NEWSLETTER      Issue 32


The club’s AGM date for 2017 has been set for Wednesday, 18th October. As only paid-up members can vote, it’s a good time to make sure you are one.  Not sure if you are paid-up? Simply drop Sue an email on or a WhatsApp message on 083 261 2744.

The Committee felt it was time to update the Club’s Constitution and the proposed changes were included in the invitation email that went out recently. Whilst there aren’t any major changes, there are changes so we encourage you to try and make every effort to attend this year’s AGM as this club is only as good as its members, which is YOU.

Should you not have received the AGM invite via email, please advise Sue Martin on as the following documents were attached:

  • Agenda for 2017 AGM
  • Committee proposal form
  • Proposed Club’s Constitution
  • Proxy form
  • Reports from 2016 AGM:
    • Chairman’s report
    • MTB Captain’s report
    • Road Captain’s report
    • Treasure’s report
    • Balance Sheet
    • 69’er report



With 7 weeks to go until Amashova, all the Roadies are ramping up the distances in preparation.

A  pre-training Amashova ride has been organised that starts at the Shell Garage in Pietermaritzburg @ 6am on Sunday, 1st October.  Please see Social Events for more information


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 Roadies 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



Penny & Craig Chapman together with Andrew & Bronwyn Jones rode the 4-day “Isimangaliso” mountain bike race, which starts in the Mkhuze game reserve and ends in the seaside resort of St Lucia, a total of 260kms.

It’s another one of those races that allow Mountain Bikers access to areas far off the normal tourist routes, allowing them to experience the values that Park has to offer. The route took them through iSimangaliso Wetland Park’s uMkhuze, False Bay, Western Shores, Lake St Lucia Estuary and Eastern Shores sections of the Park, as well as Phinda Private Game Reserve (Munyawana) and Hluhluwe River Lodge. From mountains to floodplains, through thorny bushveld savannah, grasslands and virgin coastal dune forest, the landscape enabled them to see elephants and rhino on one day followed by whales the next.

The single tracks on Day 1 were breath-taking.  Most of the tracks ridden are wild animal tracks, so it is raw and wild riding.  There were diverse weather conditions from cold on Day 1; head-on, gale force winds of 62km per hour during Day 2; wind and driving rain on Day 3 and sunshine, but very muddy tracks, on Day 4.  Andrew and Bronwyn ended up 5th overall in the mixed team category on their tandem mountain bike.  Penny says “This is what mountain biking is all about! It’s an adventure worth putting on the bucket list.”


The aQuelle Tour de Krantz MTB Classic is a regular feature on the ROAG Series calendar and took place on Saturday, 19 August 2017, in a very cold and windy Harburg, KZN. The 45km and 25km tracks had been tweaked and cyclists were encouraged to try out a combination of events to test their endurance.

Stuart Marais produced the winning edge with a solid win in the 45km cycling event in a time of 1:49:46. Brennan Anderson was involved in a sprint to the finish line for 3rd place with Jedson Tooms close on his tail but somehow the position was rewarded to Tooms in a time of 1:56:27, making Anderson take 4th place in a time of 1:56:28.  It provided for an exciting finish though. Hendrik Bester rode like a machine and claimed his usual podium place by coming 2nd in his age category in a time of 2:01:44. Malcolm Wallace braced the cold & windy weather, too. He succeeded in coming in the top ten in his age category, in a time of 2:40:10.

If you haven’t ridden this race, you should! The German hospitality and catering at this race always makes it a pleasant day outing for the whole family. There is a beer garden, ‘Kaffeestube’, a selection of delectable homemade and homegrown German produce on sale at the farmers market and a variety of interesting stalls to browse through whilst whiling away the time waiting for the cyclists to return.

Scottburgh MTB Challenge was another great day of racing with the awesome single track that separates the men from the boys. The ride was fast and furious, with some killer hills at the end. Hendrik Bester continues to ride like a Mamba and came first in his age category, 5th overall. Bryan Powell had an excellent ride, too, by coming right behind Hendrik in 6th position, 4th in his age category. It was muddy in parts, but generally an excellent morning of Mambas doing what Mambas like most.


