Issue 2018-10




The longest eclipse of the century came in July 2018, lasting about 4 hours and was visible across Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. The Earth’s shadow covered the moon for around 1 hour 43 minutes making Mars and Milky Way also visible.

The MTB Captain, Tony Rahme, organised a night ride at Rocky Bay to watch this Luna eclipse. A group of riders headed out for an hour or so and returned to enjoy a good cup of home-made soup (thanks to Barry) and sat around a bonfire to watch the red moon appear.

It was a great turn out of Mambas as well as a couple of Roadies who wanted to try a night ride in the bush. It was a lovely clear evening with a warm bonfire to keep the chill away. To all the members and their families who came out to watch this event, thank you and if you missed it – well, there won’t be one for more than 120 years!

The Club set an example when it matched what was collected at our last month’s social event and presented a R6000 Makro voucher to operation Bobbi Bear. Their story of 6 children was just too insufferable. Bobbi Bear were hugely appreciative, as it has helped them to continue working miracles. Our heart-felt thanks goes out to all who donated.



The club’s chairman, Barry Walker, has been busy … yet again ….. making sure the track around Hutchison’s Park can always be ridden. Everyone looks forward to the day you are back on your bike, Barry, and can enjoy all your hard, dedicated work.  The club is blessed to have such a devoted chairman.

Can you believe….. there are just 2 months left before the club’s next AGM? Please give it some thought as to what topics you would like to be discussed, what is working for you, what isn’t and if you would like to be nominated as a committee member. The date has been set for 17th October 2018. Please make sure you are available & attend. As a reminder – only paid-up members can vote.




Big congrats to both Charlene and Gregg Felgate with the arrival of their adorable, beautiful grandson. Neither of them looks old enough to be grandparents and you can be forgiven if you thought it was theirs!! Peter-Thomas will be exchanging his pram wheels with cycling wheels in no time


A reminder: All road-rides leave from the Engen garage in Rockview Road, at 05h00 Tuesdays to Fridays.

Winter has arrived so take note of new weekend start times: 5:30 am.

The weekend route is decided on the morning as it varies according to 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:

Group Speed 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 Jannie Els

062 022 1750




To encourage riders and make MTBíng even more fun & interesting, ROAG introduced a ‘ROAG Series’ which focusses on events where social riders can challenge their friends and elite riders can take part in locally developed races. The top three mountain bikers in each age-group, male and female, are rewarded at the end-of-year prizegiving, while the top male and female rider overall earns R25 000!

The Ingeli Forest MTB Ride was the 3rd in the South Coast Fever Series, which ran from the foot hills of the Ingeli Mountain through indigenous forests and onto the pine and gum plantations of the local farms.  The elite and more serious riders had a fast, exhilarating and energetic ride whilst the social riders enjoyed the prolific bird life and spotted the baboons, monkeys and various buck that occur naturally in the forests. The total distance was 40km and had an elevation close to 750m. The weather was once again perfect and a great venue to start from.

Luke Butterworth managed a top ten finish by coming 8th in his age-category in a time of 1:52:07 and Clint wasn’t far behind the legendary Charles Stander making him the 2nd Grand Master Man home in a time of 2:03:31.



Below are the current ratings as far as the ROAG’s South Coast Fever Series is concerned. Why not enter the Lake Eland Classic – you still have a chance!

 Rider Age Rating Points
Clinton Evangelides 2 130
Shelley Higgo 3 86
Bryan Powell 4 86
Candice Parker-Dennison 5 56
Ron Waldburger 6 64
Dillon Holm 6 74
Luke Butterworth 7 73
Gregg Felgate 8 80
Carl Fryer 10 44
Gavin Grix 12 41
Wesley Parker-Dennison 18 41
Warren Egan 26 34
Thubalethu Shange 27 32
John Coulson 42 15
Gary Marquis-Jones 44 13
Sean Jansen van Rensburg 44 15

WORTH NOTING: Next year, the club is very keen to re-introduce the points system and award prizes to the winners at the club’s year-end party. Come to the AGM on 17th October, where it will be discussed to how best it can work!



The Sappi Scottburgh MTB, which is part of this South Coast Fever Series Race, celebrated its 10th anniversary and is always a favourite with the club.   The conditions were ideal – early birds were spoilt with a spectacular sunrise and witnessed the Sardine boats lining up, waiting for the Sardines to show. The track consisted of district farm road combined with bush, forest, sugarcane riding and lots of sections of awesome single track.


The ride was fast and furious with around 900m of climbing – the legs did feel the burn but nothing like the climbs in Tour de France we witnessed on TV! The coastline between Scottburgh and Umkomaas was followed with great single track in the Sappi Cannobrae plantation. The entry into the forest had a new route so there was no two-way traffic on “Little John Bridge.” The last few kilometres put the entrants to the test as the final climb was a toughie.

It was a perfect way to spend the winter’s day, with the Dolphins going wild a few hundred metres out to sea as the Sardines made their appearance.

Well done Flavio Scarpa & your son, Angelo, for providing a great race. We know how much hard work & dedication goes into developing such a track.

