Trails

Jacques Marais is the South African trail guru. If he’s not scouting a new MTB trial, he’s running a new route in the Drakensberg. His new book, Top MTB Trails 2, has just hit the shelves of all good book shops and you can purchase a copy for R250. Follow him on Twitter @JacqMaraisPhoto.

5 Sisters and a Singletrack

It’s that time of year again, with Jacques Marais still sandy from his #DesertKnights ride up in /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The good news is that he’s discovered even more single-track up in the desert. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Here’s the short version: Desert Knights is a […]

San Satisfaction

I love it when an MTB plan comes together, especially when there’s stacks of singletrack involved. Last week said plan came together in the most unlikely of places; I mean, who’d have thunk you’d find a kick-ass crank in the Yzerfontein hills? Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: […]

Swartberg, Prins Albert

Want to know why they call it ‘mountain’ biking? Because flat-is-boring, as they say in the Buff advert … So, next time you want to experience some proper MTB stoke, go ride some proper hills, like in the Swartberg ranges. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Think of […]

Witsand Nature Reserve

Nope, not the Witsand close to Swellendam. Or Scarborough, bru. I’m talking Noord-Kaap here, so chuck the Speedo and slip into your MTB Baggies. If you have a fat-bike, you get a double-like… Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: I could go on for hours about Witsand being […]

Quench your Curiosity in Greyton

There’s nothing grey about Greyton. Instead, you can expect a stylish village with equal parts funk, adventure and history, and with some of the greatest MTB trails to ride in SA. Photographs and words by Jacques Marais. Local Buzz: Local wines at Lismore estate (www.lismore.co.za). Genadendal donkeys. Kick-ass coffee shops. […]