Happy Spring! This means beautiful green and yellow fields on our cycling routes, longer days, warmer weather and more fun cycling.
August, although being a cold and dark month, was a hectic month for our club. There was the 230km Trans Baviaans, our first ever club awards evening with lots of glitz and glamour and also the Tekkie Challenge on the 2nd of September.
I also want to thank Mugg&Bean for going to lots of trouble in preparing a beautiful birthday table for the captain’s birthday ride.
We also rode the newly tarred Slent road for the first time on our road bikes. Thank you Donn and Umzali Civils!
Charl Bezuidenhout had to withdraw from the Transbaviaans after 70km, in severe pain, I mean mega pain! It turned out to be a hernia that was the cause of his pain. The good news is that Charl has been given the go-ahead to start training again.
Andre, our regular backup driver for the DC training was hit by a car on his motorbike. He ended up with a broken shoulder and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Thank you Charl and Sharon for arranging our first 2017 DC dinner. We had a blast: a great venue, good food, good turnout and good company. If anyone is interested in the presentation, please contact Charl.
We had a lady bike mechanic to show us how to change a tyre in under 3 minutes. So next time, we will have a competition to see who is the quickest. Peter John van Wyk won the price for the most km covered on the road for the month of June, well done!
One of Charl Smit, our chairman’s aims this year was to have a formal awards evening. Louis, our running captain was the main driving force behind organizing this event and all who attended this event will agree with me that it was a sounding success.
A big thank you to all the sponsors who made this evening possible. Congratulations to all who got an award. The cycling discipline had the following awards:
Our DC 2017 got off to an excellent start. A big thank you to Charl Bezuidenhout, our cycling vice-captain for organizing the DC 2017. Firstly we had our first DC 2017 social at the Durbanville Golf Club, with good food, fun and excitement. Despite not getting any entry in the first round, we managed to get three team entries as planned and we have filled all 3 teams, all with their deposits paid. Marius Swanepoel also worked hard behind the scenes to secure a number of exciting sponsorships for the DC 2017. More about this in the next newsletter. Our training has been well attended, the best ever. There is an air of commitment and enthusiasm. This is what the DC is all about! At the same time, I want to stress what team events are all about: it is NOT about the individual, it is first and last about the team. We will train together many hours, mostly as LSD rides. On the up side, this is fantastic base training to get you fit and strong for the summer season. You WILL reap the rewards of your TITS (Time In The Saddle).
Having fun is part of the training experience. However, safety comes first. One lapse of concentration can have disastrous consequences. This week, I want us to focus on our fellow riders. Don’t just swerve out to the left or right if there is a slower rider in front of you. First look back to see if there is a cyclist behind you before you overtake. Also, use your hand signals to warn cyclists behind you of your actions and hazards. Remember, they cannot see what you can see.
Lastly, don’t half wheel. I know cyclists like to half wheel, especially in races, but it the cause of many crashes. So we don’t half wheel on our training rides.
Medihelp Bike & Tekkie Challenge
A BIG thank you to all who assisted to make this event a success, both the MTB and running sides. We had 30 volunteers to assist with the MTB event alone! There were no serious crashes (except for one of our sweepers); as usual, some cyclists got lost, but they all made it back safely. The long route sweepers came in just after 12pm, 5 hours for a 40km route! Yes, running would have been faster.
Your contribution is appreciated and will change the lives of the pupils at Jan Kriel School. The funds raised at the Tekkie are used to buy sporting equipment.
Karoo to Coast
Susan de Wet has volunteered to for a Whatsapp group to co-ordinate and assist cyclists participating the in Karoo to coast. This race is a logistical nightmare, so please help each other with lifts accommodation etc. where you can. Contact Susan if you want to join this group.
To all our new members (and older members), we have an exciting range of Club kit available, please contact our Club Secretary, Estelle for more info. We also have Membership Cards that you can use to get discount at various suppliers. Again, contact Estelle.
“Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to” – Dr K.K. Doty