Following is the summary of results:

Rider Time Age


Wesley Parker-Dennison 1:53:12 10
Candice Parker-Dennison 2:06:24 5
Shelley Higgo 2:16:40 2
Luke Butterwoth 2:17:23 20
Gregg Felgate 2:19:48 15
Ron Waldburger 2:32:50 4
Clint Evangelides 2:37:2 5
Carl Fryer 2:43:10 8
Gavin Grix 2:47:06 10
John Coulson 2:50:32 35
Sean Jansen van Rensburg 2:56:05 35
Gary Marquis-Jones 3:00:21 37


The crispy winter morning air was soon forgotten when the riders brought the heat to the first of the 2018 South Coast Fever Series – Sardine Mtb Race. It was 40kms of excellent cycling with most of the 800m elevation being in the first 20km – perfect way to warm up! The picturesque routes took the entrants through magnificent coastal forests & banana plantations, across bridges, along farm roads and on rocky single track close the river gorge. The ride was full of different types of track, too – rock, sand, road, gravel, deep gutter-like tracks which one had to concentrate on. Also, a very steep drop-down where one had to navigate with extreme caution.

The view of Umtamvuna Gorge was simply breath-taking, one had to slow down a little to take the view in. Just when you think it couldn’t get better, it did, with another breath-taking view looking seawards and at the river mouth between the gorge and the open sea. The next highlight was the World’s smallest Desert, the Red Desert, just outside Port Edwards which runs 200m across and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

Bryan Powell has a magnificent race and managed a respectable 3rd position, 2nd in his age category, in a time of 1:53:03. The next member who came in was Dillon Holm in a time of 1:59:50, 5th overall and 4th in his age category. Luke Butterworth crept in to finish 9th in his age category, in a time of 2:21:04, followed by Gregg Felgate who normally rides road. He finished with a time of 2:23:54, the 8th Master to finish. Clinton Evangelides, although took a wrong route due to bad markings, managed to crawl back and finish 3rd in the Grand Masters category, in a time of 2:38:43.

Following is the summary of results:

Rider Time Overall Position Age


Bryan Powell 1:53:03 3 2
Dillon Holm 1:59:50 5 3
Luke Butterworth 2:21:04  30 9
Gregg Felgate 2:23:54 34 8
Clinton Evanglides 2:38:43 47 3

This month also saw the fourth event in the KZN MTB Lap Challenge Series. The course was flat with few technical sections which meant no rest time and excellent sprint finishes for the spectators to watch at the end of each race.

Brennan Anderson powered his way to complete all 6 laps in a time of 1:25:00, making him come second in the Elite category. In the Veteran Age Category, 4 laps were ridden, and Hendrik Bester continues to impress by coming 2nd in a time of 00:58:51.

The outride at the beginning of the month saw the Mambas and a few Roadies (are they possibly converting?) take to the trails at Tala Game Reserve. The ride was in support of the St Giles’ Charity. A 7am start meant that it was rather chilly, with some riders looking like they were ready to ride in Alaska (hey, Rene?). Others thought it was a desert ride …. or maybe they just don’t own any garment with long sleeves…Mark?

A good ride on a very well-designed trail, with sightings of plenty of buck, wildebeest and zebra but no Rhinos this time.


Caryn and Gavin Harvey have been getting out and about lately, enjoying the beauty Natal has to offer, whilst getting fit at the same time! The views look positively stunning, but so did some of those hills! We expect nothing less than podium finishes guys at the Swazi Frontier stage race!

A quick up and down in the Southern Drakensburg via Sani Pass…..


When most of us are enjoying a lazy Sunday, Caryn & Gavin are climbing hideously steep hills. This Sunday, Rickey Hulley took the lovely couple up to the fire tower. Caryn said when she managed to calm her heart enough to have a look around, it was a very pretty ride.

They also got to enjoy another marvellous trip to the Transkei, taking a slightly different route on Day One which was from Wild Coast Casino to Msikaba, in their shortest time yet.

Day 2 saw them ride from Msikaba to Mboyti, going past Magwa tea farm and falls.

On Day 3 they woke up to howling wind and pelting rain. But as usual, lady-luck was on their side and the skies cleared slightly, allowing a reasonably dry start back to Msikaba. It drizzled, sunned, winded, freezed and sweltered the whole way back to Vonnie’s place.

Day 4 was Homeward bound. Scottburgh’s club stops at the shebeen for a traditional quart before careering off downhill at a speed to hit the 20km beach ride back to the Wild Coast Sun.

Looks amazing Caryn & Gavin. Thanks for sharing your trips!


Just a reminder for most of the Renishaw rides, one needs a Scottburgh board. Membership is just R75 a year.



Winter has arrived so take note of the Saturday start time: 7:00am, 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:

Group Description Contact
MtbBuddies For the racing snakes Tony Rahme

083 455 2452

Caryn Harvey

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


Tony Rahme

083 455 2452

Mambas’ weekend and club rides are posted on Amanzimtoti Cycling Facebook page, under Events.




Races that appear in this section mean the club’s gazebo will be at the end of the race with a cooler box full of cold refreshments. It shouldn’t be hard to find, and members are encouraged to meet there after their race, to enjoy a cold one whilst sharing the morning’s ride.

5th August 2018 – Illovo Eston MTB Challenge

60km             8:30am

40km             9:00am

Family Ride  9:30am

Registration takes place on the day between 5:30 & 9:30.

Riders will be batched based on their ROAG seeding.



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:        8th August 2018

Venue:     Amanzimtoti Sports Club

Time:       7pm, snacks are provided

Topic:     Race to the Sun



Except for the third Friday of every month, the rest are sponsored:

1st Friday of every month @

Giant Toti

2nd Friday of every month @ Thirsty Whale
3rd Friday of every month @ Seattle, own account


Last Friday of every month @ Thirsty Whale for Harcourts’ account


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.


Club’s Sponsors: