Issue 2018-5



A ‘Bike Breakdown’ maintenance course that was held @ Hutchison’s Park during the month was very well supported. It taught everyone the basics of bike maintenance and also, very importantly, what to do if one has a breakdown on a ride or worse still, on a race. Admin issues such as a broken chain, fitting a hanger & fixing punctures were discussed. These workshops are ideal for ‘newbies’, but also to those lucky ones that hardly ever experience any admin and therefore forget, say, how to repair a chain. It’s information that needs constantly refreshing, so if you missed Gavin Harvey and Shaun Heinze parting with their knowledge, be sure to keep an eye out for when the club holds another one. To all who attended, and to the guys that rode all the way from Umlazi, thanks for the support and we hope that the skills shared with you, will help you some day.

New Sponsors / New Club Kit: The committee are in the process of securing new sponsors and due to this, there will be no more club shirts with the current design. The plan is to have new club shirts baring a new design from May this year.

Once again, every paid-up member will receive a new club shirt once the old shirt has been returned, or if they had not received a shirt previously.



The Compendium Midmar Notts is an ideal race to test fitness levels and hone those all-important bunch-riding skills for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. There’s something, though, about the Midlands and its weather. Once again, the weather conditions were again not ideal as the heavens opened the night before and continued into the early morning, bringing with it chilly temperatures. A few riders were put off – with close to 350 entrants, only 190 finished, but that didn’t stop the Roadies from producing some spectacular results.  On the way back to Michaelhouse comes the new part of the route: turning left at Lions River onto Dargle Road. Maybe it should be called the “Devillish” road, as it had some serious climbs, especially the last 16% gradient climb to the turnaround point – even some good climbers muttered some choice words!

Calvin Beneke and Myles van Musschenbroek broke-away early in the race and ultimately came in at the finish in this order, 5 minutes ahead of the bunch.  Ryan Felgate had a really fantastic ride as he has not raced competitively for almost 3 years. It was great to see him lead the bunch sprint and take a creditable 3rd place. Good to have you back, Ryan! We had a number of riders finishing up in the top 20, which is a credit to the morning & weekend training rides. Rienie Beneke rode mostly solo and finished a fantastic 5th overall in the ladies’ division and 1st in her age category. Well done Rienie. But it’s not always about podium finishes – Gary Marquis-Jones found a bunch and managed to stay with them to achieve a sub-3 hour finish. Nice going Gary!

Some may have found the new route and rain somewhat challenging but all in all it was a great event on a nice, cool day. Next up is CTCT!

It was certainly Gary’s day as he won a great spot prize of a suitcase. Some said it’ll be good as a pannier for his Harley, others said a great camel back. Gary says, with his sub-3 hour finish, he’s packing to go PRO!

To train for the Notts (& Cape Town Cycling Tour), the Roadies have been riding to Bazely Beach, amongst other places. On one ride, on the way back, heavy head-wind made them feel they were already in Cape Town! The pace is always hectic, the distance challenging but the spirit among the Roadies is, as always, insuperable.

One Saturday training ride looked more like a travelling workshop with the number of punctures they had. Ian had to get a photo showing there was some riding done!


Then there was the Sunday ride, to the Bluff. After enjoying the usual rest point, overlooking the bay, they thought they needed some hills to climb so went down to the Whaling Station.


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:

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 Colin Bedingfield

083 657 7416



At Scottburgh’s main beach, one is always assured of spectacular sunrises and this month’s club ride @ Renishaw didn’t disappoint, nor did the weather and track. One Mamba did mtbiking AND the Mudmar Mile all on the same track! Some energetic members rode from Toti to Scottburgh, rode the track and then rode back to Toti. Beats Saturday’s shopping!

Shongweni hosted the KZN MTB Lap Challenge and once again the club’s kit was noticeable on the podium. There’s no stopping Hendrik Bester, who showed us why he has the nickname ‘Yster’. On the 7th and final lap, with 300 meters to the finish line, his chain snapped and there were 4 riders all fighting for 2nd position. There was no time to fix the broken chain, so Yster simply picked up his bike and sprinted to the end and managed a respectable 5th overall position and 1st Vet to finish.

Candice Parker-Dennison continues to shine in the women’s league and finished second overall and in her age category.

Whilst his sister, Bridget Theunissen was competing in Zimbabwe for the African Cup Triathlon (she came 1st by the way, congratulations Biddy!), Liam kept the family name on the podium by coming 3rd overall and 2nd in his age category.

Silke Bester is following in her dad’s pedals by coming 3rd overall and in the Sprog’s age category.

Well done to all, a great achievement!

Summary of the results:

Name Time Age Category Overall Position Age Category


7 laps
Hendrik Venter 1:11:31 Veteran 5 1
Candice Parker-Dennison 1:31:59 Elite Women 2 2
5  laps
Liam Theunissen 00:48:56 Sub Junior 3 2
2 laps
Silke Bester 00:35:21 Sprog 3 3

The Illovo ride this month was made up of a few die-hards who refused to bow to the weather and chanced the slight drizzle of rain. The weather turned in Mambas’ favour and had a great ride, or rather, Ganda Ganda Saddle Outride. Tony was the only die-hard Fattis & Monis member who turned up & was worried about how much the racing snakes would slow him down. Luckily for them, Tony is a very patient guy! A lekker cup of coffee at Coffee Theatre was enjoyed by all.

A group of 10 or so members ventured into the KZN Midlands to take part in Illovo Wartburg MTB Classic. Some Mambas rode the 25km and a few souls braved the 65km. The weather played along as, although it was hot, it was dry. The club’s best result came from Hendrik ‘Yster’ Bester who, not only came 3rd in the Vets’ Category but also came overall 3rd in an impressive 2:43:02 time. A great ‘Mamba’ achievement as the 65km course is very tough. For the Mambas who did not race the Wartburg Classic, the Club ride was organised at Rocky Bay. The track was at its best, as was the weather & the group of riders who rode. A superb breakfast at Sugar Post completed the outing.

Leanne Davidson misplaced her car keys, so keep an eye open for them the next time you ride @ Rocky Bay, she may be offering a nice reward if found $$$$


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:

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.



Cape Town Cycle Tour

Date: 11 March 2018

The 40th edition of biggest timed bicycle race in the world.




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:        14th March 2018

Venue:     Amanzimtoti Sports Club

Time:       7:30pm, snacks are provided

Topic:      11 Club members thought it a good idea, in preparation for CTCT, to ride down to Cape Town. Come along and hear how their trip went and 2018’s Cape Town Cycling Tour.



All Fridays in the month are now sponsored:

1st Friday of every month @

Giant Toti

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.


Club’s Sponsors:

Thirsty Whale   Compraq    Pickfords    Giant Toti