Last week we had a fabulous first aid training that was done by medicare EMR. We highly recommend these providers who gave excellent training with passion and commitment. Garth really took the time to make sure everyone reached their potential. We are very proud of everyone who attended and passed. We know that the training could save lives in and out of the work place. This training will lay the foundation for developing skills in the community. We want to build on this as we establish guides to help people explore the trail networks. Watch this space as we build skills and create jobs in the community.
In early June, we were lucky enough to have a visit from a few mountain bike legends who were out scoping for an article to be feature internationally in the spring. Daniel Dobinson and Harry Millar (Iride Africa), lead mountain bike trips across South Africa. They were joined by another mountain bike nutter: Oli Munnik and well known photographer Ewald Sadie. Just to add to the challenge, they decided to carry their beds with them and camped out for the night. They selected a lovely camping spot on Grootvadersbosch Farm and were lucky to have a magically warm day in June. These are not unusual here as June records on of the lowest rainfall months. You only have to drive 3 hours to get a totally different weather system to Cape Town!
These guys know how to ride bikes and were we thrilled at their feedback:
"We had a freaking fantastic time on your trails and I am super impressed with what you have done. The area you have managed to cover is large giving that rad feeling of getting out into the 'wilderness' and your trail work is exemplary! We will be plugging you guys for sure! Apparently we didn't even get to your cool trails so I am super keen to come back so we can cover decent distance as the green route looked rad and the Broken pass sounds amazing and the trail we saw switchbacking up to the pass/poort looked amazing (we ran out of light up there so didn't get to it). I recommend more trail through the indigenous forest (for diversity) and Aileen says you have actually built some rad trails in the forest that we didn't see as still opening. Well done! The steep benchcut section when you diverge onto the red route from the black route is a masterpiece! I can see how much work went into that !! Trail wise you have done some great planning and building! The routes feel natural and wild and it doesn't feel like you are just going in circles which is always hard to do. " Dan Dobinson Iride Africa
Thanks for the visit and come back again soon so we can show you more of the trails. We can recommend a few places to stay so that you dont have to drag your bed with you and can spent more time cruising the trails!