The Front Row Tip

Now you guys might remember the previous post of the Momentum Grape MTB Rider as part of the Pick ‘n Pay Stellenbosch Wine Festival, well, that took place over the weekend and what a great experience it was, the ride and the wine fest. The Wine festival was located on the Coetzenburg fields and one couldn’t have asked for a nicer setting and the weather was close to perfect as well.

Myself, Chantel and Marius enjoying the sunshine at the Stellenbisch Wine Festival

Myself, Chantel and Marius enjoying the sunshine at the Stellenbisch Wine Festival

But back to the Grape MTB ride, aimed at bringing families together on an easy ride to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve gate and back, and as I don’t have a family as of yet, I decided to invite a bigger person cyclist, like myself, in order for now one to dare laugh at me for being the only Phat boy riding. So enter, former Springbok tight head prop, Marius Hurter on his KTM joining me for the ride with plans to later go to the wine festival with his family. What a great ride it was. It was brilliant to see so many people come out for the leisurely ride and all just out there to be in nature and spend time with their kids and other like-minded people. (Needless to say, no one laughed at me and great fun was had on the bike as Marius and I sped off on the route, catching up on all things and having a jol).

Fantastic setup at Coetzenburg for the Pick 'n Pay Stellenbosch Wine Festival

Fantastic setup at Coetzenburg for the Pick ‘n Pay Stellenbosch Wine Festival

 

Ride done and dusted, Marius went back to fetch the family and I got a free breakfast thanks to Chantel and Cecilia that basically forced me to stay in Stellenbosch and taste wine. Marius returned to Wine Festival, 3 kids in tow. I won’t bore you with too much detail, let’s just say we know which of the Wine Farms in Stellenbosch’ Sauvignon Blanc wines we have preference to. Wine tasting as it should be, with no need to drive from farm to farm. Needless to say I did feel a bit deflated come Monday work morning. I don’t have the same pedigree as my learned friend when it comes to rugby achievements as former Springbok, Mr Hurter does. I am however also part of the front row fraternity, mostly playing where clever boys does, in the middle of the front row with the odd appearance on the loosehead side, so nothing compared to playing tighthead. Anyway back to the title of the post: Our front row tip to you is: DO NOT MISS THE 2016 STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL! It is a great event with loads of entertainment for all and loads of good wine. This year even Kahn made an appearance and provided some background noise my friend Nikki would have enjoyed. (Thanks Chantel & Cecilia for guiding us through the wine festival experience)

Can you from this pic where my chest is used as a canvas that I used to play rugby in the front...

Can you from this pic where my chest is used as a canvas that I used to play rugby in the front…

Another front row tip is to never underestimate the big boys on a mountain bike, we may be slow uphill but boy do we fly downhill. Also don’t stand in our way when we are hungry and want to buy a healthy burger.

Finding the right tyre pressure to ride your mountain bike on can be difficult and there are various hints and tips as to finding out what will work for you. Check this out for more:

 

All and all, make sure you have a lookout for the Stellenbosch Wine Festival next year and we will see you there on the ride and tasting some great Stellenbosch Wines.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Front Row Tip

  1. Haha… yeah have played yoyo on many a race with the “big” boys who I pass on the ups but who pass me again on the downs…. on a long race you can form a close friendship… LOL!

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