It’s hard to believe another MTB race has come and gone. As you all know we decided to move from St Ives for a number of reasons that affected the running of a successful MTB race, as well as the complaints about the race being too difficult.
We then entered into negotiations with Karkloof Country Club and were successfully given permission to stage our Compendium Burg Wheelers MTB race there on the 14th July.
As you can imagine, there were some anxious moments about staging a MTB race at Karkloof, with the reputation they have with their own Karkloof Classic race.
Warwick Weedon, our Race Director for this year’s MTB race, had no time to waste and a race committee was formed to tackle this new project.
Bearing in mind that we had to mark the 3 trails (45, 25 & 10kms) as we didn’t have Hylton Turvey to do them for us, there was added pressure. Coupled with a late application to SAPPI, which was eventually granted via some intervention from Gavin Green.
The weekend prior to our event, an enthusiastic team made up of Gavin Green, Richard Krusekopf, Clive Deacon, JP van der Linde, Liz Botha, Peter & Omar Wilson, started marking the trails. After having put up 400 pegs and boards, I can assure you they were exhausted, so a very big thank you for all their hard work, which paid off on race day as we only received positive comments about how well the trails were marked.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshalls who helped, as well as those who helped with registration and set up. Special thanks also go to Derek Turvey, who marked the parking area on Friday and Saturday and put up pegs and candy tape marking the route out of the country club.
Thanks, also, to Hayden Hutton from Stihl, who donated all the candy tape.
Last, but not least, thanks to Gill Bure for organising the Forest Fairies to man the 2 water tables on race day – their efforts were much appreciated and went a long way to making our race unique with their “Out of Africa” theme.
The race was extremely successful, with lots of positive comments – the date for next year has been confirmed for the 12 July 2020, and I hope, after Sunday, our numbers will double.
Once again, thanks to Warwick for his meticulous minutes and meetings - a job well done.
Ride safe, stay alert, stay alive,
MTB Report – 16th July 2019
Compendium Burg Wheelers MTB Race 14th July.
What a day we had. Fantastic weather, fantastic venue, fantastic course and of course fantastic helpers. The race day went off amazingly with only compliments all round. So well done to the race committee and all helpers.
Attached results will confirm how many Burg Wheelers took part and how well they did. Well done.
BW only offers age category prizes and our members were well represented across the field. A few mentioned below.
25km: Omar Wilson 1st sub junior; Tom Truter 3rd sub junior; Brett Fourie 1st master; Ingrid Flint 1st master ladies; Kemsley Gobie 1st Junior;
45km: Nic Burczak 1st youth; Graham Pearson 2nd sub vet; Colin Davie 5th sub vet; Iain Ambler 1st master; Etan Jackson 4th junior; Sven van Zuydam 3rd youth; Sarah Ryan 1st junior ladies; Bill Speight 2nd grand master;
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 13th July
A/B Group – Helpers ride at Karkloof lead by Gavin. 43km
C/D Group - Helpers ride at Karkloof lead by Liz. 25km
There was no club ride from Jaxx/Nino’s.
4th Aug – Illovo Eston – BW gazebo will be there.
21st Sep - Highland 100, Clarens. A number of BW have shown interest in this event and to show their appreciation the organisers will be refunding two BW entries by lucky draw. Once entered make sure you get your name to Albie Timmerman by mid August, who is co-ordinating this for us. (So won’t apply to late entries.)
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 Andy leading)
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.
Cell: 0829401847on 14
Maluti Double 90 Cycle Race
Dear BW Members,
This very popular race takes place on 18 April 2020. The race is a team time trial over 180 km and takes place in the scenic Clarens area.
This race is not for the unfit, or faint hearted, and the club will arrange a fair amount of training rides for the teams prior to the event. Those that enter are required to join these club-training rides as regularly as possible, in order to ensure that the team members attain similar fitness and performance levels prior to the event. It is also good for building up the team spirit and teamwork that will be required to complete the event. Burg Wheeler’s ethos has always been that each team’s members start together and finish together, insofar as this is possible.
The club has an allocated budget of R30 000 that will be divided amongst the number of teams that enter through the club. In order to secure team entries we need to have a commitment from riders who would like to take part, NOW.
Please forward your details and which BW group you usually ride with to Hayden Hutton, firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of July 2019.
Once you have been assigned to a team a non-refundable deposit of R415 will be required. (If you are not allocated a team, you will not be required to pay a deposit)
Entry costs will be approximately R830 per rider (tbc) and this will be subsidized based on the number of teams entered. I.e. if 3 teams of 12 enter the total cost of R29 880 would be paid by the club.
Each rider will be responsible to pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.
Enter now to avoid disappointment!