NEWS FROM THE COMMITTEE
It’s all systems go for the club’s annual Dafco MTB Challenge. It’s taking place on the 1st July – a week before the next KZN Lap Challenge Championship Series so it’s a perfect race to test your fitness!
The race is a lapped event which consists of:
- A junior event of 8km which will be 2x 4km laps, starting @ 7:30am.
- Intermediate event of 16km (4x 4km laps), starting @ 9:00am.
- The last race is 32km & is for the more advanced riders which consists of 4x 8km laps, starting @ 11:30am.
Will Brennan Anderson, winner of Cape Epic (Mixed Couple), winner of Cape Town Cycle Tour (Tandem), winner of 94.7 (Tandem), winner of Amashova (Tandem) still hold the title again this year or is Carl Calverley able to hold off the others and take the race away from Brennan? Maybe Hendrik Bester will out shine them both with his recent winnings over the last few months and show them how it is done? Or will Bryan Powell beat them all to the finish line this year? Will Cindy Theunissen beat Candice Parker-Dennison this year, or will her daughter, Biddy, come first?
The winnings are the same for men and women this year:
- The main race offering R750 for 1st place, R500 for 2nd and R300 for 3rd.
- The intermediate race has R450 for 1st place, R350 for 2nd & R200 for 3rd up for grabs.
- For the boys and girls, there are vouchers for the first 3 boys and the first 3 girls. The vouches are R300 for first, R200 for second and R100 for third.
Because the venue offers spectators numerous viewing sights along the course, ample parking and place for food stalls and refreshments, KZN MTB are considering asking the club to use our track to host their MTB Champs!!! That would be a huge feather in the club’s hat so please spread the word. YOU can make it an event not to be missed on the MTB calendar. For more info, visit the club’s website.
Name the Bridge
Our chairman has been busy, yet again, with building a new bridge. The idea is to name all bridges on the track, so if you have an idea of a name for this bridge, please email Barry on email@example.com.
Suggestions so far:
The Drain Buster, The Barry Walker Bridge (x2), The Passage Pathway, Anu Bridge, The Wilhelm Tesnaar Handsome Dancer Bridge, Batman’s Bridge, The Bridge Too Far, Antoinette’s Anguish, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Stoney Bridge, Rocky Express Bridge, Clint’s Don’t Fall Off Bridge.
Colin Bedingfield has decided to step down as the Road Captain but continue running the Social Ballies’ group. The club is, therefore, needing to fill this vacant position.
What does the Road Captain do? Check out the following:
- Arrange training rides.
- Allocate club race for the year.
- Promote the level of cycling among club members which includes training rides, training camps and cycling clinics.
- Encourage new members and promote participation.
- Arrange for gazebos, refreshments etc at races and club events.
If anyone is interested, willing and able to take on this role, please contact Barry Walker on firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 459 8253.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is undoubtedly one of the most momentous events on the global cycling calendar and this year’s iconic ride, as always, was fully subscribed. A total of 35000 cyclists, many who have travelled great distances, were welcomed with perfect weather conditions and eager to participate in the largest timed cycle race in the world.
As you will read below, a group of members (both Mambas and Roadies) were among those who not only travelled but RODE a great distance to get there. They rode in total 610kms (including the CTCT) in 9 days which proved to be excellent training as most managed to get Personal Bests. Pierre le Roux rode his 23rd CTCT. That in itself is a great achievement but this year he managed to knock an impressive 15 minutes off his best time!
The winning time was 2:37:30 and our very own Dillon Holm wasn’t far behind. He secured a fantastic time of 2:49:11, managing the stay ahead of the Tandems. He also did the distance again, in an impressive time of 04:31:43.
They may not be members, but they are from Toti and when one sees a win like the one they had on their Tandem, then you’ll agree it’s worth mentioning. Brennan Anderson teamed up again with Bryan Cusack and managed to break away going up Chapmans with only one other tandem team managing to keep close by. Brennan & Bryan finally dropped them near Bantry Bay, only to have their chain come off. It was a proper sprint finish to the line, with Brennan and Bryan making it 3/3 (Amashova / 94.7 / Cape Town Cycle Tour) to bring home the trophy.
The club is proud of all who competed. Make sure you join both Tours next year!
Summary of the results are as follows:
|Pierre Le Roux||03:14:23|
|Peter Du Plessis||05:39:53|
The group of Roadies & Mambas thought it a great idea to ride 5 consecutive days to Cape Town in preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour event. Friday, 2nd March saw 11 eager members load their bikes onto the club’s trailers and climb into two vehicles to set off to their first stop which was at Gariep Dam. Having sat the whole day, the following day they had a quick 1-hour training ride before driving off to Touws River.
From Touws Rover, they rode 80kms on immaculate roads (most of the way) to Montague, meeting up with a few locals who Carl tried to teach how to ride a bicycle.
All looking very smart in the tour’s kit.
It took 100kms to get to Worcester with not-so-good-roads.
Tuesday’s distance was the longest – close on 120kms, having a few breaks for eats & refreshments to get them to Hermanus, where they stayed for 2 nights at the Back-Packer’s resort.
One would think Wednesday would be a day of rest seeing as though CTCT was approaching, but no, they rode to Gansbaai and back (80kms) and then relaxed!
