If you’re in KZN, one of the raddest places has just opened its doors to the public – a specially designed BMX bike track, with a full on Giant bike store ready to keep the kids and the kid-at-heart (read: Dad) fully entertained.
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at Havoc Bike Park and Giant North Coast on the weekend, and both myself and my family walked away covered in dirt and smiles. This new fun factory is not only epic for the downhill mountain biker or BMX rider, but it’s brilliant for moms and dads who need a place to tire their kids out in the healthiest way possible.
“…not only epic for the downhill mountain biker or BMX rider, but it’s brilliant for moms and dads who need a place to tire their kids out in the healthiest way possible.”
When I was a kid, there wasn’t a moment where you wouldn’t find my mates and I tearing up the neighbourhood on our BMX’s. We destroyed perfectly manicured grass pavements, built ramps out of sand and mud in our gardens, and almost always had a roastie at any given time from a fall – these are among my greatest memories growing up. Nowadays, with escalating crime and dangerous roads, you would never dream of sending your kids unsupervised out on the roads to go and explore. That’s where places like Havoc Bike Park are an absolute gem in any neighbourhood.
To add to the great setup, site manager Travis Beattie proudly promotes a free WiFi facility with epic coffee, brilliant ablutions with showers available for the serious rider, a comprehensive bike service & maintenance setup with bike wash too, and of course a fully fledged Giant bike store with a fully stocked product offering from bikes to helmets to accessories. Oh, and if you or your kids don’t own a bike, you can hire bikes & helmets from the shop for a measly R50 – score!
Every element you can imagine has been perfectly executed at Giant North Coast, but it’s the friendly welcome and service that makes this place a true winner. Although the BMX track should be completed by the end of January (delayed due to seasonal rains), I managed to hit a few berms and rhythm sections with my 5-year old son and it was an absolute hoot. I haven’t ridden a BMX bike in almost 25 years but after half an hour, both my son and I were high-fiving, cheering and hooting each other on, even when both of us ate dirt due to some pretty fun wipeouts.
If you don’t live in Ballito or Salt Rock, make sure you come up for a day over a weekend, you won’t regret it. And for those of you in and around the area, the crew at Havoc Bike Park often have great daily specials such as their ‘Happy Hour’ which includes FREE beer/cappuccinos while your kids get to ride the track.
Quite honestly, I have not had that much fun in years and this new spot easily ranks as one of my best finds on the North Coast of KZN.