Sat morning 6 of us met at Piggly to do the Dargle Hills - Myself, Bill, Theuns, Cobus, Jordyn And Sally.
A big well done to Sally and Cobus
Cobus been off bike for 3 months.
Started in 5 degrees but thankfully warmed up Later in the ride.
Hills kept us warm..
Well done to Sally who was not far off our wheels up those BIG Climbs.
34Kms Avr 20Kms/hr 684m Climbing
Next Saturday 01/06 we will leave from Ashburton training centre at 07am to umlaas road up NPA Hill on the way back we will include the run to lion park and back .
Again nice easy Winter Pace.
Coffee at training centre.
MTB Report – 28th May 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.
LIGHTS: The roadies are doing it and so should mountain bikers when riding on public roads, tar or gravel. Use LIGHTS front and back, even in the day time. We need to be as visible as possible when on the roads. It’s in our own interest to give ourselves a fighting chance against motor vehicles.
ICE: Also carry some ID so that you can be identified in the unimaginable event of being knocked over. BW have been promoting a small card that can be used for this purpose and carried with you. Mine is in my cell phone cover.
Group Reports for Sat 11&18th May
A/B Group – Dave B took an enthusiastic group through the woods, before refreshments at Jaxx.
C Group - A good ride, on a great route, and with good friends was just what I needed after a tough week at the grindstone. Fortunately, that’s what the C group does best, so at daybreak on Saturday, a fully kitted Team Rowland hastened towards Hilton. Others of a similar mindset had congregated expectantly in the Jaxx parking lot.
A Medusa of snakes accumulated steadily at a safe distance from us. BWCC snakes don’t hibernate, they Mountain Bike. Having that many snakes nearby was terribly distracting – there’s a constant distant hissing, and no matter how often you remind yourself, you keep checking your bike tyres for leaks. Perhaps it’s just me. The snakes soon slithered off into the distance, in expectation of tasty unwary rodents and unattended lapdogs.
The humans separated ourselves into two groups, Andy G taking himself, Team Booysen and Hans off as the D’s, and the balance coming with us. The balance was Docmike, DisaPierre, Andy R, Dylan, Sandy, Mike F and mate Tyrol. ‘Balance’ turned out to be an overly generous term, as it turned out.
Team Rowland are still in ‘training’ for the Pondo, and I have been instructed by team management to do more hills for a while. Suitably warned, the group went into the Cedara forests via Hillside Rd, working across to Bunny Ears via Dunton’s Demise. Dunton’s was slick and treacherous, with multiple failures, including myself. On the way to Bunny Ears, we passed a walker with two dogs, who we greeted cheerily. Bunny Ears is improving steadily, and was compact, less sticky than usual, and consequently fast. No-one fell off. After a brief pause, we started the long climb, taking us past the nursery, and all the way up past the Rasta Tabernacle, to the top shower road. This has dried up nicely, and, apart from the profusion of blackjacks at the far end, is pleasant riding. Just after the quarry on the way down, we took a sharp left for Pack of Dogs. Somewhere before this, Mike F had an uncleating failure, and the earth rose up to smite him, as it does. So much for a being a balanced group.
Pack of Dogs is simply glorious. Strongly recommended. We climbed back up to the road, and transited across to Nurses Dam, and from there to Andre’s / Firebreak ST – also great. Which is where we encountered the earlier walker & his dogs again. Perhaps it’s the other way around. He told us that they were aiming for 25km’s that day. Impressive.
Those of us on bikes blasted down Adrenalin, and from there over the lower dam gate, and down the Donkey Rd. No one fell off, not even me. The sprinters zipped off the front, with myself, Sandy and Docmike breathing dust in their wake. Over the Cedara crossroad, down past the township, and from there to the vlei. On Docmike’s suggestion, we returned via Hillary Rd, just for a change. The D’s were already deep into their breakfast at Jaxx, so we slotted in. The snakes arrived back some time later, pleased with themselves for having consistently spat people off the back of their group. A heavily sunglassed Tom Bassage joined us for a surreptitious cuppa, having just returned from hawking his excellent footwear at NAMPO, deep behind the boerewors curtain. Tom has threatened to rejoin us soon for riding before coffee, and also brought with him the unwelcome news that Chuck is possibly emigrating. He’ll be missed. I’ll have to write about him in absentia. I wonder if my insurance covers that?
Garmin Stats: 34.4km, riding time 2h10, 630m climbing, all at an average speed of 16.4 km/h. Temp: Min 7, max 16.
D Group - Hans, Liz and Andre B joined me for a nice easy ride in Grace and then Cedara. Strava stats: 30km and 526m climbing in 2:23h.
The Wednesday ride from Crossways. Winter start time 15:00.
The Saturday ride for the C’s and D’s is from Jaxx. Winter start time 7:00.. (Mark and Dave leading)