That left Thursday to ride the remaining 84kms to Gordons Bay and drive the rest of the way to Sea Point in Cape Town.
It looks like there are loads of stories to share, so why not make a point of coming to the next social evening which is 11th April @ the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre to hear all about the trip.
A reminder: All road-rides leave from the Engen garage in Rockview Road, at 05h00 Tuesdays to Fridays and 5h30 on weekends. The weekend route is decided on the morning as it varies per the weather.
Weekday and weekend rides for any group are communicated via WhatsApp Group and Amanzimtoti Cycle Club Facebook.
Should you wish to be included in the WhatsApp group, please contact:
|Road Buddies||Average 30+km/hr||Jannie Els
062 022 1750
|Social Ballies||Average 24-26km/hr||Colin Bedingfield
083 657 7416
|Toti Roadies||Official information for both roadies’ groups||Colin Bedingfield
083 657 7416
Easter ride had one very eager beaver group of Mambas leave Winklespruit at the crack of dawn, ride to Rocky Bay, ride the 29km route, have breakfast at Scottburgh caravan park and then ride back to Winklespruit. An impressive 105 km was the total distance that was ridden! Well done to all and Congrats goes to Mark Wilerman on riding his first 100km ride.
What an unbelievable achievement Brennan Anderson had with his partner Nicky Giliomee, winning the mixed category on his first attempt at this gruelling race. They rode like professionals and it was truly a legendary victory that all Toti riders will remember.
Cosmos 3-in-1 MTB ultimate 1ookm race took part at Lake Umuzi in Secunda. The event comprises of three races in one day: a 68km in the morning, followed by 33km in the afternoon and ending the day with a lap race of about 12km. It challenges riders both mentally and physically and so it’s only fitting the winner was a female. Girtie Steenkamp was strong throughout the day and rode exceptionally well in all 3 races by coming first in the over 50 age category.
The second KZN MTB Lap Challenge Series was held at Aloe Park in Lion Park Road. The course was very tough and muddy, but Hendrik and Silke Bester both managed podium finishes by coming 1st Vet (5th overall) and 3rd Sprog. Candice and brother Wesley Parker-Dennison got 4th and 6th position respectively, making the Club once again extremely proud.
Good old faithful Illovo. When it’s too wet to ride elsewhere, one can always count on Illovo and what good riding conditions Mambas had on the 24th March, together with nice cool weather. There are so many different routes to take and, as always, coffee to finish off at Coffee Theatre makes it the perfect Saturday club ride.
Hills Hills and more Hills. They never seem to end in Illovo, which are excellent for training but it’s only when the ride is done and dusted, do the legs forget how hard they were and only enjoyment is remembered! No wonder Natal cyclists are so fit. There was a good turnout on this Illovo ride with perfect riding conditions and a good breakfast at Coffee Theatre to finish off.
The Mamba’s outride for March was @ Holla Trails, which must be ranked as one of the most enjoyable mtb places to ride. Ruben De la Rey came all the way from Pretoria to join and wasn’t the least bit disappointed. Les Warr, who now runs a bike repair shop at Holla, showed the Mambas the Pink route – with a bit of side tracking long the way. The weather was great, the track was in great condition and above all, riding with ever-friendly and accommodating fellow Mambas is just the best way to spend a Saturday morning.
Just a reminder for most of the Renishaw rides, one needs a Scottburgh board. Membership is just R75 a year.
Saturday start time: 6:00am, but all rides are posted on Amanzimtoti Cycle Club Facebook, or through the various WhatsApp groups.
Should you wish to be included in the WhatsApp group, please contact:
|MtbBuddies||for the racing snakes||Tony Rahme
083 455 2452
082 357 5287
|Fatties & Monies||caters for beginners, people who haven’t ridden in a while for whatever reason and shorter distances||Tony Rahme
083 455 2452
|Toti Mambas Ride & Events||Official RIDE information for all Mambas’ groups
083 455 2452
Mambas’ weekend and club rides are posted on Amanzimtoti Cycling Facebook page, under Events.
CLUB RACES FOR THE MONTH
|Marriott Freedom Challenge||Twenty-seven years ago, Nelson Mandela was released unconditionally from prison, marking the end of his 27-year sentence behind bars.
Kilometres of new and exciting single track have been cut allowing for fast flowing track and superb views
The Club hosts a social evening on the 2nd Wednesday of every month @ Amanzimtoti Sports Club, 19h30. Snacks are included and Carl Fryer (082 462 1544) would love to hear from you if there is anything you feel would interest the members
Date: 11th April 2018
Venue: Amanzimtoti Sports Club
Time: 7:30pm, snacks are provided
Topic: Club’s cycling trip to the Western Cape and 2018’s Cape Town Cycling Tour
FRIDAY COFFEE RIDES
Every Friday is now sponsored, so no excuse not to join in.
|1st Friday of every month @
|2nd Friday of every month @ Thirsty Whale||3rd Friday of every month @ The Rock Café||Last Friday of every month @ Thirsty Whale|
Please note: Only the FIRST cup of coffee is sponsored. Thereafter, all other cups are for your own account @ R10 a cup which operates on an honesty system. Also good to bring a bit of small change to tip the waiters.