend their general classification lead. Behind them Robert Rorich was the first solo runner home, followed by leading solo lady Danette Smith, mixed category leaders Landie and Christiaan Greyling, and the ...

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Rorich Surprises on Stage 1 of the Fairview Dryland Traverse

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Robert Rorich surprised the field of experienced Fairview Dryland Traverse runners to cross the line first on Stage 1 of the four day adventure trail run, on Friday 4 November. The first men’s team across the line were the Team 1 duo of John April and Francois Maquassa, while South African trail running superstars Landie and Christiaan Greyling claimed victory ...

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XTERRA Trail Run entries now open

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Incorporating the trail run routes of South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, the XTERRA Trail Run will kick off at the Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) on Sunday, 22 January 2017, then head to Nelson Mandela Bay on Sunday, 12 February 2017 before culminating at the Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape) on Sunday, 26 February 2017. “The XTERRA ...

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Fairview Dryland Traverse (3-6 November 2016)

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With just 10 days to go till the start of the Fairview Dryland Traverse 2016 that familiar feeling of excitement and anxiety is starting to build. I clearly remember my first Traverse adventure two years ago when I packed my little VW Polo and went on a solo mission feeling a like Indiana Jones heading for the great “un-known”. From Durbanville I ...

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Gearing Up for the Fairview Dryland Traverse

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The Fairview Dryland Traverse is now just under a month away but there are still a select few entries remaining for the four day trail running showpiece. The event boasts three full stages and a spectacular prologue through the Cango Caves, along with a beautiful race village and a festival atmosphere. Dubbed an adventure trail run the Fairview Dryland Traverse ...

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Every Accomplishment Starts with the Decision to Try

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Is it a race? Is it a run? Is it even possible? “Proper” said Dave. “Big” managed Steve. “Holy f%#!” came from a few others. These are not trails to tackle lightly. Both the Merrell Whale of Trail and Merrell Hobbit routes are too taxing, too technical and too sublimely beautiful to blindly race at full speed. Both the trail ...

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