Lynnwood Club News 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE LYNNWOOD RIDGE CLUB NEWS

CONTACT DETAILS
Please feel free to contact Theresa Klopper at any time should you have any Club related issues you wish to discuss.
E-mail: direct to Theresa clubpta@cyclelab.co.za 
Cell : Theresa 0823315190

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RACE RESULTS:
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WEEK 8 - 2019

Know Your Group Leader:

Name: Heini Falk
Age: 37
Started Cycling: 2 Oct 2016
Job: BI Managed at Europcar South Africa

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It’s hard for me to think that I started cycling almost two and a half years ago already. I realized that time has gone so quickly when I look at my stats and the amount of hours I spend in the saddle.
My story started in a Doctor’s office on a Friday afternoon doing a routine checkup on my high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Before that day I was just a regular guy who worked hard and kept my head down while trying to provide for my wife and two sons.
It’s a day I won’t ever forget and it feels like yesterday. It was the day that changed my life, my perspective, my drive and my opinion on life. The doctor sat me down and told me that he has good and bad news. I joking said well we could start with the good news.
His exact words were “Well the good news is that I will come visit you in the hospital, that’s if you survive your heart attack within the next year”. It was at that exact moment that my life changed.
It’s humbling for me to think that those words resulted in a completely different path in my life.
My Brother invited me to come cycling with him at Red Barn where you can hire a bike for the day to enjoy their bike park. He even offered to pay for it. So eagerly the family went to Red barn, I hired a bike and we started to cycle. I think we barely reached the 1.8km mark when I got off and told my brother that he now has 2 bikes to ride back. My legs hurt, I couldn’t breath and my heart was pounding so hard I thought this was it … I really do hope the doctor comes and visit.
Needless to say my brother stayed with me and he got me back on the saddle and pushed me all the way back to the entrance.
That next morning I woke up next to my wife and said to her. “You won’t believe me but I’m in the mood to go cycle”. She immediately sat up straight, looked at me and said “You knew what happened yesterday right? You were there” as if I forgot how I felt the day before.
That afternoon I went to Cycle lab Lynnwood just to look, you know “LOOK”. Needless to say I bought a bike that day. It’s been 2 years 4 months and a few odd days later and I am on bike number 5 now. My trusty Rocky Mountain that I won’t be selling anytime soon. ?
I went from a heart attack waiting to happen at 147kg while being out of breath walking to the car and tying my shoes in the morning to a person who favor’s the steps over the escalator or a lift.
Amazing how one sentence at the right time can change a person’s life forever.
I want to thank my brother Mike and Dr James as well as my wife for the support and motivation. You all literally saved a live.

Saturday Club Road Rides – 23 February 2019:

A Group: Route: Delmas/Bronkhorstspruit, Distance: 130km, average speed: 33km/h plus, Group Leader: Ettienne & Sweeper: Lee-Zaan.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction with Lynnwood road, turn right with Solomon Mahlangu, turn left on the Delmas road, all the way to the Bapsfontein/ Bronkhorstspruit 4way Crossing, turn left towards Bronkhorstspruit, turn left on the Ekandustria road, to go up a little climb and then not long until the group passes over the N4, turn left on the old Bronkhorstspruit road, all the way to the Cullinan/Rayton intersection, go straight over a little climb, until Simon Vermooten, turn left, until Lynnwood road, turn right and back to the shop.

B Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 75Km, average speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Wesley.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction with Lynnwood road, all the way up to the T-Junction, turn left on the Bronkhorstspruit road, turn left at the T-Junction towards Cullinan/Rayton, up with Diamond Hill climb. Left at the Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit 4 way stop, then go all the way towards Pretoria on the old Bronkhorstspruit road turn left into Simon Vermooten and right into Lynnwood to go back to the shop.

C Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 65km, average speed: 25km/h. Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Daniel.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction through the suburbs turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the up to the Railway Bridge, turn left at the T-Junction towards Cullinan, up with Diamond Hill climb. Left at the Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit 4 way stop, then go all the way towards Pretoria on the old Bronkhorstspruit road until Simon Vermooten, turn left and right into Rossouw street through the suburbs to go back to the shop.

Combined D & E Group: Route: Boshkop, Distance: 55km, average speed: 20-22km/h, Group Leader: Jeandre & Sweeper: Amos.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction through the suburbs turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the up to the Railway Bridge, turn around and head back to the shop. The group could split and turn around earlier at Kitty Hawk to do a 40Km distance if there is a need for that.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 23 February 2019:
Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.
Routes to be communicated on the day.

