Greetings All,

2018 Membership fees are now due (please see attached Application for details):

Ordinary Members (Annual) R400

Junior Member (person under 18 years) R120

Family Membership (husband and/or wife, and/or children under
18 years, all living at the same address R600

Compendium Midmar Notts Cycle Race

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Sunday 25th February 2018 – Michaelhouse School, KZN

This unique race, brought to you by the Burg Wheelers Cycling Club, and sponsored by Compendium Insurance Brokers Proudly Bidvest, offers 3 distances, to cater for a range of age groups and fitness levels. It follows out-and-back routes from and to Michaelhouse School, an ideal location whence entrants/ families may enjoy the Midlands Meander. Just 2 weeks before the Cape Town Cycle Tour, it is ideal to test fitness levels and hone those all-important bunch-riding skills.

Entry and Registration

Enter online at www.roag.co.za by Wednesday 21st February.

Entry fees are:

80km: R290 Early Bird R250

50km: R250; Early Bird R220

30km: R140. Early Bird R120

Tandem R580 Early Bird R500

The respective early bird (before 31st Jan) entry fees are: R250 (R500); R220; and R120. Entries will be accepted at Registration (4h30-6h30) at the Michaelhouse Sports Centre, at a surcharge of R50 (R100 for tandem), but race day entrants will not be seeded: they will start in the last batch for that distance. Cyclists not registered with CSA will need to purchase a day licence (R35) from Registration.

Prize money totaling R16500. Prize money will be paid in each age category. Prize Giving will commence at 10:30am, followed by the distribution of amazing Lucky Draw prizes. Cyclists have to be present to claim their prize!!

Timing: Timing will be done by Finish Time using timing chips on rent from Registration. Please bring your ROAG board/ bib: a new or replacement board may be purchased, at R20, when registering on race day.

Rules: The event is held under the rules and regulations of Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN, the details of which rules may be found on the CSA website. Entrants should familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations. Race number must be pinned on the lower left rear portion of your cycling shirt/ wind breaker. There is NO road closure, so be aware of traffic at all times and keep to the left of the middle line at all times. If you cross the middle line you will be disqualified. Much has been done to make this a safe race and so entrants’ co-operation is requested. Follow marshalls’ and traffic officials’ directions. Entrants are urged to download the MYSOS app on to their ‘phones: its use will bring prompt medical attention to where it is urgently needed.

Indemnity: Entrants, and all persons entering upon the Michaelhouse property, accept all risks associated with this event and indemnify Michaelhouse School, the organisers, sponsors, and any other party directly or indirectly associated with the organization of this event, against any loss, injury, accident or damage which such persons might sustain.

Routes and Categories

The 80km route heads, from the Michaelhouse main gate, south, down the R103 past Piggly Wiggly, past the Dargle/ Impendle turn-off, does a U-turn at the R103 T-junction adjacent to the Lions River N3 intersection (No 103), before heading back up the R103, turn left for Dargle/ Impendle, does a U-turn to the end of the tar, returning to the Michaelhouse start/ finish.

Note: entrants not making the cut-off on the return-run at the Dargle turnoff will be directed to return directly to the start/ finish (i.e. a total distance of 50km).

The 50km route follows that of the 80km route, without turning onto the Dargle Road.

The 30km route heads south along the R103, past Lidgetton, and does a U-turn at Thokan’s Engen Garage at Lions River, before returning to the start/finish.

Water Tables will be provided on the return route. An aQuelle drink and a quality water bottle will be provided to each finisher.

Race Enquiries – ROAG Tel: 086-100-7624 Fax: 086-546-9000 Email : info@roag.co.za

Or Warwick Weedon (Race Director) on 083-794-1158

80km5h55Tandem
6h00Batch 1U19 Boys; U23 Men; Elite Men; Vets Men; Vet Men 30-39; Vet Men 40-49
6h05Batch 2U17 Boys; Vets Men 50-59; Vet Men 60+
6h10Batch 3U19 Girls; Elite Ladies; Vet Ladies 30-39; Vet Ladies 40-49; Vet Ladies 50-59; Vet Ladies 60-64
6h15Batch 4Open fun Riders and all late entries
50km6h30Batch 5U15 Boys & Girls; U17 Girls; Vet Ladies 65+; Vet Men 70+
6h36Batch 6Open Fun Riders: All ages
30km6h40Batch 7U11 & U13 Boys and Girls; & Open Fun Riders


CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

16 JANUARY 2018

Firstly, your committee and myself would like to wish all Burg Wheeler families a safe and prosperous 2018.

