Two Inspirational Books for the Christmas Stocking

The race that measures it all book reviewNeil Fourie THE RACE THAT MEASURES IT ALL

R175 |

Inspired by the now famous Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, this book is labelled as an untold story and the beginners guide to mountain bike stage racing. It’s an inspiring story, written in a casual and easy-to-read style, of Neil Fourie’s journey leading up to the 2012 Epic and everything he went through to get there. The former downhill mountain biker broke his back while attempting a massive jump at a national event in Jonkershoek in 2007. Seven months later he was back on his downhill bike but there were more setbacks to come, including breaking his femur and wrist in a car accident, nearly losing his mother after she broke her neck and further corrective surgery and therapy for his femur.

Neil did not give up though. He continued with his passion for cycling after learning many life lessons and in 2012 he entered the Cape Epic with his brother, Ryno. The following chapters describe their Epic stage by stage along with useful training tips and how to approach the event.

This book will help you appreciate each day you have on this earth.

Living the best day ever book review



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This is the true story of one of the greatest African explorers you have probably never heard of. Hendri Coetzee was writing his memoir when he was taken by a crocodile in December 2010. It was his dream to get it published. A core group of his friends and family have been working for the last two years to fulfil his dream.

Coetzee was paddling on a quiet stretch of the Lukuga River in Congo with American kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry, paddling just two metres apart, when a crocodile slipped up from behind and ripped trip leader Coetzee from his red plastic boat. Equipped with a core philosophy and a lot of luck, Coetzee embarks on a series of increasingly outrageous adventures in search of the best day ever.

Through these harrowing and often hilarious experiences he is subjected to grueling challenges in the most unique and compelling classroom on planet Earth: the rivers and jungles of Africa.

You will be transported through some of the continent’s wildest rivers, battling rapids, wildlife and raw human nature, all while searching for the best day ever.

Review by Hugh Pines

Originally published in the September/October 2013 issue 61.


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