Riding the Dragon's Spine
When windmill-dodgers David Bristow and Steve Thomas followed their dream to blaze (and map) a mountain bike trail across South Africa, they hoped to be spared howling headwinds, freezing rain and slushy terrain. They weren’t, yet were not deterred from having a mud-splattering good time.
The result, the Spine of the Dragon trail, is the country’s ultimate mountain bike tour, covering a distance of 4000km from Beit Bridge to Cape Town. Aimed at the average off-road rider, the 58-day trail through South Africa and Lesotho is broken into nine sections, each with several stages. The entire course can be done in one go, or as a series of shorter rides – ideal for those with boundless enthusiasm but limited time.
The authors offer valuable advice on preparing for the trail that includes suggested clothing, gear, bike maintenance, food and safety. Each day’s route is described in detail and includes: Customised, annotated map with GPS points; Total daily distance; Difficulty grading: from short and easy to long and hard; Entertaining insight into the people and places along the way; Engaging photographs; Accommodation suggestions and contact details
Free GPS tracks for all routes can be downloaded from www.dragontrax.co.za
Visit the Spine of the Dragon website at www.spineofthedragon.co.za