Destination: South Africa

In May 2013 I was invited to join a group of mountain bikers on a tour through South Africa. Our itinerary was handcrafted by South Africa Tourism and built around the 270km Nedbank Sani2c stage race from the Drakensburg mountains to the coast near Durban.

We saw life in the big cities, rode up high in the mountains, were chased down the road by an elephant during safari, and ate delicious three course meals everywhere we went.

Before the trip, the tour group fundraised $43,000 for a South African organisation, Hearts of Hope. The funds were used to build a preschool in the remote Emseni community. To visit Emseni and help paint the interiors of the school was an important time to exchange stories and thanks.

I worked on the articles for this trip with a broken finger after an up close and personal incident with a tree. A six page feature on the bike race was published in Flow Mountain Bike issue 4, brought to life with stunning helicopter images by Kelvin Trautman.

We complemented this with a destination piece I wrote and shot for the web. This detailed the other riding and experiences we had in a format that lets more overseas readers share the article with the click of a mouse.

A third story, Beyond Biking, looked at the work of Hearts of Hope. It’s nice to see more stories out there that show how life on the bike impacts life off it.

Links to web features for Flow Mountain Bike:

South Africa: Just Go

Beyond Biking

Link to PDF of print article for Flow Mountain Bike magazine:

Pushing the Boundaries in Africa: The Nedbank Sani2c

Images: Kath Bicknell