Tag: Midlands

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…

Collars and Tails

You may wonder what dogs have to do with bicycles, well its always easy to make a link with something you like! In this case a few weeks ago I forewent my routine sunday cycle to attend the SPCA Township Dog Show at Mfakathini between Mphopomeni and Boston. It was a real collar and tails affair as 180 odd mostly happy hounds, turned up with owners and tails wagging for…

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…

What I do at lunchtime

This years winter has been particularly freezing, the coldest in 20 years so they say. And I believe them. Daily, Anisa and I have to cope with more than just work issues but keeping warm in an office that faces north and feels like a fridge to any visitor. We have blankets, drink bottles of boiling water, use hot water bottles and reluctantly turn the heater on (yes, being the…

Ringdahl Riders

Last weekend we had the pleasure of having my niece, Elaine and nephew, Royd to stay for 3 days during their holidays. Coming from Jozies, there aren't many opportunities to cycle safely, let alone ramp along winding shoelace-like single track. They had already resigned themselves to the fact that sooner or later their uncle and aunt would insist on getting them onto a bicycle. I knew it wouldn't take much…

Lucky Bike

Lucky knows all about bikes - from the pumping up of tyres to replacing broken spokes,  but a bike is bad news in Lucky's mind - it generally means a morning or afternoon at home alone: just him and Impi dog.  A welcome back he's chuffed and delights in jumping on the table and perching his paws on the saddle. I just love this picture! [caption id="attachment_62" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Lucky pup!"][/caption]

A ride in our back garden

Karen, me and Cath. Photo: Vaughan We always seem to stick to our immediate back door rides so today we decided to start our ride out a little further away from home (10km). Starting off at the Karkloof Polo Club things were a tad bit nippy even though it was 9am, just above 0 degrees to be precise as frost iced the way. But hey what could we complain about…