Greetings All,





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 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.


Our awards evening is on Thursday 24 January at Maritzburg Golf Club at 6pm. for 6:30pm. All paid up members and their guests are invited. Our guest speakers are Charles and Bruce Hughes.

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:

Account Name - Burg Wheelers Cycling Club

Bank - ABSA Bank

Branch Code - 630 125 (Victoria Road)

Current Account No. - 0711 328 599

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.


1. Welcome

2. Apologies

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.’”

Meeting Close


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 or by phone/WhatsApp on 0829401847.

To date we have only 21 volunteers – which is very disappointing for such a dynamic and well run club.

Yours is anticipation,



Cheerful C’s

ride report for 12/01/2019

We left steers just on 5am with Tracy hot on our heels we stayed together very well up to Thornville then we started breaking up a bit on the down hills just after Cato ridge we had a puncher I asked but the spare wheel did not fit as it was a 8 speed bike and the wheel was a ten speed, so I put I a tube quickly worked well as the rider had everything in his saddle bag. I asked bill to go on with the rest of the group and we would meet them at the turning point thanks for that bill the backup car stayed with us.

On arrival at the comrades wall Bills rear gear cable had Brocken ,he managed to tighten it up with a wire giving him a single speed bike so he left just in front of us ,after the restart we broke up and did not stay together very well after that regrouped at the top of Polly’s I had a bit of a rest in car with the air con on full and then carried on with the group to the end where we had a good chat and some nice milk shakes and a good chat.

Thanks to Tracy for doing backup was very well done

If you are riding in the front of the group it is up to you to insure that you do not ride away from the group if you are in front then you should be pulling the group that means staying just in front of the group if you look down at your back wheel you should be able to see the front wheel of the person behind you if not then you are too far in front.

The group leaders had a meeting last night and one of the points was going up Polly’s of which has all ways been a concern. And what we came up with is to start the rides from ashburton training center has become a problem with the parking ,so I did speak to the country station where we have done some mtb rides from and they were happy for us to start from there and they have good food for Becky after.

As from the end of the month the c group will start training for the double 90 where the rides will start getting longer and faster If you cannot keep up then you are going to be asked to move to the D team.

Saturday 19 January

Meet at 05:30 in the Suncoast Casino parking lot for Circuit training followed by a 32km ride to Umhlanga. We will be back at approximately 08:30 for breakfast at the new Spur in the Casino. Families are welcome to join us there.

I will be taking a trailer down so please let me know on the C group chat if you require a lift.

Also please indicate your interest in joining us. The Circuit work will be great training for the Fast One in particular and for learning pace lining skills in general.

Kind regards

Allan McPherson


We had a good turnout of 6 riders in pleasant cool conditions. The group rode very well and Bill stayed with the group up the hills – very unusual as he likes to get up first.

We had a quick stop at MHS and pace lined back to the top of Happy Hill. It worked very well and I must compliment the MM on their discipline.

I hit a pothole under the 1920 railway bridge and my bottle went flying. Fortunately I managed to stay upright due to my great bike handling skills J.

Back at Greendale we had a superb breakfast and were joined by 30 riders from the retirement villages who had been on a 35km MTB ride!!! It was great to see so many ballies enjoying themselves on bicycles. Bill knew them all and Dale seemed to know most of the ladies.

The 6am start was not ideal as there was a lot of traffic on our return.


Determined D’s

D GROUP: Thursday 10th: 11 of us left VV and started with a warm up by doing the loop, and then went up Howick Road to the Athlone Circle. In order to accommodate the various strengths of the group, I suggested that the hill was climbed at their own pace, with a regroup at the top, with those who reached the top first, returning to assist those who were slightly slower.

I was impressed that we didn’t have to go too far back to assist the stragglers. From Athlone we proceeded up to Link Road, then down past Victoria Country Club Estate, back to Athlone Circle, down Howick Road and back past VV and did the loop again – ride was completed by 6:15.

Saturday 12th: The plan for this ride was to do a distance of 100kms, which would be a first for two of the group. 11 of us left Rotunda at 5a.m. with three C group members who had opted for a slightly shorter ride than the main C group was doing.

We had a very pleasant ride, at a reasonably fast pace, with the group staying together up to Michaelhouse, where we enjoyed some of Sally’s muffins.

From there we proceeded to Nottingham Road Junction, where the three C’s and three D’s decided to return to Rotunda, and five of us pushed on to the 100km point, where we turned round and headed back to Rotunda. Congrats to Sally and Preggie for doing their first 100km ride and a big thank you to Jordyn for doing backup for us.

Sadly, only a few D riders could join the C’s for coffee, as the rest of us had time restraints and had to get home.

Tuesday 15th: No ride due to the rain.

Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,


MTB Captains Report – 15th 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 12th January

A/B Group – Dave Davie lead a mixed group of 10 which included 5 of the Forest Fairies. The ride was up to Dave’s usual standard as most made some comment regarding the pace on the ride. At some point the Forest Fairies split away to allow Marian to get back early. Strava Stats: 38km in 2:43 and 844m of climbing.

