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Ride magazine November - December 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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club together

I DO AN AWFUL LOT OF RIDING ON MY OWN. Mostly, out of choice; I am happy to wake with the sparrows and work for a few hours, to free up riding time when it is light and warm. The joy of riding is undiminished by not sharing, mostly. This the best time to solve the world’s problems and is cheap personal therapy, for those challenges closer to home. Often, though, I miss a little company to share views, and the views. Normally, the feeling passes and I go back to sleep to wake at a more reasonable hour, but there is always a twitch of regret when I see what my groups have been doing. And where they stopped for coffee. Cycling clubs – loosely and formally – are making a…

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weather or not

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. But, for the most part, climatic predictions, however inaccurate, have not been hatched by post modern (whatever that means) Marxist theory, Free Market spin or fundamentalist religious absurdity. The only reliable gains from an SABC forecast are likely to be disappointment or congratulation but not to the point of influencing your ideological endorsement. It was raining again today (this time they had got it right); but yesterday was perfect and the mountain trails had just the right measure of traction. It was sunny enough, but not hot; an inspiring treat which augured well for cherished fantasies of a halcyon revival. But, like South Africa’s promised Golden…

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ladies, start your engines!

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. From the off-road stage scene to the Johannnesburg World Fun Ride Champs, there is a goal to suit everyone. And if you are still fresh mentally and physically, we have the Coronation Double Century in the Cape; an amazing event to go to if you can get in with a team at this late stage. If you can’t make it, put this as a goal for 2019. It is one of the highlights of the year for many cyclists, pro and amateur alike. With spring in the air, we had our first race of the new season; as usual, it started…

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hardest core

ONE TRAIL – STILL LESS TRAVELLED – is to point your bike into the wilderness: pack your essential essentials (including maybe beer) and just put foot. A lot of us have come close to it; a few events have tried to mimic its legend-building imperatives, but failed by pandering, at a price, to the relative comfort – yearning weaknesses of its market. A few of these get close enough to be considered worthy enough to qualify for ‘The Hardest of the Hardcore’ ID badge. But maybe the real test, sans satellite guidance, is to go it alone, without even the least indulgent charity or business organisers there to hold your hand. Of my most convincing mountain bike friends there are two who embrace both options whenever they can without casting excessively…

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freedom for all

This was the second event hosted by Rugani/Greenway farms with the first being a ride out from Krugersdorp to the farm and back - Ride 2 Rugani. This time around the ride was based from Rugani with an out and back route - Ride from Rugani. This social ride was a family day planned around the Rugani carrot and juice factory on Greenway farms. Even though it was a social ride the Woesrand club contributed tremendously in laying out an 45km figure-of-eight route with the option to only do 28km for the less fit. This being a family day, a five-kilometre route for the kids and trail runners was also marked out. This was on the farm itself, between the carrot fields providing an activity option for everyone in the family. We…

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padfiets herlewing

Daar doen gedurig sulke stroperige stories die rondte om mens op te beur. Die een is om vir my te vertel dat ek my nie aan my ouderdom moet steur nie, want dit is net ‘n getal. Miskien ja, maar ek moes my ongelukkig daaraan steur, want die agteruitgang is merkbaar. Op 76 is ek steeds versot op fietsry. Ek is veral versot op my vetfiets en geniet die paadjies in die parke, op die plaaspaaie en langs die spruit. Dit is wel slegs teen ‘n gemiddelde spoed van 10 tot 12 km per uur, maar ek geniet dit. Ek het ook geen begeerte om vinniger te ry nie, want dan moet ek ‘n eMTB aanskaf. Daarvoor sien ek nie kans nie, want dit voorspel net ongelukke. Ek is nie…