And the winners are…

Man, oh man! What a weekend of cycling! This last weekend was the greatest weekend of my life. Screw wedding photos or birth of kids, this weekend’s pics are going straight into my wallet!

The Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, sponsored by DCM Chrome in Pietermaritzburg, was beyond amazing. It provided the blood, sweat and gears which will be immortalised in the history of MTB.

beautiful2In the downhill men’s category, local Maritzburg boy, Greg Minnaar, kicked some major butt again to claim first place ahead of Michael Hannah and Steve Peat. In the downhill women’s category, Tracy Moseley celebrated her 30th birthday with a first place finish ahead of Emmeline Ragot and Sabrina Jonnier.

In the men’s cross-country event, Spaniard Jose Hermida took the honours ahead of Julien Absalon and South Africa’s own Burry Stander. In the ladies’ cross-country event, Elisabeth Osl finished top ahead of Irina Kalentieva and Lene Byberg.

For full detailed results of the MTB World Cup, please visit www.uci.ch.

If you were at the event, please share some stories with us. Tell us what you thought of it and if you’ll go attend another event in the future.

Ricky in Spandex

WWE Cycling Helmet

A while ago, I mentioned that I was looking for a Scooby Doo bike for my eldest son, Michael, and couldn’t find one in South Africa. Well, this weekend, Hubby and I decided to take him to Toyzone to pick out a bike.

As expected, he ended up lost in the action figure section and we couldn’t drag him away without putting a Transformer toy in the shopping basket. However, it was in this section that I saw the cutest accessory for children – a red WWE themed cycling helmet.

hulkhoganMichael went nuts when he saw it and started doing some weird impersonation of a wrestler by shaking his hand in front of his face and saying, “You can’t see me!”

I replied, “You’re right in front of me, dear. I can see you!”

We ended up buying the helmet and a little blue bike for him. Hopefully, the cycling helmet is safe. After seeing all the wrestling carnage on TV, I assumed that they probably used a chair-shot as a testing basis for all their products, so it must be pretty solid.

Oh yes, and just to prove that boys never grow up – Hubby also came home with a new Formula 1 model car. Sigh.

Wendy The Mom

MTB World Cup

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, is almost upon us! From 10-12 April, Pietermaritzburg better prepare itself for a cycling extravaganza that is going to rock South Africa like never before!

The best part about the MTB World Cup is that it’s going to be held over the Easter weekend, so it’s officially public holiday time and everyone can come down and watch. Forget about the stupid Jokefest, with boring bands like Snoring Patrol and Pillow For My Valentine, rather spend a minimum of R30 and watch the supreme cycling event of the year. You’re gonna be able to get up close and see some of the top cyclists in the world in action.

So you better hurry up and get tickets, because they are selling out like chocolate cake at fat camp.

You can purchase tickets through the official event website at www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za as well as at the event itself.

It’s going to be a skill, speed, and power frenzied affair! I can’t wait for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup!

Bandaged Jack

Swiss Army

The Swiss are coming! The Swiss are coming! Well, at least to the ABSA Cape Epic, running from the 21- 28 March…

Swiss cyclists Urs Huber and Thomas Zahnd will be participating as Team Stoeckli-Craft at this year’s cycling bonanza. Zahnd has already competed in three previous editions of the Cape Epic, whilst Huber will be competing in his first this year.

Much like Batman and Robin (minus the obvious romantic relationship between the masked crusaders), Zahnd and Huber are going to have to work as a team and be on the same wave length if they are to overcome the mountain (say it slowly and you’ll sound Capetonian) and make it all the way to the finish line at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – South Africa is the place to be if you’re a serious cyclist. The evidence is in all the cool people visiting our shores, like the Huber and Zahnd :D

P.S. I still rock with my broken toe from this weekend’s debauchery, which actually didn’t involve cycling, but rather vodka and closed sliding doors.

Bandaged Jack

Famous

Well, well, it looks like Pietermaritzburg is going to become famous on the 9th of April. And no, it’s not because of it being the one compulsory stop on the way to Durbs or of it being the capital city of KZN.

Instead, it’s going to be famous because of it’s immortalisation on the silver screen with the release of a new documentary, The Tipping Point, by US filmmaker, Clay Porter.

Lights, camera, ACTION!

Lights, camera, ACTION!

The film is going to be summary of the 2008 downhill mountain bike World Cup Series and an opportunity to glance into the world of local cycling great, Greg Minnaar – who also happens to be a Maritz boy.

Man, this is fantastic news not just for Martizburg, but the whole of SA! Wow, we should receive more news like this every day, instead of listening to stupid clowns on eNews *cough* Malema *cough*

The film will be shown at the Cascades Nu Metro Cinema, in Pietermaritzburg, on Thursday, April 9, and a ticket will cost you 50 bucks at the door. Be there! It’s release also coincides with the opening round of the 2009 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup!

Ricky in Spandex

Prank Call

I was feeling naughty yesterday and decided to end my boredom in the best way possible way – prank calling. Now I didn’t do the usual run of the mill rude ones like Hugh Jass, Mike Hunt or even Ben Down. No, I decided to come up with something clever and cycling related.

ROFLMAO!

ROFLMAO!

Here’s what happened when I phoned the local cycling shop, looking for theses people :)

Shop Assistant: *censored* cycling shop, Thabo speaking, how may I help?

Me: Hello Thabo, could I please speak to Dr. T. Rails? *that’s dirty trails for everyone*

Shop Assistant: Um…I’m sorry but there is nobody here by that name.

Me: Oh my, I’m terribly sorry. I meant Mr E. Vent *event*

Shop Assistant: Nope, nobody here under that name either…

Me: Mr L. Met? *helmet*

Shop Assistant: Nope, sorry buddy, I think you have the wrong….

Me: Okay, final one! Is there a Mrs B. Ike in the building? *bike*

Shop Assistant: No man, I’m sorry. I think you have the wrong number.

Me: Gees…and you call this a bike shop when you don’t know any of these people or should I say things! *put phone down*

I’m pretty sure that the Thabo must’ve had a chuckle when he thought about the names later on. Well, if he didn’t I certainly did :P Try it out, it’s fun and it works!

Marky Mark

Freaking Hectic!

I’ve just read an article on the Metro website about how a mountain bike has actually helped solve a murder case!

On 22 August 2007, an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones, was caught in the crossfire between members of Liverpool gang the Nogga Dogz and the opposing Crocky Crew gang. Jones was hit by a stray bullet and died instantly. One of the members of the gang was alleged to have fled the scene on a silver Specialized Hardrock mountain bike.

Six months later, the mountain bike was found and handed over to the police, which contained the DNA of the accused Sean Mercer. Interestingly enough, the bicycle was found less than 250 yards from the place that Mercer and several of his co-accused allegedly visited hours after Jones’s murder.

Mercer has said that he had bought himself a new bicycle after his previous one was stolen. However, it still met the same description as the bicycle used to flee the crime scene and contained his DNA.

Your DNA can't lie

Your DNA can't lie

Earlier this year, the court found Mercer guilty and sentenced him, along with some of his accomplices. His mother may also face charges due to her intentionally misleading the police about the mountain bike her son used to cycle from the scene of Jones’ murder.

One interesting thing I’d like to point out is that it seems like the justice systems are not only flawed in South Africa, but all around the world. It took nearly a year and a half to convict criminals of their crimes! And some of them are only serving 5 years for their involvement, WTF! I understand there are processes and all, but is it human to make the poor victim’s family suffer for that long, while the courts determine the outcome? It’s sickening!

Read the original article here.

