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.

Joburg-skyline

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 →

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

Alasdair flying at Worlds View DH corse, on a Mongoose Black Diamond

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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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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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“The Santa Cruz Syndicate are proud to announce Greg Minnaar as the new 2012 Downhill World Champion.” That was the official line from the team. Sitting with a bunch of mates and watching it all unfold, I can say that none of us could be more proud for Greg. What an achievement! We’ve been waiting for this since 2003 when he last won a World Champs. Greg – being Mr Consistency – has been so close, so many times in the last 8 years, but not on the top step.

Photo: Sven Martin Photography

Photo: Sven Martin Photography

“This was a team effort”, said an elated Minnaar afterwards. “From Marshy (mechanic) to Roskopp (teamowner) and everyone in between…. THANK YOU! I’m honoured you have supported me on climbing to the top of the podium and receiving Gold on behalf of you all.” Read More →