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  1. Hi. Amanzimtoti Cycle Club have regular MTB and Road rides during the week and on the weekends. Take a look at the clubs website (www.amanzimtoticycle.co.za) or contact the MTB Club Captain, Bruce Koll at bruce@bkcomputers.co.za or the Road Captain John Shore at johns@rwp.co.za
  2. Hi Guys & Gals It is with regret that we have had to cancel the Memorial Ride on Sunday. There is a major road running race (Scottburgh Half Marathon) taking place on the same day, on the same route, at the same time. They are expecting some 1200 to 1300 athletes to be taking part in this event. Logistically it will be a problem. The last thing we want is another incident, we also do not want to hinder the athletes taking part in a serious competition. Please spread the word to anyone outside of the club that you may have notified. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused but after all safety is most important. Regards
  3. The Amanzimtoti Cycling Club is also holding a Memorial Ride for Ken as some of our members were part of the group on that day. We would like to invite everyone to join us on sunday 16 Jan. Meeting at Lords and Legends, Toti to leave at 6.30 am sharp. The ride will take the old road south to Scottburgh where we will meet on the grass on the south side of the Scottburgh bridge were the accident happened. There will be a brief service and then will ride back to Lords & Legends. The ride will be at a slow moderate pace. There will be a rolling police escort for the entire ride so it is important to stay together. Regards Amanzimtoti Cycling Club
  4. Apparently he managed to contact a friend and described the shooters. They were later aprehended. 3 guys in a white Opal Corsa.(this friend works with a fellow cyclist). It did seem like an intentional "hit" though on him personally as his family had been victims of 2 house break in's and his wife had been hi jacked 3 times, all recently. Doesn't seem to be a random attack on a 'cyclist'. Well I really hope not, coz I ride that route about 4 times a week.
  5. A cyclist has been killed in a hit and run in Durban. The incident took place just after 6am yesterday on NMR Avenue. 56-year-old Allan Seagar died after being hit by what?s believed to be a White VW Polo? He?d been out cycling with his friend, Mike Foley at the time. Foley was riding in front of Seagar when his friend was struck, just near the paddocks - heading towards Athlone Bridge. He says the driver sped off - leaving behind part of his Polo bumper and headlight. He says Seagar - who worked for the Ports Authority - died on the roadside. Foley told Newswatch he?s lost more than a cycling buddy; he?s lost his best friend. ?Allan was very friendly, very social?very kind. If he was your friend, he was a true friend.? Police are trying to track down the driver of the Polo who hit Seagar. Foley says he hopes the driver does the right thing, and turns himself in. ?I hope he comes forward and that he?s battling with his conscience and admits to the deed he?s done.? (Story by Diane Macpherson) Taken from www.ecr.co.za
  6. Truck kills cyclist By Noelene Barbeau Bruce and Julie Fraser celebrated their first wedding anniversary on January 14 and were settling into marriage in Ballito when their life took a tragic turn. Julie was cycling with her friend Samantha Spong on the M4 near Westbrook early on Saturday, when she was hit and run over by an 18-wheeler truck. Her husband agreed to speak to the Sunday Tribune because he wanted to highlight the issue of road safety and raise the question as to why trucks were using this route instead of the toll road. "She was the anchor in my life. She died doing what she loved," said Bruce, adding that Julie had always been very careful. The M4 was her favourite route because of the flat road and the ocean view. "She left home at about 5am to meet Sam. They were going to ride down the M4 to meet our friend Geoff Griffiths and then turn around and ride through Tongaat. I got a call from Geoff at about 5.30am, saying I needed to meet him as soon as possible. "When I arrived Julie was still alive, but 10 minutes later she passed away. Sam is taking this very hard, but she was an absolute hero." Griffiths said that Julie's heart stopped while they were waiting for everyone to arrive and Sam had phoned her boyfriend, Clyde, because she didn't know how to do cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. He instructed Sam over the phone and she got Julie's heart going again. "I was very fortunate to see her while she was still alive," Bruce said. Julie and Samantha were riding in single file, with Julie at the back. "They heard a truck hoot, so Julie moved as far as possible into the yellow line. She was hit by the front left side of the truck's second trailer. Julie's bicycle pushed Sam out of the way, but Julie was caught and mangled by the truck." He said the truck driver had stopped, but that Griffiths had taken the keys out of the truck ignition, so that he would not drive away. "The police took over an hour to arrive. While we were there, I counted more than 400 cyclists on the road. Many of them stopped to help. They were complete strangers, but they stopped. This is why I love the cycling community." He said he was surprised that he was not as angry at the truck driver as he thought he would be. "These trucks use the M4 to avoid paying the toll and save about R20. There have been so many accidents involving cyclists. If a driver can't keep his wheels between the road lines, he shouldn't be on the road. This is a favourite route for cyclists. Sam said the truck was far into the yellow line." Bruce said Julie had been cycling for more than seven years and had got him into the sport. "She finished 15th about two weeks ago at the Half Iron Man at the Midmar Dam and she was a South African biathlete at school," he said proudly. They met at the Langebaan Airforce Base near Cape Town. He was a pilot and she was completing her community service as a physiotherapist. "She was an angel, and so very humble, despite all her achievements." Gordon Gillespie, from the Safe Passing Organisation, said he was sick and tired of so many tragedies against cyclists. He said they had been campaigning for safe passing signs to be put up throughout the city to warn motorists to be aware of cyclists on the road, "But nothing has been done". Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said Julie, 26, was still alive when the paramedics arrived. "Her lower body was crushed. When paramedics started working on her, her heart stopped and they tried CPR, but failed." Police spokesperson Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said they were investigating a case of culpable homicide.
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