Mountains & Valleys

8 10, 2019

Maloti 100: Hell’s Teeth Boet, that was Tough

By |2019-10-08T09:05:13+02:00October 8th, 2019|Mountains & Valleys|2 Comments

Is there a more Eastern Cape phrase than “Hell’s Teeth”? It also happens to accurately describe the inaugural Maloti 100. It was without a doubt the toughest day I’ve ever spent on a bike. But it was still incredible and I’ll definitely be back in 2020. Truly Unique What makes the Maloti 100 so special [...]

23 09, 2019

Crisis I’m Riding 100 Miles This Weekend

By |2019-09-23T23:09:28+02:00September 23rd, 2019|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Crisis I’m Riding 100 Miles This Weekend

Written by a frankly frightened Seamus Allardice, just 5 days before trying to ride 100 Miles. I have ridden exactly 131,81 kilometres this month. My last ride was on the 7th of September. My first on the 6th. I should really saw I’ve ridden 30 kilometres less in total this month than I’ll be riding [...]

5 09, 2019

BMT Fairtree’s First Oversees Trip

By |2019-09-10T08:23:20+02:00September 5th, 2019|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on BMT Fairtree’s First Oversees Trip

The South African mountain biking development academy team, BMT Fairtree, made their first international trip to take part in the 2019 Swiss Epic. Just getting to Davos was half the battle for Luyanda Thobigunya and Zola Ngxakeni. In a field filled with mountain bikers accustomed to traveling to races Luyanda Thobigunya and Zola Ngxakeni were [...]

17 07, 2019

Slack Pack and Back

By |2019-07-17T09:37:33+02:00July 17th, 2019|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Slack Pack and Back

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows. Certainly. And who am I to argue with Grahame’s legendary Ratty? But I will present, as a close second, bicycles. To subvert one of the [...]

27 06, 2019

Join an Overberg Bikepacking Adventure

By |2019-07-01T11:38:21+02:00June 27th, 2019|Mountains & Valleys|4 Comments

Join Jaco Pelser and Seamus Allardice on an Overberg Bikepacking Adventure this July. Ride from Grabouw to Greyton, and back, via some of the Overberg's best gravel roads in a relaxed bikepacking tour on the 13th and 14th of July 2019. Routes: 80km from Grabouw to Greyton and back on the same route. Day one: [...]

11 03, 2019

Trials by Fire, Wind and Water at the CTCT

By |2019-03-14T17:48:37+02:00March 11th, 2019|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Trials by Fire, Wind and Water at the CTCT

“It’s just the same loop around the peninsula, how difficult could it be to organise?” one of sponsors of the Cape Town Cycle Tour half-jokingly asked Dave Bellairs, the marketing, media and sponsorship director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. Very, it turns out! “No two years are the same” Bellairs sighed, putting down [...]

25 10, 2018

#SouthernCampout the Easy Way

By |2018-10-25T10:31:21+02:00October 25th, 2018|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on #SouthernCampout the Easy Way

Though keen to join the #SouthernCampout fun, and ride his bike to go camping, Seamus Allardice and his friends, Andrew Robb and Jacques Rademan, weren’t keen on carrying all their gear into a headwind – so they took the easy option and roped in a support crew. Andrew Robb, Jacques Rademan and Seamus Allardice [...]

18 10, 2018

Braving the Baviaans for the Leopard Run

By |2018-10-18T17:43:15+02:00October 18th, 2018|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Braving the Baviaans for the Leopard Run

The Baviaanskloof is one of the most remote places in the country. 50 kilometres down a gravel road, between the imposing sand stone massifs of the Baviaans and Kouga Mountains. It is isolated geographically from the outside world. Our trail running adventure would take us to an even more remote region within the Baviaans though, [...]

6 08, 2018

Snow Day Adventures

By |2018-08-06T10:06:41+02:00August 6th, 2018|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Snow Day Adventures

With predicting snow to down below 1 000 meters above sea level in the mountains of the Western Cape this afternoon we thought we’d provide you with a quick list of places where you can go play in the snow. Table Mountain This is a risky call as the prediction isn’t guaranteeing snow on the [...]

19 07, 2018

Piket-Bo-Berg: Mountain Biking’s Least Secret, Secret Spot

By |2018-07-19T16:15:17+02:00July 19th, 2018|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Piket-Bo-Berg: Mountain Biking’s Least Secret, Secret Spot

I’ve been to Piket-Bo-Berg four times now and it never ceases to amaze. It’s a hidden gem; of orchards, fynbos and amazing mountain bike trails high above the rolling wheat fields of the Swartland. Situated on the lonely mountain which separates Piketberg from the West Coast, Piket-Bo-Berg is just two hours from Cape Town but [...]