Tag Archives: The Muddy Cyclist

SkyRun Tip #1 – Look before you jump!


Three weeks have passed since I entered the Salomon SkyRun, a 100km ultra trail running event traversing the Drakensberg. And to date I have not run a single stride. Why? Because I’ve got 2 small daughters and with both bringing some super flu bug back from crèche, I was ambushed into a flu which turned into bronchitis. I was man-down ...

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FedGroup Berg & Bush Great Trek Stage 2

Riders battling up Spioenkop - Photo EmGatland

When the word Spioenkop is mention at a race briefing you know the following day will be a proper day of mountain biking. And stage 2 came with a couple of new twists; this 60km route would offer the riders 1500 meters of climbing and a whole lot of brand new single track. The day started with riders hitting Fanakalore ...

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FedGroup Berg & Bush Great Trek Stage 1

Uncle Solly's Drakensberg Drop

A new start, some new single track going down into Kwa-Zulu Natal and all-round tough mountain biking. That is stage one of the Great Trek. Gary Green and crew pulled out all the stops again, making sure that this race will keep the true mountain bikers come back every year for more. The day started at the Border Post on ...

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Tour de Ghaap – lesson learned

Riders enjoying a bit of cooling down at a hot Tour de Ghaap

  In the heart of the Northern Cape, about 90km from Kimberley, a small mining community hosts a very unique and exciting mountain bike stage race. And with mountain bike stage races being hosted all over the country, getting it right has become essential. These guys are in their 11th year – surely they are doing something right – and ...

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My first trail run, a humbling affair

Enjoying a fantastic evening as dusk settles in the Free State during the Castle Lite trail league.

This morning when I walked into the office, I made a sincere attempt to hide the limp which I woke up with this morning. It was a reminder of the Pure Adventures Castle Lite Trail Run I did last night. Now understand I am a mountain biker by heart, and running does not seem to come naturally to me. I ...

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Running from the Hyena’s through an Epic Challenge

Riders make their way through the mud during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014
Photo by Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The Absa Cape Epic is notably one of – if not the toughest – mountain biking stage races, and although the drop out number for 2014 was the lowest since it started, it was definitely not easier than previous years. Taking on this monster of a race you need to prepare your mind and body for 8 days of some ...

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