MTB Captains Report – 5th June 2018

Marshals Required

Thanks to those who have responded. To those who haven’t, it’s not too late, we still need you.

Burg Wheelers is holding its annual MTB race day at St Ives on the 24th June. Hosting this race is a compulsory requirement for the club to retain its generous sponsorship from Compendium.

To successfully and safely manage the riders, the club requires a minimum of 25 marshals on the day. If you are available to help, please respond to me via WhatsApp on 082 940 1847 – Richard K.

D Group – Andy lead the D group this past weekend. We now have a regular D group ride which will do no more than 25km’s of essentially forest roads, but with some single track included in the mix.

C Group – Mark will continue leading the C grp which has become more of an intermediate ability group doing as much single track as they can.

Both groups will leave from Jaxx at 7:00 on Saturday mornings. We have introduced indemnity form for all riders to sign absolving the club and its agents of any liability in the event of a MTB mishap while on a club ride.


We know about Charles Hughes amazing exploits on long distance rides, but there are more Burg Wheelers with similar ambitions it seems.

Bruce Koller will be doing the Freedom Challenge this year, leaving PMB on Friday the 15th June and planning to make Wellington in 22 – 25 days. Bruce has completed two previous Race to Rhodes.

David McKerchar has entered the Race to Rhodes and will be heading off on Thursday the 14th June, a day before Bruce. This is Dave’s first attempt and he hopes to get to Rhodes in 6 days.

Good luck to both of them, as they tackle these most challenging of races, whilst self-navigating through mid-winter temperatures.

Rowlands’ Report for Sat 2nd June

Joining Team Rowland for this week’s perambulations were Teams Booysen and Gray, Dave G, T-Shirt Gert, Red-Hot Rod, the Kruppenfuhrer, the recently recovered Rose, Polar Pierre, Bratpackers Nick & Omar, international man of mystery Gordon, Carmien, Chris, Paula, the now completely bee-free [‘don’t call me honey!’] Charmaine, Docmike and newbie [to me anyway] Kobus. Apologies if I have omitted anyone. The total number of Larry’s attending todays ride remained distressingly low at zero. Ultra-Dave is still fighting off his bronchitis with large quantities of rest and whiskey, and sent his apologies. Dylan, who had previously promised to show us his new bike, was also absent, and will need a note from his Mom.

Andy Gray was helming the D’s, and took Chris, Carmien, Charmaine, Kobus and Paula with him. The D’s are building up nicely, and haven't lost anyone yet. Please support / spread the word, unless of course you want someone lost, in which case you’ll have to speak to Andre. Mention my name.

The C’s route focused on Cedara, and looped back on itself several times, intentionally. Suffice it to say that we did lots of climbing, and lots of singletrack. Conditions were great: cold but dry. There was much de-clothing on the hills, and re-clothing in the valleys. Pierre opened the tumble bidding by getting one of the vlei bridges slightly wrong, and toppling delicately into the mud. Rod, clearly too used to leading the group, had to be stopped from disappearing off on his own a few times. I was not as successful with Pierre, Nick and Omar, who started their own separate route at least twice. Some of the ST is quite hard to follow due to sticks and leaves, and the group got separated a few times. Gordon managed to get some unintentional airtime at one point, which I didn’t witness sadly, but he appeared to be unhurt. I got a good tank slapper going, and bounced off a tree, coming to a sudden stop. I somehow managed to unclip, remain upright, separate myself from my bike, and take a few wild steps down the hill, at right angles to the path, to regain my balance. This is what Rod saw as he came into view – me running downhill at a tangent without a bike. Fortunately, he is married, and knows when it is best to pretend that such behaviour is completely normal. The tree was unhurt.

Omar nearly achieved social media fame when a small duiker rushed out of the bushes on Naartjie, narrowly missing him, but giving both of them a really good fright. We split into a C+ and a C- near the end, with Andre taking the C- back home. Otherwise not much happened, and we all got back safely. Let's do it all again next week.

Strava Stats: 36,5km’s, 2h40, 900m of climbing.

Teams Booysen and Rowland will be doing the Pondo Pedal on the weekend of the 16th, and Red-Hot Rod has kindly agreed to take the C-group ride that day.

D groups Strava stats: 26.8km’s, 522m climbing in 2:04hrs


Mark Rowland

The A group rode the newly opened Howick trails and had a blast. Strava stats: 53km, 1270m of climbing in 3:50

The Weekend Warriors did a ride - Hilton to Thurlow – no stats available

The Gll, Jill & Justin group did a “breakfast included” ride at Ashburton’ Country Station - Strava stats: 41km’s, 637m climbing in 2:15

Weekly Rides

The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:00.

This Saturday the “C” and “D” group ride from Jaxx at 7:00. Mark and Dave S will lead the respective rides.

A roster has been set up for the D group rides and there will be a leader every Saturday going forward, provided of course there is a need.


Richard Krusekopf

Lionel lead the CC ride from Suncoast around the airport to Westbrook beach where this photo was taken. On our return we did 2 circuits of the beachfront cycle 5km circuit which was most enjoyable. Lionel and Colin are training for the London 160km ride in July. Thanks Lionel. Stats 93km at 24.3kph – not bad when you have to negotiate a lot of intersections through the suburbs!!