Trail Daze: Best of 2015 + Camelbak & Photo Giveaway

With daily access to incredible media and stories portraying the world's best riders in the world's best locations, we often forget what adventures might be waiting for us just around the corner. It's all too easy to sit in front of your screen, soaking up someone else's experience and wishing you lived near better trails, with bigger mountains and better weather. Hopefully this photo series will inspire you to step outside, get on your bike and explore more. Trail Daze | January

Those were the words with which we started this photo series - and so it's been 12 awesome months of experiencing and searching for the best local trails, during which time we hopefully achieved our goal of inspiring you to get out there and shred. As with most things in life, some trails left bigger and longer lasting impressions than others though, and we've selected the top 6 to take you back to.

 

 

Grabouw | April


Baby blue, ash grey and iridescent green. Those are the colors of these trails. Grabouw has the ability to create images and memories that are impossible to forget because of the natural colour palette on offer. It is one of my all time favourite places to ride because of the mars-like rock formations and the fact that trail builders are always creating new lines to enjoy. Daniel Dobinson

 

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Get all the info and the full April photo epic here.

 

Cederberg | May


Arriving in the dark left the imagination running wild until we woke up in the morning to our first view of the Cedarberg - an almost Martian landscape, with wind and rain-eroded rock giving way to trails that shouldn't have been possible to make, but somehow manage to find their way through the labyrinth. Amazing fast flowy trails, interspersed with techy rock sections kept everyone challenged, the "woops" of joy echoing off the cliffs and blokes' banter flowing just as fast as the bikes - this is mountain biking at its purest. Harry Millar

 

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Get all the info and the full May photo epic here.

 

Eselfontein | June


Before leaving, I was warned that this next mission was going to be more suited to XC riding and any thoughts of proper Enduro trail should be banished from my prayers. Apart from a couple of long, winding descents, that would be it. Oh ye of little faith. Behold. There are trails in this valley that will make you thank your maker. Epic valley views from 2500m high mountains that stare down upon newly forged descending Enduro MTB trails, became the truth. The mix of fun flowing single track over a variety of different terrain and gradients, made this farm one sizable trail offering. This farm is my new religion. Rupert von Tutschek

 

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Get all the info and the full June photo epic here.

 

Contermanskloof | July


Rolling hills, steep valleys and incredibly green landscapes sprinkled with beautiful trails - You'd be forgiven if you thought you were in the England when riding Contermanskloof in the Winter! In complete contrast to the end of Summer, the trails are grippy and the surroundings have a 'soft' feel to them. While most of the trails have beautiful flow and an intermediate IMBA rating, some of the steepest and gnarliest rock gardens in the Cape are also found here. The riding experience is made all the better with a great coffee shop, friendly bike store as well as the fact that Tygerberg mtb club members can access another 70+ km of trails from here. Daniel Dobinson

 

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Get all the info and the full July photo epic here.

 

Piket-bo-berg | August


Piketberg is a place I've always driven past since I was a kid never imagining what it looked like on top let alone the trails the guys have built there. An amazing quantity of flowing single track that flows along the mountain cliffs and river valleys kept us frothing! It's amazing to see the progression of the trail building from the earliest trails, they're all marked with a named carved sign post and build date, to the newest trails that feature some rad natural gaps and super punchy berms! Definitely a good day and can't wait to ride the rest! Mark Hopkins

 

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Get all the info and the full August photo epic here.

 

Jonkershoek | October


Trails don’t build themselves and land advocacy can be tricky at the best of times so when I heard about who was involved with the rebuild of Jonkershoek and about some of the developments planned, I was fizzing with excitement. The red route is a flow trail which is my new favourite trail in SA for sure – not too many man made features, a lot of raw trail with natural gradient, high speeds and some slower techy features too. The double black route is the most technical legal trail in SA IMO, its brutal, requires speed to float over the holes and is going to take skill levels to new heights. What great work has been achieved by Hylton and Bennet and the businesses that support them – these and all trail builders are to be celebrated and cherished, for without them we would all be roadies…. Trails for everyone! Myles Kelsey

 

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Get all the info and the full October photo epic here.

 

Thanks for all the amazing support during the year. 2016 will be bigger and better as we visit other provinces to discover more local trails, so watch this space... #TrailDaze




20 Comments

Stressed Eric, Dec 14 2015 05:26

Shredding all day, braai'ing and beers under the moonlight. Tough life :) Awesome photo reviews. Take it to the next level - add some video footage.

Smokey Rotor, Dec 14 2015 06:28

That's the kinda article that makes one appreciate the joys of owning a bike. Super keen to get out there. :)

craig82, Dec 14 2015 10:27

All of them are amazing!

berg_fiets, Dec 15 2015 09:31

All of them are superb! Well done @ewaldsadie, you have some real talent man!

js1974, Dec 15 2015 06:40

Wonderful

Scott2luvit, Dec 16 2015 06:31

Wernt there one with garden route trail park?

Rocket-Boy, Dec 16 2015 06:50

Wernt there one with garden route trail park?

Was wondering the same thing.

Rocket-Boy, Dec 16 2015 06:52

The places look so amazing and were captured by top notch photography, really hard to decide which is best.

iRide, Dec 17 2015 04:37

Wernt there one with garden route trail park?

Yes there were a few more articles but I believe these are the best shoots according to the photographer (Ewald).

Admin, Dec 18 2015 09:55

Have you voted in the Poll? Entries close at 12pm today.

 

Choose your 'Best of' for Trail Daze 2015 and you could win one a Camelbak Mule 3L (worth R1,590) and a signed enlargement of your favourite Trail Daze photo.

 

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Zatopek, Dec 18 2015 11:53

Ok, i selected my favourite photo - who is signing it? :)

Scott2luvit, Dec 18 2015 01:07

Yes there were a few more articles but I believe these are the best shoots according to the photographer (Ewald).


Djy Jok, July, djy lieg!! [emoji23] GRTP always wins....

dirtypot, Dec 18 2015 01:27

Who's the winner?

I'd have a hard time choosing my favourite pic from those...

And I'd love that Camelbak!

MTBeer, Dec 18 2015 02:12

Who's the winner?

I'd have a hard time choosing my favourite pic from those...

And I'd love that Camelbak!

sorry for you, it is mine.

Admin, Dec 18 2015 02:33

And the winner is....

OscarS

 


Thanks for taking part and most especially, thanks to Ewald and the riding team for producing this stoke-inducing series. Much more of it to come in 2016...

OscarS, Dec 18 2015 02:56

Thank you so much! This is a really nice Christmas present.

 

My choice was the Piket-bo-berg MTB Challenge and what an incredible one day race this is. A must do far everybody living in the Western Cape.

 

Oscar

QikNic, Dec 20 2015 02:54

When can we ride piket bo Berg?

Beer4Recovery, Jan 14 2016 01:43

Jeesh! These pics always has that "go out and ride" effect on me! World-class in our own country! Well done! Keep doing what you are doing.

 

 

What lens are you using? Fish-eye?

Nick, Feb 01 2016 11:05

We delivered the prizes to Oscar last week. Here's Ewald handing over Oscar's favourite Trail Daze photograph and a Camelback Mule.

 

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Enjoy Oscar!

Kevlouw, Feb 01 2016 11:43

Have you voted in the Poll? Entries close at 12pm today.

 

Choose your 'Best of' for Trail Daze 2015 and you could win one a Camelbak Mule 3L (worth R1,590) and a signed enlargement of your favourite Trail Daze photo.

 

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I need this in my life!