KZN mountain bike dogs star in new film

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Hylton Turvey riding into a KZN sunset with his trail dogs in tow (Photo: Shimano)
Hylton Turvey riding into a KZN sunset with his trail dogs in tow (Photo: Shimano)

To many, Shimano is cycling. The Japanese component brand celebrates a century of innovation this year and as part of its marketing campaign, is a new film all about mountain biking dogs.

If you have been mountain biking for long enough, you will know exactly what a trail dog is. And the joy, they can provide.

Although most of South Africa’s trails are either on private farmland or in nature reserves, which limit trail dog interactions, we do feature in this new Shimano film.

Shimano’s A Dog’s Tale was produced by acclaimed mountain bike filmmakers and it shows. The story follows Raven, a retired trail dog from British Columbia.

For those unfamiliar with the athleticism and ability of trail dogs, this new film will be a pleasant revelation.

Trail dogs are often quicker than many mountain bikers over challenging terrain and hardly shy away from jumps and other technical obstacles. Their inherent balance, four paw contact points and low centre of gravity make them ideal at chasing after mountain bikers on a singletrack descent.

Click on the link below to watch the film.

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