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The Cape Pioneer Trek
South Africa must be the Mecca of mountain bike stage racing and with the exception of a very short winter (July) and Christmas break, world class multi-day events litter our calendar. The last 4 weeks have been an especially busy period for us racing at Mankele 3 Towers, the Berg&Bush and finally the Cape Pioneer Trek. Read on
This past weekend we headed to the Drakensberg foothills for the 13th edition of the Berg&Bush MTB stage race. As with Mankele 3 Towers last weekend an event that has been around this long is doing a few things right. ‘Farmer Gary Green’, his family and his management team….read on.
As a ‘home race’ organized on some of our favourite trails by some of the most passionate mountain bikers and people we know, the Mankele 3 Towers stage race is very close to our hearts. us. Read on….
Die Boertjiefees (The Little Farmer’s Festival)
Until last week we had never heard of the Boertjiefees, but it just goes to show how riding a bike can lead to new and fun experiences.It all came about when we were invited to my dad’s birthday party. As you can imagine, read on…
Yolandi joined Garmin in 2013 and has become synonymous with the brand. I joined her as a brand ambassador in 2015 and in 2016 I graduated to full Garmin colours when we formed Team Garmin MTB. Read on….
The Bank Gaborone Quest
The inaugural Bank Gaborone Quest was held this past weekend and Team Garmin MTB packed our bags and headed to Botswana for our first ‘international event’ of 2019 . Granted, it’s only a car drive away but it sure feels adventurous crossing the border to get to a bike race. Read on..
True to its name the Jock Classic is one of the ‘classics’ on the local road race calendar. The race has undergone several changes in ownership, format and race route since its inception in 1983, but it seems to have settled on its current format of 3 stages ….read on
The Great Zuurberg Trek – what a fantastic name for a race wouldn’t you agree? As the name suggests, this 3 day stage race takes place in the Zuurberg Mountains just north of the Addo Elephant National Park. Read on…
At 14 years old Sani2C is one of the grand old ladies on the mountain bike stage racing scene. The race derives its name from the route starting at Glencairn close to the foot of Sani Pass, flowing South East to finish at Scottburgh on the Indian Ocean. Read on…
As the name suggests, joBerg2C takes riders from Johannesburg, the economic hub of South Africa, to the sea finishing at the Indian Ocean on Scottburgh beach after 9 days of riding and racing. Read on…
The Glacier Cradle Traverse is an intimate, family-orientated event held close to the Cradle of Humankind on the Western outskirts of Johannesburg. Just across the Muldersdrift stream from where it was held last year, the Avianto Lifestyle Estate took over as base camp for the 2nd edition of the event. Read on…
This might come as a surprise, but the Cape Epic is not one of my favourite races. This is mostly due its ever increasing commercial nature which goes against our perceived ethos of mountain biking which promotes inclusivity instead of exclusivity. Despite the massive infrastructure…continue reading.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour formerly known as ‘The Argus’ is probably one of the most renowned timed cycling events in the world. Boasting numbers of more than 35000 participants and a course tracing the Cape Town Peninsula and all its famous landmarks makes this event iconic in more ways than one. Read on…
In its short 6 year existence the Tankwa Trek has quickly become one of the premier race events on the South African Mountain Bike landscape. Its position on the calendar and the terrain it covers makes it the perfect lead up event to the Cape Epic which comes only a month later. Read on…
Garmin recently released a new flagship cycling device – the Garmin Edge 1030. With the Garmin Edge 1000 being so capable it would be fair to ask if it is worth upgrading to the Edge 1030…? Hopefully this article will help you decide.Read on…
The 9th edition of the Southern Tropical Challenge differed from previous years in that it offered two options to competitors, each with its own name and identity. Both alternatives challenged riders with a prologue and 3 stages but the Sky2C presented the bigger challenge with longer distances and more climbing while the Sea2C lured riders with shorter stages and the promise of an ‘easier’ ride. Read on…
The Uplands Duathlon
This past weekend team Garmin MTB had no races on our calendar and we were looking forward to some quality training before the upcoming Sky2C event. Our local school had other ideas as they hosted a Duathlon event to raise funds for the school. Read on
Situated on the edge of the Highveld escarpment, Kaapsehoop was the venue for the final round of the National MTB Marathon Series. It was the first time the series visited the town prompting a lot of excitement about the new routes on offer. Read on…