Group A (High Skills, 20km/h+):
There will be no A Group Ride. Distance: 70+km

Group B with Hein and Soxx (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 50 km

Group C with David and Heini (Moderate level of Skill required, Pace: 17km/h):
Distance: 40-50km

Group D with Renier and Theresa (Low level of skill required, Pace: 13-15km/h):
Distance: 30-40km

Group E (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
There will not be a Group E Ride. Distance: 20-30km

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WEEK 7 - 2019

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Saturday Club Road Rides – 16 February 2019:

Remember to Dress Up in Red – A prize will be awarded, sponsored by Cycle Lab Lynnwood for the best dressed Valentine.

There will only be two groups:

1) Combined B & C: Group leader: Wesley and Daniel, Sweeper: Lee-Zaan @25km/h
Route: Head out East with Lynnwood, left on Boshkop, up to Trainbridge, turn right towards Delmas, turn right towards Delmas/Bapsfontein, turn right into Lynnwood & turn left into Nkwe road.

2) Combined D & E: Groupleaders: Glynn, Henlo, Jeandre & Amos: Pace of the slowest rider:
Route: Head out east with Lynnwood, then left into Boshkop Road, ride to Kitty Hawk, turn around and head back to Lynnwood Road. At Lynnwood Road turn left and ride to Nkwe Road, where you will turn right to stop at Nkwe.

Please note: I will bring rolls and there will be coffee. Please remember to take R60 cash for entry and Nkwe. Cyclists can send their breakfast ingredients with their family or if they are not joining us for the social you are welcome to put it in the club car before the ride to take to Nkwe.

For those who are not joining us for the Valentines Breakfast Braai at Nkwe, Glynn will escort you back to Cycle Lab Lynnwood instead of stopping at Nkwe.

After the social, those who are not picked up by their families can form groups and ride back to Cycle Lab Lynnwood.


Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 16 February 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.

Remember to Dress Up in Red – A prize will be awarded, sponsored by Cycle Lab Lynnwood for the best dressed Valentine.

One combined Mountain Bike Group with Theunis, Theresa, Soxx, Andre and Heini
Distance: ±40 km
The ride will start at Cycle Lab Lynnwood and stop at Nkwe. We will split the groups along the route as per the difference in pace of the riders.
We will turn right into Lynnwood Road, turn left in January Masilela Drive left into Glenwood Road to Atterbury Road. We will then turn left into Atterbury into the single track next to the road and ride to Ajax Road. We will turn left into Ajax Road to the T-junction where we will turn left. We will ride to the next T-junction and turn right. We will go over WTF, pass Leribisi Lodge and turn left at the Sasol Garage to go up hand brake hill. At the top we will turn right and enjoy the downhill all the way to Nkwe.

Please note: I will bring rolls and there will be coffee. Please remember to take R60 cash for entry and Nkwe. Cyclists can send their breakfast ingredients with their family or if they are not joining us for the social you are welcome to put it in the club car before the ride to take to Nkwe.

After the social, riders can either ride back to Cycle Lab Lynnwood as a group or go home with their families who joined us for the social.

 

WEEK 6 - 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Know Your Group Leader:

This is just WOW:

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Name: Ettienne Botma

Age: 35

Work as
Senior Software Developer/Consultant and Team Leader @ First Tech Digital

My story starts like a lot of other cyclists I have met, following a big tragedy that led to depression, I turned to food for comfort.

I finally, with some help made it through the rough years, but the food addiction stuck. This led to very bad health conditions. One day in 2013, while tying my motor bike boots, I realized I can’t even breathe while tying my shoe laces.

I then knew I had to change my lifestyle, which meant a change in diet and making exercise part of my life. Because of my weight and general unfitness, cycling was the best choice as it was the least impact on my joints.

I started off with an old racing bicycle my brother used in school. My first ride was 800m out and 800m back. I could not walk or talk for almost an hour after that.

I started doing longer distances like 20km-40km, but after bending my wheels for a second time, just before my first race (Carnival classic 60km), I bought my first real bike from Koos (the Silverback Strela 3 I still have today).

I was very happy doing my first 60km in under 3 hours and I felt so good it inspired me to gradually increase my time in the saddle leading to lots of weight loss.

In 2014, I was in a motorcycle accident when a pedestrian ran in front of me. Saved by my protective clothing and kit, the broken ribs were the worst part. Due to my injuries I could not ride and went back to my old habits.

