Extreme Lights goods illegally detained by the SAPS in Durban

Update 19 April:  So it went is well as it possibly could in the High Court.  We settled before the court date with SAPS, but still went to court to have the agreement issued as a Court Order.  They agreed to release the goods immediately, as well as cover our legal fees and the warehousing cost.  The warehousing cost came to R243k….  Thank you taxpayers.

Our groupage operator has taken control of the stock during the last hour, and is arranging to have the container unpacked and despatched from Durban to Cape Town tomorrow.  We thus expect delivery on Monday, and will be ready to send out on Tuesday, 25 April.

Thank you all for your patience and support in this matter.  We will be lighting up your adventures again very soon!

30 March 2017:  Extreme Lights has been in a very unfortunate OUT OF STOCK situation since the Cape Town Cycle Tour early in March 2017.

This was due to the SAPS illegally stopping a full container containing 12 consignees’ import goods, on the suspicion that one of the consignee’s shipment contained fake goods.  The 11 other consignees are the innocent bystanders who are also getting shot down in this process.

An investigative article was published on the front page of the Freight & Trading Weekly, the import industry’s leading newspaper,  on 24 March 2017.  Read the article here on the front page and page 8.

On 29 March, Extreme Lights have engaged with Attorneys on behalf of 7 of the consignees, to lodge an Urgent Application in the High Court, to order the release of the goods that are being illegally detained and do not form part of the suspicious goods.  On 30 March, a Letter of Demand was delivered by the attorneys to The SAPS Litigation department, demanding that the goods be released with immediate effect, or notices be given for the seizure of the goods, as nothing has been forthcoming in the past 6 weeks, since it arrived on 21 February.

How does this affect our customers?

The Endurance+ and Ultimate+ Cycle Lights are available on back order.  This means that we will ship them as soon as we receive them, but we do not have them in stock yet.  It is impossible to give an estimated date of availability, as it all dependents on the outcome of the legal proceedings.  It can be any day, or it can be in a year’s time.  We are doing our best to get it resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible, as we are paying the attorneys per hour.

Please call Pieter at our office on 021 886 5479 for any further enquiries.  If you have placed a back order, and would like to know what your options are – Pieter is your man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trans Talk: TransBaviaans Cycle Race Information Evening

Trans Talk Info Evening

@ Extreme Lights Headquarters in Stellenbosch
7 March 2017 19:00

RSVP:[email protected]

No Costs Involved

The Trans Talks will consist of information you need to know about the race, tips on how to tackle the beast, training specific guidelines by Polar, nutrition by PowerBar, lights by Extreme Lights and inspiring stories, while we share an ice cold Stellenbrau Brew.

 A Bit of History:

The first Trans Talk took place way back in 2004 right before the very first Trans Baviaans 24hr MTB marathon. The distance was unheard of, the riders didn’t know if it was possible to do, there was a buzz of excitement and nerves mixed together in the month leading up to the inaugural race. A couple of locals from Knysna asked Wikus van der Walt the founder of the race to come and tell them what to expect!

The idea was born and the race has grown from about 250 riders in the first year to now having 2 events on 2 consecutive weekends and both are sold out. Team Ecobound embarked on a roadshow this year visiting the main centers with a Trans Baviaans Information session dubbed the Trans Talks. The tour started in Johannesburg at the Sportmans Warehouse in Fourways and then moved to The Bike and Brew in Port Elizabeth, Sportmans Warehouse Bloemfontein, Greg Minnaar Cycles in Pietermaritzburg, Knysna Cycle Works in Knysna and then the last evening was at Sportmans Warehouse Rondebosch Cape Town.

Guests arriving at Sportmans Warehouse Rondebosch

Guests arriving at Sportmans Warehouse Rondebosch

All the evenings where well attended and enjoyed by everyone. We had expert advise on nutrition from PowerBar, Extreme Lights got technical with light information, Squirt gave away some goodies for everyone that attended and Darling Brew did tastings in Cape Town. The stores that hosted the Trans Talk’s offered some great specials to everyone that joined. Special speakers included veteran Berend Maarching (who did every single race) with some of his tips, podium finishers like Nick Cape and more.

“We will make a downloadable version of the presentation available to all that did not attend the Trans Talks” said Zane Schmahl Event Organiser.

Trevor Seinen from PowerBar giving expert advise as a veteran of the Trans Baviaans

Trevor Seinen from PowerBar giving expert advise as a veteran of the Trans Baviaans

“The Trans Talk Roadshow will be launched again for 2017 with hopefully more towns to be visited in our country after many requests confirming the demand for them” said Wikus van der Walt Race Director.

The team from Ecobound will now turn their full focus to the event itself that will take place on 13 & 20 August 2016 which is just around the corner.

Berend Maarsingh giving some tips as a finisher of every single Trans Baviaans

Berend Maarsingh giving some tips as a finisher of every single Trans Baviaans

Some riders ogling at the Momsen Vipa XT 2016 model

Some riders ogling at the Momsen Vipa XT 2016 model

Source: www.transbaviaans.co.za

How to Get the Most out of Cycling Training Camps

Training camps can be as brutal as they are exhilarating. Here’s how to stay strong and keep improving when you’re putting in serious saddle time.

BY MOLLY HURFORD

Whether you’re counting down to a bike vacation or a serious cycling training camp, riding at any level of intensity over a long period of time can be tough—no matter how much fun you’re having. Get through your heavy-riding program with flair by following these tips from a crew of elite junior racers who finished up a 500-mile training block in six days

Check the Weather

Pack for the weather you’re likely to encounter, suggests Centurion Next Wave team member Brody Sanderson. “Know and understand the climate of where you’re going—like whether you need booties or sun sleeves,” he says. “Trust me, it’s an issue, and if you aren’t prepared for any part of the temperature spectrum you’ll pay for it later.”

