HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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 fees are now due and are to be paid into Burg Wheelers’ bank account. Please put your name under reference.
Account Name - Burg Wheelers Cycling Club
Bank - ABSA Bank
Branch Code - 630 125 (Victoria Road)
Current Account No.- 0711 328 599
Proof of payment and membership form to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put your name and subs under reference.
The document must be saved before it can be sent. Please return the form so that we can update your details. Thank you.
2018 CLUB AWARDS AND DINNER
Our awards evening is on Thursday 24 January at Maritzburg Golf Club at 6p.m. for 6:30pm. All paid up members and their guests are invited.
The logistics are as follows:
Please can you R.S.V.P. Janice Brisbane (083 6609996) and advise her how you will be paying.
You can either pay at the door or do an EFT. EFT’s must be made into the Burg Wheelers’ bank account:
Burg Wheelers Cycling Club
ABSA Branch code 362005
Account number 0711328599
Reference: Awards & your name.
Club members are to pay R100 and non-club members R200. Please R.S.V.P. and do EFT’s to Janice no later than 21 January – numbers are required for catering purposes.
This has always been a very well attended function, where we can recognise our top cyclists in both disciplines and also socialise with other members over a 3 course dinner.
Burg Wheelers Cycling Club
Notice is hereby given in terms of the requirements of the Constitution of the Club for a Special General Meeting to take place at Maritzburg Golf Club on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 6:30pm. All paid up members of the club are welcome to attend.
3. Club Constitution – Proposed amendment below
Burg Wheelers Cycling Club Exempt No. 930057336 IT 9008/305/26/1)
The following amendment must be effected –
“The reference to ‘Commissioner for Inland Revenue’ in clause 14 must be replaced with ‘Commissioner South African Revenue Service.’”
COMPENDIUM MIDLANDS CYCLE RACE : 17 FEBRUARY
The club has decided to use only members to Marshal the event this year. To successfully run this event we require a minimum of 85 marshals. All volunteers to please forward their names via email to email@example.com or by phone/WhatsApp on 0829401847.
Yours is anticipation,
The A and B groups teamed up for a ride from The Quarry to The Windmills and back. The Hayfields locals were questioning the weather at 4am, but we were assured by the Northern suburbs residents that the weather was fine. It was fine, at least until Lidgetton, then it got very dark very quickly and soon the hail had us looking for cover! A quick 10min storm and other than the wet road for a few kilometers we had no further rain, in fact it warmed up quite nicely.
weekend report 5/01/2019
I would like to thank both TT and WW for leading the group when I was away getting fat.
First weekend ride was a bit of a disaster with the weather. checking the weather just on 4 am I noticed a lot of storms in PMB with lighting so I postponed the track ride to start at 7am ,when we got to the track me and Nat’s we noticed a lot of people ,I think all of the people that play soccer on the field are now using the middle of the track so we had some soccer balls come in our path and people using the one side of the track to run up and down so that was disturbing as well glade no one else turned up, despite all off that we managed 30km in just over an hour
This weekend our ride is going to be from Steers Woodburn to Comrades Wall and back via the lion park loop. This is a 110km ride with about 1500m of climbing so please bring your gels as this going to be a tough ride for some of us that have not been riding. Please we need to keep it steady we will be leaving at 5AM
I am looking for people for backup I have no one planned for this year yet, please let me know. All regular riders are expected to take a turn.
We have had a good response through the festive season and our ride this coming Monday will be from Greendale to MHS. We leave at 07:00. All welcome.
Thursday 3rd January – cancelled due to rain.
Saturday 5th: 7 of us left Jaxx at 5:10a.m. after much hesitation about the thunder and lightning at 4a.m. I had a feeling it would pass and not affect our ride, so I made the decision that the ride would go ahead.
On arrival at Jaxx it was dry and dry all the way to Steam Punk where could see that a cloudburst was about to happen. We pulled in there and took shelter under the canopy in front, only to find about 15 other cyclists already there looking for shelter.
We had no sooner got under cover when the heavens opened, with hail, but it only lasted for about 15 minutes and was all over. We proceeded up to the top of happy hill, on a road that was drying very quickly, where we turned, regrouped and headed back for home at a reasonably fast pace, through Merrivale and back to Jaxx.
Rotunda hill was a bit of a challenge for some, but a cup of coffee at the end made up for it!
Tuesday 8th: The plan was to do a town ride with some hills, and that’s exactly what 14 of us did. We went up Morcom Hill to the top of Mayors Walk, back into town and, by popular demand, we went up Howick Road to Athlone Circle. As we regrouped, it looked as if it was going to rain, so instead of going back via Craigie Drive and Town Bush, we took a short cut down Montgomery Drive and back to VV. It was good to welcome Chris back into the group, haven’t seen him for a long time, plus all the others who have been on holiday. We also managed to find Janice!
5 of us met at Seattle for coffee in the rain.
Saturday 12th: We meet at Rotunda for a ride to the top of Mount West and back to Rotunda. This is quite a long ride, so please prepare yourself, and we will need a backup driver.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MTB Captains Report – 8th Jan 2019
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 5th January
A/B Group –
C Group 22nd - Team Rowland arrived back from leave just in time for the inaugural 2019 C-group ride. Wild kippers couldn’t keep us away. Mighty fine it was to be back in the saddle, and to see all your smiling faces. And Andre.
The weather had other ideas, and got all mother-in-law-ish on us on Friday evening already. Saturday dawned a little damp, and then the rumbling started. Assuming that this was simply my post-festive season diet announcing itself, we continued to prepare for the ride. It was dry in Hilton when we got there. Joining us were Teams Booysen, Gray, Auret and Horsley, individuals Red-Hot Rod, DisaPierre, Sheila, Willem, Lee, Gert, Dogbite, Andrew T, and Marian. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone. Someone noted that it hadn’t rained yet. Almost immediately, it started to rain.
Team Auret didn’t make it past the starting line, falling foul of the ‘no helmet – no ride’ rule. Andy G took the D’s, and the rest followed me into the rain towards Grace.
We entered the forest via the N3 tunnel, climbing up the Nkandla ST towards Grace College. The rain eased, and then stopped. I kept calling Lee, Willem. To help me remember who was who, Willem threw himself at the scenery at the start of the ST, getting a puncture from the fall. I didn’t see it happen, but apparently Steve Forster materialized from somewhere, accompanied by distant windchimes and pan pipes, to help with the repairs. Useful guy, Steve. Steve joined us for the rest of the ride, with Willem happily unharmed.
We crossed the road so that Rod could show us some very nice new singletrack, which took us all the way to the Callaho turnoff. We all dried off. Cross the road again, and then into more singletrack recently maintained by Team Diederichs / Rainbird – also very fine, with a new chicken run past the rocks. ‘Amped’ has also been improved, and was done at speed.
We crossed the N3 again via the Cedara main entrance, and went down piggery hill to the dam. Muddy at the bottom of the hill.
Up Dead Dog hill, and into Andre’s singletrack. Sheila and Willem claimed tiredness, and asked if they could meet us at Nurses Dam. Where all good folk meet. The hardy singletrackers went right at the fork, planning to go up to Non-Stop Nurses. Marian, who had been very well behaved thus far, picked up a serious puncture just before the gravel road. Once again, SuperSteve had it all sorted in what felt like a jiffy, but was more like several jiffies. Up the hill we went. Nurses ST, which was fine when I left in mid-December, is now quite overgrown with the small trees, and is very hard to follow. Harrumph. The puncture and ST route uncertainty took more longer than we thought, so by the time we got to Nurses Dam, Shelia and Willem had left for home. The rest of us tried not to take this personally – some more successfully than others. Large piles of stone across the road between the Dam and Naartjie hill didn’t help. Left at the top of Naartjie, and then across the contour road to intersect the Wall of Fame ST. Marian didn’t get lost.
Down to the nursery and head for home, incident free. We rejoined the D’s and the roadies at Jaxx, and refreshments ensued. Nice to be back. Let’s do it again next week.
Garmin Stats: 2h25, 33,5km’s, 600m climbing.
D Group 22nd – The group consisted of team Booysen, Dave S, Justin H, Megan and Rhys H and Andy G in charge.the ride covered mainly jeep track and some new ST. Strava Stats: 28km’s in 2:30 and 640m of climbing
Drak Descent: takes place on the 19th & 20th Jan. Several BW riders will be taking part so look out for each other and enjoy the event. Please remember to renew your CSA licences beforehand.
PS - it would be great to see you all in our distinctive club colours.
MTB Weekend Get-away
In May the club will once again arrange a MTB weekend get-away for members. The venue in 2019 will be the trails in the Kamberg and we will be accommodated at the Glengarry resort which has a variety of accommodation options to suit all. Keep the weekend 11-12 May open and let me know if you are wanting to join us.
BW Annual Awards Evening: This takes place on Thursday the 24th Jan at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Please make an effort to attend this wonderful evening where we can celebrate our fellow members achievements. It’s always a good evening out. Paid up members will receive a discount on the meal.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways is at 15:30. (no trail fees)
The Saturday ride for the C’s and D’s is from Jaxx at 6:30. Mark will lead the C’s and Richard will lead the D’s. (no trail fees)