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#TeamGarminMTB reports on the #CloverTour2017. @GarminSA

It’s been a while since Team Garmin dabbled in some road racing but this year’s Clover Lowveld Tour fit nicely in our calendar to build some fitness while getting some exposure at the same time.

With a calendar jam-packed full of events one can’t be at one’s best for every event, but that shouldn’t stop participation! Instead it should be seen as an opportunity to compete without the usual self induced pressure and a chance to push limits and grow as an athlete.

With that mindset we teamed up with the NAD Pro MTB Team and headed to the Forever Resort at Swadini which hosted the Clover Lowveld Tour. Sharing a house with the current SA MTB Marathon Champion Nico Bell, his teammate Gawie Combrinck, their sidekick Declan Sidey and our manager,

Nohan van Tonder made for a relaxed but focussed atmosphere where racing was as important as recovery off the bike.

As there wasn’t a lady’s category, Yolandi entered the Open category pitting herself against a mixed bunch of ladies, Masters men (over 50), Under 17 boys and (racing) unlicensed men. This made for an interesting dynamic as people were racing races within races, trying to win the category as well as beat the opposition in their age group. Yolandi did not let this faze her, attacking where she felt good and pushing hard to train her weaknesses.

I lined up in the Elite men’s category where the competition was sure to come from the 2 strongest teams in SA – Team Road Cover and Team BCX. As a bunch of mountain bikers we would do what we could to help Nico for the overall classification, while looking to take any opportunities for stage results should they arise.

We faced 5 stages, the first a rolling stage of 135km followed by a 126km stage in the mountains. Day 3 was a double header with a 20km Time Trial in the morning and a criterium race in the afternoon.

The final day was a fast 126km stage on an out and back route. The open category riders faced the same challenge with the exception being shorter distances for their stages.

 

Yolandi punched well above her weight finishing 3rd overall and with it the first lady. The organizers gave Yolandi a pink winner’s jersey to celebrate her ‘victory’ in the lady’s category and hopefully as a sign that there will be a separate category for the ladies in the near future.

Our category was the expected back and forth between the strong teams with Team Road Cover winning 3 stages and the overall honours courtesy of Willie Smit, while Team BCX’s Nolan Hoffman won stage 1 along with the criterium.

The Nad Pro MTB Team/Garmin house delivered another podium result as Nico Bell finished 3rd overall with Gawie in 10th, me in 19th and Declan in 22nd. Although the results were encouraging it was all about getting in the hard miles and despite some rain on stage 2 we all managed to stay upright and finish the tour tired but not broken. Now for some rest and the training block will kick in, giving us a boost in fitness needed for the second half of the season.

Next up for us will be the Trans Baviaans (2) which Yolandi will ride with her dad and I will team up with my friend Raymo

nd Odendaal. Beyond the obvious adventure of traversing the Baviaanskloof in one go, it will also be a great opportunity for us to test our brand new Garmin Varia UT 800 lights.

 

 

 

Read the #TeamGarminMTB report on @kalchalmtb here:

The Kalahari Challenge is Botswana’s premier mountain bike stage race, taking place just outside the capitol Gaborone. One would think the mostly flat and geographically featureless landscape would make for lacklustre riding, but an active mountain bike community and some very accommodating cattle delivered surprisingly fun biking for the 3rd leg of our #AfricanMTBSeries!

The race start in the shade of a rollercoaster at the Lion Park just South of Gaborone was a premonition of sorts and symbolic of what we were about to face over the next 3 days of racing.

Case in point – the warm hospitality from our luxurious pre race accommodation at the Avani hotel was in stark contrast to the frosty start of each day almost as much as the rugged and unforgiving terrain was dissimilar to the comfy, blanket stacked beds in our roomy campsite tents.

According to the race book 235km lie in wait for us with ‘a mere’ 2000m of elevation gain over the 3 days of racing. What wasn’t published (but was forewarned) was that there would be plenty of Botswana hills, i.e. deep sandy patches, and a bunch of thorns acting as traffic police making sure we kept our speed in check.

A big challenge was navigating while racing but we soon found the balance between following the map on our Garmin EDGE 1000, the neon green stickers which marked the course and the slight difference between the two. Every now and then one could use initiative to avoid deep sand or thorns but you had to keep your wits about you to stay on track which added an interesting dimension to the event.

