Enough to drive you mud Off-road cy­cling can pre­sent the best, and worst of riding con­di­tions

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

madly like a tur­tle caught on a clump of kelp.

So you un­cleat and push your bike. But there are no footholds. Each step for­ward takes you two back. You slip. You slide. You spend a lot of time on your knees, look­ing heav­en­ward.

You get to the top, pant­ing and wheez­ing. Your bike looks like a weapon wielded by the Swamp Thing. Back on the open road, out of the for­est, your bike makes hor­ri­fy­ing scrap­ing sounds like the last rasp­ing breath of a dy­ing Darth Vader.

Then time stands still. Si­lence seeps back. You hear it. Air sucks in. Air sighs out. Kadoof. Kadoof. A heart-beat.

This is no record­ing.

Twiggy in­vited

DUR­BAN­ITE Grant “Twiggy” Baker has been in­vited to com­pete in the Quik­sil­ver in Mem­ory of Ed­die Aikau In­vi­ta­tional. This pres­ti­gious con­test will take place at Waimea Bay, Hawaii, if the right big wave con­di­tions pre­sent them­selves this win­ter.

Robb on a roll

CUR­RENT World Champ Si­mone Robb con­vinc­ingly won the women’s open divi­sion at the West­ern Prov­ince long­board cham­pi­onships held at Long Beach, Kom­metjie, in per­fect con­di­tions. Word on the beach was that she would have won the men’s divi­sion too, had she en­tered. She off to China to com­pete in the World Pro­fes­sional Long­board Champs.

Weather Tip

A pump­ing south­easter canes the coast this week­end. There is plenty of 4-5’ groundswell around to­day and to­mor­row but the wind tends to the south, which makes some of those sub­lime beach­breaks a lit­tle sideshore. Muizen­berg will be blown out on­shore and not very pleas­ant.

OLIVIA JONES COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS

TALL STO­RIES: Twiggy Baker, who has been in­vited to com­pete in the Ed­die Aikau big wave surf­ing event in Hawaii.

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