2017 Poorts and Passes: George to Patensie Cycle Tour

2017 Poorts and Passes: George to Patensie Cycle Tour

Our friend Julia Colvin is organising a cycle tour. We are going to joing her. Why don't you join us too? 12 day self-supported cycle tour through the magical Karoo and Baviaanskloof worldheritage site Inclusive of meals, transfers, escort through the reserve, and comfortable accommodation 50-94km cycling per day on carefully selected routes through a unique and inaccessible region of South Africa October 21st - November 1st R9,300pp Contact Julia…

2016 Poorts & Passes Cycle Tour by Julia Colvin

2016 Poorts & Passes Cycle Tour by Julia Colvin

  Text and pictures by Julia Colvin, tour organiser Encompassing some of the most scenic parts of the country, this 600km, 12-day cycle tour is an absolute gem to suit your pocket and thirst for adventure. Staying in comfortable accommodation with hot showers and great food, this tour is a perfect blend of history, culture and wilderness From George to Prince Albert (164km) Starting off in the leafy suburbs of…

2016 Poorts & Passes cycle tour by Jonathan Invernizzi

2016 Poorts & Passes cycle tour by Jonathan Invernizzi

​Writing and pictures by Jonathan Invernizzi. 2016 participant The Karoo, a place I had first visited together with my family as a child, has always held a special place in my heart. A land of vastness, of sweet and succulent lamb and even sweeter jerepigo, of stark beauty, mysticism, colourful characters and star-filled night skies. Something I've long come to realise is a visit here is never one to be rushed.…

2016 Cycle Tour in Mongolia

Writing and pictures by Charles Hughes, 2016 participant. Going to bed with the sound of rain hammering down on my (not very watertight) tent, was rather depressing, but not nearly as bad as waking up, in my now damp sleeping bag, to the sound of even heavier rain still pounding down on the flimsy structure. I tried comforting myself with the thought that a tent always makes the rain sound…

El Pancito at the Races

el Pancito doesn't know this yet, but he lives in the heart of one of the cycling meccas in Africa! Howick is most famous for its rather impressive waterfall and the fact that it is the geriatric capital of the country, with more retirement homes than in any other town. However of late other attractions like the hundreds of kilometres of rocky, rolling, singletrack are becoming the reason to visit…

The Adventures of El Pancito: First Chariot Micro-Adventure

It was a matter of time that young Gabriel Gonzalez Ringdahl (aka El Pancito*) would head off on a micro-adventure** by bicycle. Having completed a 7km hike in the Darkensberg at 3mths, a 70km cycle trip at 6mths seemed like a moderate start to his cycling adventures. We tested the Thule Chariot so generously given to us by our friends Carla and William when he was around 3mths,  however despite…

Chamser Kangri, all of 6622m – Changthang Ladakh

It seems true that once you have been high, you always want to go higher (and  that is coming from someone who hates heights, freezing temperatures and exposed, risky edges.) Chamser Kangri is one of the many 6000m peaks in Ladakh that are less risky in that it is regarded as a so-called trekking peaks. That sounds about right for me, altitude is enough to deal with. We climbed it in…

The Highest Eco-School in the World

One of the most inspirational discoveries of this trip was finding Secmol campus, an eco-school in every sense. The getting there was a 20km cycle down the truck-heaving 'highway' past the army barracks that litter the outskirts of Leh. The dusty ride continued past the airport where rumbling airbuses hovered above my head and the serene Spituk monastery clung desparetely to a rocky outcrop.  Following the mighty green-grey Indus river I…

They Ran, We Cycled

The day we decided to tackle our final challenge of cycling up the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung-la pass (5600m) was also well-timed for the 2nd Ladakh Marathon. This year over 2200 runners took part in one of the 4 events: the full 42km marathon, 21km half marathon; the 10km fun run and the ultimate event of all, the 72km Khardung-la challenge. The marathon itself  is certainly…