Your committee was hard at work at the meeting last night planning an exciting year for both our road and mountain bikers.Below are some of the things you can look forward to during the year ahead.

After having had a successful run sending teams to the Double Century, we’ve decided to sponsor two teams for the Maluti 180 in April. If you’re keen to ride in a team, please contact your Road Captain, Trevor Thompson.

We'll be organising two Ballito rides this year, so please watch the BT for dates.

The club will be organising two races this year – Midmar Notts road race on 25 February and the MTB St Ives race on 24 June. Coupled with the MTB race, we’ve made application to ROAG to be part of their ROAG series powered by Quattro, which will also include a trail run.

We are looking at a club ride at Karkloof which will accommodate MTB and road riders and will be combined with a breakfast.

On 10 March we will have our annual club ride in Cape Town up to Suikerbossie, before the Argus on the 11th, and will include a breakfast for those who participate.

Our club gazebo will be at the following events:

MTB – Wartburg Classic 10 February

Hill2Hill 45 & 100kms 14/15 April

Karkloof Classic 27 May

Eston Classic 5 August

Baynesfield (no date on calendar yet)

We are looking at a MTB weekend to experience and ride the Berg & Bush trails with an experienced guide. Accommodation will be at the Tugela River Lodge. Date still to be decided.

ROAD – Tour Durban 29 April

Amashova 21 October

The club's annual dinner and prize giving will take place on 1 March at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Watch the BT for more information on time, cost and guest speaker.

Midmar Notts – preparations are well under way with Warwick Weedon (race director). All the necessary authorisations to stage the event have been obtained. We will be calling for club members to marshal on the day – please contact Gill Bure on 082 772 9310 if you can help as she will be co-ordinating the marshals on the day. Last year, the club spent R10,000 on paying non-members to marshal our race, which is an unnecessary expense when we have so many members who could help out if only they would volunteer.

CLUB SUBS ARE DUE – TO DATE WE HAVE HAD 99 MEMBERS RENEW THEIR SUBS AND 8 NEW MEMBERS JOIN THE CLUB. PLEASE MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO RENEW YOUR SUBS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AND ALSO SIGN THE INDEMNITY FORM (IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO.)

Club rides:

It is compulsory to wear your club kit at a club ride. This applies to both MTB and road rides. It’s unacceptable to pitch up on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday morning to do a club ride, not wearing club kit.

Compendium have given the option that if you want to wear a brand of cycling shorts of your choice, they have to be black with no branding. Please let’s do all we can to promote our sponsors, Compendium Insurance Brokers. To date they have invested in excess of R450,000 into our club, and we would like to renew this contract at the end of 2018 when the three years are up.

We really don’t want to get to the stage that we name and shame riders who consistently ride in other kit.

Club whatsapp groups: the club has set up various groups to communicate information relating to cycling club rides (starting point, approximate distance and time the ride will take as well as who is doing backup etc.) Please remember these channels are not for idle chat!

If the above is not adhered to, your group leader will have your name removed from the whatsapp group.

We've had a number of complaints from club members that they’re not receiving the BT and, on investigating the possible reasons for this, 9 out of 10 times it’s the recipient and not the sender’s fault. In some instances it’s incorrect email addresses (some gmail accounts don’t seem to be receiving them and others do.) If using a work address, make sure that the mail hasn’t landed up in the junk folder or blocked completely.

As you can see from the above, you have an extremely committed and hardworking committee who are making sure we have an exciting and active cycling year ahead.

Dale

CLUB KIT

The current kit is available at R250 for shirts and R320 for bibs and shorts. This price may change as future orders are placed.

As club members we are very lucky to pay so little for such good quality kit. Compendium very kindly sponsors 50% of the cost.

Please contact me via text message on 082 451 9624 or email shazapot@yahoo.com to arrange a suitable time for the purchase of kit.

Kind Regards

Sharon Potgieter

ROAD

MALUTI

The club is entering 2 teams for this 180km event on Saturday 14 April in Clarence. Each Team consists of 12 riders. If you would like to ride, please SMS Trevor Thompson on 083-628-8485.

A Group

Hey Gavin!! When last did you calibrate your GPS!

C GROUP

Saturdays ride the route was changed go to the end of the tar on the Curries post rd and again to the end of the tar on the Karloff rd with the heat the climbing it was a though ride and the backup car was well used, well done to Zaheer from the DDs did very well and showed us how it is done.

Tuesdays 16/01/18 ride report .

four of us left VV for Morcom where Eddie showed us how the hills have been helping him after getting back on to mayors walk Eddie noticed that his heart monitor was missing and went back to look for it we carried on to Grays a long route WW and Frances meet up with us and we rode up Montgomery though to the circle and then on to town bush and back to VV.