Bandaged Jack

Days of our Mountain Bikes Part 11

Like blockages in the Johannesburg water pipes and the latest jokes from Julius Malema, so are the days of our mountain bikes…

In today’s episode of Days of our Mountain Bikes titled ‘Be My MTB Baby’, Mike still searches hopelessly for his lost mountain bike. And it is in this really dark period, that his ex girlfriend Julia makes an appearance again. She begs Mike for another chance to rekindle their love for each other. At first Mike declines, but after Julia presents him with a brand, new Shimano mountain bike – he can’t help but find a spark in his heart ignite again. Will Mike ever find his original bike? And can he really love Julia again after her carnal sins?

Whitney goes to the Limp Bikzit reunion concert and forgets about her mother’s affair with Joey. After the song ‘Rollin’, Whitney notices a security guard keeping the crowd at bay – it’s Tobias! Whitney rigorously tries to get to the front of the stage to speak to him, but she gets caught in the moshpit and floats around the arena. Luckily, her cycling helmet protected her from getting hurt, but by the time she manages to get to the front – Tobias is gone! Will Whitney ever find Tobias again? And will Tobias embrace her like he’s finally decided to?

Diana sits by the poolside, as her hunky new lover, Joey, cleans her mountain bike. Diana can’t help but think of Hel-Met and all the good times they shared on the trail. She wonders if he is still competing in races, and most importantly, still winning. Will Diana try get back in touch with Hel-Met? And most importantly, can Joey get even sexier by the day?

*Enter cheesy music*

Stay tuned to what happens next in the Days of our Mountain Bikes!

*Fade to 20 minute infomercial on insurance*

Wendy The Mom

MTB interest in the US

I read a shocking piece of news on Cycling News today. MTB interest in the Eastern US is declining 0_o

What is wrong with these people? Is the whole world going through an intelligence recession as well? And to top it all off, some bonehead called Daniel McDonald, who is a member of USA Cycling’s ProTour committee, says it’s no cause for alarm and he’s giddy about the decline! WTF!

You really need to go and read that news piece. Click here (it’s about halfway down the page) and then continue reading below.

The strongest will survive

The strongest will survive

The reporter did make a valid point when he/she said that mountain biking has “essentially split into two separate sports” that being cross-country and freeriding. Perhaps, it’s the old case of evolution, where you give humans too many options and they get freaking confused. If a monkey gets two bananas, he/she eats both instantly without any hassle or thought. If a human gets two choices, they fret over which to do first and most often do none.

I’m still glad that the MTB events in South Africa are filled with many MTBers. I couldn’t imagine living in a world without spandex and two wheels.

Bandaged Jack

Days of our Mountain Bikes Part 10

Like astronomical Telkom call rates and tedious repeats of the same movie on SABC1, so are the days of our mountain bikes…

In today’s episode of Days of our Mountain Bikes titled ‘Sex, Lies and Mountain Bikes’, Mike recovers from his gunshot wound and goes down to the police station to collect his recovered bike. When he arrives, he notices that it his NOT his mountain bike – it is instead a cheap imitation bike from a Game store! Where could Mike’s bike actually be? Could his ex Julia have something to do with this? Hmm…

Behind fake blue eyesWhitney is finally reunited with her mother, Diana, who she feels is very jittery and nervous. Upon further investigation and general stalking, she notices Diana kissing Joey – her cycling partner and obviously, new lover. Whitney confronts Diana with a picture of her and Joey embracing. Will Diana tell Whitney the truth or bribe her with Limp Bizkit reunion concert tickets? And how will this picture impact on Diana’s lawsuit against Madonna?

Tobias has gone on a long journey of self-discovery and cycled all the way through the French countryside. He decides that even if it is illegal in most places to marry your own daughter (minus Brakpan), he still loves Whitney and must have her as his bride. What will happen when Tobias proclaims his incestuous love for Whitney?

*Enter cheesy music*

Stay tuned to what happens next in the Days of our Mountain Bikes!

*Fade to 20 minute commercial on carpet cleaning*

Wendy The Mom