Late September to mid November is one of our favourite times of the year as three fantastic events straddle this part of a busy end-of-season race calendar. All these races are characterised by the commitment and passion shown by their organizers, creating events that are mightier than the sum of their parts. Read on…
The Rift Valley Odyssey – what a cool name for a race, wouldn’t you agree? It implies adventure, excitement and a deep sense of fulfilment for completing a journey most people won’t even attempt! Indeed this year’s edition of the RVO had several of these features but cast in the South African mindset of ‘racing’ mountain bikes it wasn’t easy to define what exactly the RVO was, where it fit in and who it was for. Read on
The Bestmed Jock Tour, presented by Rudy Project is arguably one of the toughest road races in South Africa. Staged in and around Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, the tour makes use of the toughest roads in the area to create a 320km course with more than 6000meters of ascent over 3 days. The stages are divided into a 27km Individual Time Trial on Friday afternoon, a 154km stage on Saturday and finally a 138km stage on Sunday. Read on
The Ride Crater Cruise has been an institution on the SA MTB calendar since its inception in 2004 when it was designed and billed as the ultimate challenge between MTB and road cyclists. The race slowly evolved to be more of a mountain bike race, but always maintained its characteristic corrugated road sections, flat-ish profile and less technical nature. Read on…
The penultimate round of the Ashburton National MTB Series took riders to Dullstroom, situated on the edge of an escarpment 2000m above sea level. The altitude was a big factor affecting performance but being one of the coldest towns in South Africa, the weather would also have its say. Read on…
The Trans Baviaans derives its name from the route it traces through the Baviaanskloof as it links Willowmore and Jeffrey’s Bay via 230km of stunningly beautiful, but challenging roads. Read on…
About 90 brave souls started the 4th edition of the 1Zambia last week Friday, setting off on a true African adventure. The event was hosted at Lilayi Lodge just outside Lusaka, spending 2 days at the stunning venue before the final stage took riders to Kiambi Lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambesi River. Read on…
Last week we finally embarked on our African MTB Series where we will be taking part in 5 mountain bike stage races across Sub-Saharan Africa, but outside of our South African borders. After a busy few months on home soil we were excited to finally get the ball rolling on our ‘international’ campaign. Read on
The African MTB series is a collection of 5 mountain bike races in Sub Saharan Africa chosen to highlight mountain biking in Africa and the involvement of Garmin in these events and countries. Read on..
The Glacier Cradle Traverse
It’s not often that we get the opportunity to be part of a race or event for the fun of it without having to worry about our performance. With that in mind we jumped at the opportunity when race organizers Dryland invited us to partake at the inaugural Cradle Traverse….read on.
It’s all in the name – this event takes participants from Heidelberg (just South of Johannesburg) on the Highveld, through the Free State, down into Natal and finishes on the beach at Scottburgh with Indian Ocean waves crashing in the background. Read on…
Charismatic Clarens has become a regular stop of the National Mountain Bike Series, and with good reason. The town generously opens its doors to mountain bikers for race weekend, hosting the event from the town square and offering up a variety of routes with the gorgeous Free State landscape as backdrop. Read on
Team Garmin MTB reviews the Garmin Edge 820
The Edge 820 is the latest addition to Garmin’s well-known Edge cycling unit range. It slots into the current Garmin range just below the top of the range Edge 1000, but above the Edge 520. It’s the successor to the Edge 810 and, before that, the Edge 800 which means it has some huge shoes to fill.Read on
Come and join Team Garmin for 3 days of fun filled mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng traversing the stunning trails at the Cradle of Humankind. Read on
The ABSA Cape Epic
The Cape Epic is one of the biggest and most followed mountain bike stage races in the world. With the event taking place on home soil, it’s always great to be part of it. Read on…
This past weekend Team Garmin MTB headed to the Tankwa Trek where Yolandi teamed up with Theresa Ralph and I partnered with Hannes Hanekom for the event. Read on
For those of you that missed the good news, Yolandi du Toit and I are now Team Garmin MTB full time in 2017 after a successful 5-race partnership last year. Read on….
