28 NOVEMBER 2017
A very big thank you to all the club members who attended the S.P.C.A. breakfast.
Sorry about the weather, but 40 club members enjoyed some amazing fellowship and a very enjoyable breakfast.
Ronnie, from the S.P.C.A. was overwhelmed on receiving R3,800 in cash donations, plus the R2,000 from Burg Wheelers as well as all the food donated. It certainly is a worthwhile cause and has become an annual tradition for our club.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the DC team for completing the ride on Saturday – from all accounts they had a good ride and I’m sure they are very satisfied at completing another DC.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
Coronation Double Century : 25 November : Swellendam
The club wanted to enter 2 teams this year and called for names early in the year. We received 25 names but when the crunch came, we only had 10 members who were committed. These 10 were Mohammed, Junaid, Jannie, Jamie, Ian, Llew, Sandi, Sharon, Kevin and ww.
Some were doing it for the very first time and some had done several. Sharon and ww had completed 3 DC’s and 2 Maluti’s and were going for their 4th DC! The training did not go as well as previous years due to various reasons such as health issues, work commitments, family problems, logistics etc. However special mention must be made of Mohammed, Junaid, Ian and Kevin who trained very hard and reaped the benefits on the day. In the 11 weeks leading up to the DC I averaged 10,5 hrs and 215km per week which helped a lot towards the end of the ride when the 3 Sisters reared their ugly heads!!
The weather was good and we set off at 05:21. We were team 43 of 275 entries. We made good time to our 115km compulsory stop at Ashton. Frances was our manager and it was great to see her welcoming smile and our refreshments were all neatly laid out. Feeling refreshed we set off for the next stop at 160km. The wind had started to freshen and it was getting hotter. Some of the riders were starting to take strain and had to be managed. We made it to the next stop without incident. It was now getting hotter!
Some of the riders were now taking serious strain but to their credit they fought on grimly without complaint and kudos must go to Ian and Kevin who did a lot of cajoling and pushing.
After 7hrs and 38 minutes the team crossed the finishing line. This was a very good time and even taking the neutral zone just outside Ashton into account, this was our fastest ride by some way. I would like to thank Dave Bure for his valuable input which certainly made a difference. Many thanks to Sharon for all her organizing and advice.
Well done team and many thanks to Burg Wheelers for giving us the opportunity to partake in this great ride. The organization of this event is superb.
Tuesday 28/11/17 CC report
On a nice cool morning got to VV found no CC riders so joined the BB for a normal town route
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This Saturday’s Ride – 2 December
Leave from Greendale Centre, Howick at 05:00 for a 70km ride to Karkloof
MTB Captains report for week of 28th November
A wet week and damp Saturday put an end to all riding plans organised by the club. However those that chose to get down to Elements Café at Hilton Health for the annual SPCA day had a great morning and breakfast on the club. A sizable donation was collected for the cause.
The “C” group rescheduled for Sunday and had a good ride. See Rowlands Report below.
A fair number of us took a drive out to Virginia Trails for the annual Xmas ride and had a very pleasant outing. The organisers were most concerned about the state of the course with all the rain during the week. As it turned out they did an amazing ding job of revising the route and with the morning sun and delayed start the trails were pretty good and very quick. The attending Burg Wheelers showed off some variety with walkers, runners and mtb’ers all attending the day.
Strava Stats for 40km: ride time 2:13 (Stehpen Forster and Dave Bure did it in slightly less and Rod in slightly more), 38.7km, Elevation 529m, Avg speed 17.4.
She has also made contact with the folk from Toti Mambas and we will be hosting them at Hilton/Cedara this weekend. Two or three groups are planned with Gavin Green leading a stronger group, Mark Rowland leading an intermediate group and Rod Blake volunteering for a slower group. These visitors will form part of this Saturdays regular ride/s and some socialising at Jaxx will follow.
Rowland’s Report for 26th November
The day of the SPCA ride didn’t so much dawn as it did move inexorably from being dark and wet to being lighter, but still wet. After having made rash promises on the group about our collective hardness, this was to be expected. Don’t mess with Murphy is the lesson here. Plan B it was then. After having reflected on my hubris for another hour or so from the comfort of my bed, I joined the others at the Hilton Life Hospital for an entirely pleasant breakfast, funded by the club. Even Larry was there. Some of the more energetic members elected to spin with the Duracell-powered Gill Bure. A large thanks to all who organised.
Thus overfed and under-exercised, I felt the need to ride on the Sunday. Joining Team Rowland was Team Booysen, Dogbite Dave [who turns out to be that most rare of creatures, a fair-weather Scot], Docmike, T-Shirt Gert, Peter and Rose, and Justin H. We had an uneventful but brilliant ride around Cedara, successfully doing our best to avoid the mud. The weather was glorious, and as we all know, the views after rain are nothing short of breath-taking. We could see all the way to Nkandla. He wasn’t in.
Predictably there were loads of other people out walking, running, dogging and cycling. We bid them all a cheery hello. None of their dogs bit us, which is always a plus. Between Dave and I, we have a proven record of being extremely attractive to dogs. Mine I ascribe to poor choices while in the military. Dave has his own explaining to do. On the subject of dogs, the only ST that we did was the wonderful ‘pack of dogs’, which was a little slippery, but very rewarding.
After 28km’s, just under two hours of riding and 800m of climbing, we arrived back at Jaxx, who did a splendid job of refreshing us.
Next week will be my last ride with the group until the noo year. I will be visiting my outlaws. For the 9th, 16th, 23rd the C-Group will be in the safe hands of the Gruppenfuhrer. Andre, Dave, Rich and Gert have all offered to help. Thanks to them in advance.
2 Dec – Jaxx. Visiting riders from Toti Mambas joining us for our Saturday ride. Should be good fun. They are eager to see the trails we have and reciprocate in turn.
Trails Off Limits Reminder
Howick / Karkloof
All BW riders are requested to respect the restrictions imposed by harvesting and obey local signs and instructions. View Trailforks app to keep abreast of closed trails.
New Karkloof 37km seems to be very popular for now as is the Supa 20.
Hilton / Cedara
The harvested areas are quite obvious, although de-stumping has not yet been completed. Please stay clear.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.
This Saturday the “C” group ride is from Jaxx at 6:30.
D Group Initiative
There appears to be a need to establish a somewhat more entry level MTB group to complement the various other groups already established. If there is anyone (or more than one) interested in making this commitment, please talk to me.
To date I have five (5) respondents, Caro Smit, Larry Sanders, Richard & Helga Venter, Lisa Bam. The more the merrier.
One suggestion I have received is establish a roster for leaders to take turns.