Thursday s ride was cancelled due to bad weather at 4 am but by 5 it was clear I will be riding if it is raining or not from now on.

Tuesdays is climbing and Thursday s is speed work and weekends is long work time in the saddle ,

This Thursday meet at the track at 4:50 for hour of speed

Saturday 20.01.2018

From Steers Woodburn at 05:00 up Fox to Thornville down the Dards staying on the 103 though to the old air field and back up reverse Dards approximately 91kms 1078m Helga doing backup .

This is a endurance ride bring something to eat ,we will stop at the air field to refuel this road is busier than last route staying together is important be aware of where the group is at all times.

Please a reminder everyone must have front and rear lights flashing at all times and club kit must be worn.

Allan Mc Pherson

The Maluti team rode on Saturday from Jaxx to MHS. It was a pleasant ride excepting for Ian hitting this pothole, falling off and fracturing a rib. It is on the Howick West bridge crossing over the Freeway. Please watch out for it as it is not very visible coming from the Midmar side and 2 other riders in the group also hit it.

D Group

"Dale made his comeback, following 10 weeks off his bike (after a spectacular accident near Michaelhouse on 4 November) on Sunday morning, and, as it turned out, so did Glenn and Leon, each having had varying terms of inactivity. These three illustrious gentlemen met Siya and Sticky at Virgin Cascades for a town ride, which took in Townbush Road, Mayor's Walk, through town to Hesketh Drive, and a Tour de Belleview, leading to Murray Road, Alexander Extension and back through town via West Street and ending at Cascades, a total of 54kms. Leon did not have sufficient time for the full distance, but enjoyed what time allowed. Dale, Glenn and Sticky enjoyed cappa's at Coffeeberry after the ride."

Last Saturday

On a glorious clear morning Dee, Carel and Peter set off from Greendale in Howick at 0500. We were very well protected by Sticky doing backup. The route was through the upper part of Howick on to the Karkloof road.

Dee licked his lips at the start of every climb, and he devoured them ravenously. Carel has a great friend in gravity and uses this to great effect on the downhills. Peter played a steady role as sweeper looking for crumbs of past ability. At the turn Sticky provided a great selection of dates and grapes for sustenance, thereby setting a very high standard for others to follow.

There were many cyclists out on the Karkloof road this morning, making the most of the day.

Greendale Spar probably offers the best value breakfast around. A great ride in excellent company.

Peter Keyworth

Saturday 20 Jan:

Start from Steers at 5a.m. - up Fox Hill, Camperdown loop, back along Dards, down Fox Hill and back to Steers. There will be a backup vehicle.

Unfortunately I'll be away for the weekend, but will arrange for someone to lead the group.

Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,

Dale.

MTB

MTB Captains weekly report – 16th January 2018

Glad to see Dale back on a bike (albeit a road bike) after his shoulder injury. You will soon be back up to speed Dale.

Hilton College Boards

These are available in the box at the Hilton College gates.

* DO NOT RIDE WITHOUT A VALID BOARD

* Please read the terms and conditions when registering. It is important that you understand how access works!

* Access is through the Hilton College main school gates ONLY. Access via the D494 is no longer tolerated – PLEASE RESPECT THIS.

* On entering the property at the main gates, you are asked to please sign in AND out of the register at the hut at the main gate (security will point this out to you).

* Cycling and running is in the plantations only.

* NO dogs.

* Please ALWAYS have your board correctly displayed on your bike and your access card on you when running (security will ask you).

Lots of riding on the go these days.

Weekend Warriors: On Saturday a group of 11 did an extended “om die dam” from Cascades on Saturday, clocking up 86km, moving time 4:50 and 1648m of climbing. On Sunday a group of 7 rode “Dave’s” time trial route through Cedara, Strava stats 30km, 2:20 moving time and 750m climbing.

FM/HC: Very secretive bunch.

C group. See report below. Only Lisa arrived for the D’s and for worse she agreed to ride with the C’s.

XCO Trails at Worlds View – a good test for all levels

The Strava challenge has been set. Best part of all a seed has been sown and these trails will just get better with all your ideas. A group of 10+ arrived on Sunday morning and allowed me to introduce the two routes and then a there was no holding back. Fun had by all.

