Greetings All,




5:30pm for 6:00pm





Many thanks to Trevor and Yvonne for manning the gazebo and providing delicious eats.

The wind made it a tuff ride but well done to all who rode.

Zaheer 3:59

Jill E 3:46 good to see Jill back on her bike!!

Clive 3:18 PB Well done Clive!!

Callan 2:47

Doc John 3:30

Bobby 2:51 Won age cat. Well done!!

Suben 3:24

Carmen B 3:31

Iain 3:00: 06 How close was thisL

Ingrid 3:30

Wally 3:45

Dave B 3:17

Andrew B 4:30

Shelton B 2:47

Allan G 3:45

Wilhelm 2:54

Liz B 4:09

Peter de 5:34

Pholani 3:48

Hayden 2:52

Kieron 4:27

Dean 4:00:34!


Cobus 2:23

Brendan 2:29

Bruce D 2:33

A Group

Buzzing Bees

Tues and Thurs Morning rides.

The B group leave from Virgin Active Victoria Road every Tues and Thurs morning at 4:55.

After the recent rains, there seems to be a lot more potholes on the Town Route. Some of these are huge. Be extra cautious when cycling this route.

Sat morning Rides.

Check your What’s App for planned ride this Saturday morning.


Well done to all those that took part in a windy Amashova this past weekend

Clive Deacon


C Group

Sunday Amashova done and dusted! I saw some good times by the CC well bone all the progress that everyone has shown this year has been amazing

Training up in the north for a bit this weekend ride from Jaxx to Notts easy pace I have got Bill down for backup this weekend 27th.

Leave Jaxx at 5am should be back by 9ish for brekkie lets keep the training going.

Kind regards

Allan McPherson

Special congratulations to Bill as he will be riding for the first time with his Green Number, having completed ten Amashovas.

Other Green Number riders on Sunday will be Greg, riding for the 14th time, and Nathalie, who will be wear her special number 644 as she rides for the 12th time.

Amashova predictions and actual time. Due to the extreme weather I have adjusted the predicted times!

Allan 5:17 6:05 Tut tut

Colin 4:12 4:06 Well done!

Dustin 3:20 3:12 – Great ride beat previous best by 27 minutes!!

Frances 4:29 4:16 Well done J

Jamie 3:48 3:55 – One of the few happy with his time – Well done Jaamie!

Jannie 3:27 3:44

Ww 3:30 3:31

Lionel 4:10 5:00:02 – Can do better, needs to train harder in order to break 5 hours

Dale 4:10 4:16

Alec 3:48 4:09

Arthur 4:13 4:21

Bill 3:52 4:02

Charmaine 4:25 4:35

Greg M 3:40 3:57

Justin 4:10 4:37 Freewheel hub packed up!

Nathalie 3:53 3:59 A solid ride

Peter L 3:44 4:08

Sya 3:50 4:13

Tony 3:24 4:06 Finally slowing down!!

Sheila 4:01 4:11

Jan 3:59 4:15

The Classic C award for the Best Performance goes to Dustin Grose with Highly Commended to Nathalie Cameron.

The Classic Carthorse award goes to Allan McPherson with Lionel Hardwick a close second.


D Group

A large group of riders did a 25km ride last Saturday under the guidance of Dale and enjoyed coffee back at Seattle.


MTB Captains Report – 23rd October 2018

Fire Season: this is a windy and dry time of year and Sappi may close certain trails due to a high fire danger index. This closure is not negotiable.

This does not usually affect the Cedara trails. Please use your discretion and err on the safe side when riding in Cedara on windy days. Nobody wants to be caught in a forest fire.


Please be reminded that we are obliged to wear club kit on all club rides and when representing the club at races. It is understood that occasionally this may not be possible. However the agreement with our sponsor, Compendium, is dependent on us complying with our part of the deal. Thanks for your support in this regard. The kit looks good, is subsidised and really good quality.

PS. Compendium also sells insurance. Give them a call, especially if you want your bike covered.

Recent Events:

Amashova – well done to all those members who took part. A windy day but some good times never the less.

A/B Group – A/B group ride this past weekend. This group is for the faster riders. Should anyone be willing to lead, please contact me.

C Group – Mark Rowland leads the C group. The C group is more of an intermediate ability group doing as much single track as they can.

D Group – The D group is intended for those newer to mountain biking or less fit and is typically no more than 25km’s of essentially forest roads, but with some single track included in the mix. The D group is led by various members on a roster format.

Group Reports for Sat 20th October

A/B Group: Four of the Weekend Warriors rode in the Lions River area on Sunday doing 36 spectacular km’s.

C Group: After last weeks Berg & Bush washout, I was taking no chances. I woke early, and did a quick scientific CAT scan of the weather. This involves opening a window and throwing the cat out. If it’s raining, the cat comes back in, and looking damp and peevish. The cat stayed out. The ride was on.

As often happens, the weather deteriorated the higher I went up the hill towards Hilton. The parking lot was deserted when I arrived. Just when I was starting to think that I might be the only fool, the C group faithful proved me wrong. Polar Pierre was followed in quick succession by Docmike, Dogbite Dave, and Steve F. Steve is clearly a snake of some note, but happy to join us on this occasion.

Dylan was last to join, arriving at speed in a cloud of toothpaste, rain spray and brake dust. Despite my best efforts to maim him at the Country Station ride a few weeks back, he’s still keen to ride with us. Or, he’s using me as some cycling psychosis case study. Watch the Lancet/BMJ for updates.

Under leaden skies, we headed off towards Grace, which is usually drier than Cedara. Usually. Under the N3 bridge, and into the forest. Interestingly, the boom just after the tunnel was closed and locked when we went into the forest, but open when we came back. Easy to cycle around.

We drifted around the Grace jeep and singletrack, which was mostly damp, but very rideable. Apart from a few runners, we were the only fools in the forest. Around here Dave decided that we were making him look bad, and he left to do his own thing, with a promise to meet later for breakfast.

The rest of us headed across to Cedara via the Rotunda. I chatted to Steve as we climbed reservoir hill, as one does. Steve has done a lot of stuff in his fifty-odd years. A lot. We get some interesting people in the C group, and Steve is right up there. Ask Steve about himself if you get the chance.

We took a few new routes to avoid the muddy areas, ending up in the Pines/Brett’s Law/Kim’s Way singletrack. NB – they [people with chainsaws] are felling near the road on Kim’s Way, cutting off the Hippo Pool section. The shortcut was still good when we were there. Bear in mind for your route planning, until we know how far they will be cutting into that section.

We turned left at the bottom of Kim’s Way, and headed for the Dead Tree intersection. From here we set course for home. No sign of other groups today.

On the way back, we took a short section of singletrack up to the top of the hill before the Nursery descent, which has an antbear hole next to it near the top. As usual, I pointed it out to the group, who then passed the warning back down the train. Somehow this got lost in translation, and Docmike rode slowly straight into the hole, causing his bike to stop suddenly, and dump him unceremoniously next to it. Minor injuries ensued and the air around him turned a faint medical shade of blue. We inspected him from a safe distance and recommended an immediate restorative breakfast. Pierre needed no second invitation, and took off for home at his usual high speed. The rest of us trailed in behind him. Jaxx was relatively quiet, and we were able to get an inside table, where we were reunited with Dogbite and the other half of Team Smit. We fed and watered, and swapped lies.

Garmin Stats. 32.2kms, 480m of climbing, and just over 2 hrs riding, at an average speed just under 16kmh. Pretty good, given the conditions.


Mark Rowlands

D Group: No takers

Upcoming Events – support these rides:

South African Enduro Championships – Karkloof 27th October. Unfortunately no vehicles allowed at spectator points. It seems only those who have paid trail fees can ride out to the enduro sites to spectate.

Trails Off Limits Reminder

Howick / Karkloof: All BW riders are requested to respect the restrictions imposed by harvesting and obey local signs and instructions.

NOTE: Sappi harvesting still underway in the Howick area. Several roads and trails around this area are CLOSED. Estimated closure is 3 months. Howick MTB are establishing deviations around these areas. Details can be found on TrailForks.

Also beware the intermittent trail closures due to a high FDI.

Hilton / Cedara: Ongoing harvesting in the Cedara area. Certain roads and tracks may be closed. Riders to obey any signs and stay clear of operations.

Weekly Rides

The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.

The Saturday MTB club rides from Jaxx at 6:30. Mark will be leading the C’s and Mike S will be leading the D’s.

On Saturday the 3rd Nov the C group will ride from Intaba Ridge club house at 6:30 for an interesting ride through Bisley Nature Reserve and surrounds. Dave Griffin will kindly host and lead us.


Richard Krusekopf

Cell: 0829401847