Covering the global launch of a bike you’d dream to ride, by a company at the top of their game, is a cycling journalist’s dream. The mercury in the dream status meter blows right off the measuring chart when that launch is in a location that most riders choose for their holidays.
The summer vacation months saw two high-profile mountain bike stage races unfold in Tassie. The inaugural AvantiPlus Hellfire Cup took place in November half an hour east of Hobart, while January saw riders flock to the west coast for the Pure Tasmania Wildside.
In May 2014 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.