Mind your manners, and we all have fun

I got a phone call on Monday from an irate cycling official. After I established that I was not the cause of his ire, I listened and as my concern subsided so my anger grew … until I now also feel the need to vent. Last weekend the South African Enduro championships were held at Howick and Karkloof with ten stages making for a great weekend of mountain biking – for most people. For at…

"Mind your manners, and we all have fun"

Another dope gives cycling a bad name

(This first appeared in the Independent on Saturday) Depending on your outlook, the past week has been either a good week for cycling or another terrible week. On Monday it was announced that top mountain biker Max Knox has been found guilty of a doping offense and banned for four years by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids). According to the Saids statement, Knox was charged for suspicious variations in his athlete biological…

"Another dope gives cycling a bad name"

Is Cycling SA missing an opportunity?

After 12 years of writing this mountain biking column in the Independent on Saturday, the look of the column has finally changed – and for me it feels like a new-bike day and I have progressed from an old 26-inch hardtail to a shiny new full suss 29er. But as much as things have changed, some things stay the same and Cycling SA is one of those organisations that, in my opinion, needs a revamp. NOTE:…

"Is Cycling SA missing an opportunity?"

Midlands opening up new opportunities

Andrew Hill, the winner of this weekend’s Midlands MTB Stage Race is one of KZN’s most respected mountain bikers, so when this elder statesman of the sport enthuses about the organisation of an event it is worth taking note. After notching up three wins from three stages with his young teenage partner Henry Liebenberg over the weekend, Hill was not short of praise for the organisation of the first-time race. “I could not fault anything…

"Midlands opening up new opportunities"

Horror then some hope

At the risk of this becoming something of a theme in my weekly missives, I am once again struck by what a country of contrasts we live in. Most people who read – whether it be newspapers, online news sites or just the be-careful-what-you-trust social media posts – will by now have heard about Mhlengi Gwala. In case you have been preparing for the Freedom Challenge with a week-long self-supported ride through the darkest, most…

"Horror then some hope"

Marching into an epic month

LAST week I was bemoaning the fate of cycling in South Africa. This week, in an attempt to prove that I am not a grumpy old man, I will give you a positive, rose-coloured look at the cycling highlights of the next few weeks – and what an action-packed March we have in store, across all forms of cycling. What cycling events are on this week This weekend sees the end of the Track World…

"Marching into an epic month"

I am more confused than normal

Excuse me if I seem a bit confused at the moment … OK, OK, more confused than normal, and mostly confused about cycling. This week I have had a meeting with a race organiser who is putting on what seems to be a great new stage race in the Midlands (good news), written a story about how Cycling SA accepted the resignation of their president (good or bad news depending on your viewpoint), read a…

"I am more confused than normal"

Time for another new Prez?

ON THURSDAY South Africa chose a new President, and he was mostly accepted with great optimism. On Saturday, there are a lot of cyclists who hope Cycling South Africa takes the lead from Parliament and elects a new President to lead cycling to a bright new future. On Saturday cycling’s administrative body is holding their 2017 annual meeting and council meeting and according to a source, the first item on the agenda is a vote…

"Time for another new Prez?"

Busy February kicks off

JUST three days into February and already big things are happening with an action-packed couple of months ahead for us cycling fans. Last week the team for the Commonwealth Games (see below) was announced with no less than 18 cyclists included, but there is plenty to keep us entertained before they compete in mid-April at the Gold Coast in Australia. Today in Stellenbosch the first leg of the SA Cup Series (preview below) takes place…

"Busy February kicks off"

MTB bubble has not burst

OVER the past two weeks the local KZN mountain bike scene has been rocked by two cancellations / postponements of two of the province’s major MTB events: The Hill 2 Hill and Dusi2c. First the Dusi2c confirmed rumours which began circulating last year that “Farmer” Glen Haw and his team had opted to discontinue the popular race along the banks of the Dusi and Mgeni rivers. See announcements And then yesterday, Hill 2 Hill announced…

"MTB bubble has not burst"