Upcoming Maluti Ride
The Maluti Double90 is a team time trial over 180 km. The event takes place on Saturday 13 April 2019 and Burg Wheelers has three teams of 12 riders entered.
The teams are as follows:
· JP vd Linde
· Gavin Green
· Cornel vd Venter
· Dom Moreno
· Grant Markham
· Graham Pearson
· Bex vd Linde
· James Buckley McGrath
· Alberto Puddu
· Iain Ambler
· Hayden Hutton
· Dave Bure
· Clive Deacon
· Richard Krusekopf
· Doc John
· Jo Dunton
· Albie Timmerman
· Doug Alistair
· Carl Zimmerman
· Charles Hughes
· Tony MacFarlane
· Tom Bassage
· Christine Burgess
· Lionel Hardwick
· Warwick Weedon
· Mark Lowden
· Geoff Cornelius
· Sharon Potgieter
· Jannie Schuler
· Jamie Rheeder
· Kevin Caldecott
· Dustin Grose
· Ian Michie
· Colin Maher
· Allan McPherson
Watch out for these guys on a hill near youJ
Road cycling safety
Thank-you to all our club members who have positively adopted the use of front and rear lights for all our club road rides (day or night). FACT: The use of lights during the daylight hours reduces the number of accidents.
Please keep the following in mind when using lights on a bicycle:
1. Set your lights to flash only when the beam is no longer visible on the road ahead.
2. Set your front light to strike the ground at a maximum of 30m ahead.
3. Mount lights less than 1.5m from the ground, helmet mounted lights are not allowed on the road.
4. Rear lights must legally be of a diffuser type, if you have a strong rear light please ensure its focus point is on the ground, I would recommend about 5-10m behind you.
Adhering to the above recommendations will ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your light, without blinding following cyclists, or approaching traffic.
For interests sake I have also attached a photo of what a little reflective tape can do to improve the visibility of your bike.
Whilst talking safety, I wonder how many cyclists are aware of the National Road Traffic Regulations as they pertain to cycling?
Club members safety is of paramount concern to the club committee and our sponsors. The safety of our roads is deteriorating at a rapid rate, not only in terms of road conditions, but also in terms of the behaviour of ALL road users as well.
As cyclists, we shouldn’t complain about the other road users when we ourselves are not adhering to the rules of the road, and to be frank, we are generally far from compliant with the rules of the road.
I would encourage you to take the time to read a summary of the regulations, which is attached, for use of pedal cycles in South Africa, and I implore you to ensure that you are personally compliant with these requirements.
As club members let us do our bit to improve the safety of cyclists, the image of cyclists (we see more and more altercations with motorists, and usually the cyclist loses, or worse dies), and the overall safety on our roads.
Tues and Thurs Rides.
Over the next 8 weeks or so, on Tuesday’s, we will be riding Hilly routes. This will be helpful for those doing Maluti or for those, just wanting to be better climbers.
Tues 22 Jan. 4 Hills (Morcom to top, Devilliers Rd, Old Howick, QE Park).
Tues 29 Jan. Sweetwaters Rd up to Hilton, Down Old Howick, loop.
Tues 5 Feb. 4 Intervals on Hesketh Drive.
Tues 12 Feb Old Howick Rd Hill from VV up to Xways.
Tues 19 Feb Hilton College up Old Howick Rd, leaving from Athlone Circle.
Thursdays for now, we will be doing the normal Town Route. Later will do some track or some interval’s at Makro.
Saturday 26th January.
We will be riding to Karkloof and back, leaving from Jaxx at 5:30 or from Athlone Circle at 4:50. Rain is predicted but at this stage I am hoping the weather Apps are wrong. Will communicate on what’s App.
The following safety rules to be adhered to;
Working lights back and front.
No helmet, no ride.
Red traffic lights, means stop.
The person in front to point out road hazards, potholes, etc.
The person at the rear to shout, “wheels”, to warn the group to keep left, (single file), vehicles wanting to overtake.
And wear club kit.
Firstly I would like to say sorry for the late arrival on Sunday my bed was just to comfy!
Leaving Jaxx’s car park just after 5:15 after a late arrival and with Geoff in the backup car we set of at a nice easy pace through Howick just after the water tower, Bill was not feeling very well and Geoff took him back to his car. I Chatted to Bill later and he is fine.
We then carried on past midmar and turned towards Howick. The D group passed us as we regrouped.
We passed the d group and carried on to Karkloof. Geoff had rejoined us and we then carried on to the end of the tar with some good pace lining being done. At the end of the tar Geoff brought out the muffins.
On the return we all worked together nicely again putting in some good pace lining just before Howick. We went straight though Howick and up Rotunda hill and back to Jaxx for coffee.
