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Hi <<First Name>>,

Who would have thought that we are already one month down the line on 2021 - only another eleven to go!

Interesting times ahead so lets all try keep 'negative' in a 'positive' way and give 2021 a run for its money.

Save the Date:
Parys jol at Weltevrede Resort - 19 to 21 February 
There are still a few campsites left so book now!  http://www.weltevrederesort.co.za/index.html .  

It is only an hour's drive from Al-Berton to Parys and this will make a nice break for those of us who did not go away over the Xmas season.  Apart from cycling, there is also hiking, fishing, bird watching & 2 swimming pools - the kids will have a blast! 

Saturday's ride - https://strava.app.link/5YZBfF1IYcb

Sunday's ride - shorter route of approx 60km.  This will allow us time to have a quick swim before we pack up and head home.

We are not holding a block booking so accommodation must be booked direct with them.  You can phone 056 818 1291 or email them on info@weltevrederesort.co.za

This will make a great weekend outing, out of Joburg, for the entire family.

(Needless to say, we are subject to Covid restrictions)

If you are not yet on our Telegram group, you are welcome to join via the link below:
https://t.me/joinchat/QT5F3UcQ_pdHG3uNs7iGhA

 

6 Stretches Every Cyclist Should Do

By Mark Lindsay


 
 
While cycling is a great low-impact activity, it’s also extremely repetitive and can often lead to limited range of motion.

To combat tightness and pain, it’s important for cyclists to maintain a consistent stretching routine that focuses on the muscle groups that contract concentrically (shorten) during pedaling and can limit the mobility of your joints.

Give these six stretches a try to improve your flexibility and prevent common cycling injuries.  Continue reading......

Weekend Ride Schedule

 (subject to weather conditions)
 
Please continue to practice social distancing, i.e. no hugging, do not ride if you have been in contact with anyone who is positive, do not ride if you are not feeling well, have your buff handy.  We all know the rules! 
  • We love having 'newbies' joining the Beginners Group, but before you do, you must be able to ride at least 30km and/or ride 2 laps of Rietvlei.
  • For those coming out of Christmas hibernation, please check the average speed below and slot into the group relevant to your fitness level.
  • Routes may be changed on the day, subject to numbers and ride captains.
  • Groups will be split if too large.

 

The Summer Fast One (moved to March)

 
 


The dos and don'ts of MTB trail riding

By Eve Green
 
Are you guilty of any of these trail sins?

Who doesn’t love mountain biking? The freedom, the speed, the fun – that’s what makes us happy, right? And if you want to spread that happiness to more riders, trail builders and other people using the trails, there are a few golden rules to bear in mind. None of them are hard, complicated or involved – so there are no excuses not to follow them, right?  Continue reading....

What You Should Be Carrying With You On Every Ride

  • Chain links
  • Drop out
  • Spare tube
  • Tyre leavers
  • Bombs
  • Check your tyre sealant, this needs to be topped up every 3 months.
Read more ......

Weekday Night Rides 

(photo cred Molly)
 


TUESDAY NIGHT RIDE (suspended for now)
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE
Race Snakes: 
leaving at 18h00 at an average speed of 22/23 km/h
Green group:  leaving at 18h30 at an average speed of 21/22km/h
Mellow Yellow group:  leaving at 18h30 at an average speed of 16/18km/h.

All night rides are subject to having a minimum of 8 riders.

Check Telegram for regular updates on the day.

NB:  you cannot ride without a light!

8 Killer Tips for Mountain Biking at Night

Cool DOC Kit For Sale


(in all sizes, especially 'too many trips to the fridge' size)
 
Shop online 

or you can contact Gary Crossley on 083 310 5304
 
Just a reminder that we have upgraded DOC face masks for sale as well.

Wear your DOC kit with pride, unless you are doing dodgy stuff!!
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