January has come and gone! We are into the second month of 2016. It’s pretty unbelievable really. Good news is that all the events are starting up again and we have no more excuses to be chilling out and admiring our trusty steeds from afar. Most of us have broken all our New Year’s resolutions already and that’s ok, they’re normally something ridiculous and out of reach anyway – well so I keep telling myself. This year however is a year for some new adventures. There are some great new rides out there, a good few events that should be attempted and I for one want to try some of the lesser known rides. My first jaunt is going to be the new Stanford MTB Tour run by Johan and Gerda Kriegler and if their other events are anything to go by, it’s going to be a jol! Please let us know if you are planning on tackling any new events and don’t forget to take pics and tag us on the social media platforms to enter our new #SusMyPic competition with Junglenow!
Once again the Western Cape has been hit by devastating bush and forest fires. Thousands of acres of forest, bush and farmland have been torched with massive affects to the environment, industry, farmland, homes, events and recreational access. In almost everyone of the fires a mountain bike trail is affected which of course we hope is just a coincidence. There are a large number of investigations on-going to determine whether arson is the cause and I am convinced that a large number of them have been started deliberately. I truly hope there is a way of catching these deviants and ensuring that they not only are locked away but are somehow used to assist in the rehabilitation of the areas with hard labour!
January has proved to be a month where some really noticeable world stars passed away from Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey of the Eagles to one of my favourite musicians, the Thin White Duke: David Bowie. Much closer to home sadly we have lost a World Champion in Terry Todd. I only had the fortune of meeting Terry once with her friend Kim Porter, but this diminutive athlete loved to mountain bike and in September 2015 quietly went about winning her age group at the 2015 Sardegna ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. A true star and one that will be sorely missed! Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.
Please keep your stories and ride reports coming in. This year promises to be a busy one with multiple events available most weekends. Make sure you are entered, enjoy the rides and see you on the trails!
Tokai Must Open!
The saga around Tokai continues. It is almost beyond comprehension that it was in March last year that the devastating fire on the Silvermine and Tokai slopes closed down what was Cape Towns busiest MTB trail system. Despite all the challenges and admittedly there were many, and some still remain, it is extremely frustrating that we are not much closer to having definite dates for access to the area yet. There has been some response and a little more communication since Noel Ernstzen put together a public rally in December last year (2015). There are a few hoops that need to be jumped through still for total access to the precinct: EMP studies and completion of all the logging seems to be the main hurdles – after that who knows… On top of all of this a complete lack of communication and disclosure from Table Mountain National Park has made for a murky forum in which interested parties are trying to make headway. Then we have the exorbitant increase in Activity Card fees which we are expected to pay in order to access the park (mountain bikers and horse riders have to pay the highest tier as well). Considering the access and routes we do have, it is frankly a rip-off! TMNP needs to get its act together. No more excuses, no more procrastinating. There are thousands of mountain bikers that add value to the park, that add to the TMNP coffers and we are fed up. Make a plan, find alternatives and listen! We want to get our mountain back!
For information follow @tokaimtb, @ama_tokaiMTB or @TableMTB on Twitter.
Congratulations to Chris Wagner of Kempton Park, you’re the lucky winner of an amazing ION #TrailSurfing hamper, including riding shorts, tee, socks and gloves to the value of R4 000. If you’d like to win 1 of 5 R750 USN online store vouchers turn to page 27 to find out how you can enter.