24 01, 2022

Long-Term Partnerships Help Dryland Stage World-Class Events

By |2022-01-24T12:23:42+02:00January 24th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Long-Term Partnerships Help Dryland Stage World-Class Events

Dryland Event Management have been staging world-class mountain biking and trail running events for over 15 years. Currently they stage 11 events– across Gauteng, the Northern-, Western- and Eastern Cape provinces – attracting 7 000 athletes annually. Dryland have built a reputation for a participant focused approach and as an organisation they pride themselves on [...]

15 10, 2021

Gear Review: First Ascent Transit Down Jacket

By |2021-10-15T13:41:19+02:00October 15th, 2021|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: First Ascent Transit Down Jacket

How do you signal you’re a cyclist to other cyclists, while not riding your bike? By wearing a down jacket of course… Riding group uniform regulations aside the First Ascent Transit Down Jacket is a pretty stellar piece of kit, writes Seamus Allardice. Cape Townians in general and cyclists in particular love a down jacket. [...]

9 03, 2021

Gear Review: First Ascent Stamina Hiking Tent

By |2021-03-09T10:13:13+02:00March 9th, 2021|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: First Ascent Stamina Hiking Tent

The First Ascent Stamina Hiking Tent is a light-weight and compact one-person tent ideal for hiking and bikepacking writes Seamus Allardice. What initially caught my eye when I first took note of the First Ascent Stamina Hiking Tent was its compact size and 2-kilogram weight. I’ve had First Ascent’s Starlight II tent for 3 years [...]

8 03, 2021

Gear Review: First Ascent Gravel MTB Shoe

By |2021-03-08T23:40:13+02:00March 8th, 2021|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: First Ascent Gravel MTB Shoe

The First Ascent Gravel MTB Shoes are skate shoe style off-road cycling shoes, designed for use with flat and SPD pedals explains Seamus Allardice. I’ve destroyed mountain bike shoes hike-a-biking before. The combination of days of riding in wet weather, getting on and off the bike repeatedly, tramping through fields to open and close farm [...]

8 03, 2021

Gear Review: First Ascent Journey Cargo Bibshorts

By |2021-03-08T23:20:47+02:00March 8th, 2021|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: First Ascent Journey Cargo Bibshorts

The First Ascent Journey Cargo Bibs are more than just bibshorts with cleverly located pockets, they’re super comfortable too writes Seamus Allardice. I’ve had the First Ascent Podium Cycling Bibs for a while and my first thought when pulling the Journey Cargo Bibs on was that they were pretty much the same, but with pockets. [...]

18 10, 2018

Gear Review: First Ascent X-Trail Gear

By |2018-10-18T17:36:51+02:00October 18th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: First Ascent X-Trail Gear

During the Leopard Run recce Seamus Allardice put First Ascent's new X-Trail range of trail running gear to the test. Here's his run down on the 2019 product range. First Ascent's X-Trail range is specifically intended for trail running. Hush Minimalist Pack R899 | Shop Online Comfortable and snug fitting, thanks to two adjustable [...]

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 |2020-07-08T15:03:19+02:00August 6th, 2018|Mountains & Valleys|Comments Off on Snow Day Adventures

Whenever SnowReport.co.za predicts snow for the Western Cape we get excited. There are a few spots we've explored over the years in search of a hike, or in one case a ride, in the snow. This is a quick list to help you choose where to go in search of fresh powder. Matroosberg At 2 [...]

10 07, 2018

Gear: First Ascent Starlight II Tent

By |2018-07-10T17:53:30+02:00July 10th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear: First Ascent Starlight II Tent

The First Ascent Starlight II tent is a light-weight (2.3kg) tent intended for hiking and camping. Seamus Allardice and Zane Schmahl used it while bikepacking the Bikamino recce in late June; by splitting the tent and distributing the weight across two Lezyne Bar Caddy Bags. One carried an aluminum tent pole and the fly sheet, while [...]

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