About Us

The Sugar Rats Club started in 2011 under the guidance of Gill von Buddenbrock who saw the need for escorted kiddies rides out on the beautiful Holla Trails Network.  Over the years there have been many adventures which include weekly coaching, holiday outrides, trips to the Strawberry farm, birthday parties and the amazing holiday camps up at Verbara Lodge.

Follow our Adventures in our Blog section and meet all our amazing coaches below:-



Gill von Buddenbrock – Gilly is the Leader of the Rat pack, but more like the mother hen, she makes sure everyone gets back to the nest safely every ride.  Gill’s love and passion for the kids and MTBing is infectious and believes its not all about winning but enjoying MTBing for the fun, adventure, friends and working together as a team.


Scott Pearmain – Scotty is our trail guru and King of all the Mountains.  He has become an integral part of the Rat Pack and has taken the Academy to a whole new level of riding.  Scott gets the kiddies across every obstacle and spends time helping them with their skills.   He leads the Sugar Rats Racing Team and has taken their performances to new heights around KZN.


Francois Barnard – Frans is one of the biggest kids in the world, he is the fix it guy (team mechanic) who will always go the extra mile – the kids adore him and he plays a vital role in all our rides, events and race days.  The mechanic who loves being on his bike or driving around the country in his Jimny or spending time with his family and gorgeous Grandson.


Danielle Dalton – Dani is so loved by the kiddies and somehow always manages to capture the best moments on film so Moms & Dads can see their kiddies in action!!  Dani is so passionate about kiddies and has spent her life in the industry as her family owned the popular Zululand Cycles.  Dani resides in Cape Town at the moment but she rides when she is back in Ballito.

Special weekly guests including:-


Chloe Bateson, Matthew Opperman, Courtney Munro, Taylor Munro.

Chloe was one of the first Sugar Rats many years ago and this is where her passion for cycling really developed.  Now training at an internationally competitive level, Chloe and her team which include Matt, Courtney & Taylor are all heading across to Amsterdam to compete together.  More info