By December 2015 I gained all the weight that I lost. After taking a bit of a break from work I decided to get in shape again. I started riding again in January 2016. Luckily all was not lost as I could ride around the block at least once. I needed some new tyres etc. and found out Koos now works at Cycle Lab Lynnwood.

I will never forget the Saturday I arrived at Cycle Lab Lynnwood. Koos just came from the club ride, when he saw me, he stopped and he greeted me by name. I was super impressed that he remembered me.

He then convinced me to join the club. Back then there were only two groups. I could not even keep up with the slowest group. I remember some days riding behind Oswald, who was also a great inspiration to keep me going.

With a lot of hard work, support from Charmain and the Cycle Lab Active family, coaching from Koos, Marius and some others, it is humbling to see how far I have come, from my first 947 doing it in 4h18 till my fastest of 2h26 last year.

I just hope I can inspire club members the way I have been inspired by the Club and its members.

Saturday Club Road Rides – 9 February 2019:

Combined A & B Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 110km, Speed:28km/h, Group Leader: Ettienne & Sweeper: Wesley.
New Route: Group will be doing a new route: Fountains Circle, Thaba Tshwane, Laudium, Diepsloot, go under N14, turn left up Summit road, through Midrand and Samrand, Centurion, down Botha Ave, up with Klapperkop, through Menlyn and back to the shop.

C Group: Route: Solomon Mahlangu/Klapperkop, Distance: 60km, Average Speed: 25km/h, Group Leader: Reuben & Sweeper: Daniel Alikisente.
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in an Westerly direction, turn left at Gautrain route that passes in front of Boys High, turn left at Magnolia, turn right to go past Harlequins rugby club, turn right into George Storrar, at the Fountains go left up Botha Avenue, all the way to Kloofsig, turn left at the Garage, go up to Trichard road turn right towards and head Westerly over the Ben Schoeman Highway and old JHB road turn right up to Valhalla, through Thaba Tswhane, past One Military Hospital, down Eufees Ave to Fountains Circle, go up R21, up Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Combined D & E Group: Route: Klapperkop, 45km, Average Speed: 20-22km/h, Group Leader: Hannes & Sweeper: Amos.
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in an Westerly direction, turn left at Gautrain route that passes in front of Boys High, turn left at Magnolia, turn right to go past Harlequins rugby club, turn right into George Storrar, pass Fountains circle and continue up Botha Ave, after Groenkloof Nature Reserve turn left at the first Robot, continue parallel with Botha avenue to the Kloofsig Garage, go down Botha avenue in an opposite direction towards Fountains Circle, up R21 and up with Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 9 February 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.
Routes to be communicated on the day.

Group A (High Skills, 20km/h+):
There will be no A Group Ride. Distance: 70+km

Group B with Renier, Theresa and Soxx (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 120 km

Group C with David and Heini (Moderate level of Skill required, Pace: 17km/h):
Distance: 40-50km

Group D with Theunis and Alexander (Low level of skill required, Pace: 13-15km/h):
Distance: 30-40km

Group E with Jeandre and Xander (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
Distance: 20-30km

WEEK 5 - 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Know Your Group Leader:
Ozzy. This man is an inspiration!
Name: Oswald Kydd
Age: 49
Work as: Workshop Liaison Cyclelab
Started Riding: February 1988

