18 DECEMBER 2018
PLEASE READ THE SAFETY WRITE UP IN THE BT THIS WEEK
THE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF IS HOW MUCH IS YOUR LIFE WORTH TO COMPLY WITH SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CLUB, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE RESEARCH THAT’S GONE INTO IT?
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our club members (who celebrate Christmas) a joyous and blessed time – may all our club members enjoy family time and all the best for 2019.
The Pietermaritzburg SPCA
ATT: DALE SOUTHERN
BURG WHEELERS CYCLING CLUB
On behalf of the SPCA Pietermaritzburg I would like to thank Burg Wheelers Cycling Club for the generous cash donation of R 2,600-00; a cheque for R2000,00 as well as collecting Dog and Cat food to the value of R4,000. This is a huge gesture of kindness and we greatly appreciate you reaching out to our SPCA, during these difficult times. We are absolutely blown away by your generosity and cannot thank you enough!
As an Animal Welfare in South Africa our SPCA receives no government funding and we are totally dependent on fund-raising, donations and sponsorships to improve the lives of our animals in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.
Your loyalty and support is therefore really appreciated.
PRO / Fund Raiser
076 632 6126
The club committee has adopted a policy requiring all club members participating in Burg Wheelers group rides to use front and rear lights, during the day and at night. This in the interests of the safety of club members on group rides.
In the dark lights should be set to ensure that they do not blind cars from the front, or your fellow cyclists from the rear.
During the day, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are preferable.
Consider that when cars adopted them, they reduced accidents by 25%, and motorcycles saw a 13% drop.
Whilst this policy pertains mainly to road bikes, the MTB’ers should also consider the use of such lights if they are on the main roads during their rides.
DRL should have specific features that make them more visible during the day. I have attached a shortened version of an article from Trek’s website, as well as provided a link to another article regarding the use and features of DRL. https://cyclingtips.com/2017/02/see-seen-every-cyclist-needs-know-daytime-running-lights/
To start with, club members can use their normal lights and set them to the brightest flashing setting that they have. The more disruptive the flashing pattern the better.
It would be advisable that you investigate the best option that you can afford and upgrade as finances allow. Apart from the obvious visibility considerations, also consider the duration of your rides and try to find lights with sufficient battery capacity to last for the full duration.
Our Chairman Dale Southern has kindly approached our local bike shops for some special deals that will help if you need new lights.
Rather than an upgrade to another bit of carbon, upgrade your safety. Maybe a carbon light if you must have more carbon.
Burg Wheelers Road Captain
The A and B group rode together on Saturday, from the Quarry to the end of the tar at Currys Post. We started with about 12 riders, Bex and JP had to turn early, which they did after the first climb on the Curry’s Post Road, to get home in time to catch their lift to Ermelo. They will be bike-packing their way back from there, looking forward to the report after that one. Tony also turned just before Terbedore. The rest of us enjoyed some good climbing, and even more the fast descending on the way home. In total we covered about 85km in 3h15 with just under 1400m of climbing.
This weeks tip:
Good communication in the group ensures a safer and more enjoyable ride. Call for road obstacles, wheels, runners, etc. but also let the group know early if the pace is too high for you, this will ensure that you can stay together and finish together. If they don’t slow down remind them again! If you’re turning early let someone know so that they can inform the group leader.
This Saturday’s Ride
This weekend’s ride starts from Steers Woodburn at 05:00. 80km ride to Camperdown and Lion Park down Polly’s and return up Polly’s. Objective : Base pace with pace lining.
13 December: 11 of us left VV for a normal town route, taking in Macleroy Hill at an average pace to accommodate all riders. From Mayors walk we went back through town, past the Mall to the top of Town Bush and back to VV.
15 December: 6 of us left Rotunda at 5a.m. (not sure where the rest of the group was, but I think the Christmas spirit is beginning to bite!)
The plan was to go past Midmar Dam, down and up into Howick to the end of the Karkloof tarred road, and we changed the plan on the way home, didn’t go past Midmar again but went back through Howick, Merrivale and back to Rotunda as it was getting hot and the riders were tired. Thanks to Sally for doing backup and the amazing muffins.
Those who stayed, enjoyed a special breakfast supplied by the coffee shop, and a cup of coffee.
18 December: This morning I had the biggest group we’ve had this year, as 21 of us left VV for a town ride (the boring old one!) It was good to have Moira, Trishan, Shaun, Dee, Farouk, Brendan’s brother, John, Liz’s Peter and Peter with the pink socks with us.
Going up Mayor’s Walk, Mohammed & Farouk felt the pace was a bit slow for them, and raced forward to ride with the B Group. With all the new riders, and not being sure of their fitness levels, I decided not to do any hills, but to do the normal town ride and back to VV. The ride was uneventful, with a number of riders peeling off on the way home. 6 of us enjoyed a cup of coffee at Seattle.
Please don’t forget Thursday’s ride starts at Settle Cascades, and will be our Christmas ride, so make sure you look like Father Christmas!
Saturday’s ride is from Steers 5a.m. to the old airport and home, via Polly’s.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MTB Captains Report – 18th December
Fire Season is officially over – however be sensible when riding and watch those hot windy days.
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 15th & 17th December
A/B Group –
C Group – Mark is away. Richard lead the group consisting of Marion, Mitch, Byron, Pierre, Andy R, Sean, Gordon and Terry. This was Terrys first official ride in quite a while and Gordon jumped on the excuse when he and Terry decided to find their own way back around the 10km mark. It was great having Terry back in the group and hopefully we see much more of him now. The route started off by going up past the reservoir (near Rotunda) in the opposite direction before heading out past Cedara along donkey road and past the quarry to the top of the hill. From there we raced back down the hill all the way to Jaxx for good coffees. Oh, and we did some ST on the way. Strava stats: 33km, 596m of climbing in 2:10 riding time
D Group – Andy lead the D’s starting with 6 and finishing with 2. In doing this he has snatched the record away from all others who thought they had any claim claimsin this regard. Andy started with DocMike and friend, Rhys and Megan and Pauline, who was also make w welcome return to the group after breaking her ankle much earlier in the year. The first to drop off was DocMike and friend, with Mike suggesting his friend was struggling. Then Rhys and Megans turn to drop off leaving Andy to arrive back with only Pauline. Pauline seems to have passed her comeback ride with flying colours. Strava stats: 30km with 600m climbing in 2:35 moving time.
Mixed Group – Rod lead a group on a loop through Hilton College Estate. This group included Keith, Pauline, Trevor , Gert, Andrew, Byron, Paula, Helga, Terry and a visitor. Pauline made most of their comeback as T-Rex is where she broke her ankle six months ago. Strava stats: 37km with 600m climbing.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30. (no trail fees)
This Saturday the C’s and D’s will ride from Jaxx at 6:30.. Rod will lead the C’s and Dave the D’s. (no trail fees)
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.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all an very blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Let’s enjoy this season in its true intent and come back from this holiday period refreshed and eager to get back on the trails again.