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July 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Tour de France had hardly begun this week when the drama ensued! A couple of top riders were sent home in the first 48 hours of the tour with broken bones and egos after a massive crash (there were a few actually) sent the peloton smashing into the hard tar at speeds of 45km/h and up! Luckily the tour’s very first African team, MTN Qhubeka, went unscathed! Making history on the 14th of January this year, this elite team was invited to take part in the tour and to say they are doing our country, and continent proud is an understatement… what they are doing is simply phenomenal! Yesterday, the team’s top climber, Daniel Teklehaimanot, who was born in Eritrea, claimed “King of the Mountain”, the polka dot jersey – one which is awarded to the tour’s top climber. I’ve ridden some of those climbs, or at least tried, and trust me, they are beyond tough! His team mates are also performing like rock stars with Evald Bassoon Hagen in 10th place in the green sprint jersey, and Merhawi Kudus and Louis Meintjes in the top 30 “best young rider” category! These men really deserve our whole hearted support so […]


Ladies mountain bike weekend – Arabella Hotel & Spa

December 16, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

On the 6th of December, a bunch of fun-loving outdoorsy woman, made they way to Arabella Hotel and Spa in Kleinmond for my ladies mountain bike weekend. On the shores of the Bot River Lagoon, with panoramic views of the Palmiet mountain range, Arabella Country Estate is renowned for tranquil estate living in the magnificent surroundings of a World Heritage nature reserve… the perfect spot for a mountain biking weekend! Mountain biking is quite an intense and highly technical sport to master, which makes it intimidating for women and most perceive it to be a dangerous sport. When I first started mountain biking, I was thrown into the deep end! Not many women were mountain biking at the time either. I didn’t acquire the much-needed skills until many years later & I found myself a bit isolated within a mostly male-dominated sport. To ensure other women do not go through this, I decided to organise a few mountain biking weekend specifically for woman. Ladies booked in throughout the Friday afternoon and then gathered in the hotel bar in the early evening to meet one another. At first a bit shy, by the time we headed to our rooms after dinner and a […]

Avoiding the mud....

Glacier by Sanlam Storms River Traverse

August 14, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Lush green indigenous forests, a good dose of mud, icy streams, great company, fantastic wine and a whole lot of fun! That’s the best way to describe the Glacier by Sanlam Storms River Traverse – a 3-day stage mountain bike race I’ve just returned from. It was just the second time that Dryland Events had put on the race but I can see it having a very long future! The event focuses on family and the social aspect of mountain biking, and believe me when I say this: Mountain bikers know how “socialise”! 😉 My mixed team partner, Robert Bateman and I flew up to George last Thursday morning and drove through to Tsitsikamma where we stayed at the Village Inn – a gorgeous hotel abundant with history dating back to the 1800’s! Since it was Woman’s Day, Glacier by Sanlam made it a very special occasion for all the woman there – both riders and supporters – with bursting goodie bags filled with everything from jewellery to body products! We auctioned off a beautiful Craig Port dress the same evening, which he kindly donated, the proceeds of which went to the event’s community project which involves both renovating a […]

Glacier by Sanlam Storms River Traverse

Vanessa Haywood to ride the Glacier by Sanlam Storms River Traverse 2012

August 06, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Dryland Event Management and Glacier by Sanlam are excited to announce that Vanessa Haywood will be riding this year’s Storms River Traverse. Vanessa confirmed her involvement as ambassador late last week and is looking forward to the challenges that the race will bring. “I have always been an avid mountain biker and I am looking forward to the Glacier by Sanlam Storms River Traverse. Even though I am sure the race will be a challenge, I am also looking forward to the social and community aspect that is synonymous with this race. The stunning area of Tsitsikamma is also going to make for some interesting routes as well as beautiful scenery.” Vanessa, who is a keen athlete, has competed in some of the most grueling mountain and road biking marathons as well as triathlons, road and trail runs over the years, and continues to search for races that will challenge her both mentally and physically. Vanessa has donned the covers of both local and international magazines and was cast as the leading lady in the critically acclaimed District 9, which was nominated for 4 Oscars. Glacier by Sanlam and Dryland Event Management are thrilled with Vanessa’s involvement in this year’s […]