Burg Wheelers Cycling Club
Notice and Agenda of the Annual General Meeting – Monday 26 November 2018
All Saints United Church – 5:30pm for 6:00pm
DRINKS AND SNACKS SERVED AFTER THE MEETING
Notice is hereby given in terms of the requirements of the Constitution of the Club for the Annual General Meeting to take place at All Saints United Church on Monday 26 November 2018 at 5:30pm for 6:00pm. All paid up members of the club are welcome to attend.
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Matters arising from previous Minutes
5. Chairman’s Report (Dale Southern)
6. Road Captain’s Report (Trevor Thompson)
7. MTB Report (Richard Krusekopf)
8. Cycling Development Report (Clive Deacon)
9. Treasurer’s Report (Trish Wilson)
10. Club Constitution – Proposed amendments below
Burg Wheelers Cycling Club Exempt No. 930057336 IT 9008/305/26/1)
The following amendments must be effected –
1. The reference to ‘Commissioner for Inland Revenue’ in clause 14 must be replaced with ‘Commissioner South African Revenue Service.’
11. Election of Office Bearers
According to the Constitution we are allowed up to 8 elected members. Nominations for the following office bearers are invited. Such pre-meeting nominations shall be given in writing to the secretary at least 5 business days before the date of the annual general meeting.
The following nominations have been received:
Chairman : Dale Southern
Vice-Chairman : Gavin Hulse
Secretary : Janice Brisbane
Treasurer : Trish Wilson
Member (Kit) : Sharon Potgieter
Member (Road Captain) : Hayden Hutton
Member (Development) : Liz Botha
Member (MTB Captain) : Richard Krusekopf
Jordyn Grenfell, Clive Deacon and Trevor Thompson are not available for reelection and we would like to thank them for all their loyal and hard work over the past few years.
Some belated results:
Mohammed Rawat 3:00:05 !!
Dave Griffin 3:25
Carl Zimmerman 3:08
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.
Sat 27th Oct.
There were 8 of us that rolled out of Jaxx on Saturday morning on route to Notts and back. We were Alistair, Hayden, JP and Becs, Tony, Wayne, Mark and myself. Weather was good with the early start of 5am, some cold spots along the way and later became slightly windy. JP and Hayden pulled up front for some time, before Alistair moved up front for a while. The rest of us hid in the pack, hiding from the slight head wind. Wayne said his goodbyes and turned around at Michael House. The rest of us continued to Notts where we stopped to take in some refreshments. The trip back was fast and furious as always. We were back at Jaxx by 8:30. Riding stats are, 3hrs 26min, 98.5km, 28.7km/hr, 1100m climbing.
Sat ride 27/10/2018
Leaving the Quarry parking at 5 am everyone was in good spirits. We made good time to Notties where we refreshed before returning. Bill was doing a good job as the backup.
Nats pulled us all the way to Steam Punk where one off the riders jumped into the backup car. The group carried on together whilst I rode back with Charmaine and Jan.
Stats 98kms 1200mt climbing ave speed of 25kmh
This Saturday’s ride is from Rotunda at 5am through Howick to the end of the tar on the Karkloof road. This is the same route as the D group. I will not be riding, Charmaine is doing backup. I will find someone to lead the group.
My understanding is that there is no one from my group doing the 94.7, so it is back to base riding.
Week rides as normal leave VV at 4:50 for a town ride dependent on group, will decide what ride we do.
D Group: Thursday 25th: 13 riders left VV at 4:50, first doing the loop and then up past Grey’s Hospital to the top of Town Bush and back down the same way to VV, missing out the Chase Valley Road, as there are so many potholes which makes for unsafe and unpleasant riding.
Saturday 27th: 7 of us started out at 5a.m. from Greendale Spar. It was Sally’s first long ride and, as you can imagine, she was a bit nervous, but coped very well. From her running days, she certainly has the legs to climb hills! It was also Nicole’s first Saturday ride on her mountain bike, and she also coped very well.
With Arthur doing backup (thanks Arthur) the ride was very disciplined, with us grouping at the end of the tar for some padkos. We also enjoyed some delicious dates which Arthur had brought along. On the way back yours truly decided that we hadn’t done enough climbing yet, so we decided to turn right at the bottom of the hill leading back into Howick, and go up past Amberfield and back to Greendale Spar, missing the traffic coming out of Howick.
5 of us enjoyed coffee before heading home.
Tuesday 30th: 13 of us left VV at 4:50. I sent out a message the night before that we would do a town ride with a difference – we proceeded down West Street, up College Road, into Alexandra, past Alexandra extension and up to the robots at the bottom of Fox Hill, where we turned left, down the hill and right into Bizley.
We hadn’t ridden too far before I noticed a huge giraffe standing in the middle of the road, and when I asked the riders not to ride into the giraffe, they thought I was joking! We all stopped to admire the amazing animal and then noticed that there were 6 more on the side of the road. A little further on we saw zebra and impala, which made it a special “game” ride.
On the way back, Hashim had the first puncture at the top of Alexandra Road, which took a while to sort out. We then turned left into College Road, up West Street hill and down towards Victoria, and then the fun started again - Jumbo hit a huge trench that had been dug across the road, ending up with “snake bites” on his front tyre, and then Janice followed with punctures in both her front and back tyres. We changed the front tyre, and by then Nicole had ridden back to VV to fetch her car and returned to fetch Janice.