Before looking to the year ahead it’s impossible not to reflect on the year gone by and what a year it was! In 2016 I competed in numerous high level events both nationally and internationally thanks to…read on
Owning a Garmin device is only half the story. Unlock its full potential by using the Garmin Connect Mobile App and/or Online software. Read on…
We have given up on the idea of convincing people that the Southern Tropical Challenge is a tough race requiring the usual fitness, strength and focus to do well. One mention that the race takes place in Mauritius and images of white beaches read on…
Being one of the biggest 3 day mountain bike stage races in South Africa, the FNB Wines2Whales needs no introduction. Commencing in 2009 the event has grown massively and currently hosts a limited field of around 4,500 participants over the Trail, the Adventure and the Race editions of the event. Read on…
A Garmin Brand Ambassador get-together is always a highlight as the Garmin crew go out of their way to make it a special occasion. One of the surprises at the last meeting was that each Brand Ambassador got spoiled with…read on
The Cape Pioneer Trek
These days the race calendar is jam-packed with events, making it physically impossible to participate in all of them. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is up for debate, but it does make for selective racing……read on.
After the Isuzu 3 Towers it was a quick pit-stop at home to unpack, wash and prep our things before driving to Kwazulu-Natal for the Berg and Bush stage race from 7 to 9 October. Read on…
After the York Enduro Mountain Bike Rally in Sabie, we extended our Lowveld stay and were warmly hosted by Mankele Mountain Bike Park for 4 days before taking to the start of their signature event – the Isuzu 3 Towers. Read on…
The York Enduro Mountain Bike Rally hosted by the timber giant, York Timbers is very different to the usual stage races we have in South Africa. Read on…
Barely a week had passed since I disembarked from my European flight before I took to the skies again. This time the journey didn’t include any international destinations, ‘only’ a local visit to the beautiful Eastern Cape for the 4th edition of the Isuzu Trucks PEPlett. Read on…
Following the BIKE Transalp, the inaugural Glacier 360 was the next event on Team Garmin SA’s calendar. This event took place from the 17th to 19th of August in one of the most rugged and raw places on earth, Iceland. Read on…..
By far the most used Garmin feature during my European trip is Garmin’s mapping function. Imagine the days when exploring the globe must have felt like an unfathomable expedition. Read on...
The BIKE Transalp
The 2015 BIKE Transalp was significant as it marked the first race Ben Melt Swanepoel and I rode together as a team. Since then our partnership has blossomed and currently we are racing as Team Garmin at a few select events. Read on…
With is so many exceptional Garmin devices on the market, it can be quite challenging to decide which Garmin unit best suits your needs. In this post I will attempt to help you ‘find your EDGE’. Read on..
Since I joined Garmin in 2014, I’ve been fortunate enough to use their top of the range sports products to track my training and racing… Read on
As most of you know, Ben Melt Swanepoel and I will be teaming up to race as Team Garmin for a few select events. As a team, we decided we would take turns to write a race report for the events we do, so here is Ben Melt’s account of….read on
The final event of my Lowveld expedition took me to the touristic little town of Graskop for the Forest2Falls MTB Marathon. Read on…
With only a 3 day break in between events, my Lowveld expedition continued on from the 4 day Panorama Tour to the well-known Sabie Experience Stage Race. Read on…
For me the Lowveld embodies a cycling paradise and I still get excited whenever a race is held in this beautiful area. Fortunately for me there are 3 major events taking place on consecutive weekends in this region, giving me the perfect reason to stick around. Read on..
The 3rd leg in the Ashburton Investments Series was held in the artist’s favourite little town of Clarens. This year the event doubled up as the South African Elite Marathon Championships, guaranteeing a strong field on the day. Read on…
Lately I’ve been trekking from one event to the next only to find myself back where it all started after more than 4 weeks on the road. As I sit here, I feel fortunate to be able to reflect on the good memories made along the way. Read on….
From one harbour town to the next. After completing the Garden Route 300 in Knysna my journey continued westwards to Cape Town where I participated at the Cape Town Cycle Tour a mere week later. Read on….
When I left home for the Garden Route 300 it wasn’t only for one race but for a month long road trip which will include the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Absa Cape Epic by the time I am done. Read on..
