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MTB Report – 13th Aug 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.

Race Report

Spur School Series #2 – Maritzburg College (no results)

Group Reports for Sat 10th Aug

A/B Group –

C/D Group - Despite a gloomy and overcast Women’s Day, the weather forecast for Saturday was optimistic, apart from the wind. We should have guessed. Team Rowland were joined by fellow optimists Teams Francis [with added visiting offspring Nick and Kerry], and Thurtell, and solo riders Omar, Byron, Pierre, the esteemed and venerable Arthur, and Sheila. Docmike took the D’s [Arthur & Wendy F], stepping in for the injured Dogbite Dave, currently nursing a badly broken clavicle, sustained by riding into a donga while leading a weekday Forest Fairy ride. No good deed ever goes unpunished. We wish him a speedy recovery. Donga Dave? It has a nice ring to it.

The C’s eased out of the quarry and headed for Grace, aware that we were up against the Park Run clock. Despite harvesting warnings, the Nkandla ST is still there. Enjoy it while you can. The winds at this time of year make the trails very sticky, and there was lots of muttering from the middle of the pack. We had two or three minor stoppages on Garlington side of the forest, but nothing serious. Serious stoppages started when we re-crossed the Hilton College Rd to get back onto the Grace side. First up was Ali, who lost a lot of time getting the stick out, and the chain back on. Shortly after that, Pierre took one, closely followed by Josh. Josh’s caused the loss of one his jockey wheels. Honestly, I wasn’t aware that jockeys had wheels, but you’re never too old, I guess. It wasn’t fixable on the trail, and Team Thurtell headed back towards the nearest bike shop. Simon watched us a little more closely, to make sure that all this talk of sticks and ‘jockey wheels’ didn’t presage any unseemly blouse-ness. Thankfully it didn’t. The survivors took the jeeptrack towards the entrance of the Castle Rock singletrack. The jockey wheel incident had taken some time to resolve, and as we came out of the forest, we saw the dreaded Park Run mob heading our way. Byron recognized them immediately because of their lack of bicycles. You can't beat a good education. On-the-fly route adjustment is one of the things that the C group does well, and we were soon passing under the N3 tunnel, almost entirely runner-free. Not that we have anything against runners. It’s just that none of them ever look like they’re enjoying themselves while they’re running. Don’t tell them, I don’t think they know, otherwise they would certainly stop. Or get bikes.

We crossed into Cedara via the Rotunda, and drifted happily down the Donkey Rd. I briefly tried to keep up with Pierre up the hill, unsuccessfully as usual. He did let slip that he is many kilo’s lighter now, than he was when he started with the C group. Good for your health, we are. At the top of Donkey, we went left up the hill instead of the usual right and down. This took us to the windmill near Nurses Dam, where we hopped over the fence, and crossed the wall. From there, we slogged up Naartjie, left at the top, and then across to the Wall of Fame singletrack. Omar had places to go and people to see, and left us here to RV with his Mom. We elected to roll the dice and do the singletrack. This proved not to be a good idea. The harvesting in the adjacent forests has dramatically increased the quantity of sticks on the trail, reducing the enjoyment factor and causing several stops, with no damage apparent at the time. It was however clearly time for coffee, so we headed that way, coming through the Mallory Rd gate. At Nino’s, Pierre showed me how the sticks had broken two of his spokes. Fortunately on opposing sides of the rim, so he was able to get back okay. Mike, Arthur, Ali and I had a most pleasant breakfast, joined by the upper half of Team Smit, on its e-bike.

Garmin Stats: 34,7km, 580m ascent, 2h10 moving time, 7-16 degrees, all at a most respectable 15,9km/h.

As mentioned last week, Team Rowland will be Umko-ing next week, and we are in need of a volunteer to take the group for its weekly fix. Don’t be shy – a sense of direction is all that’s required. Please let me or the Kruppenfuhrer know.

Regards,

Mark Rowland

Weekly Rides

The Wednesday ride from Crossways. Summer start time 15:30

The Saturday ride for the C’s and D’s is from Jaxx. Winter start time 7:00. Reverting to 6:30 as of 7th Sep.

MTB Report – 20th Aug 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.

Race Report

Harburg Tour de Krantz – took place this past weekend with a number of Burg Wheelers participating and several excelling, so well done to all. Results attached.

25km – Omar Wilson 3rd junior & 3rd overall; Elaine Davie – 1st master (F) and 7th overall (F). Total entries 126.

45km – Nic Burczak 3rd youth & 18th overall; Ethan Jackson 3rd junior & 24th overall; Sven van Zuydam 4th youth & 26th overall; Dave Davie 1st grand master; Bobby Nefdt 2nd grand master; Julia Colvin 1st sub vet (F); Sarah Ryan 1st junior (F); Robyn Luden 3rd senior (F); Sheila McCall 2nd grand master (F). Total entries 146.

Group Reports for Sat 10th Aug

A/B Group –

C/D Group - A large portion of this group were otherwise occupied on Saturday, what with the Umko Adventure and Harburg Tour de Krantz both taking place. Not to mention a few other regulars getting in some training for the upcoming Highland 100.

Nevertheless Andy G and Gert R between them managed to take the remaining regulars on a tour of Hilton and Cedara. Strava stats: 32km in 2:43 with 747m of climbing

Highland 100 Training: a fair sized group arranged to meet at Virgin Cascades and do a loop around Albert Falls dam, a distance of approx. 65km’s, as preparation for the upcoming race in Clarens. We mostly arrived in good time. The group lead by Clive included Grant, Dean, Charles, John, Marion, Carl, Andy and myself. However before long as Clive had us tackle the ST through Cascades to get to Claridge, Johns Garmin started sending warning signals and he turned back. At around this point Damon joined us claiming his alarm was late and he couldn’t make up the time on his ride down from Hilton. A good ride that reminded most of us that the upcoming 100km on a mountain bike is quite a long way. A longer route planned for next Saturday.

Upcoming Events

15th Sep – Safire Baynesfield Classic, Burg Wheeler gazebo will be there to host members with refreshments and snacks.

21st Sep - Highland 100, Clarens. The “Draw” is imminent – for those who have entered by mid Aug. 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.). You should all be on the Highland 100 Ride Whatsapp group. If not please let me know.

Regards

Richard Krusekopf

Cell: 0829401847on

ROAD

CC’s

This Saturday meet Alec at Woodburn Steers at 05:00 for 90km ride up Foxhill to Shongweni. Please wear club kit and lights.

DD’s

Meet Gordon at Virgin Victoria Road (VV) at 04:50 every Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour town ride. Please wear club kit and lights.