ewaldsadie's Blog Posts
Western Province Gravity Enduro at Contermanskloof 10/21/2014 11:18 PM
A 5 month long break in racing, saw the Western Province Gravity Enduro host round 3 for the first time at the infamous Contermanskloof MTB trails. The wind-swept, barren and dry surroundings presented a different kind of beauty and the 3 special stages left the 87 riders wanting more, despite a nasty...more
2013 WP Champs @ Helderberg, South Africa 10/7/2013 11:16 AM
A brand new purpose-built track is a cause of great excitement in any downhill community. This time was no exception. The Western Province Downhill Champs marked the unveiling of the new Helderberg track in Somerset West, South Africa. This is the first time that the WP Downhill Committee designed and...more
WPDH 2013 - Round 4 - Contermanskloof 7/1/2013 4:47 AM
This past weekend saw a chilly and very windy Contermanskloof host the 4th and final round of the Western Province Downhill series. A lower than expected field of 53 riders entered the event, but racing was as good as ever with the top 5 separated by less that 2 seconds.
Contermanskloof is very well...more
WPDH 2013 - Round 3 - Jonkershoek 4/30/2013 2:39 AM
Round 3 of the WPDH season was hosted at Jonkershoek this weekend. The track featured a new, fast and flowing section at the top, adding around 30 seconds to the top rider's time. Cool and overcast weather made for perfect racing conditions and the Jonkershoek track behaved itself with only the usual...more
WPDH 2013 Round 2 - Paarl 4/2/2013 12:54 AM
Jason du Toit, one of the up and coming young shredders hitting the roadgap at only 13 years of age.
Building on the momentum of the first race, we stopped off at the Paarl track for the second round of the Western Province Downhill series. This track is unique in the sense that shuttling is made very...more
WPDH 2013 Round 1 - Zevenwacht 3/5/2013 5:02 AM
With Cape Town’s famous South Eastern wind blowing away some of the rider’s bravery the previous day, everyone was happy to see that the early morning weather was perfect: no wind and not too hot. Spectators and riders alike were in for a treat with scenic views of Table Mountain and the surrounding...more
PYGA ONETEN29 and the Never-ending story 2/27/2013 12:26 AM
Following up on the previous set of articles I did on trail riding and the amazing trail network in Jonkershoek, I teamed up with PYGA industries for a shoot on the 'Never-ending story' trial. Owners Patrick Morewood and Mark Hopkins, co-founder of Leatt and owner of CSIXX were joined by Jonkershoek...more
2013 SA National Series Round 1 - Jonkershoek 2/12/2013 4:02 AM
Contrasting the previous weekend's hot and dusty pre-season race, round 1 of the South African National series started off with plenty of rain. This turned the track into a bit of a slip 'n slide, leading to a number of crashes, specially during practice on Saturday. Luckily none of them lead to any...more
2013 AVIS Van rental Paarl Downhill Challenge 2/6/2013 7:06 AM
The 2013 Western Province DH pre-season kicked of this weekend with the annual Avis Van Rental Paarl Downhill Challenge. Typical to this time of year, both days saw temperatures above 30 degrees celsius, which ensured a bone-dry and very quick track. As race day progressed though, the wind picked up...more
2012 review 12/21/2012 2:33 AM
Looking back at 2012, its been a great year. Thanks to everybody that supported me during this time, and all the opportunities to do what I love most. Below is a selection of some of my favorite shots taken at the various races/events of 2012. See you all again next year...
Tokai Monster Madness - Cape Town, South Africa 11/26/2012 1:40 AM
Waking up to heavy rains on race day morning, always leads to mixed reactions. In some ways it adds to the drama and excitement, but it also leads to slower race times, potential track changes, and less light to shoot in. Luckily the track wasn't really affected and with the sun peeking out every now...more
Urban Assault 2012 - Cape Town 10/16/2012 3:26 AM
It was back to Cape Town for the always exciting, annual Urban Assault DH race this past weekend. Starting at Signal Hill, riders descended into the historic Bo Kaap, down the concrete staircases, and onto a tar road that lead to the finish line.
Unlike the usual timing format where the fastest...more
WP Downhill round 5 - Jonkershoek 9/4/2012 11:42 AM
The final round of the WP DH series took place this past weekend at Jonkershoek in Stellenbosch. Even though it was the same track as last year, everything looked different as the pine plantation was completely cleared, leaving a uncovered track from top to bottom. The plus side was that this made...more
Trailriding Jonkershoek - Part 2 8/9/2012 1:05 AM
Part 2 of this series takes us to a trail called 'Firetrail' (aka 'Nationals' and '123') on the opposite side of the valley.
Once used as a national's course, this trail features very technical and tight single track and at some points during the climb, it seems easier to put your bike on your...more
WP (Western Province) Downhill round 4 - Contermanskloof, South Africa 7/16/2012 4:44 AM
Like round #1 at George earlier this year, things were wet and cold this weekend at the 4th round of the WP DH season at Contermanskloof. The main line was given a break this time round, and riders took on the shorter, revised track.
Saturday's practice saw some sunshine and blue skies, but...more
WP Downhill round 3 - Paarl 6/12/2012 1:52 AM
It was back to Paarl for the third round of the WP Downhill Series last weekend. A mixed bag of weather greeted the riders over the two days, with a fair amount of rain on Saturday morning and bright, sunny conditions on Sunday, race day. This resulted in practice runs on slippery, spongy mud and an...more
Trailriding Jonkershoek - Part 3 (final) 5/27/2012 9:25 AM
For the final part in this series, we bring you a wet and muddy 'Upper Canaries' trail. The weather this time of year has changed from clear blue skies, to rainy and cold conditions, making things a bit more interesting, and in some cases even more fun.
Upper Canaries' end is easily reachable...more
WP Downhill round 2 - Zevenwacht 5/14/2012 8:00 AM
Round 2 of the WP downhill series took place this weekend, with another new track added to the 2012 calendar. Zevenwacht DH was resurrected after 6 years of slumber, to host a very successful weekend of racing, with 85 riders taking part. The track was fast and flowy and not very technical - making it...more
WP Downhill round 1 - George 4/10/2012 4:22 AM
Easter weekend saw George play host to the first round of the WP Downhill series for 2012. 41 riders (mostly from Cape Town) made their way up the N2, unfortunately greeted by plenty of rain and wind. Friday's unofficial practice consisted of gale-force winds and a bit of rain, which lead to only a...more
SA nationals DH 2012 round 1 2/12/2012 12:44 PM
Contermanskloof hosted round 1 of the SA national DH series for 2012 this weekend. There was a good turnout and riders from all over the country made their way to Cape Town for the weekend. With a bit of a break from the intense summer heat, everybody enjoyed sub 30 temperatures and a nice cool...more