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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #780 on: June 05, 2018, 09:47:11 am »
My mate from Grahamstown....Jason Meaton,seriously quick on any bicycle! :thumleft:

Yup, he is super quick, came in 2nd on Day 1 just 08:37 after the leaders!




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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #781 on: June 05, 2018, 09:50:26 am »
The highlights of Day 1, even if you do not read the Ride Report, just have a look at this video of Day 1


https://www.facebook.com/1ZambiaMTB/videos/2562162854008033/

 
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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #782 on: June 05, 2018, 10:37:26 am »
1ZambiaMTB Day 2

Day two was going to be the "easy" day. Still 70km but it included a bit of dirt roads, a very long decent, but also two very hard climbs. This is the day that the fast guys like as they can put the hammer down and open big gaps. We on the other hand just wanted to survive!

Map and Profile of Day 2



I saw that they took a pic of my bike and Garmin for the Garmin Facebook page...  :biggrin:



Some of the "Race faces" at the start of Day 2 (all pics by Cassandra Green)









Day two for us started with a disaster! After breaking Keith's chain twice on day 1, we had a new chain fitted for day two and guess what......500m after the start, boom, chain snapped again! We were right behind the Torq-Zone tent, so went straight there and they fitted a new chain in record speed! By this time the front guys were almost at the start of the second start loop with the jump, but we have not even done the first one! It just so happened that we were just in front of the leaders as we headed down the hill for the jump on our first lap. The announcer blasted over the sound system that the leaders are coming........and then I appear, I decided this is my moment of glory and I took the jump in front of Ryan Ellis (the pro cyclist leader!) Everyone thought I was in the lead! It was awesome! But as soon as I landed I got the hell out of his way! We chatted about it after the race and he just laughed and said he was not at all bothered or hindered by me and he was totally cool with it, what a nice dude!

Here is my moment of glory in 1Zambia.......leading......sort of!  :biggrin:



Here are some pics from out on the course





















We made it home in once piece, we felt much better than we did after Day 1. Keith managed his eating and drinking much better toady. We only had one other mechanical apart from the broken chain right after the start...........my chain snapped on a very steep uphill, 15km from the end. We fixed the chain, no issues and took it easy to the end.

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #783 on: June 05, 2018, 10:41:43 am »
Video of Day 2

I just love these guys's videos, and they release them the afternoon after the stage, seriously impressive!

https://www.facebook.com/1ZambiaMTB/videos/2562741467283505/

 
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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #784 on: June 05, 2018, 11:10:07 am »
I will do a write up of Day 3 as soon as the pics from Cassandra and Dropkick Media is uploaded.

Here is the video from Day 3 - This was the best day!!

https://www.facebook.com/1ZambiaMTB/videos/2563602510530734/
 
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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #785 on: June 05, 2018, 11:39:56 am »
This looks awesome .
 

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #786 on: June 20, 2018, 10:19:45 am »
Please explain this to me....a high-end enduro motorbike (demo) cost roughly the same as a (discounted) high-end mtb!? How can the mtb industry defend these mtbike prices?  These are local ads for specials btw.
IMHO no amount of carbon & hi-tech materials used, R&D spent etc etc bla bla bla, can justify mtb prices.  Something somewhere is not right. :patch:



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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #787 on: June 20, 2018, 10:33:39 am »
Goodpoint Wiledog-x, I remember reading an article recently surrounding this very subject and in a nutshell a large portion of the justification was that in the case of a upper end MTB like that above the average joe purchaser is buying something that is of the same quality as that which is raced by the pros. In the case of a motorcycle like that above is that the pro would typically have a LOT of extras as opposed to that which the man in the street utilises (Mainly Suspension)
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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #788 on: June 20, 2018, 10:55:42 am »
I agree with Edgy but the cycling industry still has very high margins
Dealer have roughly 35% and importers have 30-50% Margin on bikes
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« Reply #789 on: June 26, 2018, 09:07:49 am »
Tire prices are just as crazy

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« Reply #790 on: June 26, 2018, 09:23:09 am »
I had this very argument on the Bike Hub forum. One of the suggestions was the the bike dealers / manufacturers are really pulling the P*** out of it. I too cannot see how a motorbike encompassing technology and components can in some cases be cheaper than a bicycle. I ride a KTM bicycle and it works like a charm, but its a 26" carbon frame with shit hot components and it cost me 15k. What on gods green earth make a new 29" krm with the very same top notch components cost 100K ??

