Pre-himalayan training

Another glorious winter midlands day. This 65k Himalayan training ride took us stereotypical rolling landscapes that typify the area. Pinus plantations, lush dairy farms, grassland patches and views of the Karkloof, Nthalzan and the snow-covered Drakensberg way off in the distance. I am always in awe of the fact that despite cycling extensively in Karkloof we still get lost, like today – just goes to show you don’t have to go far to have a bit of adventure and enjoy some stunning scenery and trails.

Lately sunday rides have become really social, today 10 of us set off to explore the karkloof with an added incentive of stopping at Trebadore coffee en route. Our garden looking like car park.

 

Starting with some single track

 

Sarah & Matt

 

Rene's rumble, one of the classic singletrack descents, 6k of pure bliss reached only after a tough slog up Khyber pass. This was the only possibility of getting a pic as the trail shoots through the pines switchbacking and dropping fast.

 

Ian is 'spat' out at the end, before climbing back up once more via Khyber side routes to Elliot

 

The only time I ever caught up with speedster Julia, here she surveys the amazing Karkloof valley. We explored the routes across the valley a few weeks back

 

The final slog up Elliot

 

Long Crested eagle surprise to finish off!

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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