The life of a trail builder is not one of leisurely mornings. If you want to cut, shape and maintain singletrack trails, you must be 'sup early. Being from a farm, with its sunrise schedule, helps.
Raised on a working farm outside Tzaneen, Wynand Basson's journey into riding started when he was gifted a Nishiki rigid mountain bike in Grade 8. The early 1990s mountain bikes didn't really catch his fancy, being too fragile for robust farm riding, and Wynand transitioned to off-road motorcycles.
After moving to Cape Town for a career, he reengaged with mountain biking as a training supplement to his regional superbike racing in the mid to late 2000s. "I wanted to lose weight for superbike racing, and cross-country mountain biking was growing really strongly at that stage with the Cape Epic. I bought a cross-country bike in 2008 and started road riding too."