TO HELL AND BACK: The Race in the Swartberg Mountains
To Hell and Back must be one of the most grueling cycle tours in Africa. In November, this epic takes riders all the way to hell and the next day back. Once a year, mountain bikers clash on the uphill hairpins of the Swartberg Pass and the hairy descent to Gamkaskloof in the Klein Karoo. Only the very brave and venturesome can claim the unique distinction of having been to hell and back. Rather than the distance, it’s the destination that makes this event such torture. The summit of the infamous Swartberg Pass registers 1560 meters above sea level. At this point, you are at an altitude higher than Johannesburg. And then approximately 40 kilometres of seriously undulating mountain roads await… At 50 kilometres I ask somebody… “Hi… Is Hell before or after that h ...
Sani2C 2009: Winners of 3rd Stage (Masters Category)
They may have a combined age of one hundred plus years, but the Masters category was racing all out today with six minutes separating the top five teams home. The stage win went to Leigh Durham and Gerald Holland (Leigh’s Cycle Centre), a minute ahead of diehards Paul Lancaster and Frank Bradford (Broken Backs) with overall winners Robbie McIntosh and Tim James (Macs Team) 26 seconds back in third. On GC Lancaster and Bradford took a hard earned second ahead of Charles Nienaber and Joe Visser (Carpetworx). From www.sani2c.co.za