With us all arriving back at 6:30, as opposed to 6, 5 of us enjoyed a cup of Seattle coffee. It was also good to see Leon and Larry back in the group.
Saturday 3rd: The D Group will ride from Rotunda, through Merrivale to the end of the Karkloof tar road, and back the same way, approximately 60kms – there will be a backup vehicle.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MTB Captains Report – 30th 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.
WEARING OF CLUB KIT
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.
When riding in the mornings or evenings or at night, the use of lights seems an obvious requirement. However, using lights doesn’t excuse us from being mindful of other road users, especially vehicles who may have the right of way (read traffic lights). Remember - in an accident a cyclist will always come off second best.
SA Enduro Champs at Karkloof: Well done to Sarah Ryan 3rd in age category and 17 overall and Omar Wilson 1st in age group and 1st overall.
These two are regular top performers across various disciplines proving that enthusiasm, skill and commitment really count.
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 27th October
C Group: Hello listeners. Lots going on in my life currently, so a rushed ride report this week. Good weather and the lure of the Lycra brought the faithful out en masse on Saturday. Good on you all. Joining me was Pierre, Gert, Team Gray, Red-Hot Rod, Rose, Paula, the Kruppenfuhrer, Team Booysen, Young Justin [resplendent on a new steed], Dylan, Gordon, Rich E, Dogbite, Andrew T, Kurt, and a young Jayden Collier.
Dogbite gathered together Andy Gray, Jayden, and the better looking half of Team Booysen. This became the D’s, and they went off in the direction of Grace.
Sean wasn’t with us, so there were no parking lot incidents. The rest came with me, into the forest via Hillside Rd, and over Dunton’s Demise. Which nearly became Grays Grave when Byron, who was first across, was caught by a protruding branch and came to an abrupt halt. Causing an immediate traffic jam. The increasingly versatile and ever-helpful Dylan removed the offending branch, and we went on our merry way. Bunny Ears was next up, where we encountered that most elusive of forest creatures, Under the Radar. They waved furtively, from a safe distance, thus ensuring plausible deniability.
We climbed up the hill past the nursery, regrouping at the start of the ‘Eish’ ST. Here, two Absolute Motion riders materialized out of the forest, asking for directions and riding tips, which we gave generously. A little higher up, we were passed by a large contingent of 4X4 Club vehicles, on their way somewhere challenging. Mostly Toyota’s, interestingly. We gave them a minute lead to let the dust settle, and then set off after them. The wussies logjammed at a particularly gnarly piece of jeeptrack, and we caught them very quickly. I lightheartedly rang my watermelon bell to let them know we were there. Dylan got a little caught up in the moment, and tried to overtake as many of them as he could, missing the start of the next ST in the process. Byron had to go and fetch him. Around here, we met a pleasant and considerate bloke walking with two dogs. This was Mike, according to Andre, who appears to know everyone.
We singletracked down to the old Full Monty, across the old dam wall, and then up to the Pines ST to see what was left of it. In the first section, Byron managed [by all accounts] an epic front wheel washout at speed, fortunately avoiding all hard and/or pointy obstacles. Parts of him did change colour though. The very good news here [for the moment, anyway] is that the felling in that area has been extremely localized, and most of this ST, apart from the Hippo Pools section, is still accessible. And currently lovely to ride, except if you’re Byron. We also did Phil’s Nana, and then went left up Dead Dog, where we encountered the D’s. Andy was leaking coolant in several places, but the others seemed fine.
Gordon had rivers to go to and people to paddle with, so he left us here. He’s doing the Duzi next year with his son apparently.
From there up Naartjie, past Mike and his dogs again, and then off to Pack of Dogs. There was a bit of a dog theme developing. Pack of Dogs led naturally to the Cedara Top Gate ST, which deposited us back at Nurses Dam.
Here the mechanicals started. First up was Andrew, with a common or garden puncture. As we re-started, my chain broke and got stuck in the derailleur, necessitating taking two links out. Once more, Dylan to the rescue. And then, on the way down the Donkey Rd, Andre’s freewheel stopped being free. Thanks to the Kruppenfuhrer for sweeping. While we waited for them, the thirsty amongst us found a tap in the Cedara buildings.
We routed home past the lower dam, through the village, and then across the vlei. Where we met Mike and his dogs for the last time. Once more across Dunton’s Demise, and back to Jaxx via the Mallory Rd gate. This last section was soundtracked mainly by an unfit Kurt complaining about the hills. Harrumph. We are thinking of dropping him to the D’s.
Garmin Stats: 37.5km’s, 2h20 riding time, and 645m of climbing, all of this at an average speed of 16kmh. We did however take more than three hours total time with all of the incident stops.
Next weeks C group ride will be at Ntaba ridge, as organized by the Kruppenfuhrer, Dave G, and Steve F. Watch the WhatsApp group for details.
D Group: Dave took Liz B, Andy G and 12 year old Jayden on an enjoyable route through Grace and Cedara. This was Jaydens longest ride, his previous being 18km at a race. Dave is most impressed with the skills and attitudes of the young riders trying out the D group. Strava stats 27.5km’s in 1:58 with 478m of climbing.
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.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.
This Saturday the MTB club ride is from Intaba Ridge club house at 6:30 for an interesting ride through Intaba Ridge and surrounds. Dave Griffin will kindly host and lead us. Apparently it’s a little thornier than the usual C group ride so be prepared. Unfortunately, no breakfast available but we will do our best to have coffee and some drinks after the ride.
No D group club ride this Saturday!!