Greetings All,

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

Firstly, congrats to all the BW members who braved the chaotic start of the Tour Durban. The rain wasn’t pleasant, especially going through Pinetown, and then it seemed to stop going down the M19 and weather improved as the race went on, with a little bit of wind on the home stretch.

The race was shorter this year, with us turning at Umhloti to come home.

Congrats to all those members who achieved amazing times – it goes to show that the hard yards, when it comes to training, pays off.

I’d also like to thank Trevor, our road captain, for hosting the gazebo, and for the welcome drinks and food at the end after a hard ride.

DURBAN TOUR 100KM

MARK SHAW 2,33
GRANT MARKHAM 2,40
GRAHAM PEARSON 2,40
DAVE BURE 2,42
CRAIG MARKAM 2,42
MARTIN CRAMER 2,53
WARWICK WEEDON 3,02
BILL SPEIGHT 3,19
KIERON KRIEL 3,26
PETER LOWE 3,28
JANET PHELAN 3,33
BRUCE BLEWETT TANDEM 3,35
MURRAY BLEWETT TANDEM 3,35
NATHALIE CAMERON 3,36
FRANCES WEEDON 3,40
SHAUN GOVENDER 3,41
SYA GILES 3,43
CAREL VAN DER MERWE 3,43
DALE SOUTHERN 3,47
NCANANA NKULULEKO SELBORNE 3,52
PETER GOBLE 4,02
YUSUF CHOHAN 4,28
JANICE BRISBANE 4,40
SHARON POTGIETER 4,56

Regards

Dale

ROAD

Many thanks to Dale for taking the trouble to look up these times. I did ask riders to send me their times but not one rider made the effort!

As Dale mentioned the weather was cold and rainy and the start was delayed by some 35 minutes due to a truck stuck on the route! The route was also changed and this is the reason given by the organisers:

ROUTE CHANGE FOR START OF 100km.
Due to threats of protest action on the normal route north of Umdloti, the route has been changed to add an extra "loop" at the start of the race.

The start was not good. In an effort to make up time the groups followed one another pretty closely. Several of us started at the back and it was frustrating as it took over a minute to reach the start line and then there were two 90* turns on the wet road where only 4 riders could ride abreast very very slowly!!!!!! It took a good few minutes to reach the straight road heading north and the front of the group were more than a kilometer up the road. It was thus very hard to get into a decent sized group unless one started in the front.

The concrete road just before the M7 hill was diabolical with hundreds of ruts and potholes and strewn with water bottles. Sharon hit one and damaged her wheel which resulted in 5 punctures and hence her time. Kudos must go to her for finishing the race. There was construction work on Riverside Road which had not been cleaned up and it was daunting riding over the loose soil and stones. The M4 was in good shape.

The route was about 6km shorter and cut out some of the interesting hills so there was only some 700m of climbing which made for some fast times.

There was good camaraderie at the Gazebo and TT had procured some great eats and drinks. Well done to BW, Trevor, Dale and fellow riders for a great day.

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D Group

Thursday 26th:

5 of us left VV at 4:50 and proceeded down to the cycle track where we did some speed work to keep our legs turning, without overdoing it, for Sunday’s Tour Durban.

Saturday 28th:

The D group was joined by a group from the C’s, one or two from the B’s and one from the A’s. We had a very pleasant town ride, led by Warwick, with 3 sprints to wake up the legs and then we returned safely to Seattle where we all enjoyed a welcome cup of coffee.

The time of the year has now arrived when I hang up my road bike and take down my mountain bike, so I won’t be leading the D group until September. Traditionally, the group rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will carry on at the same time, 4:50a.m.

Although there are only a few brave souls who ride through the winter at that time of the morning, you’ll need to watch the D group chat to see who is riding and when. I hope to lead a MTB D group on Saturday mornings, at 7a.m. from Jaxx – if any of the roadies want to join me, you’ll be most welcome, I’ll try and stick to the less technical stuff.

Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,

Dale.

MTB

MTB Captains weekly report – 1st May 2018

We have been invited to join the Toti Mambas again at Isingizi, Mid Illovo next Saturday 5th May. The BW group that went down last time really enjoyed the outing. The riding starts at 7:00, but get there earlier if you would like an early coffee. Cost is R85 which includes entry to the reserve and breakfast. Please let me have numbers so that I can confirm with the mambas for catering purposes.

D Group – the “C’s” have become a lot more intermediate and the need for a “D” group is now needed regularly. There have been some volunteers to lead this group on a rotational basis, but it will also be up to the “D’s” to use this opportunity.

