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…


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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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.

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 →