Bicycling South Africa

Bicycling South Africa March/April 2019

Bicycling is South Africa’s leading cycling magazine and is aimed at both road and mountain biking enthusiasts. Launched in February 2003, it is published 10 times a year, targeting the fast-growing and affluent lifestyle cycling market – youngsters, adults, professional as well as casual cyclists. The magazine is filled with the best international and local content for every element of the cyclist’s life from training techniques and fitness information to inspiring human interest stories, event news, nutrition and motivation. Bicycling is also South Africa’s leading tester of bikes and gear with over 30% of the monthly magazine dedicated to the latest reviews so our readers can make the best choices.

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join the ride

THERE WAS MORE GREY HAIR IN THE PELOTON THAN AT A FRIDAY MORNING LAWN BOWLS SOCIAL, and I’d worked out that at 49, I was probably the second-youngest rider in this Sunday morning chain gang. THE WHATSAPP MESSAGE FROM RIDE MAG EDITOR TIM BRINK HAD SUGGESTED A ‘RECOVERY’ RIDE; AND AFTER A TAXING CYCLE THE DAY BEFORE, I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO A GENTLE PEDAL WITH A GROUP OF OLDER FOLK, AND A COUPLE OF STIFF CORTADOS AFTER. // We rolled out of the shopping centre into a gentle breeze (more on this later!), and soon the group was pedalling sedately along the marked cycle route, chatting excitedly about – I SUSPECTED – SUCH THINGS AS PENSIONER SPECIALS, AND GEORGE’S UPCOMING 65TH BIRTHDAY SHINDIG. // BUT BREEZY TURNED TO WINDY;…

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the frame

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races we love reader reports on the most awesome tours and best races

1 / WHY RIDE IT? Cycling is one of the few sports in which weekend warriors can share the start line of a Saturday morning race with the world’s top pros. Thanks to our beautiful weather, spectacular trails and great road routes, our summer always sees an influx of big international names – and March, and its flood of big events, is always the peak. This year is no different, and once again the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge will be an event twinkling with international stars. 2 / WHO WON LAST YEAR? In 2018, this iconic event was won by New Zealand’s Sam Gaze, who famously went on to win the elite men’s race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch the following weekend. For his MTB Challenge win, Gaze…

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the crash

IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. I got off extremely lightly, for which I’m eternally grateful. Fortunately, all I suffered was some ugly bruising, a scraped elbow, two buckled wheels, a bent derailleur, and a heap of inconvenience. But it could also so easily have been avoided. Sadly, bikes and cars connecting is a common occurrence. Here’s my story – in the hope that it will help you avoid this happening to you, and so you know what to do if you can’t. SETTING THE SCENE It was a balmy, windless summer morning in Cape Town, and I was on my way to my first club ride in what felt like years. But it wasn’t until I was halfway across an intersection that I saw the car barrelling towards me. I screamed, to alert the…

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what i learnt

Be as visible as possible. Even though I was RIGHT IN FRONT of the car, the driver said she “didn’t see” me. Wear flashing lights (front and back), and bright clothing. Make your intentions clear. Indicate using hand signals, and try to make eye contact with the driver so you know they’ve seen you. Expect the unexpected. Take note of the cars on the road, be mindful of the pedestrians on the pavement. You never know what any of them might do. Follow the rules of the road. ALWAYS. Stopping at suburban stop streets might be an inconvenience, but being a few minutes late for a ride is better than not arriving at all. (In my case it was the motorist who didn’t stop, but you get the point.) BEING A FEW MINUTES LATE…

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handle road rash like a pro

Crashes happen. Even when you do your best to prevent going down, it’s sometimes unavoidable; and the resulting road rash is like a cyclist’s rite of passage. When that’s the case, how you respond immediately after and in the weeks following the crash can mean the difference between a quick recovery and prolonged misery –or worse, permanent scarring. These tips will help you heal, so you can get back on the bike fast. FIRST COURSE OF ACTION: CLEAN & DRESS YOUR WOUNDS // When it comes to road rash, an infection will probably have more to do with negligence than with the crash that caused it. Aaron Goldberg, an emergency medicine physician who has served as team doctor for cycling teams, says the first thing you should do is clean your…