Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ezemvelo MTB race 01-04-2017

No April fool here, what a great race at the Ezemvelo Game Reserve. A nice representation from the Benoni Rough Riders with Michael, Wayne, Paul, Darren, Fabio and Dustin smashing it in the heat and dust. It was a really great race, smooth flowing tracks with a bit of loose sand on occasion. The only draw back was the bottleneck in the beginning at a river crossing. After a short queue and chance to talk a bit of crap with fellow riders the race carried on. A few more river crossings left wet shoes for the rest of the race. The scenery was spectacular being in a game reserve outside Bronkhorspruit. Not much game could be spotted besides a Kudu buck running across the track a few meters ahead of me. I handled the race ok, pacing myself for most of the time but really felt the lack of hill training and the extra few kilos that have snuck up on me, near the end.  
Fabio, Darren, me, Mike, Wayne, Dustin and Paul
Darren, Mike and Paul patently waiting a the first river crossing
The last (heart break) hill before the end
Sunrise taken in one of the early morning rides before work

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Another day another sunrise

Great rides last weekend to the Broodblik and back on Saturday and Monument single track on Sunday. Legs were pretty heavy after spending 10 days overseas in Spain and England with plenty of over eating and drinking. Nice sunrises with the winter chill knocking at the door. 
Sunrise before off to eat pancakes and drink crap coffee
Mr Epic (Ashley), Becky and me selfie
Sean fixing a puncture in the crops
Banting breakfast at Hava Java after churning up the single track at Monument

Thursday, March 16, 2017

RIP Barry

With deep regret, Barry Mccallum passed away last week. Reading the 50 odd pages on the you realize what a impact he had on so many people's lives in the cycling community. I will miss my interactions with him on Twitter and the odd visit to Procycles on a Saturday where his sense of humor always cracked me up. 

I found found a post from my Blog in 2012 where I did a ride that Barry organized in the mine dumps:

I will hopefully be able to attend his funeral and join the memorial ride this Sunday. We will miss you Barry. 
Nice turn out riding from Procycles to Grapes
Stopped to have a beer a Barry's favorite haunt Grapes

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mike the Sushi King

February 2017 is here already, how time flies when you are having fun on the bike. Few great rides in the last month with a great bunch of riding mates. It is incredible what a nice group of people are on our riding group - The Benoni Rough Riders, always good banter on the WhatsApp group and there is always fantastic company on our numerous rides (except if it is raining then it is just me and Norman Nofriends). 
Early morning sunrise ride before work 
Sunday breakfast ride - other Mark, Mark, Juan, Paul and Michael 
Sunday afternoon ride with my son and wife...more fun and coffee
The last couple of Sundays we have made a point in our ride to go to the Monument MTB track that a group of guys have made for the benefit of the local riding community. They have done a lot of work there and it is a great flowing track that keeps you honest as you go up Monument hill a few times on the route. Normally we stop for a breakfast and coffee at Hava Java coffee shop on the way home, but this morning we only had coffee as Michael invited us to try his Sushi from his Sushi Bus (he had some stock left over after a event yesterday). Really tasty, we all tucked in, it was awesome and we are all very grateful for Michael's excess stock that needed to be eliminated.  
Michael the Sushi King 
Paul, Sean, Mark and Anton tucking into the tasty sushi  
And of course I have to mention my long time mate Greg Heunis, always there to assist me with any mechanical issues that I have with my bike. Here he is putting 2 new tyres and a chain on my bike. Really thankful for the all the years I have had him practicing his skills on my bike... :-)
"I can't seem to get this bottle of Stans to fit inside this tyre"

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 bring it on....

So 2017 is in full force and here's hoping it will be bigger and better then 2016. We had some lekker rides at the end of 2016 - I did over 300km in the last week and finished off the year on 8914km. Nice time in the saddle - almost 9000km in 445 hours. That is an extra 18.5 days of life I scored getting up early riding with my mates.
Becky followed by Greg and Claire on the tandem behind
Group ride for Jess near Serengeti 
Jess now living in the USA joined us for a morning ride :-)
I had a dumb fall earlier this week and came down really hard on my hip and ribs. Pretty sore and left with some bruising and a fractured rib. Plenty of TLC and strapping from the Chiropractor.

Stopping to celebrate Becky's 10,000km PA milestone 
Pancake ride on the last day of 2016 - Greg is guarding them from Claire
Looking forward to more time in the saddle for 2017 with some awesome people. We have entered a new stage race in May called the Trail and Trout (Bronkhorspruit to Dullstroom) which will be incredible. Hopefully I will remain injury free and be able to enjoy the experience. 

First ride of 2017 at BCC - my wife was nervous of the new bridge
Customary selfie by the forest stop sign
Great ride today, followed by a breakfast at Hava Java. Benoni Rough Riders is expanding and we are getting new people joining every week. Awesome to meet different people and share our new and past mountain biking experiences. 

Action photo I took today after our  breakfast/coffee stop