2021 - Fourways Club News

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE FOURWAYS

Please feel free to contact Alix Macchelli should you have any Club related issues you wish to discuss.  

E-mail: clubjhb@cyclelab.co.za 
Phone : 011 707 4727 /4726

For any Club related matters, general enquiry, info, cancellations/suspensions, account/billing Multipark App errors, Events Click here 

WhatsApp Groups: 
The club has three WhatsApp groups, described below. If you would like to be included on any of them, please send an email with confirmation of your cell number to clubjhb@cyclelab.co.za. Don't forget to specify which group you want.

  • LabChat: A social whatsapp platform for Friends of Cycle Lab to connect and communicate anything Cycling/Social/Club related. Please be respectful.
  • Sunday Club Rides: This is a whatsapp group for communicating  Sunday Club rides only – not a chat forum.
  • Cycle Lab MTB: A social group for mountain bikers to connect and share information on anything connected with MTB.

SATURDAY CLUB RIDES - MOUNTAIN BIKE BEGINNERS

MTB E group will start from Cycle Lab with all other groups. 

All others will leave as usual from in front of The Pro Shop next door to Cycle Lab at 6.00 a.m., road and mountain bikers (change to 6.30 in April and 7 a.m. in May).

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT CLUB RIDES FROM SEPTEMBER TO MARCH WILL START AT 06H00.  Get there early to find a parking space and locate the group you want to ride with.

Times will therefore be as follows:

  • April - 06h30 (Transition to winter month)
  • May, June, July. August  - 07h00
  • September - 06h30 (Transition to Summer months)
  • October to March - 06h00  

MEMBER REQUIREMENT
Club members taking part in Group Rides or Outrides are required to wear the club shirt and the official ICE ID bracelet to identify them as club members. 

PARKING ON SATURDAY MORNINGS
Please do not use the parking bays marked by traffic cones on either side of the Cycle Lab entrance. 
These are reserved on Saturdays for Group Leaders on duty.

CLUB DRIVERS

Please note our Club drivers are William, on 076 6005811 or Phineas on 072 2693519.  Please make a note of these numbers.

See Weekly info below.

Week 16 (17 April) - two more 06H30 Starts

MYCYCLELIFE.CO.ZA 

Have you visited mycyclelife.co.za and received your rewards.
You will need to enter your cell to receive a PIN, this changes each time.
You possibly have money to spend at the moment and this must be done during Autumn to go into the draw to HOPEFULLY win R175 000.00. But there are 5 short surveys and you'll get R50.00 for each voucher, so worth doing before your next shop. If you unsure please email me on clubjhb@cyclelab.co.za

CLUB RIDES

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is LINK to book. 
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

To book at bike set up at CycleLab Fourways, please click here

CGC - Interclub - Formula K Crit Circuit April 11th - content and photos courtesy of Nigel Laver

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Criteriums are not for everyone. This race format is very popular overseas and can ultimately fine tune great race craft. I presume like a skills clinic would for trail riding. The thing with Criteriums is there are LOTS of corners. I LOVE THEM. Adding a criterium to a smooth tarred technical race track rekindles my passion for karting from decades ago and of course my eagerness to go quickly on a bicycle (for as long as I can keep up that is)

Crit Crushers organised by Etienne Baucher has been on my radar since 2020. In a year when the race calendar was on its head, a few clever individuals saw ways of creating events that were away from the norm. Eitienne created a safe space for road training. Yes, for us Northerners we have the Cradle only minutes away by car BUT for the East Randers the roads are not as safe to ride road. Enter “Organised Training Rides” on a closed circuit race track. Etienne wants to go slow but is quickly being forced to take his connection top this track and crit idea mainstream. His first test was this past Sunday when he teamed up with CGC to create an “Interclub” … and event that used to be HIGH on the CGC Race Calendar. Now something of Urban Legend.

There were MANY riders who attended, the day was split into 3x 30min +1lap “Races” separated by average speed (which indicated ability: 35km/p/h+, 30km/p/h and 25km/p/h). Start A was at 6h45am and when I saw all the elites on the start line I may have known. Never lacking ANY confidence, I went for it anyway. I think I lasted about 2 laps and really only made-up ground on the corners. You see, the Formula K track (even though it’s in Benoni and built on an old mine dump ground) its UP one side and DOWN the other… with a VERY long back straight on a 5% gradient. That hurts the fatties (me included). That race was won by Josh Van Wyk (1st), Brad Gouveris (2nd) and Chris JNR Jooste (3rd) with David Maree taking the Hot Spot.