Check the forecast, but be prepared for temperatures a few degrees cooler or warmer than predicted. Prepping for a hot climate? Pack a thin windbreaker just in case. If you’re heading somewhere chilly, make sure you have shorts in case of a hot snap or an indoor ride day. And always, always have rain gear.

Take Care of Yourself

If you’re on a tour through a beautiful part of the world or digging into a high-intensity camp, it’s important to practice good hygiene. Your immune system will already be compromised from the long hours, so taking precautions to avoid health problems is key. This means washing your hands frequently, only drinking water you know is from a safe source, cleaning out your water bottles, and taking care of things like sunburn and road rash to avoid any chance of infection.

“Doing huge training blocks can make you sick, which can prevent you from continuing your block and it’s just not worth it when it’s so easy,” says 16-year-old Matt Staples of Centurion Next Wave. “The key is to manage the small things that are so simple but can really benefit you in the long run.”

Be Ready for Downtime

You’ll be riding long hours, but after your rides, you may find yourself with a lot of spare time to fill. It might be tempting, especially on the first couple days, to cram in extra activities and workouts, but solid rest is very important—and by rest, that doesn’t mean filling spare time with calls to the office.

“I would not make it through a big training block without Netflix,” says Graydon Staples, another Centurion Next Wave team member. “Once I finish a big ride, I like to go back to my room and take it easy while watching whatever there is on Netflix.” For some people that would sound ideal, but for others, chilling out is a chore. Just think of it as part two of your workout: recovery.

Use Chamois Cream Liberally

“The best advice I could give to a rider putting in a big block is the vast use of chamois cream, something to prevent chaffing,” says Matt Staples. All of the juniors at the camp echoed his sentiment. Chamois cream helps fight friction in the saddle and can help prevent saddle sores. If it’s applied too late, the cream can still alleviate some of the discomfort.

Embrace the Highs and Lows

“My best advice for someone who is going to put in a big training block is to really make sure you’re being honest with how you’re feeling,” says Team Progressive member Liam Mulcahy. Not only will some days feel harder on your body, there will be days that take a toll on your mind and emotions, as well. A few flats, a crash in your group, or being the slowest one up the hill can be disheartening, but it happens to everyone.”

“Expect ups and downs during the ride but remember, be excited that you’re able to go out and ride your bike in the first place,” says Erica Leonard of Norco & Garneau.

Source: www.bicycling.com

14 Crappy (but practical) Christmas Gifts for Hikers and Mountain Bikers

If money’s tighter than a hairpin bend, but for some inexplicable reason you feel a sense of obligation to give your hiker/mountain biker buddies something for Christmas, consider the following items:

1. A Box of Ziplocs – Pretty much everyone takes Ziplocs backpacking. But let’s be honest, nothing says, “I don’t give a damn about you” like plastic bags for Christmas.

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2. Socks – For less than R 50 you will have to go synthetic or even cotton. No Merino Wool or any of those other fancy blends. If possible try to make your choice seasonally appropriate. You know the ones with littlChristmasas trees and snowmen on them……..maybe some reindeer as well.

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3. Bandana – You can often find these multi-purpose gems at the bottom of outdoor store bargain bins. Potential uses include: towel, water filter, neck protection, pot cleaner, tent drier, hanky, useful to wear on your face during rain storms, handy if you are low on funds and decide to rob a convenience store.

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4. A Six Pack of Ramen – A culinary staple for backpackers. If you really want to make an effort, select singles with a variety of flavours. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.

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5. Toilet Paper – If they aren’t too picky in regards to softness/quality, R 5 worth of “white gold” can potentially last the giftee most of a multi-month thru hike…………at least when supplemented with the stuff they won’t pinch from hotels, restaurants,  and classier public restrooms.

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6. Soap – Not only is it cheap, but it’s a none-too-subtle way of saying, “mate, you really need to work on your hygiene next year.”

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7. Crazy/Super Glue – Useful for sleeping mat repairs, small holes in tents and at a pinch, even cuts and blisters.

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8. Plastic Disposable Kitchen Gloves – You can purchase 100 count packs (or more) of these. They can be used as part of a layering system for your hands when hiking in extreme cold and wet conditions.

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9. Baking Soda – Another excellent multi-purpose item that more hikers should know about. Potential uses include: toothpaste, deodorant substitute, cleaning pots & drink bottles, helps to remove foot odour from shoes, antacid for tummy rumblings, and; assists in relieving itching associated with insect bites, bee stings and poison ivy/oak.

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10. 3M Micropore Tape – Breathable paper medical tape. Adheres well. I’ve used it for years instead of band-aids and other adhesive strips.

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11. Hand Sanitizer – I haven’t had a case of the trots in the backcountry (so to speak) since 1999. I suspect that diligent use of hand sanitizer is part of the reason. I always keep a small bottle handy in one of the shoulder strap pockets on my backpack.

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12. Groundsheet – This might actually cost you nothing if you can find a piece in a construction site dumpster. Customize the size for the giftee. It’s the little things that count.

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13. Mini Dropper Bottles (2 Pack) – Another long time favourite. I repackage my hand sanitizer and Aquamira in these tiny bottles for all of my backcountry trips.

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14. Ibuprofen – Vitamin “I”. A hurting hiker’s best friend. Can be found in many (if not most) hikers First-Aid kits. Forget about the name brands such as Advil and go generic. For R 50 you can usually pick up a 20 count bottle.

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Sourced & Adapted from:  www.thehikinglife.com