Day’s 1 and 3 had loads of manmade and natural singletrack which saw plenty of kilometres fly by, but day 2 was a challenge which had everyone thankful to finish the stage despite some striking landscapes along the way. We were determined to continue our recent run of good form and after 3 days of tough racing we took home the title in the Mixed Category along with a 6th place overall.

For now our #AfricanMTBSeries is on hold until the Rift Valley Odyssey in September, but that doesn’t mean we stop racing our bikes. Winter means there are slightly less events and we’ll use the time to pause, reboot and ensure we tackle the second half of the season with renewed vigour.

#TeamGarminMTB reports on their 2nd event in the #AfricanMTBSeries, @1ZambiaMTB. @GarminSA

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.

This event was the 2nd in our Team Garmin #AfricanMTBSeries, coming a week after our exploits at the Namib Quest. With six days of racing in our legs and quite a bit of travel we were apprehensive of our form come race day, but a pre race spin around Lilayi Lodge soon pushed thoughts of racing back as we totally immersed ourselves in Bushveld camping life amongst the Giraffe, Eland, Waterbuck and other wildlife that roamed the game park.

Reality struck soon enough as people filtered into the race village on Thursday to complete registration and race briefing made it clear we were in for a challenge. Two stages of 70km dropping down the adjacent escarpment and back up followed by a final monster 108km transition stage down to Lower Zambesi would have to be self navigated in order to conquer the 1Zambia.

The terrain was exactly as we had pictured Africa with animal and man-made trails criss-crossing some harsh but beautiful lush savannah, expertly connected by race director Owen Green. Where no trails were available, singletrack was hand cut and built to make sure riders had the best experience possible getting from A to B.

With a trail network spread out like the Okavango delta, it was inevitable to take the incorrect option here and there, especially while trying to go at race speed, but each time our Garmin Edge 1000 devices had us back on track in no time. We raced as smart as we could often backing off the pace in order to focus on navigation and helping each other to negotiate the tough terrain while keeping track of the course. This netted us 3 stage wins and the overall title in the Mixed category, and a whole lot of fun along the way!

In between stages our tented camp overlooking a waterhole made for some of the best ever post stage recovery afternoons punctuated by some proper catering to fuel our fun.

The scenery, extensive trails and African experience at the event were all highlights which would bring any mountain biker back, but the most significant feature of the event was the organizers commitment to their undertaking. Owen, Ilke and their team of committed volunteers left no stone unturned to make everyone feel welcome and get the most from their participation at the event. That alone is enough reason to put the 1 Zambia on your Bike-it list.

#TeamGarminMTB reports on their first event in the #AfricanMTBSeries, @NamibQuest

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.

The Namib Quest is a 6 day mountain bike stage race which starts in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, and finishes 480km later at the coastal town of Swakopmund.  It would serve as the first step of our journey and what a step it was!

Our largely westward route meant we would be traversing the semi desert Komas Hochland by loosely following the C28 dirt road but frequently diverting on to adjacent farms for some proper mountain biking.  Eventually we dropped down through the transitional plateau and into the Namib Desert, crossing the Namib Naukluft Park and finally popping out on to the Atlantic coast at Swakopmund.

The route itself offered a fascinating balance of  loose rocky sections and sandy stretches, which got quite technical when the terrain was uneven, connected by open district roads.

This unique course combined with the unfamiliar terrain proved to be extremely challenging but very rewarding once conquered. Although we started at  1700m above sea level and finished at the coast, there was the small matter of conquering  5,296 meters of ascent along the way with most of that climbing (and descending) to be done on some of Namibia’s harshest terrain.

Obviously nothing new to Namibians, but camping was also taken to a whole new level for us South Africans. The camping equipment was proper gear and campsites were erected in beautiful, remote places where phone signal was as scarce as water! This meant the day post stage was spent in the company of nature, fellow riders and race staff rather than staring at our mobile devices. It was refreshing to spend time watching the sun set while sharing war stories about the day’s stage. The race atmosphere is peaceful and to keep it this way the race organisers limit the event to 75 entrants which meant we all knew each other by the time we rolled into Swakopmund.

The only part of the day which had some intensity was the racing as we all battled away to reach the best possible result. We had a fantastic run with no mechanical or other issues allowing us to concentrate on the job at hand.We managed to win 4 stages, the mixed category as well as the overall title ahead of Irene Steyn and Xavier Papo (Mannie’s Bike Mecca) in 2nd and ON Travel Services’ Pedro Campos and Jorge Padrones in 3rd. For us the most striking thing amongst competitors was the camaraderie with Irene often sharing her local knowledge and experience with us despite us being the closest of competitors. It was refreshing and indicative of the ethos of the event.

