Three and Half Years to Get Back on the Bike

On the 25th to the 27th of September Thale played host to the final round of the 2015 iXS German Cup. And the first time I raced a DH bike in around three and a half years…

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Photo: David Behrendt

It was all pretty scary and exciting going back to Down Hill racing after such a long break. I mean, it’s not like I forgot how to ride a bike.

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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.

A patriotic day indeed.

A patriotic day indeed.

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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.

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Great Photo from Boogs

Great Photo from Boogs

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 →

Another National has come and gone. The Gauteng round of the National Cup Series was no easy feat for them that aren’t used to the dry and dusty High Felt conditions. Alasdair

went up and represented for Team Sputnik Corp and hooked a podium to boot.

What a great view.

What a great view.

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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.

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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?

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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.

…and with No Spandex Required.

So it’s been a bit slow as far as racing goes this last while, although I have spent quite a bit of time on my bike. I have to say that between getting things ready for our new arrival and trying to get a new section built on the DH track in the back yard, I really haven’t been very focused on racing my bikes. But a few months back, the friend that I rode last year’s sort Ama Shova with convinced me to enter the 106km race for this year.

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The first DH race of 2011 was the Greg Minnaar/Mongoose Regional at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg, and by Friday, I was super amped. The event was to be run on a completely new track that Tim, Morne and a few of the PMB locals had cut, and all I’d heard was that it was really fun and really scary. The rumours of a huge step down toward the bottom of the course were scaring me a tad, but I just decided that it was best to head up there with an open mind and just take it easy.

Race weekend started at around 12:30 on Saturday afternoon. I’d done the Maverick Saturday 6:30 ride that morning and it had turned into a bit of an epic morning, with the group only getting back to the shop at about 10:30 (and I was worried I wouldn’t get my full 12 hours in on the bike last week). SO with 4 hours in my legs already, I was keen to just take a few gentle runs down.  So after helping Alisdair get his Kona CoilAir set up, I caught a shuttle up the hill to have my first run. Read More →