If you’re serious about trail running — we’re talking the long-distance, hardcore variety – make sure record setter Andre Gie’s top picks are on your bucket list. He shares a few tips, too.
1. The first race on my list is the Otter African Trail Run (42 kilometres). This iconic race along the Garden Route has some of the best trails anywhere in the world. You run along the rocky ragged coastline and the race offers up some perfect coastal single-track. It really is perfect…but also brutal.
2. Next on the list is the Table Mountain Challenge (also 42 kilometres). This loop around Table Mountain is a lot tougher than everyone thinks!
3. An even tougher mountain trail is the Cederberg Traverse – 100 kilomeres of running in the Cederberg mountains. You really feel completely isolated when you run in these wild, big mountains. It’s an unmarked course along great trails through perfect orange sandstone formations with a proper wilderness element.
4. Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without Cape Town’s classic ultra marathon, The PUFfeR (80 kilometres). You run the length of the peninsula over Table Mountain. No need to say anything more.
These days I don’t race too much; instead, I look for runs that are wild and inspire me. I prefer to run in the autumn and winter months when the weather is challenging — it makes for a full adventure and adds to the experience of being out on the mountain.
I try to carry as little as possible with me. I drink from the water on the mountain and carry a little food if I am out on a longer run. It just feels so much better not to be running with gear and junk weighing you down! But for long runs and in the winter I carry a lightweight wind shell — my favourite is the Salomon fastwing jacket — and a small headlamp. In summer, if it’s very hot and there is little water on the mountain, then some water and electrolyte tablets are essential.
Always remember that mountain trails are wild areas, and you are responsible for yourself and your safety. Take into account how familiar you are with the area and how comfortable you are running through the mountains before hitting any trail.
If there is an event in South Africa, there is most probably a Computicket for it. Safe, secure online purchases with 500 offices situated all around the country. Founded in 1978, Computicket has been South Africa’s only national ticketing company covering hundreds and thousands of events so far. Continue reading “Computicket – The ticket you can trust”
Sober and willing, you are strapped up and all the paperwork is signed. On the fixed-wing, propeller whirring and its take off. This is where the adrenaline begins to build up and the butterflies furiously flutter. It is only high above the clouds, when Cape Town looks like a beautiful quilt of greens, yellows and blues, that it’s time to turn and face feeling the freedom of flying. With a highly trained professional strapped to your back, you jump. There is no way to describe the feeling of skydiving, it is something that must be experienced. Tandem jumping is the safest way to experience skydiving, whether you are a complete neophyte or it’s your twentieth time. With a highly-trained professional, there is really nothing to worry about other than to feel the wind rushing into your face as the colours below you find form, and the ground gets closer.
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Finding the perfect physical; mental and spiritual balance is a tricky art in itself, something which yoga definitely is, in its umbrella term at least. The variety of schools and practices are as diverse as the people that practice them today. Finding your perfect balance; and your perfect discipline starts from the heart and in The Mother City there are a wide amount of schools and Yoga teachers to choose from, here are three of the top selected yoga schools and studios, so get your mat and your stretches on and letâ€™s do some asanas… Continue reading “Where are the Best Yoga Studios in Cape Town?”
A two day Fat Bike stage ride on The Cape west coast from Silverstroom to Yzerfontein with Gaanzekraal as the overnight stop.
The riders were treated to rare west coast single track and secluded beaches, an adventure not to be missed. Continue reading “The inaugural West Coast Fat bike adventure took place in October 2015”
Cape Town has an activity for anyone, young or old, outgoing or not, fit or not so fit, indoors or out. The City and the surrounds has something for you, it is the reason why the place is a great place to live and a top destination for tourists.
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If sea salt runs through your veins, the feeling of the salty air beating against your skin gives you a shiver of excitement and your eyes find solace in the open seas; then there are 5 definite destinations your logbook must show sea miles for… The first and foremost would be the â€œspice Islandsâ€ or better known as The Grenadines. There are 32 Islands and cays to get wind of and only nine of these divine islands are inhabited, with a tropical weather in your sails, this is an adventure that is a prerequisite to anyone fairing the ocean adventures. Continue reading “Top 5 Sailing Destinations in the World”