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 –
“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.
Apologies but no reports have been received from ANY of the 4 groups.
The Mighty Monday Manne met at the Rotunda at 08:00 yesterday and enjoyed a 40km ride to Steam Punk. The weather was favourable and the average speed of 24.2kph for a recovery ride was very impressive……the Manne are getting fit!!
Rotunda served up a great breakfast and coffee for us.
Next Monday we meet at St John’s at 08:00 for a gentle ride to the end of the tar. Justin has promised to join us and perhaps we may even see Arthur J
MTB Captains Report – 7th November 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.
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 3rd November
A/B Group: Weekend Warriors undertook a little ride in the Cumberland area. Seems Steve had time for a tyre repair after his Saturday misfortune.
C Group: The C group travelled to the Far East this week. Dave G, Steve F and the Kruppenfuhrer decided we needed a change of scenery to throw ourselves at. We met at Intaba Ridge clubhouse under very heavy skies. Joining me and the organizing party was Pierre, Dave McK, Team Davie, Team Lancaster, Byron, Daan, Trevor, Gert, young Justin, Clive, and Mike Findlay.
I was happy to sit in the pack, and let someone else lead for a change. This allowed me to catch up with Daan and others, and I paid scant attention to where we went. Daan has recently returned from a motorbiking trip to Nepal, and had some good stories, including needing to get rabies after being bitten by a stray dog. That’s his story, anyway. I suspect unsuitable drinking buddies, but I promised not to mention this baseless and scurrilous speculation. Keep it to yourself.
The first section looped around the estate, passing through a wedding venue, up a Very Steep Hill, and ending with a long section of singletrack. Just before the singletrack started, Steve F rode over a large piece of glass which tore his sidewall, and all the hardness disappeared from his tire with a loud noise. The combined efforts of the Mighty C Group soon had him on the road again, using a cunning blend of gator and new tube. Dave D supervised the reinstallation of the tire onto the rim, but announced himself unimpressed with their tire fitting skills. There was no sign of Under the Radar. Team Lancaster and the front half of Team Davie left us here to head back to the clubhouse. The singletrack was great, spitting us out at the front gate.
From here we moved to the Bisley Nature Reserve, where we saw lots of game – big and little giraffe, pyjama horses, impala, and a flock of wild beasts. There were lots of wild beasts – more than Justin has nurses. Giraffe are quite bizarre things when you get close to them. I think it’s the spiky hats. They probably feel the same about us. We also went through the old shooting range, from which I assume that Bisley gets its name. Steve gave us some historical background, and showed us the WWII graffiti. Still no Under the Radar, but we remained vigilant.
Back to Intaba, where I left the group, having family commitments. I made the group promise to keep watching for Under the Radar, who can be sneaky when the mood takes them.
My Garmin Stats: 26km, 570m of climbing, and 1h50 riding time.
After those who had time or other constraints left, 7 of us followed Dave G on a further single track tour of Intaba Ridge Estate. The word Intaba in the name should not be taken lightly, it’s there for a reason when on a bicycle anyway. We did another 10km’s of wonderful MTB trails taking in some good single track and plenty of zebra, buck and wildebeest sightings. Big thanks top Dave G for sharing these routes.
Strava Stats including the extended ride: 36km, 733m of climbing and 2h30 moving time.
On Sunday, various C Group regulars [and irregulars] availed themselves of the best that iNsingizi has to offer. Which is currently very good indeed. The singletrack has been extended and upgraded, with some of the more gnarly sections sanitized just a little to cater for the average rider, which would be us. The section that almost separated Liz Botha from her pinkie is now much less vicious. The flow has been improved, and the whole thing is just marvelous. Even Forest Fairies were sighted at various points of the route. The catering was generous and tasty. Team Booysen were spotted going back for seconds. Take extra water for the 40km – it got hot very quickly, and we went short, saved only by one of the Fairies. We were forced to rehydrate extensively at the pool on our return. Highly recommended.
Garmin Stats: 39km, 730m of climbing, and 3h00 riding time.
D Group: Nice D group. Doc Mike. Jayden (12) Simphiwe and me. Easy ride via Grace forest and over to Cedara. Single track and forest track. Jayden is quite a jack-in-box but is riding well and learning the mtb ropes and rules. Simphiwe had a strong ride and will get a lot stronger. Doc M kept us all entertained. 25km 479m climbing 2 hours. No galloping gazelles but lots of nice birds including, seen and/or heard Black Sparrow Hawk, Knysna Turaco, Red Bishop, Long Tailed Widowbird, Blackheaded Oriole amongst others. Strava stats 25km’s in 2:00 with 479m of climbing.
Big thanks to Dave S for putting his hand up and taking this group again.
Berg & Bush Update for 2019
After careful consideration of its three events, and wanting to keep things varied for loyal and new riders alike, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush based near Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal is innovating once again.
From 2019, the midweek Berg & Bush will be known as the Berg & Bush Great Midweek, and will start and finish at the same race village on all three days.
The slight change in format makes the popular midweek ride a clover-leaf format for all three days, allowing participants more time in the iconic Em’Seni race village and removing some transport logistics.
Day one of the tweaked Berg & Bush Great Midweek will now feature all-new trails in and around the bushveld and farm areas that riders have come to know and love on days two and three of the Berg & Bush. The first day of riding will also be 70km long, making it more accessible for riders who might be put off by the Descent’s 98km day one.
The change also means that no pre-event accommodation is required, no bag transport or car shuttles are needed; fly-in packages will be less logistically challenging, all-new day one trails will be built, and one race village means every day starts and finishes on the banks of the Tugela River.
“Having seen mountain biking and mountain bike events evolve over our 14 years of Berg & Bush, I’ve certainly noticed riders’ attitudes towards races change,” says Berg & Bush founder Gary Green.
“What I’ve picked up on of late, and what our riders are telling me, is that mountain bikers enjoy a great camp experience and a good night's sleep. Plus, they simply want to have fun while riding their bikes. We feel the revamped midweek ride is now that exact event."
Green says to meet that desire, they’ve gone ahead with the changes to their midweek event. “We’ve decided to create a brand new shortened day one of the midweek event, around 70km of brand new unexplored trails, so that riders can start and finish in one race village, enjoy a long but not excessively arduous ride, and then relax all day in our race village.”
Berg & Bush Great Midweek riders will now register at the Em’Seni race village and settle in for three nights and three days of world class riding.
“This gives riders the opportunity to enjoy the Great morning ride and the Great afternoon camp life!” says Green.
Early bird entries open for all three Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush 2019 events on Monday, 5 November 2019. Enter at www.bergandbush.co.za.
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.
Sunday 25 Nov – Eston Xmas Classic
Sunday 2 Dec – Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure, Summerveld
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.
This Saturday the MTB club ride is back at Jaxx at 6:30. Mark will lead the C group and Andy G will lead the D group.