Tag: South Africa

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.…

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…