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 re-election and we would like to thank them for all their loyal and hard work over the past few years.
We wish Peter Lowe and Ingrid Flint all the best as they ride a daunting 202km this coming Saturday. Safe riding please guys!!
Congratulations to all our members who rode. The conditions were not good with temperatures nearing 40* and the tar actually melting in places. A stout effort and you are to be commended on your tenacity and you are all a real credit to our club.
Bobby 2:44 3rd
Rebecca & JP 2:44 5th mixed tandem
Shelton 2:30 & 3:20 on 2nd lap!!
Graham Pearson 2:42 & 3:20 on 2nd lap
A Group Saturday Ride Report
A small group of A’s and B’s joined up to fly southward on Saturday, a headwind greeting us on the way out of town and for most of the ride in fact.
Unfortunately we had a few mishaps on the ride, first Allistair Watt punctured on the Dards, then Willem ran into the back of Suben’s bike just before Camperdown. Luckily we were halfway up a climb so the speed wasn’t too high; and although Willem hit the ground quite hard, it was fortunately into the verge rather than into the road; he escaped with minor grazes.
Subsequently Suben’s derailleur got sucked into his spokes, bending the hanger and damaging the cage. Luckily we were able to straighten it enough to get him home.
It was a tough day in the saddle with the cramp fairy visiting some of the fellows as well. The milkshakes at Steers were most welcomed when we got back.
Perhaps the day’s events are an important reminder to all of us to consider safety in the peloton. Rule number 1 NEVER overlap the wheel in front! Lesson learned.
Ride stats 95km, 1035m elev gain, 26km/h.
This Saturday’s Ride
Leave Jaxx at 05:00 for 93km ride to end of Karkloof.
Tues and Thurs Morning rides.
The B group leave from Virgin Active, Victoria Road, every Tues and Thurs morning at 4:55. From next week going to start incorporating some hill climbing, so get your climbing legs ready.
Sat morning Rides.
Check your What’s App for planned ride this Saturday morning.
Sat 17th Nov.
Six of us left from Steers at 5am on route to Cato Ridge airfield via Fox Hill. We were Hayden, Mark, Alistair, Steve, Suben and myself. At times the pace picked up considerably and a lot of us were wondering if this was an A group or B group ride? The wind was up early, which made for some tough going earlier on. We had 3 incidents along the way, one puncture, one bent derailer, and one falling off the bike. All were rectified pretty quickly, with not much damage to bike or person and we were on our way again. We returned going to Lion Park and then up Polly’s. We enjoyed some milkshakes once we got back to Steers. Riding stats were, 95km, 1034m climbing, 26.0km/hr ave. Thanks to all those that shared the pulling in the front and made this an enjoyable ride.
This Saturday’s Ride
Leave Jaxx at 05:00 for 93km ride to end of Karkloof.
On the Sat ride there were 5 of us in group - Geoff ,Peter ,Bill ,Steve and myself. Nice pace .
At Piggly Steve and Peter had to turn around because had to be back early.
Myself, Bill and Geoff had a good pace of 23kph avg up to Notties
Total ride 90.8 km with excellent 25.5kph avg.
This Saturday’s Ride
Leave Rotunda at 05:00 for 85km ride to end of Karkloof.
Thursday 15th: As I was unable to lead the group, Jumbo stood in for me. He had 10 group members join him for a normal town ride, taking in Morcom Hill. Apparently everyone was well behaved and enjoyed the ride – many thanks Jumbo.
Saturday 17th: 9 of us left Rotunda at 5a.m. The plan was to ride 42kms on the R103 towards Nottingham Road and back again on the same route. Mohammed wanted to ride, so he organised a driver to do backup for us. I was a bit sceptical at first, but the driver did an excellent job in looking after us and making sure he warned us of passing vehicles and, more importantly, he got Sally’s banana muffins up to the turning point safely! I can assure you they were enjoyed by all.
After our stop, we made our way down, keeping the pace steady so that we stayed together as a group. Back down past Midmar Dam, into Merrivale, under the bridge and up past Sakabula. We all arrived back at Rotunda safely as one group, having done 84kms with 960m climbing at an average speed of 22kms. Only 4 of us were able to stay for coffee and breakfast – the owner of the restaurant had spoken to Warwick, and she’d organised a table for us. A breakfast of R30 was more than sufficient as long as we had coffee. She was a bit disappointed that there were so few of us, but we explained that some of our riders had gone up to do the 94.7.
20 November: 11 of us left VV at 4:50 with the intention to do the loop to warm up our legs. We then went up Howick Road to Athlone Circle and, as there was very little traffic, we climbed the hill at our own pace and regrouped at the circle. It was there that we felt how strong the wind actually was. We went round the back to Francis Staniland, down and left into Craigie Drive and then back home down Town Bush, where we did the second loop. At the end we enjoyed a cup of coffee.
I only had 2 of my group doing the 94.7. Apparently the ride was extremely tough and hot - Sean did 4hrs 10 mins, with Sarel doing 4 hrs and 50 mins, which was a very good time considering his age – well done to both, very proud of you.
Saturday 24 November: Start at Rotunda at 5a.m. along the Karkloof Road to the end of the tar. I won’t be able to lead the group as I’m away for the weekend, but will arrange for Jumbo to lead if he’s available. Please remember we will need a backup driver, so if you haven’t had a turn, now’s your time!
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MIGHTY MONDAY MANNE
Unfortunately yesterday’s ride was cancelled due to the weather. Next Monday we meet at Jaxx for a 33km easy ride. All welcome.
MTB Captains Report – 20th 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.
Hilton College Trails
It seems the lock on the box at the gate is playing up. Please persevere if it doesn’t unlock at the first go. Will be remedied as soon as we can.