Although it is billed as a ‘Boutique event’ and riders’ needs are all catered for, the Namib Quest is a challenge not to be underestimated. You still have to pedal your own bike and look after it to make sure it survives all that the desert can through at it, but few journeys will be as rewarding as conquering this quest!

#TeamGarminMTB embarks on the African MTB Series. @GarminSA

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.

In a twist of fate the African Series will commence with a trilogy of events starting in Namibia, heading to Zambia and concluding (temporarily) in Botswana. Come September the African Series will resume in Kenya before the grand finale in Mauritius.

This coming weekend Team Garmin will be heading to Namibia for the Namib Quest stage race which starts on the 21st of May in Windhoek and finishes in Swakopmund on the 26th of May. More importantly, this event marks the inaugural stage race in our Africa Series Campaign and we are excited to finally embark on this novel adventure.

From the arid Namib Quest we will head straight to fertile Zambia to participate at the 1-Zambia MTB Challenge. This event starts In Lusaka on the 2nd of June and finishes at the lower Zambezi on the 4th of June. It promises 3 days and 230km of pure African adventure!

From Zambia our journey continues south to Botswana where the Kalahari Challenge awaits us from 9-11 June. The event follows a circular route starting and finishing at the Lion Park just outside of Gabarone with plenty of singletrack through the bushveld and Kalahari Mountains on offer.

The next three weeks is sure to be an unforgettable experience for a myriad of reasons and we will make sure to share more details of the events and our experiences through our various media platforms.  So keep an eye out for Team Garmin as we’ll be out to #BeatYesterday!

 

#TeamGarminMTB reports on the inaugural @CradleTraverse. @GarminSA

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. The invitation came on condition that we just ride and enjoy the event in line with its raison d’être.

Along with its sister event the Stormsriver Traverse, the Cradle Traverse is focussed on a family orientated, fun filled weekend based around some mountain biking. Like most stage races there were various accommodation options for the 3 day event ranging from tents, to luxury tents and hotel rooms at Avianto – the race venue elect.

Along with the comfortable lodgings, the food and entertainment on offer over the 3 days were top class often to blame for some of the toughest decisions to be made – do I eat more of the delicious main course or save more space for the delectable dessert..?

There was also a ‘kiddie’s service’ on offer whereby kids could play under adult supervision while the adults were out on their bikes playing like kids!

On that note the trails laid out by the Dryland crew and Richard Beswick were surprisingly fun considering the geo-restrictions of designing a race course in a highly populated area. Each of the 3 stages were unique with enough singletrack to keep you engaged, sufficient distance and climbing to challenge you and plenty of variation to keep you smiling while testing your skill.

Team Garmin made the most of every opportunity to ride easy, mix with the pack and soak up the relaxed atmosphere while getting in some trail time with fellow mountain bikers. (In fact, it was so much fun that we had to remind ourselves to get back into training by the time the weekend was done!)?

Some teams raced hard, but the majority of participants were there to have a good time and share trail with likeminded people while taking in trails and views which aren’t always accessible. Suffice to say that everyone involved got what they wanted from the weekend which made it a huge success surely to become a permanent fixture on the MTB calendar.

We are proud to have been part of the inaugural Cradle Traverse and look forward to more of these fun events!

#TeamGarminMTB reports on @joBerg2c_ @GarminSA

The Old Mutual Joberg2C – Ride the Beloved Country

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. The race slogan is as significant as the name with this event definitely focused on the experience along the way. Don’t get us wrong – there is a very definite racing element, but it is confined to the hours spent on the bike with everything else focussed on this unique journey.

In keeping with their theme, Joberg2C has always made the first stage a neutral day with everyone getting the same time affording all the opportunity to appreciate the scenery while getting to know one another en route. This year the final stage was also neutral and aptly named a champagne stage where riders could soak up the final day atmosphere after a concluding prize giving the night before which was longer for some than for others regardless of results…

Stages 2 to 8 were the ‘racing stages’ where we battled for stage and overall honours. Barring the Elite Men’s field, the Mixed Category was by far the strongest category assembled. This is fantastic as it grows a significant facet of the sport by allowing ladies a less intimidating entry point into mountain bike racing.

