Hi <<First Name>>,

During the month of December, weekday and weekend rides will be on an 'arrive and ride' basis, from Rietvlei, leaving at 06h30.

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.

If you are not yet on our Telegram group, you are welcome to join via the link below:

All updates will be communicated on Telegram.

Be safe out there and continue to practice social distancing! 


by Firoz Limalia

The 1000km Munga mountain bike race starts in Bloemfontein and ends in Wellington and must be completed within 120 hours. In the 2019 edition, I entered in august and rushed through training. It was uncomfortably hot, extremely windy and mentally challenging. Fast forward a year later, at least this time there is no heat wave. About 3 days before the event, we get an email with an updated gpx file. The route is now 40km longer and is now 1121km instead of 2019’s 1076km. The bainskloof climb at the end has been taken out due to roadworks.

I get to the start early, while riding slowly around, Lonnie Tiegs approaches and we talk. He tells me he wears 2 bib shorts. Cuts the inner one like a bikini he says, uses tea tree oil as chamois cream. We learn new things everyday. Whoever solves the sore rear end problem in Munga will be very rich.

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Weekend Ride Schedule during the holiday season

Saturday & Sunday rides will continue through December as usual, i.e. meet at Rietvlei 06h15 to leave at 06h30.  Ride captains, route and distance can be discussed and decided upon by all.

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 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.

Sunday - 27 December
Special ride through Joburg - details to be advised

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.
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Weekday Night Rides 


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