Hi <<First Name>>,

GOOD LUCK to everyone doing the MTB 947 Ride Joburg on Saturday (25km) and Sunday (50km).
Remember to #keeptherubbersidedown, but most of all, enjoy your ride.

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


Not much happening as we wind down the year, thank heavens!  I am sure you will all agree that this year has been shocking (except when we are load shedding!) so roll on 2022.

Surgeons for Little Lives

Charity Collection on Sunday, 28 November



'Uplifting the lives of children needing life changing surgery

Launched in May 2015, Surgeons for Little Lives is a registered non-profit organisation, with a powerful commitment to saving the lives of sick children.

We are making it possible for very sick children and their families to receive a standard of care that matches the standard of skill of their surgeons'.

It goes without saying that our world has changed, dramatically, since the onslaught of Covid-19.  We have all faced different challenges, in various forms, and I am sure that a lot of our priorities have changed since March 2020.

We are not going to be having our usual 'Christmas Vaal Ride', but rather a 'Year End' ride and we would like to support Surgeons for Little Lives this year.
There are 2 options that will graciously be accepted:  

CHRISTMAS CHEER BAGS / BOXES (Ages from birth to 14 years)
  • Set of clothing
  • Sweets
  • Toy
Please mark clearly - Male/Female and Age


Any of the items below placed in a plastic bag (Ages from birth to 3 years) 
  • Set of clothing
  • Blanket / towel
  • Soft toy / teddy bear
  • 5 X disposable nappies
  • Baby socks & beanie
  • Lip Ice
  • Toothbrush
  • Face cloths
  • Toothpaste
Donations can be handed in as follows on the day:
1.  Lauren Frew at Rand Water Board (start of the Vaal ride) 
2.  Des Buys at Stillbaai

Should you not be riding but still want to make a contribution, please contact Lauren on
082 320 9113 to arrange for collection.

Year End Vaal Ride 

28 November 2021

We are limiting the number to the first 120 paid people

(this includes riders, guests and non-riders).


 Saturday – 27 November: 

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 – 28 November:
Option 1 - (88km)
07h30 - Leave from Rand Water Board
Option 2 - (65km)
08h00 - Meet at The Circus and be ready to leave with various groups, any time from 08h15 onwards.
Option 3 - (45km – new stop)
± 10h00 - 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!)

Can transport 18 bicycles and 20 passengers.  Bookings will be taken on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  Minimum number required for this service is 12 passengers.

Contact Elsie or Tommy
Phone:  060 989 3231
WhatsApp only:  082 463 2887
Cost:  R150 per person from Stillbaai back to Rietvlei

±14h00 to 14h30 – bus will  leave Stillbaai to return to Rietvlei

Terms & Conditions
1.  RSVP & prepayment is essential for catering purposes.
2.  Price per person which includes fully stocked water point, pap, Mrs Batman’s famous tomato
     & onion gravy, 2 salads & a boerie roll.-   
3.  Costs:
     -  Cyclist:  R100
     -  Non-cyclists & children:  R50 per person. 
     -  Water Point only:  R50
4.  Entry to Stilbaai is R30 – please have exact amount available.
5.  All registrations must be prepaid.
     - Bank: Nedbank
     - Acc Name: M D Segers
     -  Account No: 2008578933
     - Branch No: 152042
     - A/C Type: Savings
     Name & surname as reference & proof of payment to be sent to 
6.   Person who does the online registration must register and collect meals tickets for everyone
      in his/her group at Rand Water Board.
7.   If you have not registered & paid, you will not be allowed to ride further than the Circus. 
8.   Please allow extra time to register and start arriving at Rand Water Board by 07h00.
9.   Covid protocol to be adhered to at all times – remember your mask/buff.
10.  Strictly 2-abreast on the tar roads.
11.  Young adults under the age of 18 are not allowed to ride from RWB to the Vaal but may start
       at the Circus.
12.  Don’t forget to give your bike a ‘once over’ to check that everything is in good working order.
13.  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

How to Ride Off-Camber


Kat Sweet

(Former professional downhill mountain biker and X-Games ski competitor )


When you ride more difficult mountain bike trails, you'll start to come across off-camber sections. Off camber describes any section where the outside edge of the trailbed is lower than the inside edge. These are particularly tricky because the angle of the slope is falling away from your wheels.

The same skills that are used in cornering can be applied to off-camber sections of trails. Focus on braking, line choice, lean and pedal position.

Off-Camber Technique


It's important to do all braking before you hit the off-camber section. Traction is already limited so any tap on the brakes while riding the off-camber terrain is likely to send your wheels sliding out from under you.

Find your line

Picking a good line can set you up for success. Whether the section is straight, or you're hitting a corner, you usually want to stay high. The terrain is naturally going to push you low so start as high as you can. 

Staying high also helps you deal with the roots that often come with off-camber sections. Try to hit roots straight on, otherwise, the roots may grab your tire and send it sliding.

In corners, try to make your turn early and hit the off-camber section straight on. 

Continue reading...

What You Should Be Carrying With You On Every Ride

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

Weekend Ride Schedule

Please continue to practice social distancing:  DO NOT RIDE IF YOU HAVE HAD COVID, until cleared to do so by your Doctor; 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.
  • 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.

Pen-Re weekday rides - Tuesdays & Thursdays
We have started a Pen-Re group, initially for Pensioners and Retirees, but you do not have to be either of these to join our rides.  All you need is a free morning with no time constraints and a sense of humour.  Whoever keeps on looking at their watch pays for coffee!

Rides are however subject to numbers so we do have a separate WhatsApp group to confirm rides. Send your number to Des on 082 416 8368 if you wish to be added.

Rides start from Rietvlei - meet 07h15, leave 07h30 and are anything between 40km to 60km at an average speed of 18kph.  Bring $$$ for coffee afterwards. 

Weekday Night Rides 

(subject to weather conditions)
Social Tuesdays
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!

Why go mountain biking at night? - YouTube

Cool DOC Kit For Sale

Contact Gary Crossley on 083 310 5304

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

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