Being a GPS navigated event, Joberg2C is a perfect opportunity to showcase our fantastic Garmin equipment with the Garmin EDGE 1000 literally taking centre stage. With its big screen and GPS accuracy we bombed along on the stages safe in the knowledge that a simple glance at our handlebars was all that was needed to keep us on track.

Even with a neutral stage to start and finish with, nine days and 900km on a mountain bike takes its toll. We were really lucky with the weather which made our journey easier, but this is how Joberg2C 2017 unfolded:

Stage 1 Heidelberg (Karan Beef) to Frankfort School (116km, 862m ascent)

Despite being neutral this was a long day in the saddle with the boat crossing of the Vaal Dam being a particularly fun innovation along the way. Good thing we weren’t racing as someone might have been drowned in a stampede 😉

Stage 2 Frankfort School to Reitz Show Grounds (93km, 1001m ascent)

Quoting the Joberg2C website: “This is where racing begins for some and the journey continues for most”. This stage went deep into rural Free State via sections of singletrack divided by stretches of district road and finished with the fun Boerbull Descent leading to the Husky Romi Wolf Sanctuary where you didn’t want to get left behind…

Stage 3 Reitz Show Grounds to Sterkfontein Dam (122km, 1188m ascent)

This was another long stage where the Jabulani singletrack came at just the right time to break the monotony of district road riding. The stage finish up and over Mount Paul was as hard as it was spectacular with views of Sterkfontein Dam and the Drakensberg Mountains signalling the stage finish.

Stage 4 Sterkfontein Dam to Emseni Camp (93km, 1100m)

This was the day we left the mielie (maize) fields behind and descended off the escarpment into Natal Bushveld, home of the Berg&Bush event. The iconic Great Wall my China, Solly’s Great Traverse and Bezuidenhout’s Pass set the tone for the day with the ‘Long Drop’ trail putting the cherry on top as we descended to the Emseni with a smile.

Stage 5 Emseni Camp to Clifton Nottingham Road (123km, 1900m ascent)

This was a leg breaker with huge distance and lots of climbing to be conquered after the halfway stage of the event. With 3 distinct characteristics we raced from the Natal Bushveld, skirted the Maloti Mountains and finally on to the dairy farmlands and Clifton School for some hard earned rest.

Stage 6 Clifton Nottingham Road to Glencairn Farm at Sani Pass Road (98km, 1821m ascent)

After a welcome start on tar roads we were straight at it up Gumtree climb which sorted the men from the boys. A surprisingly hard day made harder by the Slow Poison climb, but made bearable by spectacular scenery and the descents down Harrison’s pass and Rock and Roll midway through the stage as well as SO Sappi and Never Ender close to the finish.

Stage 7 Glencairn Farm to MacKenzie Club (82km, 1000m ascent)

This stage is famous as it’s also the first day of the Sani2C event – one of the longest standing stage races in South Africa. A fast flowing day punctuated by well established singletrack , floating bridges and purpose built rest camps.

Stage 8 MacKenzie Club to Jolivet Farm (96km, 1521m ascent)

This was the final racing stage and what a tough way to end the race albeit not the journey. The spectacular descent into the Umkomaas was as good as it gets and we made the most of it before riding next to the mighty Umkomaas river and finally up the new ‘Iconic climb’ to get back to the high country where the finish awaited.

After 7 days of racing there was no doubt about the results. The mixed teams were ridiculously consistent finishing in their respective positions daily, making the final overall result a direct reflection of the daily results. Darren and Candice Lill (Dormakaba) retained their title from last year with Grant Usher and Amy Macdougall finishing in 2nd. Johann Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson edged us out for 3rd, but to put matters in perspective all the mixed teams finished in the top 17 overall and top 13 overall results if you exclude solo riders. In a field of almost 400 teams that takes some doing!

Stage 9 Jolivet to Scottburgh The Old Mutual Wealth “Champagne Stage” (84km, 854m ascent)

Another neutral stage and an opportunity to spin out the legs, meet those we hadn’t met yet and enjoy the scenery while riding with other mountain bikers. This initiative was a hit with most riders and sure to become a favourite way to conclude this fantastic journey.

