Hi <<First Name>>,

If you missed out on the DOC Parys weekend, sorry né.  We are however busy arranging the next trip to Parys, scheduled to take place over the September long weekend
(Fri, 24th to Sun 26th) so make sure you pencil this into your calendar right now!

Accommodation must be booked direct and will be on a 1st come 1st served basis so book now.  Contact Us (


Vaal Ride scheduled to take place on Sunday, 28 March has been moved to
Sunday, 11 April

Details will be advised closer to the time but you must arrange your transport from Stilbaai back to Rietvlei with Destiny Tours.  Contact Elsie (via WhatsApp) on 082 463 2887 or

PS......Good news for those who do not want to ride the entire route.  Tommy will drop you and your bike off at the end of the tar road, past Suikerbosrand (approx  20km past the Circus).   It is only 43km from the new stop to Stilbaai.

Details & RSVP link will be posted closer to the time.

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

Is seated pedaling really “more efficient”?

By James Wilson

One of the things that really separates strong riders from everyone else is the ability to stand and hammer on their bike. If you are a downhill or 4X/ Dual Slalom rider then this seems pretty self evident – the fastest guys are just as strong while standing at the end as they are at the beginning of a run while everyone else is fighting the urge to sit down and rest.

Standing pedaling is only a bad option if you don’t have the strength and endurance in the core, upper body and hips to sustain it.

However, this also holds true for trail and XC riders as well. Sure, you’ll hear from all the detractors who will tell you that standing is less efficient, that it makes your suspension bob or that you get less traction on the rear wheel but the truth is that the fastest riders, like single speed world champ Ross Schnell, do not run a granny gear up front and tend to run a 34 or 36 tooth chainring. This means that they will stand and hammer a lot more than us mere mortals will.

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To Hell and Back

(created for the DOC family by Destiny Tours)

01 to 04 October 2021
With races being cancelled, we decided the best way to go is to start our own MTB adventures. Not only is it a lot cheaper, it is also much more enjoyable. The Hell and Back MTB stage race is not just one of the toughest races but also the oldest MTB stage races. We will now do our own adventure with a few changes to make this an unforgettable adventure.

All bikes will be loaded on Thursday as we will be leaving Alberton on Friday morning 5am. We will be going to de Hoek Mountain Resort in the Swartberg pass on the Oudtshoorn side. When we get to Meiringspoort we will offload the bikes and give everyone the opportunity to cycle the beautiful, 12km all downhill, to de Rust. This is also were the Hell and Back race start.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Bicycle Maintenance

By Marc Lindsay

If you want your bike to perform as it should and last as long as possible, you’ll need to stay on top of bike maintenance. While there are certainly jobs that require a trip to your local bike shop, the truth is there are a lot of things you can do yourself to save money while keeping your bike in tip-top shape.

From tips for learning basic maintenance to deciding when it’s the right time to upgrade your components, use these guidelines to save your hard-earned cash:


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DOC Gang Etiquette rules

By Mark Segers
As representing the DOC MTB family should be something that we are all exceptionally proud of doing, we have decided to have our own set of DOC Etiquette rules.

This Family was founded by people who care about the sport and strays that we met on our journey.  In 2012, 5 overweight guys and 1 skinny oke, all who were exceptionally unfit, started exploring the dusty tracks that we ride today.

DOC’s original name was Dilapidated old Cronies.  We used to have lots of fun back in the day and it’s time to bring the joy of MTBing back to the group.

Our Motto was that:    We Leave Nobody Behind and that’s how we have run this family for the past 9 years.  

So here goes:

1)    If you are in possession of DOC cycling jersey and you’re riding with the group, then be proud to wear it.  If you have become a lean cycling machine aka race snake, and your cycling jersey is now too big, then it’s time for a new one.  Letour will be happy to get the correct size/cut to show off the new-found six-pack. BE PROUD TO WEAR YOUR DOC KIT! 

2)    Be courteous at all times, to all other riders, as well as roadies 😊.  Let’s abide by the rules of the road as this will save lives.

3)    If you are riding with a group and have time constraints, please do not enforce this on everyone else. Advise the ride captain of your intention to cut short, let him know when you leave the group to make your own way home. Also, pop a message on the Telegram group to advise that you are home safe and sound.

4)    If someone has a technical problem and you have the tools and the ability to help, then please do so as others can learn from you.  The quicker the technical is fixed, the quicker you can resume your ride.

5)    Please make sure that your bike is serviced on a regular basis and wheels are slimed every 3 months.

6)    If you have just come back from holiday and have gathered a few extra kgs, or been off the bike for a while, please don’t ride in the group you were previously riding in. Rather drop back a group and get your strength and fitness back.

7)    If our rides/times do not suit your training program and you are willing to take a group, then please discuss this with us as there may be others who will want to join you.  It is difficult to cater for all training needs & time slots/family commitments, but let’s try and work together on this.

8)    Do not attempt to ride if you are sick or recently recovering from flu, especially Covid (ensure to get the all clear to ride from your Doctor). 

The DOC family has grown over the years and it’s not easy to cater for everyone, but as one of the biggest MTB groups in SA, we have done something right.

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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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.
  • 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.

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!

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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