The DU TOIT tankwa Trek is fast becoming one of South Africa’s premier 3 day mountain bike stage races. It is hosted at Kaleo Guest Farm and takes place in the beautiful Koue Bokkeveld region of the Western Cape Province. Read on….
My 2016 racing season got underway at the Mpumalanga Road Tour which took place from the 18th to the 23rd of January. As the name indicates the tour showcased the beautiful Mpumalanga Province – the Province of the Rising Sun. Read on….
I have never visited Namibia nor raced my bike at night. When the opportunity arose to do both, I couldn’t help but to squeeze one final event into an already full racing calendar for this year. Read on..
My penultimate race of 2015 took me to the Tropical Island of Mauritius to participate in the 7th edition of the Southern Tropical Challenge. Read on
The Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge is by far the biggest road cycling event in Gauteng and the 2nd biggest in South Africa. Now in its 19th year of existence, the race attracts well over 33 000 participants and these cyclists get to ride or race their bikes for 94.7 km on closed roads through the streets of Johannesburg. Read on
My final MTB event on the 2015 South African racing calendar drew me to the scenic Western Cape for the FNB Wines2Whales MTB stage race. This 213 km journey started at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West and finished at the beach front in Hermanus 3 days later….read on.
Berg and Bush Descent
I’ve been living quite a nomadic life since the beginning of September, trekking from one event to the next, and this time around I travelled from the Isuzu 3 Towers stage race in the Lowveld to Kwazulu-Natal for the Berg and Bush Descent. Read on
After the York Enduro Rally it only made sense to stay on in the Lowveld and participate in the Isuzu 3 Towers stage race which started a mere 4 days after York. Read on….
September proved to be a bit busier than expected, but being busy is apparently a good thing as it keeps you out of mischiefJ. It also causes an administrative backlog and seeing as I spent the last….read on
Over the past weekend the vibrant little Free State town of Parys welcomed cyclistsfrom all quarters of the country for the annual Crater Cruise MTB Festival. Read on…
The Isuzu Trucks PE PLETT is a 4-day mountain bike stage race from the beautiful shores of Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay which falls in the Garden Route. Read on…
Nkomzi MTB Challenge
I’ve been very fortunate to spend the last 2 weeks at The Mankele MTB Park situated just outside of Nelspruit. Read on..
On Monday 10 August 2015, South Africans celebrated woman’s day. If you are a lady and you are reading this, then I hope you had a very special day indeed. Read on….
The bike Transalp is one of the oldest MTB stage races on the international calendar and has served as inspiration for many of the other mountain biking events that exist today. Read on…
The Craft BIKE Transalp is a weeklong mountain bike stage race that as the name suggests, traverses parts of the Alps and the Dolomites on its way from Germany through Austria and finishing in Italy. Read on…..
Since I’ve been pedalling a bicycle as a profession (age 18), I’ve been following a structured training program. This means I’ll always start a training ride with a goal and head out on a route which will allow me to perform this session. Read on
For obvious reasons, the South African Marathon Championships is always a highlight on my racing calendar. This year the 4th leg in the Ashburton Investments Series doubles up….read on
If there is one stage race in South Africa that needs no introduction, it would certainly be the Sani2C three day mountain bike stage race from Sani Pass to the Indian Ocean. Due to its popularity, the Nedbank Sani2C has evolved….read on
With hilly terrain, a moderate climate and quiet roads, the Mpumalanga Lowveld is an attractive training ground for various outdoor sports. Read on…
If there is one event in the Ashburton Series that I wouldn’t want to miss, it would surely be the one taking place in and around the artistic hamlet of Clarens. Read on
Between the 2015 Absa Cape Epic and the 3rd leg of the USN Cup series, I had two much needed weekends away from racing in order to recover body and mind before resuming preparation for my next goals in the cycling season. Read on
As I was making my way to OR Tambo International Airport for the Cape Town Cycle Tour event,the news came through that I would be competing at this year’s Absa Cape Epic. Read on
The Cape Town Cycle Tour
After returning from the Garden Route 300 in Knysna, I spent 2 precious days at home before boarding the plane to Cape Town for the ‘mini’ Cape Town Cycle Tour. Read on
From the ancient rock formations at Tankwa Trek to the lush green forests of the Sabie Classic, it feels as if I’ve been racing and travelling in two different countries during the last week. Read on…
After the national road championships in the Lowveld, it was a quick travel home to unpack, repack and swap skinny tyres for fat ones before travelling to the Boland for the Tankwa Trek 3 day mountain bike stage race. Read on
The annual South African National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships were held around Mbombela stadium on the outskirts of Nelspruit. This prestigious event ran from the 2nd until the 8th of February and promised to showcase the top South African athletes battling for the coveted national titles. Read on
Over its 12 years of existence the National MTB series has grown into the biggest and most prestigious mountain bike race series in South Africa. In 2015 the series took on a new title sponsor with Ashburton Investments taking over from MTN in the 7 round series. Read on
My 2015 racing season got underway at the first round of the USN Cup Series on Saturday 24 January. This Gauteng based series consists of 6 events spread across the year with the final round only taking place in October. Read on..
