2021 - Fourways Club News

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE FOURWAYS

REMEMBER CLUB RIDES FROM SEPTEMBER START AT 06H00.

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 

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, - 07h00
  • August, - 06h30 (Transition to Summer months)
  • September 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 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.