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Issue 7t33n Wow, what a month. I seriously cant remember when last we had so much to do. We hooked up with Dylan for Sandboarding Cape Town in Atlantis and he showed us the ins and out of sandboarding. I must admit though that I am not very good at it, but will really want another go at it. Practice makes perfect, so they say...
and the views were spectacular. Check out our feature inside the mag. There are also photos available of the event, so should you want a DVD copy (900 odd photoâ€™s) dont forget to drop Kirsten a mail at kirsten@ stitchedkitten.co.za Enjoy the issue,
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Hot off the press The third running of the annual Yamaha XT Adventure Rally was held this past weekend at the fantastic Hawane Resort in Swaziland, and more than eighty eager participants came down to enjoy some of the best adventure bike riding Southern Africa has to offer. Rave reports have been received from participants that took in the beauty of Swaziland on two days worth of riding. Riders were given the choice of either a long scenic route or a shorter technical route on each day, each of which took up to seven hours to complete. Highlights included having five Yamaha Super Tenere’s tackling Friday’s technical route, two of which had pillions on them!! New National Off Road Champion Jade Gutzeit and three times Roof of Africa winner and multiple South African Off Road and Enduro Champion Louwrens Mahoney joined in the fun on two Yamaha XT 660
Z Tenere’s, and rode with and imparted rider skill and technical knowledge to those that were eager to learn from the pro’s. On Saturday night delegates were entertained by the orphaned children from the Lighthouse Haven in Hawane, Swaziland, with some beautiful and melodious singing. So moving was this experience that almost R10 000-00 was raised through the sale of Yamaha merchandise and the auctioning off of Jade and Louwrens’ race jerseys for the Lighthouse Haven. The money will be put to use providing clean drinking water for the young Aids orphans. Local water tank manufacturer, Oasis Tanks, also donated a 5000 litre water storage tank to this cause. The Yamaha XT Brigade came to Swaziland to enjoy the riding, and left behind a legacy benefiting of the local community that was greatly appreciated by the residents of the Lighthouse Haven.
Captain Morgan sponsored the imbibing of copious amounts of their finest nectar on Friday night, whilst Saturday afternoonâ€™s Skills Challenge, consisting of slow racing, barrel racing, slalom course and various other obstacles, was sponsored by the local Swazi brew house, Sebebe Lager. After competing
judging by the volumes consumed, took some time to have an effect.
in their individual skills challenges, delegates enjoyed watching riding demonstrations from Jade, Louwrens and Hilton Hayward of Hayward Suspension fame, whilst quaffing ice cold Sebebe Lagers, in an attempt to wash the dust out of their throats which,
Riding Suit worth R7000-00 and a Yamaha i-Pod docking station clock radio worth R4000-00.
Some awesome prizes were handed out via lucky draw and the winners walked away with prizes that included a brand new Shoei Hornet helmet worth R6000-00, a Yamaha Adventure
A new Barrel Race Champion was crowned in the form of Swazi resident Sam Breero, whilst Lohan Heyl showed his bike skill by taking the Slow
Race Championship. All in all a fantastic weekend of great adventure riding was had by all. Great food, great camaraderie, awesome riding, eighty Yamaha XTâ€™s (and cold beer) made for a truly memorial weekend.
andboarding Cape Town
So our first article which marks the broadening of our horizons (content-wise) and we kick that off with some sand boarding.
Atlantis dunes at 9am on Thursday morning, where we met our instructor, Dylan and the other three. We were all driven in to the dunes and unpacked. Now hereâ€™s an activity that Between us, there was probably makes for a great day out for only a small amount of experithe whole family during the ence combined; what with my coming hot days of summer. So rather limited skateboarding we were invited out by Dylan knowledge and the other three le Roux, who own and runs having done some sitting-sandSandboarding Cape Town, to boarding in Peru, Dylan, gave us participate in this great sport, a brief introduction on how to along with a tour group made get going. The briefing, only a up of three travellers, fresh out few minutes long, consisted of of Israel, visiting our beautiful finding the right board for you, country for three weeks. which stance is most comfortable (goofy or natural), how Our day started off arriving at to strap in, how to bend your 14
knees and stay as upright as possible and finally how to turn or carve. Once we were shown how to strap the board to our feet, we were rearing to go... only to be told to take it off to wax first. Bummer.
encouraged to begin while the sky was overcast and a cool breeze was blowing as we were all aware that out in the dunes, you can get horribly sunburnt if youâ€™re not properly covered. Once thoroughly lathered in sun-block, away we went!