Although we only really got to enjoy them on the first and last stages, the waterpoints along the way were fantastic. They seemed to be opportunities for the locals to spoil the Joberg2C riders, each of them trying to outdo the others with us being the beneficiaries. On that note it was fantastic to see how land owners embraced the event, allowing us access to remote areas often by trails specifically built and maintained for this event. It is a credit to organizers and their vision that the local communities got so involved making the experience truly unique.

Craig Wapnick, Gary Green and Glen Haw’s vision with this event was to provide a journey where the destination is less important than the experience along the way and boy did they succeed! It was a true privilege to be part of this journey made exceptional by the passion of all those involved in bringing it to us and Team Garmin MTB is already making plans to be back next year. After all, it’s good to be reminded why we started to ride our mountain bikes in the first place!

#TeamGarminMTB reports on the @AshburtonInvest @NatMTBseries #3, Clarens. @GarminSA

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.

It’s been exactly one year since we last took part in a series event and we were excited to be back racing at the country’s premier Marathon MTB series. With the series now boasting a new two-day stage racing format, there was even more reason to look
forward to a weekend of racing with double the fun!

The first stage was held on Saturday with70km and 1044m of elevation gain to be traversed in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains. Sunday’s second stage covered 50km with 835m of elevation gain finishing with a descent of the technical Porcupine Trail down into town to conclude proceedings.

With challenging routes and professional organization, the National MTB Series always draws a strong field. As if that doesn’t make for enough nervous start line excitement, most of the contenders were coming off a Cape Epic which finished less than 2 weeks ago and would affect each rider differently.

We set off in near perfect autumn conditions on stage 1, heading straight up a hill and out of town to begin our journey. Initially we were on wide open, fast roads but soon we encountered some singletrack climbing which stretched the field. With such a relatively short race distance everyone was going flat out, willing to play their hand and unafraid of ‘blowing up’. This made for exciting, tactical racing and small time gaps.

On open roads the saving and making of efforts had to be carefully judged while everywhere else each rider was trying to maximise his/her strengths and hide their weaknesses.

Day 2 was fairly similar just a more condensed version albeit on tired legs from stage 1’s racing.

Yolandi had a solid weekend finishing alongside Cape Epic partner Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk/Navworld) in 6th place on stage 1 and 5th on stage 2 giving her 5th place overall for the stage race. Still riding her strong cape Epic form, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) took top honours with the dormakaba girls Candice Lill and Vera Adrian rounding out the top 3.

Ben Melt finished a respectable 16th on stage 1 and 17th on stage 2 for a combined 16th place for the weekend in a deep field where less than 15 minutes covered the top 17 places after 2 days of racing. African Jersey winners at the Cape Epic Matthys Beukes and Phillip Buys (Pyga/Euro Steel) stood on the first and 3rd step of the podium with HB Kruger (Team BCX) splitting the pair in 2nd place.

The new 2 day format seems to be a winner and will grow the sport in leaps and bounds, pushing everyone to maximise each advantage to gain that vital edge needed to win a race. It is also more spectator friendly and will make for some exciting racing. We say, bring it on!

#TeamGarminMTB reviews the @GarminSA 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.

Let’s start with the looks of this little beauty:

The Edge 820 has the same physical dimensions as the Edge 520 (7.3cm x 4.9cm x 2.1cm) and the same screen size. Being a touch screen device the unit has a clean look with only 3 external buttons.

Here’s what’s new on the Edge 820

– Group Tracking
– Full/detailed mapping and/or routing (like the Edge 1000)
– 16GB of internal storage (no micro-SD card slot though as is found on the Edge 1000)
– Phone-based audio prompts (like Garmin wearables)
– Incident/Emergency Detection/Notifications (like the Edge Explore 1000)
– Adds in new Stress Score (as seen on wearables)
– Wi-Fi (as found on the Edge 1000, but not the Edge 520)
– A touch screen (like the Edge 1000)
– A cool new ‘Battery Save’ mode (never seen before)

It’s also worth mentioning that Garmin’s new range of traffic-sensing devices like the Varia Rearview Radar and the Varia Smart Bike Lights are compatible with the Edge 820.

Returning features

ANT+ connectivity (for connecting power meters, heartrate monitors, cadence sensors and more), Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones (for call and message notifications, and for using the Garmin Connect Mobile app), the combination of GPS and GLONASS (for establishing a satellite connection in a matter of seconds), and a huge range of cycling metrics.

Strava Live Segments also return, having debuted with the Edge 520.

