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Hi <<First Name>>,

Well done Firoz, Molly & Becky for successfully 'chasing the Dragon' and beating the cr@p out of it!  Be sure to read the ride reports below so that you can start preparing yourself to join them next year. 

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday, 29 May - Club ride at Hennops
Sunday, 04 September - Kiddies' Spring Day Ride

Enjoy the long weekend and if you are forced to eat too many Easter eggs, you can buy new kit from Gary - see details below.

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

11 APRIL 2021.........it's back!

 


What you should know.....

Registration link - https://www.docclub.co.za/rsvpmaker/doc-april-2021-vaal-ride/

Volunteers - we need 4 abled bodies to assist with the dishing up of food in the kitchen at Stillbaai.  Please contact Glenda on 082 903 5554.

Saturday:

06h00 - meet at Engen garage on R59 and drive through to Stillbaai, or just meet there.
07h30 (sharp) - cycle back as a group to Rietvlei.  Pace 20km average (no support vehicle). 
 
Sunday:

Option 1 - (88km)
06h30 – park at Rietvlei and cycle to Rand Water Board, to be there by 07h00 for registration. 07h00 – meet at Rand Water Board.  Registration Desk will be open from 06h45.
07h30 – Yellow group departure
07h35 – Green group departure
07h40 – Blue group departure
 
Option 2 - (65km)
07h45 – Meet at The Circus and be ready to leave with various groups, any time from 08h15 onwards.
 
Option 3 - (45km – new stop)
± 09h30 - at the end of the tar road, just passed Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. 
 
Water point is approximately 40km from Stillbaai - ice cold Coke, water, banana bread, dough nut, date squares & sweeties   
 
Destiny Tours (for transportation by bus to various start points & back home – must be prebooked & prepaid before departure!)

Contact Elsie or Tommy
Email:  info@destinytours.co.za
Phone:  060 989 3231
WhatsApp only:  082 463 2887
 
Collection & Drop-off Points:
Cost: 
R  50 per person from Rietvlei to any of the drop-off points (one way). 
R100 per person from Stillbaai back to Rietvlei.
 
06h30 – meet Tommy at Rietvlei to load your bike and yourself for either of the drop-off points. 
07h00 – Rand Water Board
08h15 – Circus
 

Terms & Conditions

  1. Numbers will be restricted to the first 150 paid-up entries (includes cyclists, non-cyclists & children).
  2. RSVP is non-negotiable and registration will close at 12h00 on Thursday, 08 April.
  3. Price per person which includes fully stocked water point, pap, Mrs Batman’s famous tomato & onion gravy, 2 salads, boerie roll & ice cream:
  • Cyclist:  R100
  • Non-cyclists & children:  R50 per person. 
  • Water Point only:  R50
  1. Entry to Stilbaai is R30 – please have exact amount available.
  2. All registrations must be prepaid.
  • Bank: Nedbank
  • Acc Name: M D Segers
  • A/C No: 2008578933
  • Branch No: 152042
  • A/C Type: Savings
  • Name & surname as reference & proof of payment to be sent to des.buys@gmail.com 
  1. Meal tickets will be handed out at RWB or start point as indicated on your registration – no ticket no meal no exceptions.
  2. If you have not registered & paid, you will not be allowed to ride further than the Circus. 
  3. Please allow extra time to register and start arriving at Rand Water Board by 06h45.
  4. Covid protocol to be adhered to at all times – remember your mask/buff.
  5. Strictly 2-abreast on the tar roads.
  6. Young adults under the age of 18 are not allowed to ride from RWB to the Vaal but may start at the Circus.
  7. Don’t forget to give your bike a ‘once over’ to check that everything is in good working order.
  8. You will unfortunately still be liable for payment in the event of bad weather or should you decide not to ride at the last minute.  This event is catered for by the number of RSVP's received.

Memorial ride for Philip Chittenden

It is great sadness that Philip lost his fight with the Covid virus. Please join us for a memorial ride, together with the Albion Wheelers on Sunday, 18 April. 

We would also like to dedicate this ride to everyone else who lost their lives to this terrible virus - may their souls rest in peace.

Details are as follows:
Date - Sunday, 18 April
06h30 - DOCS to meet at Rietvlei, to leave at 06h45 and cycle to the Mall of the South where we will join the Albion Wheelers.
07h00 - cycle on tar, cheese loop and stop at the circus. Albion Wheelers will complete their ride on tar and DOCS to complete the second half of the ride on the dirt, saying farewell to Philip on the dusty tracks that he knew so well.

DOC Heroes' Report on how they 'Slayed the Dragon'


Twisted Sister - Molly de Jager & Becky Sands  (Read here)

and

Firoz Limalia  (Read here)



 

Mountain Bike Basics: Tips For Shifting

 

With terrain that can be unpredictable and constantly changing, mountain biking has certain challenges you don’t get on the road. For example, learning to perfect your shifting on a mountain bike can be difficult and requires time and practice.

Whether you’re making the switch from the road to the trail or are new to cycling altogether, these basic tips help you develop a comfortable pedaling rhythm and make your shifts as efficient as possible so you can maintain your forward momentum.

1.  WATCH YOUR CADENCE
2.  GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT
3.  CLIMBS
4.  DESCENTS
5.  MAINTENANCE

Read more
 

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 ......

Weekend Ride Schedule

(to be posted on Facebook & Telegram by 08 April)               

Weekday Night Rides 

(subject to weather conditions)
 
 
Social Tuesdays
Meet: 
18h00 to leave at 18h15
Pace:  16/18kph
Distance:  35/40km

Workout Wednesdays 
Meet:  18h00 to leave at 18h15
Race Snake pace:  22/23 kph
Green pace:  20/22 kph
Distance:  40 to 50km

All groups are subject to a minimum of 8 riders.
Check Telegram for regular updates

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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