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A bat­tle of beasts

‘These cars are awe­some – what you dream about as a kid.’ That’s F1 cham­pion Jen­son But­ton talk­ing about the su­per­cars that take part in ral­ly­cross. It’s the fastest-grow­ing mo­tor­sport in the world, show­cas­ing ve­hi­cles that may look fa­mil­iar (Audi, VW Polo, Peu­geot, Hyundai, Ford Fi­esta) but which can go from

0 to 100km/h in two sec­onds (faster than F1 cars). The cur­rent world cham­pion, Swe­den’s Jo­han Kristof­fers­son, is among the

25 driv­ers who will be zoom­ing around the 1km Kil­lar­ney Race­way cir­cuit in Cape Town this month at the World Ral­ly­cross of South Africa. It’s the fi­nal race of this year’s FIA cham­pi­onship and the only one in Africa. Tick­ets R220–R750 pp.

24–25 No­vem­ber. fi­a­worl­dral­ly­

Cy­cle the city

Joburg’s big­gest bike race, the Telkom 947 Cy­cle Chal­lenge, takes over the city to al­low al­most 30 000 cy­clists to cruise freely. The route in­cludes Jan Smuts Av­enue,

Zoo Lake, Rose­bank, the CBD and the M1 past Sand­ton via Kyalami.

This year it will be done in re­verse, so those last four killer hills in the fi­nal 10km will now be at the start. For bud­ding cy­cling fa­nat­ics, there is a Kid­dies Ride (all fin­ish­ers get a medal and T-shirt), and the MTB Chal­lenge the week be­fore fol­lows ur­ban trails on pri­vate land, with a fam­ily friendly 8km ride on of­fer too. All events start and fin­ish at River­sands in Four­ways; the Life­style Expo (free en­try) is at the Tick­etPro Dome. 10–11, 16–18 No­vem­ber. cy­clechal­

Thrills around the world

A teenage sherpa who has climbed Mount Ever­est 21 times; na­tive tra­di­tions of the Cana­dian Arc­tic; in the hoof­steps of elu­sive moun­tain ibex; kayak­ing across Ice­land (and over mas­sive water­falls, pic­tured be­low); ski­ing skate­board­er­style through town … these are some of the ad­ven­tures to en­joy at this year’s Banff Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val, a vis­ual feast of adren­a­line-pump­ing ath­leti­cism and some of the most stun­ning scenery. For lo­cal thrills, the win­ner of this year’s Cape Union Mart Ad­ven­ture Film Chal­lenge, Al­ways Dream by Hay­den Brown, stars MTB champ Greg Min­naar and the beau­ti­ful Drak­ens­berg. At Ster-Kinekor in Joburg, Pre­to­ria, PE, Dur­ban and Cape Town. Tick­ets R84 pp. 26 Oc­to­ber–4 No­vem­ber.

De­li­cious de­lights

Bin­nelanders ac­tor Ben Kruger once cooked 50 dif­fer­ent potjies in one day (a world record). He’ll be pre­sid­ing over the potjie com­pe­ti­tion at this year’s Taste of Tza­neen

Fest. The theme is ‘Bas­kets Full of Bless­ings’ – and, in­deed, this Lim­popo town pro­duces most of our avos, man­goes, ba­nanas and toma­toes. Vis­i­tors can en­joy the best of lo­cal pro­duce at the ar­ti­san mar­ket (do visit Bay­hound’s Cof­fee Ken­nel, a shop made of tin and wood on wheels). There’s also a wine-tast­ing sa­fari and har­vest-ta­ble lunch, but it’s not only about fill­ing your tummy – there will be a bon­sai ex­hi­bi­tion, lo­cal crafts, live mu­sic, an An­glo-Boer War Skir­mishes tour and cy­cad auc­tion (pic­tured), plus the new Manorvlei MTB Chal­lenge. Var­i­ous costs for se­lected events. 2–3 No­vem­ber. tas­te­oftza­

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