Hi <<First Name>>,


Our proposed ride in Parys/Vredefort Dome for this Saturday has been postponed due to the bad weather moving inland this weekend!!!  

Please pencil in Saturday, 07 May and ride will be confirmed closer to the time.
GOOD LUCK to Mark & the gang doing the very last Joberg2c.  Their adventure will start on Friday, 22 April and end on Sunday, 30 April.  Nine days of  sublime riding bliss, evening liquid refreshments, bonding, camaraderie, choice words of profanity and forever friendships!. Here is the website, should you wish to read up on the route etc. joberg2c | 9 days of mountain biking adventure
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Absa Cape Epic 2022 Report

by Firoz Limalia

The Cape Epic Mountain bike race is best described by the website itself.
The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI); this official UCI status makes it a highlight on the professional racer's calendar. The Absa Cape Epic also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best. It is a full-service race, meaning that everything is taken care of from the start - all riders need to think about is riding. The race must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 680 teams allowed to ride the race each year. Every edition follows a different route, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700 untamed kilometers of unspoilt scenery and up 17 250m of vertical ascent.
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Best mountain bike 2022:
how to choose the right one for you


Choosing the best mountain bike for your needs is vital if you want to get maximum enjoyment out on the trails – but finding the right machine in a crowded market can be a minefield.

Fear not, because our ultimate guide to buying a mountain bike will run you through everything you need to know, from choosing the best machine for your budget, to matching a bike to your riding style.

We’ll also highlight the most important spec features you should look out for on a mountain bike and then point you to our full buyer’s guides of the best buys at each price point.

What You Should Be Carrying With You On Every Ride

  • Chain links
  • Drop out
  • Spare tube
  • Tyre levers
  • Bombs
  • Check your tyre sealant, this needs to be topped up every 3 months.
Read more ......

Weekend Ride Schedule

  • GOOD NEWS FOR NEWBIES!!  We have started a new group for people who have mountain bikes but not confident enough to start riding with our Beginners Group.  There is a separate WhatsApp group should you wish to join -  All you need is a bicycle, a helmet and a sense of adventure. Further details will be posted on the above group and on Telegram.
  • We love having 'newbies' joining the Beginners Group, but before you do, you must be able to ride at least 30km and/or ride 2 laps of Rietvlei.
  • Please check the average speed below and slot into the group relevant to your fitness level.
  • Routes may be changed on the day, subject to numbers and ride captains.
Pen-Re weekday rides - Tuesdays & Thursdays (subject to change)
We have a Pen-Re group, initially for Pensioners and Retirees, but you do not have to be either of these to join our rides.  All you need is a free morning with no time constraints and a sense of humour.  Whoever keeps on looking at their watch pays for coffee!  Rides start from Rietvlei and are anything between 40km to 60km at an average speed of 18kph.  Bring $$$ for coffee afterwards.  Rides are however subject to numbers so we do have a separate WhatsApp group to confirm rides. You may join on this link:

Weekday Night Rides 

(subject to weather conditions)
(photo cred - Eugene)
Social Tuesdays
18h00 to leave at 18h15
Pace:  16/18kph
Distance:  35/40km

Workout Wednesdays 
Meet:  18h00 to leave at 18h15
Race Snake pace:  22/23 kph
Green pace:  20/22 kph
Distance:  40 to 50km

All groups are subject to a minimum of 8 riders.
Check Telegram for regular updates

NB:  you cannot ride without a light!

Why go mountain biking at night? - YouTube

5 things you’ve got wrong with your mountain bike setup


No new mountain biker will have their bike set up perfectly from the very moment they swing a leg over it, but there are some basic setup mistakes that even veteran shredders often fall foul of.

While bike setup is a very personal thing, there are a few of these persistent mistakes that we often see on our rides, and each one makes us cry a little bit.

Taking a few minutes to think about your bike’s setup can make a surprising difference to how it performs and how comfortable it is.

Why not have a look at our list below then get experimenting? Maybe you’ll find your new perfect setup.

1.  Brake lever levels
2.  Set your suspension right
3.  Saddle sores
4.  Tyre trouble
5.  Your cleats are too far forward

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Cool DOC Kit For Sale

Contact Des Buys on 082 416 8368

Wear your DOC kit with pride, unless you are doing dodgy stuff!!
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