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From short, easy one-night escapes suitable for the whole family, to hard-core mountain adventures that will test even the most experienced, competitive racers, the 34 trails of southern Africa’s best multi-day trails and wilderness journeys featured in Free Wheeling cover the full spectrum of mountain bike tours on offer in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
A guide and support vehicle accompanies most of the tours, meaning that someone else takes care of the logistics and you are left free to enjoy the best that mountain biking offers.
Whether you want to ride with big game, along empty beaches, through verdant forest or across barren deserts you’ll find a trail to suit, and there are also some specialist trails that are aimed at birders, gourmands and culture-vultures. As the waiting lists for the stage races grow (and with them the entry fees) touring offers an alternative way to get your dirt fix ? an active holiday with a group of friends or family. After riding the inaugural Tour de Wilderness mountain bike tour, photojournalist Fiona McIntosh tried her hand at stage racing, completing the ABSA Cape Epic in 2007. She’s now a social rider who looks forward to a soft bed, good meal and some fine wine after a hard day in the saddle.
187 pages; ISBN 9781920289690
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