Licking my wounds, I decided to line up for Start B 15min later, this group contained all the Elite or Jnr ladies. I thought I’d hang back and see if this was going to be their race and get out of their way. After 3 corners I realised quickly it wasn’t and I went up the track with the 3 male JNRS (one of which I’d chased round this track previously, he actually showed me the line, which I the proceeded to school others who were prepared to sit on my wheel for a lap). Line in Criterium (or any track racing) is CRUCIAL, this make all the difference and will determine if you are making ground after the corners or on the back foot trying to make up lost ground. The line is grippy where the race cars shed their rubber. USE IT! The three youngsters attacked on the first hill and I lost ground but kept at it, after a few laps I allowed Ephraim on a Trek to catch me, we then worked together to catch the breakaway who were watching each other on some laps and gave us time to get back on their wheel. I was happy to let the jnrs duke it out on their own with their limited gears BUT Ephraim had other ideas. Start B was won by Ephraim Aklamati, Josh Wentzel (White Shirt in photo) and Matthew Symm (MCG). I came in 5th

Club members, I know Benoni is out of your circle. I know the appeal of riding round in circles every 3mins is not attractive. I realise turning corners is most certainly something you do not like to do… BUT I can assure you, this is SAFE, FUN riding. Check out the FB page, if you are keen request to be added to the WA group. If you have ANY racing in you, go check out one of their Sunday “Organised Training Rides” … POTENTIALLY in the near future Etienne and his crew will be forced to sanction this and create a PROPER event from it. I look forward to that day!

https://www.facebook.com/100063713349164/posts/132345392232572/

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BELOW: Photos of MTB C taken by Gerry 

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BELOW: photos of MTB A/B taken by Ali

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BELOW: MTB courtesy of Graham

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BELOW: Cycle Lab Active Academy leaving from Bidon at 07H00 - courtesy of Colleen

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Week 15 (10 April) - Remember both MTB & ROAD START AT 06H30 for the duration of April only

CLUB RIDES

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is LINK to book. 
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

To book at bike set up at CycleLab Fourways, please click here

Photos below courtesy of Peter Tippett Group E

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Photos of the Single Speed Fantastic 4 Towers Circle Ride

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Week 14 (03 April) - BOTH MTB & ROAD START AT 06h30 FOR THE DURATION OF APRIL

CLUB RIDES

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is LINK to book. 
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

To book at bike set up at CycleLab Fourways, please click here

Below, Donna from Cycle Lab Fourways giving a Tech Talk at Bidon after the ride

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Below, photos courtesy of Heino - MTB 

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Week 13 (27 March)

CLUB RIDES

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is LINK to book. 
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

To book at bike set up at CycleLab Fourways, please click here

Le Tour de Pretoria arranged by our Big T to keep legs turning on 22 March.

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27 March 2020, South Africa went into Lockdown. Since then a lot has changed, our everyday lives, our movement and ways of doing things! Today 22 March 2021 it almost felt like normal again, almost to the year we had our first official Public Holiday Club ride! Just like in the old days. Starting at the Club 06H00 after a small briefing, we made our way towards Pretoria. With CycleLabs backup vehicle behind us, making us feel so much safer. Thanks Phineas.

This was a comlete new route, taking us through Rooihuiskraal, then making our way west past Swartkops Raceway and Laudium.

We knew we doing something right because you could hear everyone chatting away, a good sign that the pace is enjoyable.

From there, we made our way more North and towards the back of the Union Building...Yes, the famous Tom Jenkins, not a lot was said as we climbed up that little hill "hehe"

For the Blue Bull supporters, yes Loftes is still standing as we passed it!

Making our way to Ford Klapperkop, wow....still very beautiful from there overlooking Pretoria and spotting the Union Building in the background. Just beautiful.

Going down, semi past Airforce Base Waterkloof, we made our way to Irene Farms for something cold or hot and to fill the stomachs. Rob buying a piece of mother earth, sorry Rob!

And ja, making our way back past Mall of Africa. Somehow the chats got a little bit quieter. Wonder why? Just kidding, at this stage we've climbed around 1630 meters already.

And finally, back at the Club...all safe!!!

Distance done, 126 kms with about 1710 meter of climbing. One or two mechanicals, a puncture but all sorted.

Thank you to everyone who joined the ride, without anyone pitching there will be no ride!! Each and everyone pitching, makes these rides successful.

Thank you CycleLab for your support. Thank you Phineas.

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PHOTOS from this past weekend.

Courtesy of Graham pile and Gerry de Boer from MTB C & D

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Week 12 (20 March)

CLUB RIDES

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is LINK to book. 
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

To book at bike set up at CycleLab Fourways, please click here

 

Photos courtesy of Jennifer

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Week 11 (13 March)

CLUB RIDES

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is LINK to book. 
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

Photos courtesy of: Brett Basel and Grant Whiley

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Week 10 06 March 

We have now eased into Level 1 and ask you to remain cautious.

• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is the booking link:
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

Photos below courtesy of Heino, Ali, 

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Week 9 27 Feb

We remain in Adjusted Lockdown Level 3, but in order to maintain the all-important compliance to government regulations on group gatherings and sports activities, including our Cycle Lab Active rides, here’s a reminder:

• Groups will be limited to 20
• Groups will depart at set intervals
• Group structure needs to be maintained during the ride
• Fourways Cycle Lab Active Academy riders (beginners) need to pre-book your spot online in advance here for the ride starting at Bidon Bistro, Cradle at 06H30. Here is the booking link
• Facemasks must be worn before and after the ride
• Physical distancing should be practised at all times before and after the ride
• No hugging or hand-shaking or any kind of physical contact

Since these are official guided and supported Cycle Lab Active rides, all riders need to wear the current Cycle Lab Active club jersey. Our Toyota vehicles will be in attendance to offer appropriate club member support.

Bidon Rides - see you at 06H30

Over the next few weeks we will be working on bunch riding and group etiquette.
For the pre-ride chat, we'll have a little Q&a Session then break down into the chosen group distances before heading off at 06H45
Remember hydration and nutrition

Book your ride here (for Bidon) 

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Photos below courtesy of Malcolm, Gerry and Grant

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Below courtesy of Andre/Colleen Robinson 

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Week 8 20 Feb

Club rides have resumed, normal starting times from 06H00. Due to the positive response from our amazing Group Leaders, we are able to offer all groups. It is of course imperative that we all adhere to the necessary safety protocols:

Individuals AND groups to practise safe distancing.
Please wear your mask before departing
If you feel unwell, or exhibit any of the signs consistent with COVID or have been in touch with anyone that has recently been infected, please refrain from riding.

Remember to please take spares with you, the recent rains have resulted in plenty of debris on the roads. As usual we will have support vehicles and Road Rangers for your benefit. In the event of rain and taking the safety of members into consideration a decision will be made timeously as to whether we continue with the ride.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back again.

Below, courtesy of Gerry de Boer, lots of technicals.......

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Below, courtesy of Andre Robinson, D2 Short, 2 went long and one C3 joined the group coming home.  Great ride. 

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 Below, courtesy of Nick Allen

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CLUB RIDES

We are pleased to announce that Club rides will resume on Saturday 13th Feb, normal starting times from 06H00. Due to the positive response from our amazing Group Leaders, we are able to offer all groups. It is of course imperative that we all adhere to the necessary safety protocols:

Individuals AND groups to practise safe distancing.
Please wear your mask before departing
If you feel unwell, or exhibit any of the signs consistent with COVID or have been in touch with anyone that has recently been infected, please refrain from riding.

Remember to please take spares with you, the recent rains have resulted in plenty of debris on the roads. As usual we will have support vehicles and Road Rangers for your benefit. In the event of rain and taking the safety of members into consideration a decision will be made timeously as to whether we continue with the ride.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back again.

Week 4

Until further notice from Government and the Regulations are relaxed the rides remain suspended. 

As normal there will be a Cycle Lab Active support vehicle (s) in attendance, in the Cradle from 07H00 - 11H00. Please save the numbers of our drivers, William 076 600 5811 and Phineas 072 269 3519. 

Incident Report

Reports of two cyclists mugged this morning (27 Jan) on their MTB's on the spruit below Old Parks.  Three attackers, 2 with hand guns and 1 with a knife stopped them on the trail, took phones and watches - left bikes with cut tyres.  Please take care while on the trails, try be aware especially in sections like that below Old Parks through to Willowwild/Hurlingham.  Only ride in groups and remain alert. 

Week 3

Unfortunately nothing has changed as far as group rides while we 'ride the current wave'

A reminder that while official club rides have been suspended due to Level 3 Regulations we encourage you to continue to ride.  As normal there will be a Cycle Lab Active support vehicle (s) in attendance, in the Cradle from 07H00 - 11H00. Please save the numbers of our drivers, William 076 600 5811 and Phineas 072 269 3519. 

