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The Diverge Podcast explores South Africa's ultra-endurance crazed sporting industry with Seamus Allardice. From the Absa Cape Epic, the Tour de France of mountain biking, to weekend missions in the mountains; and everything in between, including bike packing, trail running and hiking. On or off the beaten track the Diverge Podcast is your guide to long-distance adventures in South Africa.

The Diverge Podcast explores South Africa's ultra-endurance crazed sporting industry with Seamus Allardice. From the Absa Cape Epic, the Tour de France of mountain biking, to weekend missions in the mountains; and everything in between, including bike packing, trail running and hiking. On or off the beaten track the Diverge Podcast is your guide to long-distance adventures in South Africa.

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South Africa

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The Diverge Podcast explores South Africa's ultra-endurance crazed sporting industry with Seamus Allardice. From the Absa Cape Epic, the Tour de France of mountain biking, to weekend missions in the mountains; and everything in between, including bike packing, trail running and hiking. On or off the beaten track the Diverge Podcast is your guide to long-distance adventures in South Africa.

Language:

English

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+27827487772


Episodes

2: Beyond Lockdown

10/3/2020
In August 2020 Jacques Marais, Peter van Kets, Zane Schmahl and Peter Kirk set out on a 9 00km, 9 province, tour of South Africa. The aim was to highlight an adventure travel destination in each province for their Beyond Expeditions trip. The adventure was supported by Isuzu South Africa and Dunlop Tyres South Africa. To find out more about it visit www.beyondexpeditions.co.za.

Duration:01:08:29

1: Lockdown: Covid-19 Cancellations & Postponements

4/6/2020
A strange podcast for a strange time. The story of the Covid-19 pandemic is still unfolding. Seamus Allardice looks at the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, thus far, on the South African cycling industry where events have been cancelled or postponed, bicycle shops are closed and manufacturers have shut their doors. When they open will the economy be in a fit state to allow racing to resume? That we don't know, but what we do know is that everyone seems to be on Zwift and if the pro athletes,...

Duration:01:26:53

30: Meurant Botha & Oli Munnik Talk Spur School's MTB League

10/10/2019
The 11th season of the Spur School's MTB League saw participation records broken in most regions. Following the highly successful 2019 final, to which the best performers from each region were invited, Seamus Allardice sat down with the league's founder Meurant Botha and Oliver Munnik. To find out more about the Spur School's MTB League visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za (https://www.spurmtbleague.co.za/) .

Duration:01:05:36

28: Maloti 100: Cycling at 2600m above sea level

9/30/2019
The Maloti 100 Miler is a mountain bike race between Barkley East and Maclear, in the Eastern Cape. It covers 162km, takes in 2 966m of climbing and ascends South Africa's third highest mountain pass, Naude's Nek. Aside from reaching 2 600m above sea level, where the air is pretty thin, the road surfaces are exceptionally rough. It is definitely not a gravel bike race. But Seamus Allardice didn't bring another bike along and he was set on test riding the Canyon Grail CF SLX 8.0 Di2. The...

Duration:00:45:48

27: SwimRun Wild

9/18/2019
On the 13th and 14th of September, Diverge Podcast host, Seamus Allardice took part in the Torpedo SwimRun Wild. New to the sport of SwimRun he had no idea of what to expect, but knew it would be an adventure. Tune in to hear all about that adventure and for an interview with Richard McMartin, one of the founders of Torpedo SwimRun South Africa. Want to know more about the sport? Check out Swamble Fun and Adventures in SwimRun...

Duration:00:39:01

26: Nicky & Jaco's Cape Pioneer Trek Audio Diaries

9/15/2019
Nicky Giliomee (Seattle Coffee Co) and Jaco Pelser (Southern Africa Roadtrippers) took part in the 2019 Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen. They along with their teammates for the 6 day stage race, Cherise Willeit and Oliver Lennard, kept daily audio diaries of the experience for the Diverge Podcast. Here's how the Race With Soul unfolded for the quartet of mountain bikers.

Duration:00:43:30

25: 2020 Absa Cape Epic Route Analysis

9/8/2019
The route for the 2020 Absa Cape Epic has been announced. It takes in 647 kilometres with 15 550 metres of climbing, over 8 days in March next year. Visiting the towns of Ceres, Tulbagh and Wellington on the trail from Cape Town to Val de Vie. Watch the route launch video here: www.youtube.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4j1zb79-a0) And take a look at the route profiles here: www.cape-epic.com/2020-route (https://www.cape-epic.com/riders/the-2020-race/2020-route) (While listening to...

Duration:01:01:35

24: BMT Fairtree at the Swiss Epic

9/4/2019
The BMT Fairtree mountain biking academy team of Luyanda Thobigunya and Zola Ngxakeni won an entry to the Swiss Epic, in the south eastern canton of Graubünden, by winning the Exxaro Development category at the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales. This is their story from the five day Swiss stage race. For more information on the BMT Fairtree academy please visit www.bmtsa.co.za/social-responsibility (https://bmtsa.co.za/social-responsibility/) . To find out more about the Swiss Epic and to view all the...

Duration:00:26:04

23: Gravel Grows with 100 Miler Series

7/31/2019
Gravel is growing in South Africa and 6 local event organisers have combined to establish a 7 event gravel/mountain bike 100 Miler Series. The series will visit 3 provinces in it's inaugural year, starting with Ride the Karoo in February and ending with Race to the Sea in October 2020. For all the details click here: https://diverge.info/2019/07/30/introducting-a-100-miler-series-across-south-africa/ Also featured in the show is a brief recap on the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge and a look...

