If you are looking for a brutally challenging, yet mesmerizingly beautiful mountain climb, look no further than Jonaskop. Jonaskop is arguably the toughest tarred climb in South Africa. Today marked my 4th summit of the mountain and I figured it is high time I share this experience with you. Jonaskop Mountain Climb There is a … Continue reading Cycling up Jonaskop: the hardest tarred climb in South Africa
This is the first post in my new blog series, Q & A Friday's. Every Friday I will choose one comment I received, either in the comment section of one of my blog post or on my social media platforms. This week the question I will be answering is, "What are the best cycling shoes … Continue reading What are the best cycling shoes for bicycle touring?
Yesterday I published part one of Cycling Across Africa: My journey from Cairo to Cape Town. It received a lot of positive feedback and I would like to thank everyone who read and commented on it! If you missed yesterday's blog post, I will leave a link below for you to check it out. I … Continue reading Cycling Across Africa: My journey from Cairo to Cape Town (Part 2)
When I got married in 2017, I signed the marriage register with one huge caveat: I would one day be able to temporarily leave my wife, and go cycling across Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town – however long that took. It had been a decade-long dream for me – I saw it as the … Continue reading Cycling Across Africa: My journey from Cairo to Cape Town (Part 1)
For most people, attempting the Everesting Cycling Challenge will be the hardest ride they have ever done. I was no different. I attempted an "Everesting" for the first time in 2017 and failed miserably. I attempted one again later that same year, but failed again. This is the story of my first TWO unsuccessful Everesting … Continue reading How I FAILED at the Everesting Cycling Challenge
The most important part of your bicycle touring equipment is your bicycle touring bags! After all, what good is the rest of your bicycle touring gear if you have no place to put it in? When choosing your bicycle touring bags, you will have to decide between bikepacking bags and panniers. Bikepacking bags vs panniers … Continue reading Bikepacking Bags VS Panniers: WHAT TO BUY and WHY?
Traveling by bicycle is an incredible way to see the world, but sometimes it is just too slow! There might come a time when you need to get to where you want to go faster than what you can pedal. That is when a bus trip can come in handy. I took my bicycle on … Continue reading How to take a bicycle on a bus in Europe
I continue to be blown away by the incredible variety of gravel cycling routes in Plettenberg Bay. I am taking full advantage of the riding here before I need to return home. On Sunday I did a 137km ride from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna. The ride starts out on the same road as the gravel … Continue reading Gravel cycling from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna and back
If you are reading this it probably means you are thinking about conducting your next bicycle tour. It might even be that you are planning your first ever bicycle tour! If that is the case, let me start by saying congratulations! Bicycle Touring is incredible. Wherever you may be heading, whether that be around the … Continue reading 18 Bicycle Touring MUST HAVE Items for Bikepacking
I will never forget my first 100km bicycle ride. I bonked so HARD! The same thing happened during my first 200km ride. Needless to say, I have learnt the hard way that bonking is not fun. Bonking in cycling is a very common phenomenon that I think every cyclist has experienced. Bonking is not something … Continue reading How to avoid BONKING and conquer every long ride!