Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Pre-Winter riding

Benoni Rough Riders are still turning the pedals at least 4 to 5 times a week. Early morning rides leaving home at 04:20 and meeting in the dip at 04:40 to troll through the plots ending up with the customary coffee at M&B on Atlas road. Mornings are getting fresh but nothing unpleasant at the moment. Weekend rides have been incredible, always a nice group and rewarded with a 70-80km ride with awesome views and terrain. I am enjoying taking photos on these rides that capture the moment and experience. Below are a few examples:
Weekend group rides  
Morning ride on voting day 8th of May
Train bridge ride in Feb
The great thing about morning rides is that you get to see some amazing sunrises, these are so rewarding and the best way to start ones day. Below are a few photos from the various rides over the past few months.
Airport track
Korsman Pan
Yes, Yvonne did rock up for a ride :-)
Rough riders on the way to M&B
Full after Condensed Milk coffee and pancakes 
Chunky shadow
Kobie don't hide you face, we all saw you fall...
Best thing about MTB, is riding alongside and chatting (no cars to worry about)
Cosmos flowers to signify the end of summer
Korsman Pan on the way home from a morning ride 

Kitty Hawk and Rosemary Hill

Great ride out from Benoni to Kitty Hawk air strip on the edge of Pretoria. Wayne, Becky, Sean and myself ventured out there one late summer morning. It was really good doing a different route and the end destination did not disappoint - we could have a nice breakfast and see light aircraft land. We saw a WW2 Russian YAK land and taxi in just near us. Definitely going to return to this place. Ended up doing 116km round trip.  
Train tracks just before I took a tumble over the handle bars
Kitty Hawk Aerodrone 
A few weeks prior to this Wayne and myself ventured out to Rosemary Hill in Pretoria East. It was great riding just the 2 of us as we could control the pace and not except ourselves so we could at least have a nice ride at Rosemary Hill MTB track once we got there. Close to 100km ride that was spectacular, nice to ride down WTF hill, it looks like a nice challenge to go up it, but that is for another day. Fortunately Wayne's in-laws could give us a lift back to Benoni so we didn't t have the slog back. 
Rosemary Hill riding - great route
Wayne waiting ahead as usual 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Cradle ride with Pierre

January the 6th 2019, I was fortunate enough to join my mate Pierre for a ride in the Cradle of Humankind. It was awesome to do a route different from the boring miellie fields of the East Rand. A reminder that mountain biking involves climbing hills, which is something we do not have in the East Rand. The Cradle Mountain bike route is incredible single track carved out next to the road and it is either up or down, not many flats like my chunky body is used to. It was an awesome ride and I really enjoyed it, below is a Video that that Pierre took during the ride. 
Pierre and I Cradle Selfie
Wide open spaces and lots of single track

Holiday riding

Great few rides to end off 2018 and start 2019 with a the joy of mountain biking. Pictures tell the story:
Returning from a Irene ride
Forbidden quarry ride
Jumping the fence to get out the quarry
Benoni Rough Riders on a Friday coffee ride
Michael on the dry pan before the rains
Mile, Mark and Rene
Becky picked up a stray at the BP beautiful puppy who has a new loving home.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Airport Track 20th December 2018

Photo of the month - Sean trying to catch up with Becky (oh and an awesome sunrise)
Becky about to ride over Warrens hump (he had a bad fall here a few weeks ago)
Airplanes and single track
Becky, drop off, sunrise 

Benoni Rough Riders

So 2018 draws to a close and the Benoni Rough Riders have arrived with their own designer riding kit. After throwing a few ideas around we came up with a design for our own kit and I placed an order with Shannon from Activize Apparel for the people in the group that wanted. Below are some pictures of these awesome shirts.

First photo shoot
Friday team coffee ride at the Airport track (Paul the photographer) 

Terrors of 94.7

So the 94.7 road race of 2018 will be permanently etched in my mind forever and for all the wrong reasons.  This year I was riding for one of my work's satellite capacity service providers, Intelsat in support of Kids Haven (a worthwhile cause to give street kids a home and start in life). As always, I was under prepared after not enough training (with flu 3 weeks before this set me back a bit) but was planning on winging it for my 9th race. They changed the route this year, so all the hills were in the beginning. Wayne my trusty riding partner rode with me once again and moved back from his allocated starting slot to join me at the start. The route was a bit taxing in the beginning but I managed ok until Kyalami race track and then the wheels fell off. My Camelbak was frozen and I was not getting enough fluids in the 35 degree heat. After going around the track and filling up my Camelback, I had to walk some of the hills as I was not feeling too good. Ever patient Wayne was waiting for me at the top of every hill and pushed me a the last hill (he was an awesome friend waiting for me and nursing me home). Fortunately the last 10kms was downhill and I managed to get over the finish line. 
Wayne and I before the race
After the finish I was feeling terrible and almost vomited in Wayne's car on the way home. Once home I vomited repeatedly and collapsed on the cold bathroom floor. That is when my wife intervened and took me to the Hospital for a drip. Once in the ER, I was put on a drip and blood tests taken. Early prognosis was that I had renal failure and had to go to ICU so that my kidneys could recover and they could test my levels during the night. ICU was not a pleasant experience, I am not sure what my highlight was, having a catheter put in or the 03:30 wake up for a bed bath. To cut a long story short, my body recovered really quickly and I managed to negotiate an early release for good behaviour after 2 days. Body is all good and I am back on the bike. Thanks for all the support from my family and friends during this experience. 
ICU hooked up to all the machines

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Back into the swing of things..

So winter is now officially over and the mornings are getting lighter and warmer each day. So we survived another year of riding in the cold and dark. Summer riding is awesome, really good to be back in the swing of things. We have had some good rides during the week before work and a few longer ones on the weekends. Benoni Rough Riders as usual are a fantastic group of people and make the rides more enjoyable, the group is constant with a few regulars that ride most of the time and then a few cameo appearances from a few riders that fluctuate between groups or sometimes grace us with their presence. 

Below are a few pictures taken over the past few months that will help store the memories of the fantastic time we have out in the open with our friends: 
Outride past the Brickyard
Avoiding angry farmers

Work conference - always take bike with
Infamous Spookhuis
Sunrise before conference =  awesome
This big fella would not move off the track
Bliss riding 
Becky's birthday ride
Teabagged by Mike in the sunrise pic
Becky's birthday ride gang at the airport track
Sentrarand tour outride
Airport track = Fridays morning rides before work
Wayne at Modder