For 100 K, I would have a great 2nd had bike, a very capable bicycle and change in my pocket !!
 

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #791 on: July 12, 2018, 03:04:31 pm »
Eish, I have completely forgotten about posting the details of day 3 of 1Zambia……

1ZambiaMTB Day 3

Day 3 is the final and the longest day of 1Zambia MTB. Although mostly downhill, there were still over 1000m of climbing to be done. The route goes from Lilayi Lodge just south of Lusaka all the way down to Kiambi Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi river. A total distance of about 106km. About 50km of this would be on single track footpaths and cattle tracks with lots of technical rocky descents thrown in. There is a HECTIC decent from the escarpment down into the Zambezi valley. This section is about 1.3km and a negative gradient of about 25%. It is kak-steep and very loose. They did put down some chicken wire here and there as there was very little traction on this steep part. Add to that 90deg switchbacks, then it makes this decent pretty scary!

Map and Profile of Day 3




Some pics of the steep section (taken by Dropkick Media)













Then you hit the valley floor. This is just amazing riding! All along the Kafue River through villages with smiling kids and through massive Baobabs!









Then we finally reached the end!





Some of the looks on the finished riders’ faces….







Overall winners……lekker MOEG!!



We also made it!





Then it was onto the boats to ferry us to Kanyemba Island in the middle of the Zambezi for some beers and the prize giving…. What a spot and what an experience!








Beer makes the pain go away!


The Podium spots



What a spot for a prize giving!


These are the two people that makes this whole thing possible, Owen Green and his wife Ilke. They organise EVERYTHING for this race with a very limited budget and a struggle for sponsorships they go the extra mile in producing a one in a million MTB race!
Thanks guys!!



If you can make it, I would seriously recommend you make the trek up to Lusaka to do this race. It is small and intimate with only 100 or so riders and it is so well organised. None of this 500-800 rider bunches trying to kill everyone on a single track! This is MTB at its unspoilt best!

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #792 on: July 12, 2018, 03:35:41 pm »
Youve gone and put this on my for sure bucket list!!
I chatted with Dave Reeves the other day and he confirmed how lekker this event is! :thumleft:
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« Reply #793 on: July 12, 2018, 05:12:18 pm »
Youve gone and put this on my for sure bucket list!!
I chatted with Dave Reeves the other day and he confirmed how lekker this event is! :thumleft:

Hehehe, Yeah, Dave is an absolute machine! He did not ride this year, but in 2017 he came in 11th overall  :thumleft: :thumleft:


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« Reply #794 on: July 13, 2018, 06:18:31 am »
On a different note, anybody on the forum mates with Conrad Stoltz ( The Caveman)?
I’m wanting to make contact to enquire re personal coaching for my daughter
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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #795 on: July 13, 2018, 10:05:00 am »
Anyone have old mountain bike bits and bobs they no longer need?
Just invested in a bike and trying to build up the basic kit.

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« Reply #796 on: July 13, 2018, 12:55:56 pm »
On a different note, anybody on the forum mates with Conrad Stoltz ( The Caveman)?
I’m wanting to make contact to enquire re personal coaching for my daughter
Sorted thanx :thumleft:
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« Reply #797 on: July 16, 2018, 09:16:34 am »
Very nice one thanks for sharing the experience Etienne!
 

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Re: any mountain bikers here?
« Reply #798 on: July 16, 2018, 11:33:22 am »
Another cool video produced by Dropkick Media for the 1Zambia...

https://www.facebook.com/1ZambiaMTB/videos/2600902990134019/

I do not know how to embed Facebook Videos

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« Reply #799 on: August 02, 2018, 12:55:57 pm »
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