Meet Jacques Brink, co-owner of the popular (they have coffee) Knysna Cycle Works and volunteer founder of the ‘Ride With A Local’ initiative, encouraging visitors to join local cyclists on outrides in the greater Knysna area.
-What inspired you to start this project?
I was born in Knysna in 1971, I have been a cyclist since Primary school riding BMX bikes. I was introduced to mountain biking in 1992 during the pioneer days of mountain biking. I found my passion for the sport and the rest was history.
I have been with Knysna Cycle Works since 1992 and became co-owner in 1998. I have been riding the Knysna Forest for many years and know it pretty well.
In 2017 we lost our house in the Knysna Fires and I had to wrap my head around the devastation. This is when ‘Ride With A Local’ was born. Being a cyclist and knowing my way around the Knysna Forest helped.
-What makes your project unique?
I get to share with people the experience of accompanied cycling, like us locals experience it! We get to ride private riding areas and non-commercial trails that are not always open to everyone. We also make use of our local MTO trail network at Concordia.
-Is there anything specific you want people to know about you / this project or something else that you would like to add?
The rides usually end at one of our favourite watering holes (anywhere with beer). You are welcome on your bicycle or you can hire one from Knysna Cycle Works