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Hi <<First Name>>,

What a challenging year 2020 has turned out to be, testing every single ability, from locking ourselves away from loved ones (with a whole bunch of other restrictions) in Level 5 all the way through to Level 1.  The challenges have been enormous and with that, we have learnt how to engage various coping methods and hopefully, we have all learnt that life must not be taken for granted.  What was ‘normal’ for us, is no longer ‘normal’ but we are tough and will work through this Covid epidemic.
 
On behalf of the DOC Admin team, we would like to wish every single DOC family member Happy Holidays and a Resilient New Year. 

We would also like to take this opportunity of, once again, thanking our Ride Captains for giving up their  Wednesday evenings, Saturday & Sunday mornings.  Your patience and dedication is greatly appreciated by all.

May 2021 bring us all the happiness, good health and job prosperity that we deserve. A ‘Checkers’ bag filled with cash will also help 😊.
 
PS….please continue to practise social distancing and keep safe over the festive season.  See you all on the other side!

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


All updates will be communicated on Telegram.
 

Sunday - 27 December - Annual Urban ride (even if it rains!)

 
 
Start from:  Rietvlei
Time:  05h15 to leave at 05h30 sharp
Bike:  Preferably MTB or Gravel
Distance:  Approximately 90km 
Route:   Go up Butchers through Crown Gardens up towards Langlaagte, Brixton, Marks Park, Pirates Club, Wanderers Cricket stadium then stop at Melrose Arch for coffee and snack. 

Go through Houghton, Parktown, up Jan Smuts and over Nelson Mandela bridge in the direction of Main Street, down Main over Ghandi Square, towards Maboneng district, head out towards East Gate Mall and onto Van Buuren/Bedfordview.  Stop for brunch and continue to Melville, through City Deep, South Hills, down Comaro and back to Rietvlei.
 
PS don't forget to bring $$$ for the stops & your buff.

Weekend Ride Schedule during the holiday season


During the month of December, weekday and weekend rides will be on an 'arrive and ride' basis, from Rietvlei, leaving at 06h30.  Ride captains, route and distance can be discussed and decided upon by all.

Please remember our 'safety in numbers' policy and ensure that you ride in a group of at least 5 riders.  Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
 

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 

 


TUESDAY NIGHT RIDE 
(Now every Tuesday night with alternating Ride Captains)
Ride Captains:  The Bat Team (Mike & Glenda) 
or
Ride Captains:  Whispering Captains (Graham & Tania)
Distance:  30/35km at a chilled pace of 16/18 average km/h
 
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!

How To Ride At Night | Everything You Need To Know About MTB Riding In The Dark

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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