Bicycling (South Africa) - - Stories -

The Venue This year, it was at the Gar­den Route Trail Park out­side Sedge­field; but it moves to an­other lo­ca­tion ev­ery year – last year it was in Nieu Bethesda. Search for ‘SA Sin­gle­speed Champs’ on Face­book.

The Bikes Old-school they may be, but that’s not to say they’re old or old-fash­ioned. These bikes fea­ture the very lat­est frame ge­om­e­try, tyres and brakes, and in skilled hands can han­dle ev­ery­thing a moun­tain bike trail can throw at them. Some have front sus­pen­sion forks, but most are fully rigid.

The Rid­ers They only look like this once a year. The rest of the time they’re in their ly­cra jer­seys and trail shorts, out rid­ing with ev­ery­one else. Most of them are ex­pe­ri­enced and of­ten very strong rid­ers who’ve com­peted in all of SA’s big multi-day stage races.

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