Rowlands’ Report for Sat 28th April

Happy Freedom / Workers Day everyone.

Friday. After some careful consideration, we elected to celebrate the long weekend by doing a little Mountain Biking – widely acknowledged to be the sure cure for all that ails one. Or two.

Because we are terrifyingly professional here at C-Group HQ, I decided a little route recce on the Friday would be wise. Luckily for me, Helga and Gert came along for the ride, sparing me from the tedium of my own company. We three had a jolly time drifting around Cedara, in what were pretty much ideal conditions, doing all the ST we could. At the foot of Dead Dog hill, we ran into that most elusive of creatures, the Under the Radar MTB group. Seeing that we were e-bikeless, they were friendly, and imparted useful route advice. In turn we made thinly veiled and disparaging comments about their parentage, cycled a short distance together, and then parted amicably.

Helga, Gert and I completed our recce by way of the Donkey Rd, Cedara junction and the vlei crossing, all of which were in very rideable condition. We celebrated this news with a soothing beverage at Jaxx, where we rubbed shoulders with the famous Chris Brand, who was also taking refreshments after a little cycling with friends.

Strava Stats: 6km, 500m climbing, just over 2hrs. (Seems like a very slow ride – ww)

Saturdays sunrise was spectacular by any standard, which incentivised a sizeable chunk of the faithful to join Team Rowland, being Gert, Dave McK, Franko, Gordon, Liz Botha, Peter, Daan, His Larryness, MIR Byron, Team Richard & Mitchell, Docmike, Paula, Dean R-T, the Kruppenfuhrer [may his shifts always be crisp], Rhys, Kirsty, and Red-Hot Rod. Liz / Gordon very kindly offered to form a D-Group, and they wandered off towards Cedara.

The balance of the flock headed for Hilton College. We lost two members immediately. Docmike and Daan took a long look at the fact that Dean R-T was with us, and joined the D-group. Wussies.

We took the tunnel under the N3 highway and into the Grace forests. One doesn’t often find three-legged dogs in the forest, but that’s what happened on the first ST. Coming out of the ST, we found the cantilevered canine’s owner, looking for the dog. Some time was spent helping reuniting her and her tripedal pooch, which we trust was successful.

The road to HC was uneventful, which is always a plus. Byron was first to the gates, with Dave McK and myself [ahem] in close pursuit. The HC trails are currently in excellent riding condition, and there is enticing new ST at various places, which will require leadership familiarisation sometime very soon. We stopped briefly at Beacons to take in the magnificence that is the rapidly filling Albert Falls dam.

It should be recorded that young Mitchell has raised his game considerably, staying at the front of the pack, popping spectacular wheelies at every opportunity and generally having way too much fun.

Ali took a slow speed fall at one of her least favourite corners on the T-Rex ST section, for which I will inevitably be blamed. There was fortunately little physical damage, and she assures me that there is nothing that a little additional spa time can't fix. Lucky me. I suspect that I may be about to have one of those discussions with the bank manager, where he reminds me that a bank is normally where they look after my money, and not vice versa.

After a few very intense sections of ST, we found ourselves back on the relative safety of jeeptrack, and set sail for home. Dean was under some time pressure, and left us here to head back to his base at speed. HC was in full sports day mode when we got back to the gate, so we took extra care on the road back. Also uneventful, apart from the sight of Dogbite taking his magnificent Mark II Jag for a spin. He waved cheerily as we ground up the hill towards the Callaho turnoff. We took in whatever ST presented itself on the way back, for safety reasons of course.

We re-joined the D-group at Jaxx. Their ride had been less successful than ours, apparently dogged with expensive mechanical issues. Nothing that a cappuccino can't fix.

Strava Stats: 36km, 2h15, and 690m of climbing, all at an average speed of 16km/h, which is probably Deans fault.

Please note that next week’s Saturday ride will most likely be from Insingizi. We have been re-invited by the infamous Toti Mamba’s to go and play with them again. Clearly we behaved well last time. I, for one, am looking forward to doing the whole route, arriving on time, and not having Liz fall off. Please join us there. Watch the chat group for details.

Regards,

Mark Rowland

Joburg 2 C – BW Mike Eglington had a good ride as a solo rider, well done, 42nd overall and 13th vet. Coffeeberry Con and partner also had great ride, 58th overall and 4th team masters.

Weekly Rides

The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:00. Remember its winter time for the next few months.

This Saturday the “C” and “D” group ride from Jaxx will be confirmed. Several riders off to Isingizi.

See various chats for other rides that may be arranged over the long weekend.

Regards

Richard Krusekopf