MASSIVE NEWSLETTER April 2017
This year has been a mixture of highs and lows, with the tragic news of Andrew Bradford’s death and now Mike Hall, also killed after being hit by a vehicle. I only spoke to Mike once and conversed by email and you had to be impressed with his enthusiasm for endurance riding. Mike was responsible for inspiring races like the Trans Afrika. Andrew was a good friend who took part in our races and tours.
Andrew was a shining light in my life always making me laugh both on the road and off. I remember on the Trans Afrika on day 2 Andrew phoned me to tell me he had gone down the wrong road, as there was no marshal at Giyani. I said it’s about time he realized the route does not have marshals on it, Andrew asked for a refund! I have always believed that your mark in life is how you’re remembered and Andrew and Mike will be remembered well by everyone that knew them. The cycling community is poorer for losing them.
The Durban Dash DOWN is the next race to be held on the 27th of April 2017 from Johannesburg to Durban. Once again the toughest cyclists will take on the 620 kms and 6500 meters of ascent along the dash. Yes its really not all downhill! You will be able for follow the race live on www.massiveadventures.co.za. Last year we had a winning time of 23 Hours 38 Minutes for the 620 kms from Johannesburg to Durban by Gert Fouche and Jac Van Wyk. Mike Woolnough followed close behind with 28 hours 36 minutes.
The 1st of July will see the start of the 1000 Miler and the Freestate Dash. Both races start in Johannesburg at Thaba Trails with the 1000 Miler finishing at Blouberg and the Freestate Dash finishing in Bloemfontein. On the 3rd of July the Karoo Dash starts from Bloemfontein and finishes in Blouberg. Entries for these races close on the 1st of June 2017. You can enter at www.massiveadventures.co.za. All of the races are self-supported and you have a choice of routes that you may ride. Only the checkpoints are compulsory. If you’re interested but not sure, contact us for a chat. Adventure cycle races are not for the riders who want a race village and Wollies coffee, these races are hard, mentally taxing but seriously rewarding. We have ordinary people doing extraordinary things on a bike to finish the races and achieve their goals. The riders get to experience the best that South Africa has to offer, stunning vistas and meeting South Africans of all cultures that are the warmest and most welcoming people on the planet!
We will be conducting Tours through the Free State and Karoo from the end of September after the 2017 Trans Afrika has finished. Keep am eye on the www.massiveadventures.co.za website for further details. This year we will be starting our tours in the Free State town of Lindley. That was where Danie Craven was born, the rugby legend. The town has a great history and is typical of the warm hearted Free State.
We do conduct private cycle tours and scheduled tours. If you have an idea and would like to cycle to Springbok or Craddock contact us and well help you set it up or organize the tour for you. South Africa has a fantastic amount of well maintained dirt district roads that provide safe and rewarding adventure cycle touring and adventure bike packing opportunities.
Best, Andy & Liz