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Dirt and Trail ONLINE DEC 2020

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there is a very apparent, ever evolving spirit of Quest camaraderie amongst them. The last 80km was fast flowing jeep track made a welcome change from the pace of the previous two days where the average overall speed was just over 20kph. Day 4: The Richtersveld’s finest tracks and roads were now behind with the iconic Bushmanland, Tankwa Karoo and Cederberge ahead. Different to other mornings, the teams were set off in 5 minute intervals on a timed navigation exercise that was tracked. It was a tricky exercise that required patience and attention to detail and led the group to the foot of “Peters Scramble”. There was time for a celebratory beverage before a hearty supper – both not really touching sides – before the evening’s presentations by Nic Rossouw and Andre Bierman. Their topics were on Lake Malawi and the Bongo and The Lord Derby Eland. After a really full day of high adventure, as you would imagine, sleep came very easily! Day 3: “I wasn’t expecting it to be this tough!” – Jaco du Plessis, once he’d made it up the gnarliest climb for the day. Much had been made of the day in the briefing, today it was very much rocks and climbs and more rocks and climbs with just a sprinkling of deep sand river beds for a little added variety. The day started innocently enough with a gentle meander past river-side farms before turning away from the river and diving into the beautiful, but harsh Western Richtersvelds rocky mountains. And then… Imagine riding through a vast mountainous desert quite far from anywhere, when around a bend is a forest of balancing stones, or cairns if you will. With not a single sign or notice to say what this is about. It seems the perfectly quiet place that invites one to reflect on one’s own place and space in the world and leave a memory of whatever needs to be left there. The desert had touched many in more ways than just the physical. In a world where everything is becoming mobile, you should be too! CRF1000 manual R185 000 Get moving with our special offer of a R5000 discount on our CRF1000 range! While stocks last. CRF1000 manual R205 000 Right after that experience, the group turned down a little used track to head south for a stiff warmup of fast open winding jeep track, interspersed with riverbeds and boulder dodging, then, short sharp climbs before the big test; a series of successively steeper climbs the last of which is an intimidating test of momentum and bravery. The group chose to send the more capable riders up the run. They then walked back down to spot and help those who struggled. The strack was eroded, filled with large loose rocks, off camber and has a wicked, very steep, chewed up switchback right at the top. The controlled torque and versatile suspension of the Africa Twin 1100, with much adrenalin and sweat, saw all the riders celebrating reaching the top whilst eating freshly toasted jaffles cooked over an open fire. Although, technically all the teams are in a competition against each other, There were many seriously difficult climbs in those first 3 days, but this was the most difficult so far. It took the group just over 3 hours to do the 500m 4×4 track, it is seriously eroded sandstone gravel with several switchbacks, deep erosion gulley’s and large step-up ledges. NOW ONLY R179 999 NOW ONLY R199 999