Published: May 23rd, 2022
Plett Adventure Racing Team's Elgin Race Report
The mysterious fifth team member!
Last weekend saw the PLETT ADVENTURE RACING TEAM of Petrus and Netski join forces with a team member from the past, Martin Fraser Mckenzie, and a newbie, Plett local Physio Andrew Van Rensburg.
It didn’t take much to twist Andrew’s arm as his positive enthusiasm for anything crazy is always refreshing and Martin is an old adventure racer who is always up for a challenge. The Plett Adventure Racing Team headed off to Elgin to part take in the WCAD 36hr ADVENTURE RACE which is part of the A1 adventure racing series in South Africa. The race organisers did not disappoint us as the course was a tough one and taught ...more
Published: April 22nd, 2022
Carnarvon to Plett by bike with the Plett Adventure Racing Team
It’s been almost 3 weeks since our Carnarvon to Plett bike adventure started and it is amazing how easily life falls straight back into its routine, engulfs you as if nothing happened.
More Plett Adventure Racing Team Chronicles
Our total journey came to just under 600km, which we decided to cycle unsupported with a tent and what we could carry, including maps, food, etc. Starting from Carnarvon we cycled 98 km the first evening till we pitched our tent for day one.
From there we loved every bit of the karoo cycling via Fraserburg about 170kms to end day 2, we could see the sunset hiding from mozzies in our tent…. ...more
Published: March 23rd, 2022
The packing has started for our little C2C (Carnarvon to Coast) bike adventure.
Water bottles: ✔️ Bivy bag:✔️ First Aid kit:✔️ Gortex jacket:✔️ Teddy:✔️ And on and on goes the list until suddenly you realise…. “ Hang on “ I have to carry all of this ! And where am I going to put it all?? Small bike carrier and Backpack ain’t going to do it.
So slowly but surely you go thru the list again and you realise how little one actually needs but how easily we get sucked into needing everything….. the greatest latest gadgets ….but in real life all you need is water, food, warm shelter or clothes, good company and “gees”.
So here we are ready for our little adventure ...more
Published: February 22nd, 2022
Plett Adventure Racing Team “ruffing it” in 2022
Not having done an expedition-length Adventure Race since Expedition Africa Rodriquez 2019, and missing this year’s expedition race in Lesotho, we (Petrus and Jeanette) decided to do our own little mission for the simple reason of FOMO but also because there’s just something about adventure racing…
Yes, it’s a challenge and you push yourself outside your comfort zone, but somewhere there is this unseen force that pulls you back and back and back again. There is not one race where you don’t think, “What the *#*! am I doing here?” But, then all the pain and hardship falls away and just the good stuff stays in your mind and ...more
Published: January 5th, 2022
Liquorice all sorts for Plett Adventure Racing Team at Riversdale 36hr Adventure Race
Congratulations to the team for finishing this epic 36-hour race in second place!
The Riversdale 36hr race saw the Plett Adventure Racing Team team up with two new members making us an interesting bag of “Liquorice all sorts”: Hanno Smit, the adventure race legend, representing the good old back liquorice, Petrus the machine as the double-decker chocolate liquorice, Pax the unknown flavour, and Netski the mandatory pink liquorice with the potent black inside! All teams had to do a prologue in the cute little town of Riversdale which then determined the time teams would start in the early ...more
Published: November 3rd, 2021
This year's Tour de Plett wasn’t just a stunning hard route it also included three other aspects that the Plett adventure team had to encounter: Sweat, cable ties and sportsmanship.
What started off as a training ride (which of course changed as soon as the gun went off into a racing ride🤪) ended up as a proper and true training day.
The race started, after a while Bubbles got a glimpse of the front ladies and decided to put the hammer down and see if she could pass them, it all backfired when she passed the third and second lady her bike decided it got abused too much and gave in…. Petrus the true gentleman he is stopped and tried to fix the derailer but not being sure of what to ...more
Published: October 15th, 2021
EXPEDITION AFRICA 120KM, CAPE ST FRANCIS, 18 SEPTEMBER 2021
Here we go again!!! Plett Adventure team was lucky again to have been able to put on their racing shoes and head to Cape St Francis for the 120km Kinetic Adventure Race.
Although this time the team was a bit smaller consisting of Petrus and Bubbles, they nevertheless went out full steam ahead.
The races started with a 1 1/2 hr bus drive from Cape St Francis Resort to Kareedouw.
A beautiful hike over the mountain saw us hope onto our bikes to cycle to the dam. Where a paddle with two runs in between waited for us.
This is where nature showed us, we are not as hardcore as we thought we were. A headwind of note was the ...more
Published: August 28th, 2021
Expedition Africa Swellendam 120km Adventure Race
The Plett Adventure Racing Team approached the Swellendam 120km race in a different way. Our usual navigator Drew and Steph could not make this one therefore Petrus took the reins with Netski trying her best to throw in her input (when she was allowed). Our team consisted of Andrew, Terry, Petrus and Netski.
It was a pure and true adventure race with tough navigation, proper mountain bike legs with the good old carry-the-bike-down-the-mountain-to-the next-track bundu bashing mountain hikes, kloofing (canyoning) with scrambling up small waterfalls, long swims, sweat, and the sore, scratched legs that comes with all the above.
An uphill battle!more
Published: September 11th, 2020
Life lessons for the tough journeys – whether it’s 2020 or a multi-day hike.
1. You can’t just give up
halfway through. Once
you hike halfway to your destination, you suddenly realize you have to make
your way back or you’ll be eaten by a wild pig. Don’t get eaten by the wild
2. One step at a time. You’ve dragged yourself up the trail and
are standing at the foot of a mountain. The rock you’re climbing up is slick
from the thousands who have already climbed it, and all you’ve got to hold
onto. It’s one of the most mentally and physically challenging ways you can
spend 30 minutes. The trick is to ignore the magnitude of it all, and take it
one step at a time. And whatever you ...more
Published: May 14th, 2019
A small insight into the Plett Adventure Racing Team's recent adventure race.
The race started in Nature’s Valley and took us into some of Plett’s most beautiful areas.
What a great team to share the experience with.
Published: February 14th, 2019
by Petrus Maree
2019 is off to an exciting start and we’ve been out and about on our local trails and rivers. Its been great to share the trails with all the holiday makers over the festive season and now with more international tourists.
After Drew’s accident and partial dislocation of his shoulder in the form of an acromioclavicular joint injury which saw him in a sling from mid November to end of December, he’s back in training. Slow rehab with the advice of Plett biokineticist JJ Greyling and the ongoing help of Plett Precision Pilates and Lyno guru Fran Bailey he is running and cycling again. “The highlight so far this year has been hiking in the mountains with my son Tayo at age 13yrs ...more
Published: January 23rd, 2019
A little bit of planning goes a long way when there are so many tempting events in Plettenberg Bay in 2019. We are thrilled to be able to offer visitors adventure and sporting events, food, wine, arts and culture in our enviable natural setting. So, grab your calendar and have a browse through selected upcoming events in 2019. These are by no means all the events to be enjoyed in Plett throughout the year, but it’s a starter guide to finding your favourite event or three.
Information correct at time of publication.
FOOD & WINE
17 February │ Truck & Vine Festival
A day of sunshine, sublime wine, food trucks and music awaits in the Plett Winelands. The Truck and Vine Festival is back, this time at ...more