Unstrapping and waxing wasnâ€™t so bad but we were all clearly itching to get our first runs in. Once shown how to dig trenches, which helps you strap in easily standing without sliding all over the place, we were all
We all fell on the first run, which was to be expected, but getting the feel on a small dune worked for us all and we caught on quickly. Dylan was awesome at pointing out how and where we can do things
differently to improve and putting that into practice helped us all get the most out of our runs. The more confident one got, the higher the choices of dunes became, and within the first hour, dune heights had doubled and the sun had come out to play, softening up the sand a little more which made it easier to travel faster. Now for those of you who’ve always been keen to try sand boarding out, I have to let you know that as awesome as the
ride is on the way down, ensure that you’re moderately to pretty fit for the walks or runs back up! Man, those dunes are mean on the calves for the trips back up, especially since you’re so amped at the bottom to have another go, running back up sure takes its toll! Once we’d all found our balance and had gone down a few times, we attempted the highest dune of the day yet! I’m not 100% sure exactly how high, but I don’t think I’d be
far off if I’d guess at close to about 15 meters! The guys had been sitting on their run down this high dune a couple of times, but we were determined to try it standing up. One of the Israeli ladies went before me, standing up, and took it like a pro. What a perfect run down! Next – my turn. In the meantime, Dylan had set up a neat little HD camera on its stand at the bottom of the dune to take a few motion shots as I came down, requesting I try my best to not hit the camera, if possible. Strapped in and ready to go, I descended, motoring down
at a speed. Yes! I’d made it about 80% down the dune, but was ploughing toward the camera – not good. So leaning on my heels to avoid it, I’d obviously leaned too far back, resulting in counter-leaning onto my toes to correct myself and that’s where it all when completely wrong. Least to say, sand, arms and legs everywhere as I tumbled, at had I missed the camera! No injuries to any of us during our awesome day sand boarding and I think we’ve all walked away with some great stories to tell. I’d definitely recommend this to families or
individuals looking for an awesome day out. Dylan, who is actually an experienced guide too, will be only too happy to show you how to get set up and get the best out of your maximum or minimum sand boarding experience, as well as how you can better your personal sand boarding skills. He uses only professional equipment for your safety â€“ his sand boards are actually imported snowboards which have been modified for use on sand, with sturdy bindings that give your feet a firm grip on the board, vital for complete control and safety.
If you need to be collected from your hotel, home or place of work, he offers to do so to get you in to the dunes for your awesome day out, so please smile when you cruise past other people carrying everything in/out! We encourage each and every one of you to try this sport at least once. This is pure outdoor fun with the greatest people you can imagine spending your day with. Give Dylan a call at 084 665 1314 or drop him an email at dylan@sandboardingcapetown. com This e-mail address is being prote Heâ€™s available every day of the week and will accommodate all your needs for the day. Visit http://www.sandboardingcapetown.com for any further information you may need. Adventure Magazine
CABC 2010 Van Wyksdorp
This years Cape Adventure Bike Challenge took place on the majestic lodge just outside Van Wyksdorp. We arrived on Wednesday and helped get things ready for the mass ride which was to follow on Thursday. Entrants started arriving around 11am on Day 2 and most of the riders popped in around 5pm and then got ready for the evening briefing which helped give the guys some idea of what was lying before them in the up and coming days ahead.
depending on what they felt like riding that day. We grabbed a cup of coffee and some of us, who were brave enough, had some oats. The red route guys got together and headed up the mountain, hitting the rocky sections and working up a sweat. For the rest of us mere mortals, the orange and green routes were scenic with a couple of hairpin bends that kept you on your toes. The route went past, over the Gouritz River which held some amazing views. We had some issues with one of the farmThursday nights chow was ers who got very indecisive boerewors rolls with some salad as to let us through his farm and as one has it, they didnâ€™t or not, but in the end he let last too long because some of us through and we saw some the riders went hungryâ€Ś the amazing views and wildlife. The caterers really had their hands biggest highlight was the wild full... black Wildebees performing and giving us a show. There Up nice and early on Friwere also plenty of ostrich in day morning, the riders were the area and when they are in grouped into their various routes numbers, things can become
quiet intimidating. We had lunch on the river bank on Friday, vetkoek and hamburger patties was the flavour of the day and man were they good! We headed on back to the campsite and while most the guys were getting ready for the skills challenge, put together by none other than Mr Chris â€œSkillsâ€? Hamman of Hamman Motorrad. Skills challenges always intrigue me. So many little things to remember and yet some guys perform so well on them. The 1st days challenge was, however, no match for the final round. But more about that later. Friday night was time for some carbo loading - the guys who were hitting the red route really needed their energy levels to be nice and high - the mac and cheese sorted that out.
We were given some landmarks to ride to which was marked out beforehand on the way to Herbertsdale. I missed some flags and ended up about 900meters before the N2 before we realised that we were no longer on the route. Some of the lads in our group decided to make the best of the situation and went for lunch at the wimpy on the N2 and the rest of us, 3 actually, decided to trek back to Herbertsdale and try and find the farm. The route was actually pretty awesome. I was a little annoyed that I missed the turn off but, secretly Iâ€™m kind of glad we did. We rode some awesome roads on the way back to the lunch venue. Once we got to the lunch venue, Bonniedale Adventure farm, we were the last to rock up but luckily grabbed the food van on the way out and had some braaivleis and a coke. We then decided to ride further down the road and past the farm onto the 8 Bells Road which eventually leaded onto the Robinsons pass, just outside Oudshoorn. I had a bit of difficulty with my huge knobs on the tar and the bike felt very disappointing â€Ś it seemed slipping and squirming all over the place.
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We got back to the venue at about 4pm and the skills challenge finals were on already. A nice mud pit and some even more interesting obstacles were placed to navigate aroundâ€Ś it was actually pretty fun to watch. Later that evening at the prize giving there were plenty of prizes handed out to the guys. Some even worth some big bucks! Andre and Michiel took 1st and 2nd place in the skills challenge and Marchant and Danny with a joint 3rd. The guys partied late into the night and some lekker conversations took place. We unfortunately had to leave early on Sunday morning, but we all agreed on one thingâ€Ś the 2010 CABC rocked! On top of Pakhuis Pass. Adventure Magazine