10 reasons to take up mountain biking

2014-04-27 15:00

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Mountain biking is the perfect way to destress and get in touch with nature, says fanatical pedal pusher Craig Wapnick

1. It’s the best way to experience parts of South Africa you’d otherwise never get to see.

2. It’s the easiest way to stay fit and in shape while having fun.

3. There are hundreds of different mountain bikes. They are all sexy and look really cool, even if you just stare at them while having coffee.

4. South Africa is the mountainbiking stage-race capital of the world. We host the most stage races in beautiful parts of the country. The Cape Epic, Sani2c, joBerg2c, Berg & Bush and Wines2Whales are just a few.

5. As a man, you get to wear cycling kit. Women dig men in revealing cycling gear – and vice versa.

6. Road riding is extremely dangerous in this country. Mountainbiking takes place

off-road, away from cars.

7. It’s the “new golf” – only with mountainbiking, friends and family can get involved.

8. There are hundreds of guesthouses all over South Africa with access to mountainbiking trails.

9.Mountainbiking is one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.

10. Food and beer taste 10 times better after a great ride.

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