Greetings All,

Welcome to our latest new 2018 members!

We are delighted that you have chosen Burg Wheelers as your cycling family, and hope that you enjoy the great camaraderie of our club, as well as many happy years of cycling with us.

Robbie van der Merwe
Theresa van der Merwe
Dylan Evans
Carl Zimmerman
Andrew Seymour
Matthew Mumford
Megan Goodall
Peter Lowe

Burg Wheelers Cycling Academy.

Mithchel Ellison took part in the Mariott Freedom race on Sunday 8th April. He did the 40km in a time of 2:25:04, and came 6th in his U17 age category.

Omar Wilson went all the way to Hartebeespoort to take part in the UCI Downhill Champs which was held on Sunday. He also took part in the SA Downhill Cup #2 on the Saturday. He won both events in his Sprog age category. Well done Omar, who not only has performed well in the XCO, XCM, and Enduro but now showing us that he can perform well on Downhill as well. Watch out Greg Minaar.

Clive Deacon
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ROAD

Maluti Double 90

We have 3 teams who will be competing in the 3rd Maluti 180km ride from Clarens. We wish them safe rides and good luck.

A Team

Craig Markham
Grant Markham
Dave Bure
Dominic
JP
Rebecca
Mark Shaw
Trevor Thompson
Gavin Green
Tony Macfastlane
Graham Pearson
Cornel

B Team

Clive Deacon
Richard K
Franko
Doc John
Jo Dunton
Albie
Doug
Alistair
Carl Zimmerman

C Team

Lionel
Colin
Kevin
Jannie
Jamie
Sharon
Martin
Ian
Allan
ww
Mark
Dustin

A Group

Great ride last Saturday. The A side are ready!!!! Pace was hot at under 3h10 to Notties.

Dave B

BB's

Some of the B's will be away this weekend doing the Maluti D90, so no official ride has been planned for Saturday. Please check the What App group for any rides.

Reminder that Tour Dbn is at the end of this month, Sun 29th April. Entries are still open and will be closing on the 16th.

Tues and Thurs, morning rides from VV will still be continuing.

Clive Deacon
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C Group

7/4/18

Nathalie , Sandi , Llew , Geoff and Bill left Jaxx at 5am for the end of the tar Karkloof road . On the way we were joined by Jan , Peter Goble and Arthur . We cycled at a steady pace and the weather was excellent . On the way back Nathalie had a puncture , caused by a thorn . We could not remove this so we broke the tip of the thorn and put a folded up sweet wrapper between the thorn and the tube . This got us back to Jaxx where the wrapper was removed and the thorn pushed out with a piece of wire.

Stats…..95km with ascent of 1368m.

Most stayed for coffee and breakfast. A pleasant ride with good company.

Planned ride for Saturday 14/4/18 - Jaxx to end of tar Dargle via Howick West 83 Km . Leaving Jaxx at 5 am. We are needing a back up driver . Can anyone not doing Tour Durban help?

Reminder : early bird entries for Amashova end at the end of this month

Bill

D Group

I’ve just returned from our club-sponsored annual MTB weekend, which took place at Tugela River Lodge, and where we had the opportunity to ride the Burg & Bush trails with their two guides.

The two rides that we did, covered 45kms on the first day and 37kms on the second day, where we saw the most magnificent scenery and rode some of the biggest hills I’ve ever climbed on my mountain bike, including Spioenkop!

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Richard for all his hard work in organising the weekend – 19 of us had an incredible experience, and I must also thank the ladies for all their hard work in the kitchen, and the guys who braved making their speciality dishes, which were most delicious.

I received the email below from one of our club members who has always had the safety of cyclists at heart. I know the contents of the email is a hotly debated subject, but what concerns me more are the comments that a Hilton chat group have made mention of our club’s name as one of the offenders. As club members, we must always take into consideration safety and courtesy to motorists and to remember that we’re riding in Compendium kit and it could be a negative reflection on them.

D Group: Thursday 5th: No report as I didn’t ride

Saturday 7th: See report from Janice

6 of us met at Greendale Centre - Cobus, Shaun, Trishan, Carel, Peter L and Sticky - and headed out on the Karkloof road. It was very dark, and there was a little mist just around the Farmers' Market, but this soon cleared. Cobus kept the faster guys in check while Sticky and Carel followed. However, Carel soon found additional energy, lost while he was off with 'flu, and he was right up there with the best. We enjoyed an awesome sunrise at the end of the tar, where we stopped briefly, before heading back. Kieron provided excellent backup, for which we were all grateful. Cobus, Carel and Sticky enjoyed a cappa and chat at Greendale Spar. We missed our leader, and hoped that Berg & Bush warranted his absence from the group!

S

Tuesday 10th: 8 of us left VV at 4:50 and proceeded to Makro, where we did sprints and pace lining. The sprints were done on the small front ring so that we were pedalling extremely fast and spinning the legs and, at the same time, doing between 35 – 40 kph. The first pace line was a bit shabby, but the second and third were well co-ordinated. We then proceeded back to VV via West Street Hill, having felt like we’d had a good, hard training session.

Saturday’s ride 14th: From Jaxx 5a.m. past Midmar to the end of Karkloof Road and back the same way. This is a 95km ride and we need a backup vehicle.

I would also like to wish the three Maluti Double 90 teams a safe ride this coming weekend. Enjoy the experience.

Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,

Dale.

Road Commission: - 2017

REPORT ON 2017 EVENTS

The year started off with the KZN Road & TT Champs 2017 (January 21/22) hosted by KZN Cycling making use of the Lion Park Road for the TT and the Vans/Eston Loop for the Road race. The event was a success with an increase in numbers. This could be attributed to the fact that the event is closer than Ladysmith.

Waterside Newcastle Cycle Club hosted their annual cycle race (2/4/2017) – it was very poorly supported even with the date later in the year. They have suggested 2018 will be run in a very different way.

Burg Wheelers hosted their Midmar/Notts Cycle Race (26th February) using a new start/finish area from Michael House as the Venue – A very well organised and successful event.

MIDMAR NOTTS 2018

The pre-entries for this event was great over 400 entries, sadly on the day the weather was dreadful, so a max of about 230 riders took to the road in the rain.

The event was still great, well organised and the Michael House venue Start / Finish is wonderful.

The route had a slight change this year, making use of the Dargle Road kept the riders off the main roads.

Overall, a very well-planned event – pity about the weather.

Kelvin du Sart ( ROAD COMMISSION KZN CYCLING)