Duration:00:26:30

22: Lill Wins SA Champs & New Gravel Races Launch

7/23/2019
The South African XCO Championships, at Thaba Trails in Johannesburg, saw Candice Lill win her first senior national title. Alan Hatherley meanwhile won his third. In the Western Cape the Chas Everitt Around The Pot Overberg 100-Miler, presented by SEESA, was held in sub 10 degree weather conditions. And two new gravel races were launched, including one from a brewery to a brewery.

Duration:00:15:19

21: SA Champs Preview & Around the Pot FOMO

7/17/2019
Join host Seamus Allardice as he starts to provide more regular, or that's the plan at least, programming by focusing on weekly news round-ups from the world of cycling, trail running and other adventure sports. This week he kicks off with a look back at the Andorra and Les Gets rounds of the UCI MTB World Cup, catches up with Robyn de Groot and previews the South African XCO Championships, which take place in Johannesburg on Saturday 20 July. Also on Saturday is the 3rd edition of the Chas...

Duration:00:30:52

20: Robyn de Groot

6/28/2019
In this episode of the Diverge Podcast Seamus Allardice chats to, 6 time South African Mountain Biking Marathon Champion, Robyn de Groot. De Groot is recovering from surgery to rectify iliac artery endofibrosis, which is the narrowing of one of the main arteries transporting blood to one's legs. Her recovery has come at a better than expected rate as she notched up her first post-operation win alongside Samantha Sanders at the 2019 KAP sani2c in May. Since then she has also won the Knysna...

Duration:00:38:16

19: Discovery MUT

6/19/2019
Join host Seamus Allardice as he chats to the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail's Zane Schmahl and Jacques Mouton, initially atop George Peak and then later over lunch at the Ground Zero Bike and Trail Park. Zane is the race director for the ultra trail running event, which also features a Vertical 1K challenge, from the outskirts of the Southern Cape city to the summit of the region's second highest peak. To find out more about the Discovery MUT please visit www.georgetrailrun.co.za.

Duration:00:31:24

18: Candice Lill

6/3/2019
In this episode of the Diverge Podcast Seamus Allardice spoke to Summit Fin's Candice Lill. The former Junior Cross-Country Bronze medalist and London 2012 Olympian had recently returned from a European racing block where she fought her way to two top twenty results in the opening rounds of the UCI MTB World Cup. These results come off the back of her second position at the Absa Cape Epic in March alongside German Adelheid Morath. For more information on Candice you can follow her on...

Duration:00:49:12

17: Amy McDougall

5/10/2019
Following her joBerg2c victory, alongside Mike Posthumus, Seamus Allardice caught up with Amy McDougall. The dormakaba rider is a two time world single speed champion, the winner of the inaugural Absa African Women's jersey in the Absa Cape Epic last year. 2019 though has been difficult for the former hairdresser, turned professional mountain biker. But after her big win at South Africa's longest stage race she's feeling confident and is once again happy to be on the bike.

Duration:00:28:08

16: Easter Bikepacking Adventure

4/24/2019
Over the Easter long weekend Seamus Allardice joined former pro cyclist Jaco Pelser on a bikepacking adventure through the Western Cape. Their four day trip took in nearly 400km of riding, four iconic towns and over 200km of spectacular gravel roads. The pair were joined on the final day by fellow cycling adventure seeker Mynardt van Pletsen. On the evening of the third day Seamus sat down with Jaco and Mynardt to discuss the trip and bikepacking in general. To read the full story and see...

Duration:00:36:33

15: Episode 6 | Flanders Review & Roubaix Preview

4/11/2019
In the middle of the biggest week in the cycling calendar, Seamus Allardice and Oliver Munnik sat down to discuss the 2019 Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix for the Diverge Podcast. The pair spoke about what it's like to ride in the cycling crazy Flanders region of Belgium. Reviewed the 2019 Ronde van Vlaanderen and previewed the Hell of the North. To find out more about the start list and how the favourites are shaping up ahead of Paris Roubaix on Sunday, 14 April, visit:...

Duration:00:30:56

14: Episode 5 | Spur Fest

4/3/2019
Oliver Munnik joined Seamus Allardice at Bootleggers in the Cape Town CBD to discuss the inaugural #SpurFest. Organised by Meurant Botha and AmaRider #SpurFest is part of the Spur Schools' Mountain Bike League and is modeled on the Dirtopia Festivals of the early 2000s. To find out more visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za.

Duration:00:25:07

13: Absa Cape Epic 2019 - Wrap Up Show

3/26/2019
Seamus Allardice and Oliver Munnik sat down in Obs after the 2019 Absa Cape Epic to reflect on what, unquestionably was, "a hell of a week".

Duration:00:24:33

12: Cape Epic 2019 - Stage 7

3/24/2019
Join Seamus Allardice and Oliver Munnik as they record live after the Stage 7 – the Grand Finale – of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. Wow, it’s all over… After eight crazy days of racing the Absa Cape Epic reached its conclusion on the polo fields of Val de Vie. Tune in as Seams and Oli reflect on the racing, the riding and everything else which made the 2019 event the madcap adventure it was.

Duration:00:25:19