Week 2

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As many of you might have heard, Eddie Brandstatter sadly passed away due to Covid-19 12 January 2021. We are all deeply shocked and saddened. Eddie was a stalwart of Cycle Lab Active with more than a decade of service and friendship. He had recently emigrated to the UK and was just about to start a new life. He was only 51 and is survived by his wife Mel and Granddaughter Kylie.
Eddie was a friend to many and an integral part of our community. He served on the Road Advisory Committee for many years and was a great contributor to the success of the club.
Unfortunately, due to the Level 3 restrictions placed on group rides we are not able to arrange a memorial ride for Eddie at this present moment but we plan to organise one when it is safe to do so. Those that knew Eddie are obviously very emotional with the passing of a friend and fellow rider. We will therefore dedicate our individual rides this Saturday and Sunday to Eddie. We will be placing a poster at the big tree on the highest point of our club ride route (before the Rollercoaster - we’ll share a location pin shortly).
Feel free to stop in your own capacity to pay your respects on your weekend rides. Should you stop in a group, please adhere to the Covid-19 regulations of social distancing.
RIP Eddie the Eagle.

CLUB RIDES STATUS

Below from previous communication. 

"So, the country has been moved back to Level 3 in the lockdown ranks. How does this affect us as cyclists?

Well, we’re back to riding in groups no larger than four, not being permitted to have organised events/races and riding within certain hours, due to the curfew.

Fortunately, we are still able to ride and that’s something to be grateful for. Thank goodness we’re not surfers…

As Cycle Lab Active members, this will mean that the return of our organised Saturday morning rides will be postponed. Instead of restarting on Saturday 9 January, we’ll be waiting for the government’s announcement. Based on history, it’s possible this 15-day Lockdown 3 shift could well be extended. But let’s hope not.

It’s mid summer and the best time to get out and ride! Unfortunately, we can only start at 06h00, so be sure to plan your long-ride hydration carefully and possibly reapply sunblock on hot days.

Our economy is also unfortunately taking major strain and there’s a growing risk of being mugged or attacked while cycling as desperation theft increases.

The best way to reduce your risk of being accosted is to ride at popular cycling venues, such as bike parks (for mountain bikers) and regular cycling routes (for road cyclists). Riding alone anywhere is still a risk so try to meet with friends and create a ‘strength in numbers’ ride scenario. Remember that the government has put a limit of four on riding groups.

Reminder: you need to wear masks before and after your ride, but are exempt from wearing them while riding.

Let’s hope this temporary shift to Level 3 is indeed just temporary. Try to stay positive and enjoy your summer rides."

 

2021 GAUTENG ROAD & TT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Important notice

Due to the current lockdown Level 3 situation, the Cycling SA president’s announcement last week and the uncertainty on future lockdown levels in January 2021. Gauteng Road Commission has decided to POSTPONE the Gauteng Road and TT Championship which was due to take place on 15 & 16 January 2021.

The new proposed dates for the Championships are: 29 & 30 May 2021. In light of the postponement, we have decided the following:

i) Since no major costs have already been incurred, all paid entries will remain valid.

Week 1

CLUB RIDES FOR JANUARY 2021

Below from previous communication. 

"So, the country has been moved back to Level 3 in the lockdown ranks. How does this affect us as cyclists?

Well, we’re back to riding in groups no larger than four, not being permitted to have organised events/races and riding within certain hours, due to the curfew.

Fortunately, we are still able to ride and that’s something to be grateful for. Thank goodness we’re not surfers…

As Cycle Lab Active members, this will mean that the return of our organised Saturday morning rides will be postponed. Instead of restarting on Saturday 9 January, we’ll be waiting for the government’s announcement. Based on history, it’s possible this 15-day Lockdown 3 shift could well be extended. But let’s hope not.

It’s mid summer and the best time to get out and ride! Unfortunately, we can only start at 06h00, so be sure to plan your long-ride hydration carefully and possibly reapply sunblock on hot days.

Our economy is also unfortunately taking major strain and there’s a growing risk of being mugged or attacked while cycling as desperation theft increases.

The best way to reduce your risk of being accosted is to ride at popular cycling venues, such as bike parks (for mountain bikers) and regular cycling routes (for road cyclists). Riding alone anywhere is still a risk so try to meet with friends and create a ‘strength in numbers’ ride scenario. Remember that the government has put a limit of four on riding groups.

Reminder: you need to wear masks before and after your ride, but are exempt from wearing them while riding.

Let’s hope this temporary shift to Level 3 is indeed just temporary. Try to stay positive and enjoy your summer rides."

  

2021 GAUTENG ROAD & TT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Important notice

Due to the current lockdown Level 3 situation, the Cycling SA president’s announcement last week and the uncertainty on future lockdown levels in January 2021. Gauteng Road Commission has decided to POSTPONE the Gauteng Road and TT Championship which was due to take place on 15 & 16 January 2021.

The new proposed dates for the Championships are: 29 & 30 May 2021. In light of the postponement, we have decided the following:

i) Since no major costs have already been incurred, all paid entries will remain valid.