20 MARCH 2018
Firstly, my apologies for the lack of communication in last week’s BT after the Argus. I arrived back with a Cape Town “bug” and was man down in more ways than one.
I must thank Warwick for his write up on the Argus in last week’s BT. I want to add my personal congrats to the many BW members who took part and did their personal best. There weren’t many names with times submitted to our Road Captain, Trevor, for inclusion in last week’s BT – a request was made if you wanted your time to be included, to sms it to Trevor.
I would also like to thank the riders who joined me on Saturday morning for the traditional ride up to the top of Suikerbossie. It was really great to have David Brauteseth join us for the ride and stay for breakfast afterwards.
Once again, a huge thanks to Compendium for committing to another 3 years of sponsorship. It means a lot to the club, and each one of us as club members, need to make sure we support Compendium from an insurance point of view, and by giving them the exposure at club and race events, be it road or MTB, by always wearing our club kit.
I have included some photos from our Saturday morning ride and breakfast.
Other times received include:
Gavin Hulse 4:21
Saturday 17 March
Rain, Rain, Rain
Rain, Rain, Rain
Leave Hilton Quarry Spar car park at 5h30 for a cycle past midmar to the end of Karkloof road.
Breakfast/coffee at Jaxx afterwards
Saturday 24 March
Will be communicated via the Whatts App Group
Saturday 17th March.
Some of us opted to do the Burg 100, MTB, race in misty, wet, cold, rainy, muddy, conditions. Considering the conditions they still had quite a big turn out, about 400 riders. Just shows how tough us mountain bikers are. The rest of the BB's slept in Saturday but I see, Charles, Ollie and John D ventured out on Sunday to do around 90km.
Wed 21 March - Public Holiday.
Meet at Jaxx 5:30. Riding up to Curries Post and Karkloof Rd, around 120kms. Back to Jaxx for coffee and breakfast.
This coming Sat 24th March.
The ride will be posted on Whats App.
20 March 2018
We left Cascades Seattle at 4.50am, on a beautiful fresh morning to conquer Chase Valley Road. From there we came down the hill and went up Town Bush Road to Waltdorf. Down the hill to Cascades and we all called it a day. A great ride and thanks to all that rode.
"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it".
Janice, Peter and a couple of other riders rode on Tuesday 13th, and Peter, Gordon and Jumbo did the airport ride on Thursday 15th , a pleasant and cool ride.
A ride was organised from Seattle at Cascades, which was to be a town ride +/- 55kms, but was cancelled due to the rain. It was then moved to Sunday morning and when I asked for a show of hands (as I was still unable to ride), the only response I had was from Janice, so that ride was cancelled as well.
Peter led the group and 11 of them had a great ride on a beautiful morning. They did a tour of Bisley, Scottsville, Epworth (where there was no sign of life at Larry’s house) and Hayfields.
We’ve decided to bring Thursday’s ride forward to Wednesday as rain is forecast on Thursday.
The planned ride for the D Group is to do a 55km town ride from Seattle at Cascades, which will be led by myself. As it’s an early ride and in town, we’re not going to have a backup vehicle. Be there or be square!
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MTB Captains weekly report – 20th March 2018
The rain on Friday night cancelled all organised rides for Saturday. A few hardy members did their own thing it appears.
Well the Berg 100 arrived with some considerable rain in the lead up. On the day the weather was bearable with intermittent drizzle over the first few kilometres. However once underway this was not as much of a problem as the slippery roads and mud. The slippery roads, meant that the down-hills weren’t much faster than the up-hills and the mud, although not the gooey type, soon impacted on the working parts. The water tables were busier cleaning and lubing chains than handing out refreshments, although these were also well received in the cooler weather. Fortunately the conditions improved dramatically around the 60km mark and normal riding could resume, assuming the bike was still functional. The e-bikers also had a good day as seen by results.
Despite the conditions some really good results by club members: Best of BW:- Graham Pearson time 4:16:51, 6th overall & 2 snr/elite; Dave Davie time 5:06:22, 40th overall and 1st grand master; Dean Royden-Turner time 5:12:11, 46th overall and 17th vet. To all finishers – well done (updated results attached).
Rowlands’ C Group Report for Sat 17th March
Ride called off. See above for reasons.
Berg & Bush ride - 7/8 April. 1 space available.
Joburg 2 C – 20-28 Apr
Mid Illovo Classic – 22 Apr
Sani2C (Trail, Adventure, Race) – 8-12 May
Karkloof Classic – 27 May
Trails Off Limits Reminder
Howick / Karkloof: All BW riders are requested to respect the restrictions imposed by harvesting and obey local signs and instructions. More trails now closed in Howick for harvesting and hauling. View Trailforks app to keep abreast of closed trails.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.
This Saturday the “C” and “D” group ride is from Jaxx at 6:30.