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Ladies mountain bike weekend

Ladies Mountain Bike weekend at Arabella Hotel & Spa

October 22, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Mountain biking is the fastest growing sport in South Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world, with exponential growth specifically in the woman’s market. Ladies want to get a piece of the action too!  Mountain biking is, however quite an intense and highly technical sport to master, which makes it intimidating for women to master the sport in this mostly male-dominated arena. Enter Vanessa Haywood – internationally and locally known as the leading lady in the film District 9 and also a top model – Vanessa has moved into the extreme sporting world of endurance mountain biking with perceived ease, including completing two ABSA Cape Epic’s and the Leadville 100 miler in Colorado.  “When I first started mountain biking, I was thrown into the deep end! Not many women were mountain biking at the time either. I didn’t acquire the much needed skills until many years later & I found myself a bit isolated within a mostly male-dominated sport,” explains Vanessa.  So to ensure other women do not go through this, Vanessa has organised a mountain biking weekend specifically for woman at the beautiful Arabella Country Estate from the 6th to the 8th of December 2013. It […]


“Vanessa & Friends” is growing beautifully!

June 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

A few weeks ago I had to cancel my “Vanessa & Friends” social ride due to an impending Cyclone making its way to Cape Town! Thank heavens I made the call because the weather was nuts! The high winds and torrential rain went on for days! So, with little notice (winter weather in Cape Town is so unpredictable), and a great forecast from Windguru, I decided to have the postponed ride this last weekend. Cyclists of varying strengths, arrived at Velocity Sports Lab in Hout Bay on Saturday morning on their mountain and road bikes. We had a fantastic turn out, the weather was sunny and there was not a breath of wind! Vida provided us with our caffeine-kick cappuccinos that kept us all going for the 20-odd km’s we rode (Hout Bay to Sun Valley and back). The reason I started this social ride was to grow the sport of cycling, to give fellow cycling enthusiasts a chance to interact and chat, and to get newbies into the sport. Hardcore cyclists often get too caught up in training and racing, and we tend to forget why we started cycling in the first place…for the pure enjoyment of it! People […]


Vanessa & Friends

Vanessa & Friends – 15 June!

June 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

A few weeks ago I had to unfortunately postpone my “Vanessa & Friends” ride due to really yuck weather! BUT we are expecting glorious weather this weekend! Hip hip horaaaay! Please join me this Saturday the 15th of June, at Velocity Sports Lab, at 8:30am – leaving for our ride at 9:00! You can bring any bike – tricycle, unicycle, road bike, mountain bike etc. It is a road ride but for those of you worried about cars, we have the awesome “Player 23”, Jan du Toit driving the Cycle Lab vehicle behind our group, which will warn motorists that we are ahead! Vida will be giving us coffees for that caffeine injection and there are also some rad give-aways! Be there or you’re a loser! He he he!  

Women's MTB

Inner Mountains – Ladies MTB Weekend

May 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Date: 9 – 11 August 2013 (3 DAY TOUR) Type: Mountain Bike, Easy to Moderate Join me and the ladies from Cycle Lab Tours for three days of scenic mountain biking – combining challenge and reward from Wellington to Tulbagh and back! Riding is at your own pace and time, the route is mostly flat that ensures easy riding all the way to and from Tulbagh. This weekend is designed for you and your friends to break away on a physical and mental journey, exploring the mountains within and around you. Refresh and relax your body and mind! Daily Distance: There is a short and long distance daily and you can swop between the days. Day 1: Short: 35/55km Long: 75km Day 2: Short: 30km Long: 45km Day 3: Short: 35km Long: 65km Route Description: Day 1 – Wellington – Tulbagh: Open gravel roads, rolling hills that flattens out towards Tulbagh Day 2 – Tulbagh Out & Back: Mountain loop with a few up and down hills & some moderate technical sections Day 3 – Tulbagh – Wellington: Open gravel roads, mostly flat. Long route finishing off with Bainskloof Pass   The tour will include the below: Sharing accommodation in […]