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Video: Brendog & Co Explore Andrew Neethling's Home Trails in South Africa

May 3, 2023 at 8:41
by SCOTT Sports  

Words: Scott Sports
Video: Seager Films
Images: Ryan Franklin


What's better than a handful of party laps with your best buddies while on holidays? Simply answered - more laps.

For the third instalment of Trail E-xplorer, Holger takes a break from hosting, while Brendan and Christian Fairclough jet over to meet up with local legend, shop owner and all-time MTB icon, Andrew Neethling in his home region of Western Cape, South Africa. With their Ransom eRIDEs beneath them, they set out to explore the vast trail networks around Somerset West and beyond, while sampling a mix of the finest non-wheeled offerings from around the area.

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Bosch powering the good times

The Hanger Bike Co is owned and operated by Andrew and Jonty Neethling, and it makes the perfect place to fill up on those pre-ride essentials (coffee), ride out the door and straight into the Helderberg Bike Park and trail center. With 36 trails to explore and no shuttles running, the Ransom eRIDEs were the perfect bike to be able to conserve the energy on the climbs, while smashing down the descents at warp speed. 

Next up, heading to the popular Jonkershoek, which is most likely the oldest trail network in SA. Jonkershoek is a part of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and is just a five-minute drive from Stellenbosch, which is the neighboring town to Somerset West. With 97km's of trails and 4557m of descending, there's loads to explore. Here, trails span from intermediate to expert, meaning there's definitely something for everyone. 

And lastly, Banghoek Conservancy is also in proximity to Stellenbosch and offers some truly amazing trails. There's 74km's of trails, 2537m of total descent and 38 lines to choose from. With the E-Bike, you have the power to explore the whole mountain before feeling too empty on your own watts. As is famous in the area, Brendan and Co encountered a herd of wild Eland running trailside, creating a wildly memorable experience.

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While the e-bikes go down to nap, the riders too must recharge. Food and drink here is kind of a big deal.

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22 Comments
  • 10 1
 If you scan that QR code it looks like you can pay for coffee you won't get.
  • 9 2
 Sensational scenery, trails and weather, and for what it's worth I don't care that they are on E bikes, it looks like great fun and that's why most of us ride.
  • 8 5
 With 36 trails to explore and no shuttles running, pedalling was the answer! Oh hang on ...
  • 3 0
 Endless crazy trails, good food and good wines... that's something I think I'd like. Great!!!
  • 3 0
 A good way to live life. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Well done on making me miss home like crazy.......
  • 1 0
 @vreklank SA trails ain't so bad!
  • 2 0
 Fairclough seems like he has a great time! Love it fellers
  • 2 0
 Best e-bike trails???
  • 2 0
 If you have lived in Cape Town, you will no that there is nothing such as a "flat" ride. It's either steep up, or steep down. I never had an e-bike my whole 38 years living there, but for the last couple of years I sure wish I had one. You can just have so much more fun in your few allotted hours after work...........and the trails are amazing.
  • 1 0
 A good way to live life. Cheers!
  • 7 7
 Looking to validate your drinking habit? Buy an ebike. Looks like they got their target group sorted.
  • 4 3
 I validate all my other crappy habits with a regular bike, I don't need to pay more for that.
  • 1 0
 Friends,Bikes,Wine,Beer,Good Food...Perfect match for me !
  • 1 0
 Cheers for this vid. Missing my home trails.
  • 1 0
 Ebike Life lookin pretty bourgie
  • 1 1
 Brendog is getting older. Good to see he is enjoying it!
  • 1 0
 So are you mate. Heck, we all are.
  • 4 5
 i love all these bike ads disguised as travel stories.....
  • 2 3
 Like you need to find trails suitable for eBikes. Lol
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