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 or live here! (10 May 2015)

A 10mth old cyclist can get more attention than one that has cycled continents
A 10mth old cyclist can get more attention than one that has cycled continents
We decided to enter the 20km, a sensible distance for a small boy.
We decided to enter the 20km, a sensible distance for a small boy.
The Karkloof MTB series draws a few thousand cyclists every year and was at one point the largest mountain biking event in the country. Within the first kilometres we were whizzing along the forestry roads.
The Karkloof MTB series draws a few thousand cyclists every year and was at one point the largest mountain biking event in the country. Within the first kilometres we were whizzing along the forestry roads.
Bumping along we cruised along passing family groups at a surprising speed!
Bumping along we cruised along passing family groups at a surprising speed despite the extra 20kg load (babe and chariot)!
While El Pancito drew lots of attention, his mother was given a fair share too. "how brave you are" making her feel like the right queen bee!
While El Pancito drew lots of attention, his mother was given a fair share too. “how brave you are” making her feel like the right queen bee!
Attractions on the way included the impressive 100m drop Karkloof falls that didnt even seem raise el Pancito's eyebrow!
Attractions on the way included the impressive 100m drop Karkloof falls that didnt even seem raise el Pancito’s eyebrow!
Almost at the finish line - you can see the pressure was on... we had really kept ahead of the pack!
Almost at the finish line – you can see the pressure was on… we had really kept ahead of the pack!
A happy champ indeed. The youngest finisher of the 20km ever in a very fine time too 1hr20. Medals and dust a true mt-biker is our Gabriel.
A happy champ indeed. The youngest finisher of the 20km ever in a very fine time too 1hr30. Medal and dust to prove it: a true mt-biker is our Gabriel.
And time to check out the cool bikes on show
And time to check out the cool bikes on show.
and chill with his biker buddies.
and chill with his biker buddies.
The chubsters, Gabriel and James enjoying the after party.
The chubsters, Gabriel and James enjoying the after party.
So famous - el Pancito even made the papers!
So famous – el Pancito even made the papers!

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.

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  • Delightful! Gabriel is a familiar sight trundling along the streets of Howick in his chariot. So much fame for a small fellow. ...

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