Report By: Rafael Carmona
3 hour night ride in Irene area, just amazing.
I am from Venezuela; I have been living in Johannesburg for less than 2 month, one of the first thing
that I did wend arrive here was buying a Mountain bike, and trying to find in internet groups who ride
regularly in the city.
After seeing a lot of page in the web, I found one that gain my attention immediately, Dark and Dirty,
just for the name I decide to open the link and see what was about.
I read I little bit about the group and the spectacular rides that they have every Thursday, so I decide to
put my bike and my mtb cloths in my car and drive until Irene Mall after work.
I arrive very early about 6 pm, after half and our I notice that 2 cars arrive with bikes and I decide to ask
if they are part of the dark and dirty group, and they say that “off course just a few people are so crazy
to ride a mounting bike during the night with this weather”
The night was very cold, after a few minutes other cars appear with bikes, and the group start to
prepare their bikes, the group was no so big about 10 bikes.
I wasn’t sure about what to expect, I was my first night ride in South Africa, I was very glad wend before
we start, around 7pm, we receive all the security tips and all the information about the ride of that
I just can tell that at the beginning I was a little bit scare, my light wasn´t the best ones and in some
moments I lost the road, but after a few minutes, I feel more comfortable with the lights and with the
The Group was excellent, in every moment they ask me about how I feel. Is everything was ok? and just
talking about the bikes, the weather, about my country etc.
We ride for almost 3 hour, during the hall route always was a social ride, at the end I need to admit that
I was so tired, but the route was perfect, single tracks, a lot of rocks, a couple of hills, sped zones, very
very complete route.
Is was an amazing experience, I can feel the adrenaline in my body in every moment, now I am convince
that for sure I will come back next Thursday, but first a need a better lights.
After 3 hours riding we arrive to Irene Mall again, and the best part was that the hall group decide
to go for some food and a hot chocolate, I don’t know if I was hungry, or so tired, but I was the best
hamburger that I have been eat in this city.
This is the kind of adventure that if you like the MTB you need to leave, and this is a very good way to do
it, what else can you ask?, bikes, night ride, friends, and food, just perfect.
See you next Thursday on the road.