Specs 81.3kms 1071m at 23.0 kph 3:35 time
Big thanks to Geoff for doing backup
Alec will be leading the group this weekend from Greendale spar to Mount West.
Alec sets a constant pace going up and down hills so I am going to use him as a pace setter going forward. We need to stop all the little stops the we do waiting for the back markers to catch up so if you can’t stay with Alec you need to start looking at moving to the D team
12 of us met at the garage at the bottom of Hesketh Drive, with the intention of doing hill sprints to the top of Adams road, with one warm up and then 5 repeats, increasing our heartrate on every sprint and going into the red on the last one.
The group then proceeded to the top of Hesketh Drive, right into Murray Road and back around to the garage.
Thanks to all who participated, it was a good, hard session. Sadly, I had to back off due to my heart spiking.
Saturday 19th: Sadly rained out.
Sunday 20th: I sent a message out to the D Group for a Sunday ride, as I wanted to do one more long ride before the Fast One on the 27th. I was grateful to have 7 D Group riders as well as 3 C Group riders join me.
We proceeded from Howick up to the top of Happy Hill, regrouping. Here we said goodbye to Jan and Charmaine as they wanted to go further and the rest of us went back to Howick, onto the Karkloof Road, when Sally started feeling ill and turned back with Eddie. Thanks Eddie for being such a gentleman.
After that, Saya’s bike started making a funny noise and she decided to turn back and join Gavin, who was doing some get-fit training.
When we arrived at the top of the last hill, Lou and Sandy turned back as they had to be back in Pmb by 9, which left 4 of us who proceeded to the end of the tar road.
Halfway home we met Eddie returning after seeing Sally home safely, and those who could stay, enjoyed a cup of coffee at Greendale. A big thank you to all those who make it possible to have such a pleasant ride on a Sunday morning.
Tuesday 22nd: With a number of us having done a fair amount of mileage over the weekend and Monday, I decided we would just do a recovery ride in town on the normal route. With quite a few new/old faces joining us, including Peter Keyworth, who got tired of being on holiday at San Lameer!
At the end of Mayors walk, I counted 21 cyclists but by the time we got back to Victoria Road, we were missing 3 – Kieran had punctured and Pete and Jumbo stayed behind to help, and joined us later on.
It was an uneventful ride to the top of Town Bush and back down to town, with a number of riders doing the loop.
If the group continues to be so big, we’ll have to find a way of splitting it, with a group leader taking the slower D’s and myself taking the faster ones. This will be played by ear each morning, as we also have some D group riders who could quite easily fit into the C group.
Saturday 26th: This will start from Seattle at Virginactive at 5a.m. and will be a 55km town ride led by Jordyn Grenfell. Unfortunately the weather forecast at this stage is not good. Liz, Peter, Preggie, Trishan and myself will be away doing the Fast One in Vereeniging on Sunday.
I look forward to seeing you all at prizegiving on Thursday night.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MTB Report – 22nd Jan 2019
A/B Group – A/B group ride this past weekend. This group is for the faster riders. Should anyone be willing to regularly 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. Typically around 28km’s at approx. 14km/h. The D group is led by various members on a roster format.
Hilton College Trails: The 2018 BW boards will no longer be valid as of the end of Jan 2019. Unfortunately BW will not be able to renew the boards as a club as a result of rule changes by Hilton College Estate. Anyone wanting to ride there will need to purchase their own board from CBT in Hilton for R300. Sharing of boards is not permitted.
Drak Descent Feedback: Over the past weekend a fairly large contingent of BW’s descended on Underberg to take part in this event. The name “Descent” being somewhat of a misnomer as a considerable amount of climbing was done. In fact the Drak “Challenge” would not be a name out of place. Be that as it may, if rocky drop offs, wobbly bridges, rocky climbs and portaging are your thing then it’s a wonderful race. It must be said that some of the single track is absolutely amazing and the scenery is spectacular, and there is ample of both. Clearly a fairly large component of the entrants and also BW’s enjoyed the race and had some very good finishes and times. There were some not so good but finishing this event is also an achievement. In fact just making it across some of the bridges is an achievement. In sport the phrase “you’re only as good as your last game” takes on a new meaning when lining up a Drak Descent bridge – its only as good as the last person across it.
Some amazing results in the attached list and particularly from our juniors – well one all finishers.
EuroSteel Drak Descent Selected Results: Winner Andrew Hill 3:56:05; 27th overall Mike Eglington 4:33:02; 35th overall Alan Martin , 4:41:29; 61st overall Sven van Zuydam; 63rd overall Ethan Jackson 5:01:22; 65th overall Iain Ambler 5:02:35; 80th overall Graham Potgieter 5:12:07
EuroSteel Challenge Selected Results: Winner Charles Hughes 2:10:40; 3rd overall Nic Burczak 2:16:52; 17th overall 17 Omar Wilson 2:59:11; 18th overall Blake Frodsham 2:59:47; 22nd overall Robyn Luden 3:01:16.