Latest: the insides of the lock attached themselves to Marks key and were only noticed when back at Jaxx on Saturday morning. Alan Martin specially arranged a lock replacement ride on Sunday but unfortunately this didn’t take place because of the weather. A plan will be made to have it resolved by this coming Saturday morning.
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 17th November
A/B Group: A group of Warriors headed out on the farmlands towards Cumberland for an awesome morning ride. Strava stats: 46km with 1042m of climbing in 3h06.
C Group: Every time we go to Hilton College, I pace around the parking lot before the ride, obsessively counting and recounting heads, much to the amusement of the assembled C-Group faithful. We only have 15 HC boards, and the final selection falls to me should the C’s exceed that number. I've known people to get taken off Christmas card lists for less.
Today the heads were Teams Booysen, Auret and Gray, individuals Sean, soft-tail Chuck [we suspect that it was a hardtail before Chuck had stern words with it], Tom, Omar, Dylan, Andrew T, Trevor, Daan, the Kruppenfuhrer [may his cables never stretch], Disa-Pierre, Andy R, Rhys, Dogbite, Larry, Jayden, and the welcome return of the venerable Arthur Duncan. Glad we didn’t scare him off. I’ve probably omitted someone from the D’s.
As it happened, Dylan had brought his own personal HC board with him, and several people very generously demoted themselves to the D’s so that we could squeeze in. So sixteen of us set off for HC, leaving the D’s to drift happily around Grace and Cedara.
The transit to HC was incident free, with Sean getting out of the Jaxx parking lot unscathed again. The BW gate box proved no match for the combined efforts of the Kruppenfuhrer and I, yielding its treasures easily. As we went into the forest, felling was taking place on the left of the road. Be aware. We took the usual first singletrack to the right, and then simply followed the arrows. Daan punctured on the last section of ST before Bennies, so the rest of the group went on to the lookout, while Trevor, Daan and I took the intersecting jeeptrack once a new tube had been installed. Any technical issue inevitably triggers discussion amongst riders, and the lookout air was soon filled with tyre-related terms, including ‘tubeless-ready’. Andre, not one to miss an opportunity, immediately asked if ‘Tubeless’ Reddy was not a well-known Indian MTB-er. Too good not to share.
After a short water break, we pressed on, along the contour road to intersect with the dreaded ‘T-Rex’ uphill switchback ST. As we started off from the lookout, Trevor took a final sip from his hydration pack, with his head down, and rode straight into a tree branch that was protruding slightly into the road. The collision, although at slow speed, spat him smartly off his bike and onto his shoulder. He remounted, but there will have been some damage done. Hopefully not too much.
We regrouped at the T-Rex ST entrance. Tom’s fitness is returning in leaps and bounds, and he is changing colour much faster than a few weeks back. T-Rex remains a leveler of note, and is unforgiving of lapses in concentration, which Josh found out after drifting slightly off center of the track. He lost the front on crumbly section, and took a minor tumble of the mostly educational kind. From the T-Rex we graduated to the ‘Chadster’ ST, then onto the jeeptrack, back past the felling, and finally returning to the HC gate. We dropped the numbers off in the box, thanked the guards, and got onto the road back towards Hilton town. The road was busier, but again incident free. DisaPierre leapt off the front of the group, hotly pursued by Sean and Byron. We regrouped at the Callaho sign, and to minimize tar time, detoured through the Grace ST on the left of the road. Deon reported that Tom apparently got a good tankslapper going at some point on the way back, depositing him off his steed, again mostly educationally. Today was the first time that I have ever seen Omar choose the tar over the dirt. Trish’s diagnosis is exam fatigue.
The Grace Park Run remains very popular, with loads of cars still there when we passed. All arrived back at Jaxx safely, where we were reunited with the D group. While unpacking, I found that the barrel of the Hilton Gatehouse box lock had come back with me, still on the key. ☹ I assume that this is terminal for the lock itself, which will need to be replaced. Apologies. Please bear this in mind.
At Jaxx, what can be best described as a large coffee-fueled socialization had broken out. I spent some very pleasant time catching up with Larry, recently returned from an extended trip to Oz. We were greatly amused when the individual Jaxx bills arrived, to find that Dogbite had given Tom’s name as ‘Mr. Plod’, and it was accurately reflected as such on his bill. 😊 Long may it last. We are fortunate to have a group of people that don’t take themselves so seriously that they can’t tease and be teased. The very spice of life, a sense of humour is.
Garmin Stats: 36km, 2h10, 580m, 17kmh ave speed.
A couple of additional points:
There will still be the usual C/D group ride on Saturday 24th morning, weather permitting.
On 25th Nov, the Kruppenfuhrer [may his water bottle always be full] and helpers will be manning the BW Gazebo at the Eston Xmas Ride at the Virginia Trails. Please support.
The 8th Dec ride will be the SPCA ride. Please support as usual, and watch the chat group for details.
I will be away in December taking the Whines to Wales, and will miss the rides 8th to 29th inclusive. A variety of nice people have agreed to helm the mighty C’s while I am away. Take care, and behave.
D Group: Andy G lead a healthy group, seven strong, on a route through Grace and Cedara and returned them all safely back to Jaxx. Strava stats 26km’s in 2h02 with 463m 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.
Hilton College: Some harvesting taking place, exercise caution.
Sunday 25 Nov – Eston Xmas Classic at Virginia Trails – BW gazebo will be on site. For a taste click this link https://youtu.be/9a5BIic3Hk4.
Sunday 2 Dec – Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure, Summerveld.
Saturday 8 Dec – SPCA Ride, Crossways, donate to SPCA and enjoy a breakfast on BW. Combined social ride with roadies.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.
This Saturday the MTB club ride is at Jaxx at 6:30 for both C and D groups. Mark leading C’s and I will lead the D’s.