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Northern Exposure - Ride here Northern Exposure - Ride here

Northern Farm Nature Reserve, bordering Lanseria and Diepsloot, has long been a mainstay of Gauteng mountain biking - at least...

Here be Heffalumps - best cycle rides in the Garden Route Here be Heffalumps - best cycle rides in the Garden Route

Planning a trip to Knysna? Here's everything you need to know about cycling in Knysna and the Garden Route ...

The Cross Cape Cycle Route - A Journey through the Senses The Cross Cape Cycle Route - A Journey through the Senses

When you embark on the Cross Cape cycle route, you’re opening yourself up to a multitude of invigorating and unique experiences...

Touring, Cairo to Cape Town - Carocap Touring, Cairo to Cape Town - Carocap

What started out as a marketing opportunity, supplying his bikes to a madcap adventure down Africa as a test of their durability

Coastal Cracker- one of SA Coastal Cracker- one of SA's best cycle routes

Each year, fires aside, we rush through Hout Bay, Llandudno and Camps Bay to the finish of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, focused...

Amazing Grace - mountain bike facility in Gauteng Amazing Grace - mountain bike facility in Gauteng

Mount Grace Country House's spiffy new mountain-biking facility is a great offering for its guests, as well as riders from all...

Cradle Cruising - a great place to ride your bike Cradle Cruising - a great place to ride your bike

Probably the most popular training route for road cyclists in Johannesburg (and even Pretoria) is the Cradle of Humankind world...

Rosemary Hill Bike Park, Pretoria Rosemary Hill Bike Park, Pretoria

Famed for its regular night races, Rosemary Hill bike park in Pretoria East has long been on my to do list...

San, sand and sundry animals, West Coast mountain bike trail San, sand and sundry animals, West Coast mountain bike trail

The Cape West Coast is better known for fishing villages, unspoiled beauty and its hospitable people, but the mountain-bike...

Isuzu Trucks PE Plett - 4 day mountain bike race Isuzu Trucks PE Plett - 4 day mountain bike race

After taking in this four-day mountain bike race, these are the ingredients they used to create something that will be spoken ...

Dancing on the Mic Dancing on the Mic

There can't be an English-speaking cycling fan on the planet who has not grown up without the voice of Phil Liggett...

There once was a man from devices There once was a man from devices

What makes a good man, with a good job, a comfortable life and burgeoning racing pedigree pack it all in and ride through Africa?

No bull, just fun - Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park No bull, just fun - Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park

Birds, beasts, berms and bushveld - it seems buffelsdrift has it all. "Average" Andy Steer headed up to Buffelsdrift MTB...

All purpose All purpose

Another new category of bicycle is emerging, one that might even be pitch-perfect for South African riders...

Bikes, Brothers, Beaches - the ride from Pomene to Bilene Bikes, Brothers, Beaches - the ride from Pomene to Bilene

We can just imagine the excitement when Jbzi2Kozi guru Andy Coetzee suggested to his twin brother Mark that they ride from...

a Bientot, Avianto! Ride Free CyclePark, Muldersdrift, Jhb a Bientot, Avianto! Ride Free CyclePark, Muldersdrift, Jhb

Avianto, in Muldersdrift in the Cradle of Humankind, is probably best known to the greater public as a world-class wedding and...

Island Style Island Style

When you get an invitation to head off to the beautiful island of Mauritius, it's not something you easily turn down...

Fat bottomed bikes... a ride in Namibia Fat bottomed bikes... a ride in Namibia

Far, far away, in a land filled with snow and malamutes, lives a bike nut named Bill Fleming. One day, he persuaded "Mr African...

More precious than rubies - cycling in Loskop, Mpumalanga More precious than rubies - cycling in Loskop, Mpumalanga

The latest options for mountain bikers at Forever Resorts near Groblersdal ...

Moon River Mountain Bike Cycle Track, Wolwespruit, Pretoria Moon River Mountain Bike Cycle Track, Wolwespruit, Pretoria

When it comes to trails in inner city spaces, Pretoria has always been a little ahead of the pack. Andrew Steer tests its lates...

21 Ways to a faster ride this summer 21 Ways to a faster ride this summer

Faster food, quicker manoeuvres, speedier techniques and record-breaking race tips from the riders and coaches whose sports ...

Riding the land of the big birds Riding the land of the big birds

There's a lot more to Oudtshoorn than ostriches and the KKNK. With the expert input of unofficial mayor Matthys Beukes, Jazz ...

Ride Free Bike Park - Modderfontein Nature Reserve Ride Free Bike Park - Modderfontein Nature Reserve

Just minutes away from the Sandton business district, Andrew Steer discovers a little piece of cross-country bliss...

California dreaming California dreaming

It had been in the back of my mind for about a year. To be able to tour the European coastline with a bicycle while towing a ...

Ride the Wild Side Ride the Wild Side

On a mountain bike you can travel at just the right pace to fully appreciate the African bush, as Fiona McIntosh discovers in ...

Heritage Ride - iSimangaliso MTB 4-Day Heritage Ride - iSimangaliso MTB 4-Day

Every year sees new events jostling for space on the MTB calendar. The most exciting new kid on the block in 2013 was the ...

Garden Route Trail Park Garden Route Trail Park

Along the Garden Route lie the historic remains of South African mountain biking's beginnings. And some exceptional brand-new ...