Omnicane Southern Tropical Challenge
For four consecutive years I’ve been fortunate enough to complete my racing season at the Omnicane Southern Tropical Challenge – a 4 day mountain bike stage race on the Tropical Island of Mauritius, traversing the southern part of the Island. Read on….
The 6th edition of the Wines2Whales mountain bike stage race took place in the beautiful surroundings of the Overberg region in the Western Cape. Read on….
The last couple of weeks have been busy but fun for me. Since the 3 Towers mountain bike stage race I’ve been filling the days by either racing or travelling. Read on…
The Mankele Mountain Bike Park is a favourite playground amongst mountain bikers. It is situated in the heart of the Lowveld, a mere 30 minute drive from Nelspruit, White River and Sabie. Read on…
My weekend started off with the Garmin G-Tribe event on Saturday the 27th of September. It was the 2nd event in the G-Tribe series and was held at Rietvlei Zoo, a family friendly activity park in Alberton. Read on…
The 4th edition of the BELIEVE Mountain Bike Race took place at Northern Farms situated on the Western outskirts of Johannesburg. Read on
The eighth and final event in the MTN National MTB Series took riders to the popular weekend traveller’s destination of Parys. This peaceful little town is situated on the banks of the beautiful Vaal River in the Free State province. Read on
Sandy Lane Golf Club saw the running of the first event in the G-tribe series and after a very successful beginning, the series is set to continue with the next event taking place on the 27th of September 2014. Continue reading
The Forestry products enterprise of York Timbers presented the second York Enduro Mountain Bike Rally in and around the gorgeous little Lowveld town of Sabie, from the 4-7 September 2014. Continue reading
The cold front that made its way across central Gauteng this past weekend arrived just in time for the 3rd leg of the Nissan Trailseeker series. True to its name, it is a winter series and the weather wasn’t going to let us have it any other way. Read on..
The Clover Lowveld Tour, 6-10 August 2014
Graskop is a small forestry town perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. Besides forestry, it also attracts tourists to share in a few scenic wonders such as Gods Window, the Blyderivier Canyon and several picturesque waterfalls. Read on..
This year Garmin South Africa has decided to place emphasis on ladies and their involvement in sport. The main goal is to encourage woman to become more active and enthusiastically participate in various sports. Read on
People rushed to the mining hub of Burgersfort this past weekend, not for platinum but for the annual Wildevy festival. This winter festival includes activities such as a 4×4 show, a flea–market and a mountain bike race to name but a few. Read on…
The South African Cross-Country (XCO) Championships took place on Saturday at Thaba Trails MTB Park situated in the heart of Alberton, Gauteng. Read on
The most prestigious marathon MTB event on the international calendar visited African shores for the first time in its eleven year history. South Africa played host to the 2014 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships which took place at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg on the 29th of June…read on
MTN National MTB Series, # 6 Van Gaalen
The 6th round in the MTN National MTB Series took us to the small village of Skeerpoort situated at the foothills of the scenic Magaliesberg Mountains. Continue reading…
SA National Marathon Championship presented by Stihl
This past weekend saw the SA National Marathon Championships taking place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Read on….