LiveTrack rider tracking is also back and playing a bigger role than before.

Here are more details on the new and existing features

GROUPTRACK

GroupTrack is an extension of Garmin’s LiveTrack feature that allows a rider’s friends and family to follow them (via their GPS coordinates) on a computer. With GroupTrack, you can have this same visibility, but on your handlebars. The idea is that you can meet up or just keep digital track of your riding companions.

For GroupTrack to work, your friends must have a LiveTrack-compatible Edge computer like an Edge 520 or Edge 1000 that is paired to their smartphone. The Edge 820 user can then see them on their own device screen. Blue dots on the map indicate that the rider is moving while a red dot indicates they’re stationary.

INCIDENT DETECTION

Another new feature on theEdge 820 is Incident Detection. The 820 has a built in accelerometer that can detect a collision. When Incident Detection is set up and a collision occurs, the rider’s emergency contact(s) will be notified via email and/or text message with details of the rider’s location.

How to setup up Incident Detection? The first time you connect your Edge 820 and smartphone via Bluetooth and open Garmin Connect Mobile you’ll be prompted to go through the setup routine and pick emergency contacts from your phone’s contact list. Agree to the terms of use, fill in some basic info and the feature will be on standby whenever the phone and Edge are connected via Bluetooth.

STRAVA

The Edge 820 also comes with Strava Live Segments which gives real-time tracking of your favourite Strava segments while you are riding them. You can set the default to show the time of your friend just above yours on the leader board, your PR or the current KOM/QOM for the section.

MAPS

As with the Garmin Edge 1000 and Edge 520, the Edge 820 features mapping functionality. But unlike the Edge 520, the Edge 820 can calculate routes on the device itself. You can identify a point on the map that you want to get to and it can calculate a route complete with turn directions and road names. Should you take a wrong turn, the device can also re-route you.

Round-trip routing comes across from the Edge 1000 and remains an attractive feature, particularly if you’re looking to explore some new roads. Simply tell the Edge 820 how far you want to ride and it will calculate several loop options for you, starting and finishing at a location of your choice (including your current location).

There’s also the ability to follow a Course by transferring a GPX or TCX file from Strava (or your navigation platform of choice) to the Edge 820. The turn-by-turn navigation is excellent. You’ll get a couple of visual and audio signals when the next turn is approaching, and it’s always easy to tell which way you need to go.

Wi-Fi

The Edge 820 (and the Edge 1000) can connect directly to the internet via Wi-Fi, whereas the Edge 520 cannot. This allows you to seamlessly sync your riding data to training platforms such as Garmin Connect and Strava.

Ride with Team @GarminSA at the Glacier @CradleTraverse Mountain Bike Challenge

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.

The inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse takes place from the 4th to 6th of May and will be based at the luxurious Avianto Lifestyle Estate a mere 30min drive from Sandton and Pretoria. In total the course will cover a distance of 159km with the 2nd stage being the longest at 65km. The accumulated vertical gain over the 3 days will be 2,954m making for a challenge but knowing the Dryland organisers there will be plenty of reward for your effort.

Dryland events have become firm favourites on the racing calendar as one is always guaranteed of a high quality event with the organisers paying attention to detail ensuring every rider has a great experience. What makes the Glacier Cradle Traverse even more unique is the fact that not only the riders but also their supporters will be catered for.

 

Riders are actually encouraged to bring their families along to the Glacier Cradle Traverse and there is a lot to do besides riding a bike, like exploring the Crocodile Ramble tourist route, visit the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, or enjoying one of Avianto’s many leisure activity options. There will also be a children’s’ activity programme, including short mountain bike races in the afternoons.

To further facilitate and simplify participation entrants are given options of standard tented accommodation, non-accommodation packages as well as solo and 2 man team alternatives.

The Glacier Cradle Traverse offers a non-technical route which does not require riders to be supremely skilled bike handlers. The focus is rather on providing a scenic route which showcases the beauty of the area and provides the basis for a weekend to remember.

Team Garmin will be all in for this experience staying at the Race Village and enjoying the weekend from start to finish. Our aim will be to soak up the atmosphere and share our riding experience with participants before, during and after each stage. Come

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and join us for a cracker of a weekend and be one of the first to experience Dryland’s renowned hospitality at a Gauteng based event.

For more info on the event you can visit their website here:

http://www.cradletraverse.co.za/