Ten-Timers - those athletes who have completed 10 Cape Epics Ten-Timers - those athletes who have completed 10 Cape Epics

4583 riders have completed this gruelling Absa Cape Epic eight-day mountain bike stage race, but only nine special athletes have

Southern charm Southern charm

Andrew Steer has been riding at the Vlei Cycle Park in the south of Johannesburg for a few years now and the great riding trail...

Capital gains Capital gains

Groenkloof Nature Reserve is a cycling gem right in the heart of Pretoria - and although he has tasted snippets of the area's ...

A river runs through it A river runs through it

The Spruit is the lifeblood of Johannesburg mountain biking. The most popular MTB trail in Johannesburg is not one of the many...

Just Deserts Just Deserts

There is plenty of two-wheeled African adventure on tap within our borders. But Lynne Mackie ventured a little further afield, ...

If the Kids aren If the Kids aren't alright

Lately we have seen the rise in scary statistics about the use of performance enhancing drugs in school athletes. Signs to ...

Adventures Await in Lesotho Adventures Await in Lesotho

Reading about famous explorers’ stories of expeditions and adventures has always left me with warm feelings and a longing to go...

Staying Alive Staying Alive

Riding bikes on South African roads is not for the meek. But you can arm yourself with knowledge and a few simple techniques, ...

Perfect Bike Fit Perfect Bike Fit

Want every pedal stroke to really count? Need to go quicker in the rough? Here's how.

Pedal Pushing in Pondoland Pedal Pushing in Pondoland

Adventure trail riding often has no room for the young, the old and those who feel a little pedal-shy or saddle-sore. Not this ...

Whines and Wails Whines and Wails

On the mountain above Somerset West is an old wagon trail. Back in the 1860s, 4500 ox wagon's climbed it every year. In 2012,...

Moving on up - Bike storage gets a lift Moving on up - Bike storage gets a lift

Cyclists are more challenged than most when it comes to storing their machines. Bulky and often mucky (the bikes, that is, not ...

The cycle network The cycle network

Strava is the GPS app that can transform your riding, turn every climb into a race and looks set to change the face of cycling.

Patching punctures in the soul Patching punctures in the soul

In Angola, I learned that touring at a cycling pace is ideal for healing inner wounds and replacing bad memories with better ...

Gourmet cycling Gourmet cycling

There are other ways to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Swartberg on a bike than carving up the corners of the passes...

Has doping caused cycling to lose its credibility? Has doping caused cycling to lose its credibility?

Has doping caused cycling to lose its credebility? Suspension of disbelief. It was a term first coined by English philosopher ...

Easy Rider Easy Rider

A wonderful way to discover the Natal Midlands is by mountain bike on the Midlands MTB Meander and the best thing about this ...

Patriotism in three parts Patriotism in three parts

The Old Mutual joBerg2c showcased some of the best riding in South Africa with hospitality to match.

Budget Bikes Budget Bikes

One cyclist's budget is another one's fortune, but in the super-competitive entry-level market, you often get more than you ...

Paddling the Chobe Paddling the Chobe

Opportunity strikes but once, they say. What is not said is that opportunity may come under disguise. We experienced this first ..

Tarry a while Tarry a while

By the third week of March, the Argus will have come and gone, but don't worry, here are the next exciting events to keep you ...

Recommended Rides - Dirt Races for Cyclists Recommended Rides - Dirt Races for Cyclists

While we prepared the Dirty Dates calendar for 2012, most of us fell well short when we guessed how many multi-day events ...

Mean and Grand. The DCM Cape Pioneer Trek Mean and Grand. The DCM Cape Pioneer Trek

The third DGM Cape Pioneer Trek at Ceres was full of tight racing, textbook drama, hardship and beauty; it was, again, a slice ...

Off your bike - activities for the visitor to Cape Town Off your bike - activities for the visitor to Cape Town

The iconic Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is once again set to take over the streets of the Mother City. Whether you're a ...

Riders Ride to Rescue Rhinos Riders Ride to Rescue Rhinos

Ride the rhino is an annual mountain bike stage race held in aid of the dwindling and endangered Renosterveld in the Western ...

Chris Nixon gentle man, hard knowledge Chris Nixon gentle man, hard knowledge

Practise, practise, and practise - it seems obvious, but, in mountain biking, that doesn't mean just going for a ride. Practise...

Ride Magazine September 2011 Calender Events Ride Magazine September 2011 Calender Events

Ride Magazine September 2011 Calender of Events for the keen cyclist ....

Sweat and two wheels Sweat and two wheels

South African Brent Copeland spent a decade as a directeur sportif with the Italian squad Lampre, but last season he ...

Cycling gear for Christmas cheer Cycling gear for Christmas cheer

If you have a cyclist in the family, there's never a shortage of gift ideas. Here's a selection of goodies that are bound to boost the holiday spirit ....

Fit to ride Fit to ride

No matter how much money you spend on your bike, how fit you are and how hard you train; optimal performance will elude you if your bike is not set up correctly............

Freedom Challenge 2010 Freedom Challenge 2010

Whispers in the moonlight Racing the Freedom Challenge...

Ride Hard and Fast in the Races that Really Matter Ride Hard and Fast in the Races that Really Matter

Want to ride hard and fast in the races that really matter? Then train long and slow to prepare!

Busting the Epic Myths Busting the Epic Myths

In its seven-year history, the Cape Epic, the magical and untamed African MTB race has caused the local MTB scene to explode...