Arriving in the dark left the imagination running wild until we woke up in the morning to our first view of the Cedarberg - an almost Martian landscape, with wind and rain-eroded rock giving way to trails that shouldn't have been possible to make, but somehow manage to find their way through the labyrinth. Amazing fast flowy trails, interspersed with techy rock sections kept everyone challenged, the "woops" of joy echoing off the cliffs and blokes' banter flowing just as fast as the bikes - this is mountain biking at its purest. Harry Millar
You can't help but get excited about the riding that lies ahead as you approach these hills.
Into the Ceres valley, towards Gydo Pass we headed.
Rupert watering the plants.
From Ceres it's still a long way to go to our final destination, but the aptly named 'Oasis' gave us a good excuse to stop for some grub, and a couple of cold ones.
Not many pubs as old school as this still around - no barman, just an 'honesty box' and a pen and paper.
Pretty sweet cottage we hooked up. Cozy, but had everything we needed.
Everything checked. Water and snacks packed. Nothing to do now but hit the trails.
One of the natives keeping an eye on things as we head into the mountains. Klipspringer, aka 'Rock jumper'.
Fast, technical, rocky singletrack as far as the eye can see.
As a photographer, documenting these trails often prove tricky as the number of photogenic rock features can be downright overwhelming.
A 4 hour drive to find new trail always presents the usual worrying anxiety about missing out on riding the local trails and getting guaranteed satisfaction. Thank you for wanderlust. It takes you to better places. The Cederberg is where I found that better place and the place that allows 27.5,165mm travel bikes to excel on the rock hard descending trails. The location and sheer beauty will fade all cognitive dissonance into oblivion. If Meatloaf wrote a song about this place, it would be called Flaming Eagle out of Hell. Rupert von Tutschek
The steep and tight, off-camber rocky trails can be pretty tricky to get right. If you do get it wrong out here, help will take some time to get to you, so it's best to take it easy and get out in one piece.
Some more of the locals going about their daily routine.
With an unprecedented dry summer this year, the greater Cederberg area is as barren as can be. But somehow nature still manages to provide us with crystal clear, ice cold water to make sure we stay alive.
Cederberg is the perfect place to spend time out of the civilization - no cell phone signal, no noise except birds and baboons. The trails are a perfect mix between slow technical sections and fast single tracks at the middle of an incredible landscape - the best I've ridden in South Africa. Matthieu Hamel
Most of the dams and reservoirs have dried up completely, and it's clear to see it's been long since the last drops fell from the sky.
We looped back to our cottage for a spot of lunch and some time to chill before heading back out for another run.
A massive wilderness area sporting crazy rock formations, technical trails and loads of sun mean that the Cederberg is a very special place to ride. Throw in starry night skies, braais and beers with friends and you're guaranteed a perfect weekend mountain bike getaway! Daniel Dobinson
Late afternoon, dusty, fast and flowy trails. Check.
Last rays of the day before we head back for a braai and some beers.
One more advantage of getting away from the city. The Milky Way at its finest.
Goodbye Cederberg. Until we meet again.
Riders: Matthieu Hamel and Daniel Dobinson
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