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Wynand Basson's MTB journey from superbikes to building Banhoek singletrack

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Wynand Basson carried half of the 132 planks to build this feature in Banhoek. It required a dozen hikes up the mountain. (Photo: Wynand Basson)
Wynand Basson carried half of the 132 planks to build this feature in Banhoek. It required a dozen hikes up the mountain. (Photo: Wynand Basson)

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."

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