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Ride magazine July - August 2018

Ride magazine is a high quality cycling magazine that caters for both road and off-road cyclists, be they competitive or recreational riders. The magazine contains many timeless 'How to' and 'You can’ articles covering issues relating to health, fitness, skills, maintenance and nutrition. The average Ride magazine reader is health-conscious, goal-orientated, self-motivated, an outdoor enthusiast and a keen, regular traveller. Over the 14 years of its existence the magazine has played an important role in growing cycling into one of the biggest participation sports in South Africa.

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day by day

THIS HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING YEAR, SO FAR, ON THE BIKE. Usually, we make goals and plans and hit them or miss them, with big months, small months, and big gaps where work, family, weather or general laziness shove a spanner right where it hurts. Twenty-eighteen: different. It all started in early 2017, when Strava announced that just 40 of its tens of millions of users had managed to log an activity every single day in 2016. That got some folk thinking, and a couple of locals gave the ride-a-day thing a go in 2017, with mixed results. Obviously, being a bike nerd, partial to the ridiculous, this was something I had to try for 2018. And so, I sit here 170 days in, not having missed a day (if you…

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When not potting in his shed, STEVE SHAPIRO can be found in his natural habitat, penning award-winning poems or pondering the wisdom of the Chosen Gear. What brings me to this declaration of ignorance is my perceived reflection of the unmitigated pleasure given to increasing numbers of my younger (they’re all younger) MTB friends who have switched on to the companionship offered by the astonishing technimabob rather than the acclaimed score of The Firebird. I must confess, as with Strava, I am not a Firebird fundi. Both phenomena are a little bit too highbrow for me, but I must own that the app ignorance is more relevant. My long-standing compadres have left me behind in many areas of riding joy: their email boasting is whipping around cyberspace with virile enthusiasm; so much…

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winter woes

CASHANDRA SLINGERLAND won the African TT championship in 2009 and, although officially retired, she continues to race, albeit a few age categories below her ID book, to give the youngsters grief. This might be the time take the mountain bike out of the garage and get it serviced and ready to ride; winter is great for training on the MTB, even if you don’t have the confidence to take the bike out into the trails, take it out on the road – it is generally harder on the body than your road bike (it is heavier, and you tend to ride wilder things) while training high cadence, and it is great for socialising and meeting new people. Anything that helps get you through the cold days and keeps the love for…

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can we give csa a chance?

TYLER’S TWIN lives in anonymous bliss in Joburg’s leafy north… watching. He is not nearly as grumpy in real life as he is behind his keyboard, he tells us, but the jury is still out on that. All we know is, he’s almost always right. A tweet from a renowned sports reporter – who recently had to leave South Africa in a rush after sharing uncomfortable truths about other sporting codes - last year confirmed what the rumour mill had been muttering for some time: Cycling South Africa was in crisis; no longer Lotto funded and not making ends meet. This all resuoted in catastrophic financial decisions being made at the expense of those who had parted with their hard-earned money in exchange for a CSA licence. The journey to this point has…

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i moved for single track

I almost don’t want to admit just how much we are both enjoying life after the move – I wouldn’t want to cause a stampede. This could be titled ‘Leaving the Rat Race’. Except, I was never really in the rat race. Due to a combination of luck, rampant stubbornness and refusing to settle, I only briefly experienced the joys of working for others. Just long enough to teach me that formal employment is best avoided – for my sake as well as my employer’s. Anyhow, running a business with your life partner has troubles all of its own. Leaving the city (any city) is inconceivable to some. When asked why, responses vary from lack good schools, medical facilities and culture. Well, the first two aside, be honest with yourself; when last…

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passing time

The dry-stone retaining walls that support the serpentine Swartberg Pass were built by convict labour over 130 years ago. To stare at the steep switchbacks halfway up the rocky gravel surface invites the sweeping nostalgia of a bygone era. You can almost hear the sound of chisels rebounding off the sheer quartzite cliffs as gangs of workmen tamed the mountain with blood, sweat and primitive tools. The crack of a thousand bull whips and shouts of hardy men seem to linger in the air as teams of oxen heave their heavy loads into the country’s interior. History oozes out from under damp rocks like seeping mountain springs. And yet the Swartberg Pass remains deathly quiet on a bike. Only my mind was painting the vivid pictures as my muscles scream silently…