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  1. edit: link to the event registration is open - click here. Some club mates have been talking about starting a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly Crit race on a short circuit course on a Friday night. The venue will be on a new section of tar SE of Rand Airport;1.72Km long and can be race both clockwise and counterclockwise;18m of elevation gain per lap - it's flat, but there will be "out the saddle" efforts twice per lap as you negotiate the two 180-degree turns (1 hair-pin and 1 mdeium sized traffic circle;Daurtion will be 30 mins + 1 lap - maximum of 4 groups per night;Estimated lap time of 2:00 - 2:30, depending on the group, giving 12-15 laps before the bell lap.Initial talks have been around a Friday evening as the full route is lit, but not sure what the interest will be vs a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. We'll start on a Friday evening, as planned, and then see how it gains traction. Seeding? What's that... if you get dropped, suck it up and try harder... or... drop a group the next time. Rules can be added as we go, eg. repeat winners can be pushed up a group, and vice versa for last few places. An entry fee may need to be charged to cover a medical team and toilet hire (the closest shops are about 2-3Km away, We'd prefer to award points for position and then perhaps have one end of season prize giving. As we grow, this can become more formal. No officials needed, and this won't be sanctioned. The costs to set this up is unnecessary, and is more about giving those interested in participating a chance to hone their bike handling skills, do some HIIT workouts under race conditions and FUN - the rules are simple: Safety first - it's the riders' responsibility to police the guys drifting/changing lanes;First one over the line wins - he/she gets to brag about it until the next race;The race starts on time, and only stopped if weather conditions make it unsafe - we'll use our experience from running our mass participation event. I'll post a link to the video soon - driving it by car doesn't do justice to the effort required to complete a lap or two or 12-15. What else? Let me know in the comments below
  2. Road race This is pretty much the same as before, except for an increased distance for the licensed males (125Km). The licensed ladies, U16 boys, tandems and open categories will race the same 103Km route that we have used since 2006. The 65Km event also remains the same.The Elites, U23 & Junior men will start at 05:45, followed by the Vets 30+, 40+ and 50+ and Elite & Vet ladies. A short time gap follow to allow the above groups to complete the extra 22Km loop before rejoining the route at the 21Km point of the 103Km route. The tandems will be off at 06:45 followed by the open groups every 4 minutes. The youth (licensed) age groups, although not licensed start the 65Km event at 08:00 followed by the social tandems and open groups. The final group for the day, is a 65Km MTB only start group only. Anyone doing the double-60 (60Km MTB and 65Km Road event) stands a chance to win based on their combined time (top 3). To qualify, the rider needs to ensure their Racetec timing chip is in working order and used on both days. MTB race This promises the same well-organised setup as the road event, with a route that can be best described as flat and fast. Given the area that the event is hosted in, with no mountains, we have spent the last 5 months riding the trails in the area to find a mix of single and jeep track and district road. The event will feature a 60Km (race), a 30Km (fun ride), 12Km (family friendly) and 6Km (kiddies u8 only) distances.Start groups will be batched according to Cycle Event’s seeding index, so that we eliminate any possible bottlenecks by the time riders get to the first section of single track (8.4Km from the start). Riders start inside Carnival City and complete a 5.2Km circuit before leaving the grounds and riding in the area south of the R554 (the main road that runs in front of Carnival City). Details of the route will be published on the race website in mid-October. Online entries at Cycle Events, timing by Racetec, sponsored by Carnival City (since 2002) and Macsteel (2005). Road Rangers are providing the safety for each batch on the road. 32GI will provide products for the MTB event water points while ABI will provide for the road race. All entries that donate a minimum of R10 will go into the draw for a Cannondale CAAD8 with Shimano 105 groupset. We have other lucky draw prizes from a number of bike shops and other service providers – ensure your race number I placed in the box at the prize giving area after the race. The draw will take place at 12:00. More information is available on the Race Website (http://germistonclassic.co.za) or follow us on Twitter (@germistonwheel) and Instagram (@germistonwheelers). More about the event The 33rd edition of this popular classic is the second event for 2016 after the race committee decided to move it to a new slot on the calendar. Two main reasons were identified for the move, the first being the target market and secondly the clash of routes on consecutive weekends.The race has always been held 2 weeks prior to the Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) and targeted cyclists from Gauteng heading down to Cape Town. With a busy race calendar leading up to both the CTCT and Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge (Cycle Challenge) we had to find a suitable date that could target the 25,000 cyclists that take part in the Cycle Challenge. The only open weekend happened to be 2 weeks before the Cycle Challenge, which means we’re still ideally placed as a final warm-up event for a major race. The race committee is made up of Germiston Rotary and Germiston Wheeler Cycle Club. The objective of the event is to raise funds for local charities as well as the development of amateur cycling. The Rotarians look after the admin, sponsorship and financial aspects of the race, while Germiston Wheeler members plan and manage the cycling related activities. Over the years, a number of previously disadvantaged cyclists have successfully made it through to the elite peloton having spent time riding with the club – and received kit, lifts to races, race entries paid for as well as mentoring/guidance from current and former members of the club.
  3. On Thursday morning, early, we start our tour to Durban which includes riding the Amashova (day 4). Our club has done many Durban tours in the past, but we haven't done one for the last few years. This thread will be a blog about our journey from Germiston to Durban, with photos and comments from as many of the tour group as possible - some of them are hubbers (but they like to keep a low profile) - pending internet connection at our overnight spots (and my willingness to sift through photos and type up a story). One of the reasons for the tour is to raise funds for the NSPCA (our chosen charity for the 947 Cycle Challenge this year). We have setup a Back-a-buddy campaign as well as an SMS number (947-67 to 38018, @ R25/sms) for any donations. Like most others, raising funds is hard as everyone has their own preferences of where to donate (if at all). If you have already donated, we say "thanks". If not - chose from one of the two methods above and help us help the animals. The route Comprising a group of 27 (24 riders and 3 providing permanent backup), we have a mix of abilities ranging from Vets to beginners, old and young, experience and inexperienced. Very few members have cycled more than 200Km in one go, so day 1 will be a big challenge (224km) for many members. Personally, the longest ride I've done is 191Km so nailing the DC will be something I've been looking forward to ever since we started planning this tour. So far, the forecast for Thursday is looking promising... a tail wind (forecast is at Standerton - at the dam), which is 170Km into our ride. Let's see what the post-ride feedback it like. The biggest concern, I would think is this heatwave we're currently experiencing, so I'm guessing a lot of fluids will be consumed by all. Day 2 appears to be a good recovery ride, if you can call 157Km a recovery, while day 3 will be a favourite among most as we make our way through the KZN midlands before we reach PMB on Saturay afternoon. Day 4 is on the Amashova, starting in TL (for 3 of our tandems) and BB (buddy batch) for the rest. We'll be riding in club kit on Sunday, so look out for the "minions" on the road on Sunday... Three sleeps and counting...
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