Shortly after I arrived we headed out shopping for a new mountain bike for Zett, I bought mine with me as I only recently got a warranty replacement for the VT1 frame, updating it to a new Trance frame set.
After looking at a few different makes and models we settled on this sweet Specialized Safire FSR, with five inches travel front and back and more active design Zett’s been getting more air than ever.
We’re still getting leads on places to ride, the best so far has been Groenkloof reserve, it’s a nature reserve in Pretoria with 4×4, hike and mountain bike tracks all over it. Most of the bike tracks have a single and double track option, the single track in surprisingly technical and varied. You got from nice flowing curves in the tall grass to smooth undulating trails in and out of dense tree cover right up to technical rocky (as in pretty much unridable) climbs and descents, just the way we like it!
We’ve been out on a couple of Saturday morning rides with a bike shop around the corner, they leave the latest at 7am so they automatically became our local. The riding with them hasn’t been so cool, they’re a nice bunch of people and all….. their idea of a Saturday morning ride is to stomp out 60 odd ks of flat track on their hard tails. It’s good for the base fitness and Zett works Saturday mornings at the moment so I’ll keep stomping out the ks for now.
Unsurprisingly word is you’ve gotta get out of Pretoria to hit the best trails, we’ve got a couple of general leads but nothing solid yet. We’re looking at doing a couple of races to sus out a few more venues, there are plenty of races to do so they tell us.
Above is my rather poor visualisation of this awesome Giraffe spot we had on our first ride at Groenkloof. We had just seen some Zebra off to the side of the road and as we continued along the single track we saw the Giraffe off a few hundred meters away, what we didn’t immediately realise is that the track actually swung back around and ran right through the middle of the bush they were munching on.
Zett and sat about 5 metres away and checked them out for a bit (we had no camera or phone on use of course), then proceeded to ride through the bunch, they didn’t seem too phased they just cruised away looking for something else to eat.
It was an awesome taste of SA mountain biking.