Ride4Rhinos is a ride – not a race – with all moneys benefitting the rhinos at Weenen Game Reserve. This year, the funds raised by the ride went towards the much-needed night vision binoculars. The reward of getting up @ 4am with outside temperatures a mere 2 degrees is knowing that one has made a meaningful contribution towards rhino conservation. The few Mambas who braved the chilly weather and reaped the rewards were: Neil & Rene Tupper; Gavin Grix, Andre Hooijberg, Liezel Davies, Bruce Koll, Antoinette Bedingfield and Shannah Stewart.

Ron Waldburger and Carl Fryer partnered again, this time to take part in the Imana, a 4-day stage race along the untouched, breath-taking beaches of the Transkei from Morgans Bay to Umngazi river.

Part of their entry fee plus funds raised go towards building class rooms for the local kids in these remote areas.

Day 1: 50 km. 4 river crossings and several steep footpaths just to descend to the next beach! The first day’s ride was tough!

Day 2: 37km. More river crossings and a mountain thrown in! Carl’s right shoulder was still very tender so Ron very kindly helped him carry his bike.

Day 3: 52km. This was a beautiful day but again, tough. Had to swim through one river and wade through several others. Got to have a rest at the Hole in the Wall – a beer stop for the youngsters …two monster hills still to climb so the Ballies had a coke!

Day 4: 65km. The last day but was by far the toughest. It took 7 hours to wade through 2 rivers and crossed 3 by boat. The mountains very steep, rutted and rocky, glad to be at Umngazi……….


Please note that although Spring has sprung, the mtb club rides still start @ 7.:00am on Saturdays until further notice. All rides are posted on Mambas 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 Shaun Heinze

074 848 7405

Caryn Harvey

082 357 5287





are for those who aren’t as fast as the racing snakes but are nevertheless able to climb & cover insane altitudes & distances Shaun Heinze

074 848 7405

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


Shaun Heinze

074 848 7405

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



There are so many races, distances and disciplines happening each weekend. Should you wish your name, position and time to appear in the South Coast Sun newspaper & in this newsletter then please will you send in your times, together with what race you rode, to the relevant Captain by Monday @ 2pm. Should the Captain be on leave, then send directly to the club’s Communications Coordinator, Sue Martin 083 261 2744.

REMEMBER: if you get a podium finish …. first of all … WeLL DoNE ! The club will match the winnings, but ONLY if you are wearing the club’s kit!






·    TIME: 6AM

Easy medium pace club ride riding the Amashova Route




·    TIME: 6AM


The goal of this club ride is to teach new riders how to ride safely in a bunch and to teach them riders etiquette.



Date:        13th Sep 2017

Venue:     Amanzimtoti Sports Club

Time:       7:30pm, snacks are provided

Topic:      CPR

As promised at last month’s social Leo Fourie, from ER24, will be continuing his first aid talk. This time giving us a demonstration using a CPR dummy.

If you have ideas / suggestions on topics for our club socials, please contact Shaun Heinze 074 848 7405.

Giant Toti is the club’s main sponsor and they are hosting a Demo day on Sunday, 10th September @ at the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, on the Rugby field from 08:30 until 12:30.

Their new range of 2018 bikes will be on display and available to test ride around the awesome 4km track @ Hutchison Park.

Coffee and snacks will be available during the day as well as various companies promoting their products and handing out samples. A big jumping castle will be available to entertain the kids while you are out test riding some of Giant’s best mountain bikes available.

As part of the club’s development commitment, Barry Walker will be handing over cycling kit, that you so kindly donated, additional spares and 2 second-hand bikes to around 20 riders from Umlazi.

eThekwini Municipality as well South Coast Sun, Dafco & the club’s photographer will be there when handing over the kit @ 12:30pm.

Great news is the club new shirts will be available for collection at this Demo day for those who tried the sample shirts on at either a social or in Giant Toti’s Athlone Park shop. If you aren’t available to collect your club shirt on Sunday for whatever reason, they will be available at Giant Toti Athlone Park shop from Monday, 11th September

What better opportunity for you to show your support to both our main sponsor and the club.

  Interesting photo that shows how the club’s kit has changed!  Originally, there was one shirt for both roadies & mambas. Each discipline ultimately got their own.


From left to right – Bruce wearing the former current top, Gavin wearing the one before that and Terry wearing the original one.