Group Reports for Sat 12th January
A/B Group –
C/D Group - This week, C was for Character-Building. The forecast for Saturday morning was pessimistic. The 05h15 Montrose CAT scan showed overcast and dry, which was corroborated by Docmike at the top of the hill. Based on this, the ride was declared a go. Many of the C-Group faithful were off at the Drak Descent, but even so, we had a reasonable turnout. Joining Team Rowland / Smit was Team Gray, Larry, DisaPierre, Rosey, Rhys, Lloyd, Andre and Marian [who rode up the very misty hill to join us]. By 06h15 it was drizzling steadily in Hilton. As delighted as we all were to see Larry, he declared that he wouldn’t be able to ride in the rain for visibility reasons, his glasses not having wipers on them. He left us reluctantly, hoping to get a decent coffee on his way home to sweeten the pill somewhat. Come back soon, Larry.
The rest of us agreed to form one group, and have a chilled ride. Marian, not a fan of slippery roots, alliteratively requested a relatively root-free route. I did my best.
We started on the Grace side of the highway, hoping to avoid the Park Runners and wet roots. We didn’t see the Park Runners, but I was less successful with the wet roots. They seemed to be everywhere, more so in the forest. I kept expecting the rain to abate. It kept disappointing me. On the plus side, there were no surveillance raptors this week. Andre says they were most likely yellow-billed kites, stocking up on rodents, lapdogs and small children in preparation for the long trip north for the winter.
Grace was mostly incident-free, with only a small unintentional dismount from Pierre. We crossed back into Cedara via the Rotunda, climbed up to the reservoir, before going across the dam wall, and slogging up the long road to the dead trees. The stragglers were entertained on this leg by Andre, who informed us with poorly contained glee that he had won his wager with Brett re the Ronnie Davel. I’m sure we will hear more about this. The more energetic amongst us – i.e. Pierre and Rosey – amused themselves by racing up the hill to the dead trees. Rosey got it by a nose.
Andy had less fun than they did on the climb, running out of something important halfway up. He elected to break away and head back to base. Rhys very kindly agreed to go with him.
The balance of us headed for Brett’s Law, having received reliable intel that there was now a way to avoid the logging, and singletrack all the way to Phil’s Nana. This turned out to be true, for which we were most grateful. Thanks to Rosey, a lady who clearly knows things. It was a little more rooty than Marian might have liked, and a bit overgrown at the bottom jeeptrack to the Dam, but very rideable. Left at the T-Junction, and then up Dead Dog, always a popular route choice with the non-climbers. Left at the top of the Dog, and then head for home.
The rain had been light but as insistent as a mother-in-law’s disapproval, and we were all soaked and getting cold. Large parts of me had changed from whatever their original colour was to a mottled brown. Including my face, which was unkindly considered to be an improvement. In my misspent youth, this condition would have been very useful for concealment in a recently ploughed field, but sadly my farmers daughter skulking days have long passed.
Byron and I did some physics on the way home: at a certain speed, let’s call it Vmud, such as one would attain going down the hill past the nursery, all of the mud that comes tangentially off your front wheel hits one in the face. Faster than Vmud, and the slipstream blows the mud away. Slower than Vmud, then, and stay at the front. Unfortunately, to achieve >Vmud, one must pass through it. Much like the sound barrier, except with more mud. We were only partially successful.
Byron feels that there is the possibility of a BWCC Ig Nobel prize in there. He may be right – one of 2018’s Ig Nobel winners was the team of Marc Mitchell and David Wartinger, for using roller coaster rides to try to hasten the passage of kidney stones ["Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster," Marc A. Mitchell, David D. Wartinger, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vol. 116, October 2016, pp. 647-652], while another was Dr. Elena Bodnar who developed a brassiere that can quickly convert into a pair of protective face masks. We can do this, people.
All this science had depleted our caffeine levels, so we hastened to Jaxx, where we had been assured that said beverage was available, in exchange for the rapidly devaluing South African Rand. Hard to resist. Jaxx did not disappoint. Andre elected not to join us for refreshments, choosing to rather go straight home and clean himself. It is possible that this was due to something I said, which happens a lot. If anyone can remember what it was that I said, please let me know. The ability to make Andre go straight home could be very useful. I know that Lizzie feels the same way.
Garmin Stats: 33kms, 2h15 riding time, and 540m of climbing. Average temp of 12 degrees, and 100% humidity. Well done to all you hardcore C-Groupers.
I will sadly be unable to join y’all for the awards dinner, but Alison will be representing Team Rowland. Please be nice to her. I expect that the mighty C-group faithful will acquit themselves well.
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.
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 volunteer needed to 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.
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.