About a week before the Tour de Maurice was set to take place I was offered the wonderful opportunity to take part in this year’s event. A few quick arrangements later and there I was, the Sunday morning after the MTN Rooiberg event on a plane bound for Mauritius. Read on….
Rooiberg is a peaceful Bushveld village about 50km West of Warmbad. The town’s Golf Club played host to the 5th round in the MTN National MTB Series…..read on
The three day Nedbank Sani2c stage race celebrated its 10’th birthday this year. This event needs no introduction in the mountain biking scene in South Africa, as the race has been completed; or is on the bucket list; read on….
Clarens, situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains hosted the 4th leg of the MTN National MTB Series on the 3rd of May 2014. Read on…
The 4 day MTN Panorama road tour has become a favourite amongst road cyclist and for good reason. It has a very unique format as it is the only road event in the country where teams of two riders race together. Read on….
Last year the inaugural Lowveld Quest Stage race was a highlight of my racing calendar, so I was very excited to participate at the second edition of the event this year. Lowveld stalwart Francois Lourens would again be my partner for the race as we had a successful and enjoyable partnership 12 months before. Read on..
Absa Cape Epic
The 11th edition of the Absa Cape Epic took place in the Western Cape from the 23rd to the 30th of March 2014. The eight day stage race covered a total of 718km and included 14 850m of climbing divided into a prologue and 7 stages. Read on…
The picturesque little town of Tulbagh played host to the 3rd leg in the MTN National MTB Series. It is the only event in the 8-race series which takes place in the Cape and the timing couldn’t have been better…read on
After the MTN Sabie Classic I stayed on in the Lowveld for a training camp at one of my favourite biking destinations – Mankele Bike Park. Read on…
MTN National MTB Series driven by Nissan,#2 Sabie (22 Feb 2014)
The second leg of the MTN marathon series took riders to the little town of Sabie in Mpumulanga. The Sabie Classic persistently attracts a strong local and international field as it is an established and UCI sanctioned event, meaning there are valuable UCI points up for grabs. Read more…
This year I opened my 2014 racing campaign with the Barberton XCM MTB Classic held in the scenic Lowveld region of South Africa. Read more…
The Omnicane Southern Tropical Challenge, 28 Nov – 1 Dec
This year’s edition of the Omnicane Southern Tropical Challenge saw the event celebrating its 5th birthday. As you can imagine a 4 day mountain bike stage race on the small Tropical Islands of Mauritius is quite special and to see the event grow every year is really remarkable…continue reading
More than 3000 participants toed the line for this year’s edition of the Momentum 94.7 Mountain Bike Challenge. The race took place at the Waterfall Country Estate in Sunninghill, Johannesburg on the 10th of November…continue reading.
The 3rd edition of the Continental Run2stop Challenge took place from the 4th -8th of November. The event has quite a unique format as it incorporates running, cycling and driving – all disciplines linked by the rubber used as contact point with mother earth….continue reading.
The Isuzu 3 Towers has grown into a very popular event over the past few years and it was great to be part of it again this year, especially as they celebrated their 5th year of existence. The event takes place in the heart of Mpumalanga at Mankele Bike Park situated 30km from Nelspruit….continue reading
York Enduro Rally, 13-16 Sept
My first race since the disbandment of my former team bizhub, was the York Timbers Mountain Bike Rally in Sabie. It was refreshing to finally leave behind all the off-the-bike stuff from the last month and get back to doing what I enjoy most – riding my bike….continue reading.
South African mountain biking has grown remarkably in the past decade, but in the past couple of years there’s been an increasing number of road cyclists making the switch. It’s obviously grown the numbers but it’s also seen the racing at the front of the various categories become more competitive. Mountain biking has become a new lease on bicycle riding and racing for many who have become tired of the same old routine (the road racing calendar hasn’t changed much in over a decade); or who are scared of the high risk of collision with motorists on the roads. If you’ve just switched, or are considering it, welcome!……read more.
The Craft Bike TransAlp, 13 – 20 July
The Craft Bike TransAlp is an 8 day mountain bike stage race traversing the majestic European Alps. The 16th edition started in Mittenwald, Germany from where it moved into Austria for a couple of days and then into Italy finishing at Riva del Garda. Over the period of 8 days riders covered a total distance of 676km which included 20,243m of ascending…continue reading.