January to December 2019
Ordinary Member R440
Family Membership R660
Junior Member (Under 18) R130
A Late Renewal Fee of R50 will be added after 1 March 2019
Membership fee to be paid into Burg Wheelers’ bank account
Account Name: Burg Wheelers Cycling Club
Bank: ABSA Bank
Branch Code: 630 125 (Victoria Road)
Current Account Number: 0711 328 599
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Thanks for the amazing turnout on Saturday morning with no rain only mist to contend. 65 club members enjoyed a morning of road riding and mountain biking.
The club handed over a cheque of R2,000 as well as R2,600 from club members in cash, with about R4,000 worth of cat and dog food.
We then all enjoyed a club-sponsored breakfast, and your choice of coffee/juice at a great venue.
We congratulate Dustin for finishing the grueling 250km Rhino Ride from Ballito to Hilltops Camp in relentless mud and torrential rain in a shade over 14 hours. A stout effort young lad!!! Thanks also to Frances and Sharon who provided backup for him the whole way.
It is club policy that when a rider joins a group he\she must have a working front light as well as a working rear light. On Saturday we had several riders without lights or lights that were not working. Please help us to ensure the groups safety by complying with this request!! Thank you.
Tues and Thurs Morning rides.
The B group leave from Virgin Active, Victoria Road, every Tues and Thurs morning at 4:55.
Sat morning Rides.
Ride for this Sat will be on the B What’s App Group.
Sat 8th Dec. SPCA Ride
The BB’s joined up with the AA’s for a ride to Karkloof Rd and back. What we thought was going to be a wet morning turned out to be a very pleasant dry morning with some mist in Hilton and Karkloof. Our group had quite a range of different strengths so was difficult to keep everyone together. But all in all we all had a very pleasant ride and returned to Xways to a magnificent breakfast paid for, by our club. Riding stats were, 66kms, 25.5km/hr, 950m elevation gain.
This Saturdays ride is from Jaxx to Curry’s Post leaving at 05:00
SPCA ride report
Leaving cross ways at 5:31 with Zaheer close on our heels we court the first robot as it turned red as we are all well behaved cyclists we all waited for it turn green,
Going though Howick we had no more problems everyone having a relaxed ride lots off chatting ,seeing the a/b group.
Close to Greendale spar just after the t junction coming back to PMB one of the group punctured and he jumped in to the backup car.
Coming back to PMB we noticed the mist getting thicker and thicker and you could see clearly the difference in having a working rear light and how someone without a working light at the back or front of a group can block the lights at times I could only see some off the group.
We had an easy pace up to Hilton College where the puncture was sorted out and we all rode back to Cross Ways where we had a very good breakfast. Thanks to Burg Wheelers!
Thanks to Zaheer for doing backup. I am not here for the rest of the year and Trevor will lead the group. Have a good Christmas
On 27 January there is a race in Vereeniging known as the Fast One. Several of us are doing it, so on Saturday 5/01/2019 we will do track, this will help with the constant pedaling and hiding in a group ride we will do track for three hours
This Saturday’s Ride
This weekend’s ride starts from Rotunda at 05:00 to Karkloof. Trevor will lead the group and Jan has kindly offered to provide the backup.
D group report 6 December: Promising something different for our Thursday ride, 11 of us left VV at 4:50a.m. We started off with the loop to warm up our legs, proceeded up Old Howick Road to Athlone Circle and, as everyone’s legs were screaming for more hills, and I didn’t want to disappoint the legs, we proceeded up to Link Road, down Francis Staniland to Town Bush and back into town. We repeated the loop and then headed off for coffee.
8 December: S.P.C.A. ride: 9 of us left Crossways with Moira and Eddie doing backup. It was great to have Gavin Hulse, our new committee member (heading up the new portfolio of safety officer) join us for the ride, which was his first ride back on his bike after a serious accident 2 months ago.
On the way to Piggly Wiggly, we encountered some mist, but were justly rewarded with some great muffins (which Moira had made) at our turning point, many thanks Moira.
Young Brendan had a puncture on the way to Piggly Wiggly, which was quickly changed with our spare wheels from the backup vehicle. On the way past Midmar Dam wall Jordyn broke a spoke on his back wheel, which was also quickly changed with anther spare wheel from the backup vehicle.
Rotunda hill was a bit of a challenge for some, and we arrived back at Crossways at 8:15 as planned to enjoy a great breakfast.
11 December: 11 of us enjoyed a wet road ride in town, going up Mayors Walk at a steady pace, back into town to the circle at the bottom of Town Bush and then, not to disappoint my group who thought they were getting away with not doing any hills, we went up Town Bush, right into Chase Valley Road and left up Macleroy hill (with lots of comments about me having taken a wrong turn) – I commented “no pain, no gain” and proceeded up the hill to Linscott, turning right under the bridge, past Cascades, up Town Bush and back the same way.
Unfortunately, as we turned up Town Bush, Gordon slipped on some mud and ended up meeting the pavement unexpectedly – I contacted him after the ride to make sure he was okay and he was on his way to do some canoeing, so must be alright!
Thanks for a great ride.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
This Saturdays ride is from Rotunda to Karkloof leaving at 05:00.
MTB Captains Report – 11th December
Fire Season is officially over – however be sensible when riding and watch those hot 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
The lock on the gate box has been replaced. The following people have “keys”. Contact them if you want to ride there. Dave Bure, Alan Martin, Gavin Green, Rod Blake, Gill Bure, Mark Rowland, Dave Stewart, myself.
This facility will be available till end January so please use it. Thereafter it will be changing and it will be necessary for us to buy our own boards if we want to continue riding there. This is a Hilton College ruling and not a club decision.
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. After a recent gathering of C and D group brains trust, it has been decided to brand these two groups slightly differently. The C group is more of an intermediate ability group doing as much single track as they can, riding at a somewhat faster pace typically 16km/h. The intention is to ride about 30km in a Saturday morning.
D Group – The D group is intended for those wishing to do what the C group does but at a lesser pace and over a lesser distance. This will suit those newer to mountain biking or slightly less fit and is typically around 28km’s at approx. 14km/h. The D group is led by various members on a roster format.
Group Reports for Sat 8th December
All Groups: Saturday was the annual Burg Wheeler SPCA ride and after anxiously watching the weather all week the morning was perfect. Well almost. It was rather misty in Hilton and this made things a little tricky until we got into the single tracks.
Gavin Green lead a group of younger and faster riders up to the top of the Cedara hills while I lead a more modest group through Grace single track before heading across to Cedara for a loop and a very sneaky detour pointed out by the most mature of ballies. Thanks Justin.
The turnout was good as usual for this morning and the trails were really good despite the previous days rains. Everyone got back safely within the time limit set by our Chairman for the photo shoot.
All this outdoor exercise was followed by some R&R at Crossways over a great breakfast sponsored by the club.
Faster group Strava Stats: 23km in 1:48 with 500m of climbing
Modest group Strava Stats: 24.5km in 1:42 with 340m of climbing.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30.
This Saturday the C’s and D’s will ride from Jaxx at 6:30..I will lead the C’s and Andy Gray the D’s.
On Monday 17th Rod Blake has volunteered to lead a ride from Jaxx at 7:00.