Conrad Davies is a graphic designer, web designer, bike mechanic, down hill mountain bike racer, husband, father, Lots of thing. A kind of Jack of all Trades and a Master of Some. He resides in Waterfall (near the Valley of a Thousand Hills) Kwa-Zulu Natal, in South Africa, runs a bike shop called NR Cycles and this Blog.
With decades for experience in both Graphic Design and Mountain Biking, he is split between the two, but with the recent birth of he and his wife - Stephanie's - little girl; he has a new passion. Fatherhood has been good and he loves to spend a lot of time with Eliana, his daughter.
Wow! It’s been a year since I wrote a blog post and the last one was about the last DH Cup in Thale.
As usual Thale (The Rosstrappen Downhill track) was lots of fun, but this year it was made much more fun, because I had two South African along with me. Jono and Chris Philogene has been travelling in Europe for about a month, racing a World Cup, World Champs and the final round of the iXS Euro Cup in Leogang. Their final stop was with us in Hahnenklee Germany and the final round of the iXS German Cup. Read More →
This is a post from an old blog, I just dug it out, because there is a lot going on and I’m feeling sentimental.
I thought I’d just transcribe my speech for those at the wedding, who could not decipher my babbling.
I am stoked. I think that the lat time I said that – with feeling – was at my own wedding.
I really mean it:- Like a surfer gets the stoke, or that feeling a free rider gets at 70km/h on the gnarliest A-line he’s ever riden in his life. Or waking up next to the person you love and knowing it’s all good. A huge emotion, that overwhelms. There are no words in this world to explane how stoked I am for you- Mr and Mrs Dovey.
This day, our lives, it’s all a brilliant testiment to the goodness of our savior. To the greatness of things we don’t understand. God is amazing: He took Amanda and I to the very edge, to where we had to be on our knees. And then He brought us through, He has given us blessing after Blessing, and as I look back, I see His timing is perfect.
Steph and I have been married for 5 years next Saturday and will soon start a new adventure in our lives. Brett and Amanda start their new adventure today and I have faith that God will be there to see them – and us – through. Read More →
Let me start by saying that I am not looking for you to answer this with your opinion, just getting it off my chest, so I can work it out.
Steph and I have talked about moving to Germany, on and off for a long time. Last year when we got to travel there together, it re-sparked (can you say re-sparked) the conversation. Being out side of South Africa for the first time in my life made me see how different things really are. I realized how safe people can really feel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that crime doesn’t happen outside of Africa, but we did feel safer.
The talks backed off as we settled into the idea of living in JoBurg and started to love being close to family. I got a pretty good job and Steph had lots to do, so we kind of stopped thinking about moving. We started working hard on our house, to make it feel more like our space, our home. We settled for the fact that this is where we are meant to be. Read More →
This past weekend we had a race down at Giba Gorge Bike Park. The track was insanely loose as usual for this time of year. The track is made up of a mixture of rocks and loose sand over hard pack. Loads of fun, but it keeps you on your toes.
We asked Alasdair to tell us the story of his racing DH, and I bit about the struggle he’s been through to be a top racer. Al is a man of few words and a really positive guy, so he didn’t have a lot to say, but what he said was very insightful. Here are his words.
I’ve been in love with bikes since I was a child. When I got into downhill mountain bike racing it was an unreal feeling. I became addicted to the sport!
Alasdair flying at Worlds View DH corse, on a Mongoose Black Diamond
The Worlds has come and gone, and we had great fun. Alasdair raced like a champ and even got onto PinkBike. Conrad worked for the New Zealand federation team and met some great new friends. Other than all the racing and fun, it was also great to be part of the atmosphere when Greg Minnaar won his second WC title in a row, and on home soil.
Grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and enjoy the read.
And not just world domination. SO more media of old has been inspiring me to write. The second half of this story is about the pursuit of happiness and what that really means, or what it means to me. Are happiness and money directly related? Will having lots of money make me really happy? I don’t know. I mean money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can buy things, that can make you feel happy. Does that really make any difference in the long run?
Wow! It’s here and it’s happening. The whole of South Africa’s cycling community seems to have descended on Pietermaritzburg. There’s TV coverage, and the interwebs are buzzing with pictures, and status updates and even some great videos of the goings on.
Alasdair sending it in practice.
We have a lot going on for this World Champs. Alasdair is representing South Africa in the elite DH and although I sadly couldn’t race the Masters event, I am still involved. I am swinging spanners for the New Zealand federation team. So lots happening and tons of excitement.
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time now, and I think it’s about time to get it out. I mean it has been nearly two years since our little girl was born. I also just happened to be listening to some old Metallica on the trip down from JoBurg, with out Steph and Elli and realised that things have changed, but there is a bit of pain that has gone with that change.
Let me start at the beginning, way back when I had everything worked out, or so I thought. Back when I was sure I would never be a dad and when all that mattered was living in KZN, riding bikes and making it through each month with a little cash for a take-away and a bottle of wine. We just believed so strongly that we would never be parents, that we skated through and didn’t much care if work was crap and bosses sucked, as long as we could have our house, with a DH track in the back.
It’s been a long road, for Alasdair Fey, to get to the 2013 World Champs in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. The past few years haven’t been easy for the young athlete, but with a bit of help from his friends, he’s made it. Alasdair qualified in the “A” team to represent South Africa later this month, and we asked him about his journey.
Alasdair Pinned at Africa Continental Champs, wearing the colours he’s proud to put on again for World Champs.
WOW! It’s been a seriously long time since I wrote a blog post and so much has happened. Sorry for the lack of posts, but things have been crazy. I got retrenched, have been starting new things and life has been pretty hectic.
First the job thing: Velo Life and I just didn’t seem to see eye to eye, so when it came time to tighten the belt there, they chose to let me go. I am not entirely happy, but not to un-happy either. I needed to change things and this it just the push I needed to get out and do things on my on. And to focus on Team Sputnik Corporation. So all in all its a good thing.
We had a KZN provincial at Cascades Bike Park, Pietermaritzburg on the 7th of June. The track was “Super Awesome”. It ran along some an old National course from years back, as well as incorporating some of the more technical bits of the World Champs cross country course. Read More →
Alasdair sending the Money Maker in his final race run.
The weekend of the 13 and 14 April 2013 was another great weekend of racing for Team Sputnik Corporation. The sun was shining, the Monster Energy was flowing and Alasdair had a brilliant race. Read More →
This past weekend saw the running of the second round of the KZN Provincial series, which incorporated the Greg Minnaar Cycles Downhill series. It was a beautiful sunny day up at Cascades and a great opportunity to show off our new support from Monster Energy.
This past week-end saw another one of the great events that will unfold at Cascades Mountain Bike Park, this year. It was the Africa Continental Mountain Bike Champs, and Team Sputnik Corp. Read More →
The DH season has now well and truly got underway. After a bit of a bumpy ride from a logistics point of view, Alasdair got down to Cape Town on Thursday and was collected from the airport by Cycles Africa’s Duncan Ngema and taken back to their offices, were his bike was waiting certacy of Omnico. A huge thank you has to go to Rob and his team from Cycles Africa for all their help and support, and to Vincent at Omnico for helping get Al’s bike to CT. You guys rock. Read More →
So 2013 is now well underway and the year’s race season has begun. The first weekend of February had a full calendar with an invitational race in Cape Town and the first round of the KZN mountain bike cup, both taking place. Which to do?
Well, it’s here already: 2013 and a whole season of sweet down hill racing. In just two weeks time, we will be racing the first provincial here in KZN and a week later, the first National Cup race of the season in Cape Town.
Check out this cool video of the Jonkershooek DH track.