Rowland’s Report for Sat 13th January

Saturday dawned flawlessly – clear and warm and dry. Just the way beer shouldn’t be. Team Rowland was back up to full strength, after injury and illness. Joining Ali & I for some post festive season girth control were: the Gruppenfuhrer, Gordon, Omar, Sven, Sheila, Sarah, Byron, Pierre, Lloyd, Dave Mc, Trevor, Nicholas, Lisa, Bill, Gert, and last but not least, ‘don’t-call-me-Chuck’ Hughes, getting in some extra saddle time before taking on New Zealand in Feb. New Zealand is reported to be getting nervous. Guest appearances by Keith and Pauline, and Daan. No sign of Larry.

We leapt into the forest via Hillside Rd and Dunton’ s Demise. A lack of practise meant that a disappointingly small section of us managed to cycle through the Demise, but on the plus side, no one fell in. Admittedly, Larry wasn’t with us.

Almost immediately, we encountered obstacles in the form of runners, and realised that we had intersected the helpers race for the following days Ronnie Davel. This necessitated a little route adjustment, and we stayed out of each other’s way for the rest of the ride.

The pack climbed up past the nursery, and regrouped at the top of the hill just before the first ST. We had spread out a bit, with Keith nowhere to be seen. Someone joked that he was probably giving one-wheeled hill climbing lessons. Sure enough, when he hove into view, he was riding on his rear wheel only, chatting to Rich and Lisa.

Lisa reported that she wasn't feeling herself, but was unclear about who she was feeling instead. She turned back, rather than slow us down. Sven, also suffering from a lingering ailment, went back with her. They both got back safely.

The remainder took ST from the top road all the way down to the Full Monty, and from there to Dead Tree Corner. Climbing back up the hill, we hung a right after a km or so, and did the last section of Andre’s ST in reverse, doubled back at the gum tree, and then took more ST down to the dam. The dam gate is locked, so we had to lift the bikes over the gate. The vintage bikes are noticeably heavier than their more modern counterparts. At this time of year, the same could be said for the riders, sadly. Somewhere around this point we heard that MIYR Byron [PhD] is in the process of re-biking himself. By the next ride, he will apparently be lighter, uprated, updated, more sophisticated and fully suspended. This is obviously very bad news for those of us who are already struggling to keep up with him on his current mount. Some subterfuge may be required. I shall consult with Dave Stewart, who is Scottish. As anyone who has ever tried to get a Scotsman to pay for a round in a pub knows, the Scots do subterfuge better than most. Mums the word. We didn’t have this conversation.

While I plotted Byron’s forthcoming demise, we did the Donkey Rd Sprint, which is approaching record-breaking condition. We looped up into Cedara to get back into the Pines ST. Alison, still getting back to full fitness, left us here to go back. The rest revelled in the wonder that is the Pin the Pines and Phil’s Nana ST’s. The track conditions are perfect currently – just dry enough, but not yet too dry where they get slippery. The section was soundtracked by a combination of whoops of joy and terror, depending on where you were in the train. We turned left up dead dog hill, taking the first left again before the hill kicked in properly.

From here we retraced our steps towards home. The Mallory Rd gate was once again locked, so we had to work our way back to Hillside Rd, and slog up the hill home. On the way, we bumped into a splinter ride, with Elaine, Wendy, Justin, Simon and Ingrid G. They didn’t join us for breakfast. It must have been something I said.

Breakfast was held at Jaxx, and was excellent as always.

Strava Stats: 35km, 675m climbing, 2h20, 15km/h average. A little further than planned, but an excellent achievement.

Regards,

Mark Rowland

Upcoming Events

Drak Descent 2 Days – 20/21 Jan , Underberg

Karkloof Trailblazer – 4 Feb

Wartburg Classic – 10 Feb (Saturday) – BW gazebo will be there, come and join us.

Berg & Bush 2 day – We are planning to book the Tugela River Lodge and ride the Berg & Bush two day routes. The accommodation is in self-catering chalets and we can obtain a guide on the trails. Accommodation numbers are available up to around 30. Provisional dates are 7th & 8th April. Anticipated cost of accommodation + guide for the weekend is around R1000 pp. This should be a great club outing. If you are keen please contact me soon so we can get an indication of numbers.

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 and re-opened trails.

Karkloof: New 37km is very popular (pronounced rocky) as is the Supa 20.

Howick: more trails are taking shape with various routes being built and/or rebuilt. Puff adder etc. back in the mix. See Trailforks.

Hilton / Cedara: The harvested areas are obvious and de-stumping is clearly marked. Please stay clear of working areas.

Weekly Rides

The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.

This Saturday the “C” and “D” group ride is from Jaxx at 6:30.

CSA Membership

For many it’s time to renew your CSA licence. Full details on Cycling South Africa web site. Cost R300 includes KZN affiliation for general member. Racing licence is more.

Regards

Richard Krusekopf