C Group 22nd - The holidays are clearly finished. The Jaxx parking lot filled up steadily as the appointed hour drew closer, and there was much effusive ‘happy new year’-ing between the faithful who had stayed, and those who had gone away. Most people have correctly identified the weekly C-Group ride as being an integral part of their post-festive season routine. By 06h30 there were well over 30 riders milling around expectantly. Between the Kruppenfuhrer and myself, we managed to arrange them into three loose groupings – B, C & D. A large contingent of Joburg2C-in-training Forest Fairies joined the B’s.

The C’s ended up being Teams Rowland and Auret, Liz Botha, Docmike, Helga, Sheila, Simon F [building up his legendary pace once more], DisaPierre, Hans, Dylan, Richard E and the welcome return of Pauline R, also returned from injury. After a slightly chaotic start, the C’s rolled out towards the Cedara, with both other groups going towards Grace.

Pierre opened the bidding early by rubbing tyres [his front, my back – not sure how he stayed upright] with me before we even got into Hillside Rd. We had a little chat about personal space.

First up was Dunton’s Demise, then up to Bunny Ears, where no-one got lost, just for a change. We saw a few large raptors in the Bunny Ears forest. Either that, or we were being followed by the same one.

Josh is sporting a very flash new bike, with an equally fancy gold chain. Docmike claims this is worth at least 2 seconds per km.

From Bunny Ears, we went across the valley to Rock Shock, and then climbed up the gravel road past the nursery, all the way to the top contour road. This long section of gravel road is most pleasant for catching up with other team members, which everyone seemed to do. At the top, we took the very ‘sticky’ ST down to the old dam wall. More raptors in the forest. Or the same one, possibly trying to decide whether our smaller riders would make a good meal or not. Once more, no-one got lost. Across the old dam wall, and into the forest to intersect with the Wall of Fame ST. Back down past the nursery, using all the ST back down to the vlei. More raptors here too – and I was starting to get more than a little paranoid about counting the group. It wouldn’t look good if we lost riders to marauding birds. The paperwork would be horrendous.

Just before the vlei, we turned left, and went towards Grace via the rotunda. This is where I discovered that I had made a small planning error by doing Cedara first. As we came out of the first section of ST, we were confronted by a wall of Park Runners / Walkers. A little route adjustment was necessary, but the good news was that the raptors would have a lot more choice now. We didn’t see the raptors again.

Hans, Deon and Josh elected to return to base, and we bid them farewell here.

The balance blasted around the Grace ST under the guidance of Pauline, who, along with Keith, have done some great work in the area. Thanks to them both.

Helga picked up a puncture as we came out of the downhill switchbacks, which initially seemed to seal itself. Having not seen the raptors since the Park Run, I had relaxed about counting the group, and this was a mistake. Instead of sealing, as soon as we set off, Helga’s wheel went flat, and I was too far ahead to see it. Docmike and Dylan stayed to help her, but the rest of us did almost the whole of Castle Rock and Amped before Alison and Liz realised that people were missing. We found them, the leak was repaired, and everyone made it back without incident. Back at Jaxx, we were reunited with the other groups, accompanied by much refreshments.

Garmin Stats: 35.5 km, 780m of climbing, and 2h25 of riding time.


Mark Rowland

D Group 22nd – Eleven of us (Wendy, Elaine, Paula, dad Rob, Andrew, Andre, Peter, new member Zane, visitors Quen & Izak and myself) headed out to Grace for an amazing loop of good flowing single track (Amped!!! and others) before heading to Cedara via Cedara College. There we picked up Bretts Way before finding our way to some newer trails that also flow wonderfully down to the vlei before heading for home. Paula attempted the double but only conquered the bridge. Strava Stats: 27km’s in 2:15 and 465m 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.

Illovo Wartburg Classic: this old favourite season opener takes place on the 9th Feb. The BW gazebo will be there as usual providing a place to gather before and after your race. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the club.

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 so please book your seat. Charles Hughes and son, Bruce, are our guest speakers and will be telling us all about their amazing ride through New Zealand. RSVP to Janice Brisbane on 083 660 9996.

Weekly Rides

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 Mike will lead the D’s.

Trails Off Limits Reminder

Howick / Karkloof: All BW riders are requested to respect the restrictions imposed by harvesting and obey local signs and instructions. See Trail Forks app for further details.

Hilton / Cedara: Mondi have advised that harvesting will commence in January and continue through to May in the area below Grace College and also in the block near the nursery on the Cedara side. Certain roads and tracks may be closed. Riders to obey any signs and stay clear of operations. Watch out for timber trucks operating at all hours.

Hilton College: Some harvesting taking place, exercise caution.


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.


Richard Krusekopf

Cell: 0829401847on