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Achievements:
2011 World Triathlon Champion
2014 ATU Cross triathlon Champion
Multiple All Africa Triathlon champion
Multiple South African Triathlon, Road, Track and Time Trial Champion
Bio
I started to do Cross Country at school in 1982, where I eventually progressed up to Marathon and Ultra-Marathon distance by 1985 (matric year). Did my National service in 1986 & 1987. After completing my National Service I started cycling progressing over time to race as a Pro-Amateur.
3 days after I won my last race, I was involved in an accident on the 1st October 1997. The accident resulted in the amputation of my right leg above the knee, approximately 12 days afterwards.
It took almost 6 months for me to get my first prosthesis, at which time I started with a short 18 kilometre ride around the Natal South Coast. On this ride I really suffered and fell over 3 times purely because I was riding so slowly and wasn't able to keep my balance.
About a year after my accident I managed my first National Classic a ride that takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban a distance of 106 kilometres. I managed to finish it in a time of around 3h06.
Since then I have participated at several South African Road and Time Trial Championships and been SA Champion for many years in my Physically Challenged category.
In 2002, I went over to the World Championships for the Physically Disabled held in Germany.
In 2005, I was getting 'bored' with my cycling career. So I decided to 'challenge' myself a bit more and decided to do Triathlon. In December of that year I did my first triathlon a 600m swim, 20 km bike ride and a 5 km run. The run leg was done with me using crutches.
I managed to befriend a referee who was involved in with Ironman South Africa. I asked him what he could do to get me into the race in April 2006.
I got the go ahead a few days after asking the referee that my entry would be covered by the organisers.
I managed to do some training. However, at the time I was based in Kimberly, about 1000 km from the nearest seaside town. I trained for the next 3 months. My swim I was only able to swim 10-15 times with the longest being around 1500m. For my biking training I was able to do some good rides and luckily I come from a cycling background. For the run I was permitted to make use of a wheelchair for the run. I trained approximately on one for about 3 times a week for 2 months prior to the race.
The dawn of race day finally broke and the whole vibe was something to be experienced, nerves excitement all combined. I managed to do my first Ironman in a time of 13:07, since then I have done 2 more Ironman event, in 2007 I finished in a time of 12:25 and in 2010 I finished in a time of 10:56 in 198th position overall.
In between these events I participated at SA Championships as well as several other local triathlon events.
In 2010, I was selected to represent South Africa at Triathlon World Championships in Hungary, where managed to finish 3rd overall with a mere 4 seconds over the 4th placed athlete. In 2011, I was selected to represent South Africa again in Beijing this time where I managed to win the World Championship. However, in 2012 when we went to New Zealand, I had a dismal race to say the least as I had 2 falls during the run leg, and only managed a 4th.
I do it because I love it and because I want to show the world what physically challenged people can do.
These days I am a certified triathlon coach. I have coached several of our club members to a number of triathlon completions including Ironman 70.3 distances. I also gave much needed advice to cyclist in trying to achieve personal bests at various races.

B Group Road Ride Reports:

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We headed out towards town along Lynnwood maintain a good pace and we managed to keep up with the A-group due to us being caught at the red traffic lights. As we headed up Eeufees Road it started to warm up quite nicely. We travelled through the Military base where I lost my water bottle before heading along the R55. We rode and passed some slower riders heading to the top of the climb, we then turned right and rode along the R511 towards Diepsloot before turning off along Summit Road back towards Midrand. By this time the wind had picked up and we rode through two very small rain patches. We then turned left to go back towards Ruimte Road with a few small nasty little bumps along the way. We got to Ruimte Road with a few of our guys feeling a bit tired especially climbing the hills. As we headed down towards the Eeufees off-ramp one of the riders had a puncture much too some peoples relief. We then headed back towards Lynnwood and opted to not do King’s Highway as it was already quite late and I needed to get back to the shop to do some work

Saturday Club Road Rides – 2 February 2019:

A Group: Route: Bronkhorstspruit, Distance: 100km, average speed: 28km/h plus, Group Leader: Ettienne & Sweeper: Koos.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction with Lynnwood road all the way to the T-Junction on the Bapsfontein/ Bronkhorstspruit road and turn left towards Bronkhorstspruit, the group will go straight with that road past the T-Junction(where we usually turn left), we continue on the Bronkhorstspruit road until we turn left on the Ekandustria road, to go up a little climb and then not long until the group passes over the N4, turn left on the old Bronkhorstspruit road, all the way to the Cullinan/Rayton intersection, go straight over a little climb, until Simon Vermooten, turn left, until Lynnwood road, turn right and back to the shop.

B Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 75Km, average speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Wesley.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction with Lynnwood road, all the way up to the T-Junction, turn left on the Bronkhorstspruit road, turn left at the T-Junction towards Cullinan/Rayton, up with Diamond Hill climb. Left at the Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit 4 way stop, then go all the way towards Pretoria on the old Bronkhorstspruit road turn left into Simon Vermooten and right into Lynnwood to go back to the shop.

C Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 65km, average speed: 25km/h. Group Leader: Reuben & Sweeper: Lee-Zaan.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction through the suburbs turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the up to the Railway Bridge, turn left at the T-Junction towards Cullinan, up with Diamond Hill climb. Left at the Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit 4 way stop, then go all the way towards Pretoria on the old Bronkhorstspruit road until Simon Vermooten, turn left and right into Rossouw street through the suburbs to go back to the shop.

Combined D & E Group: Route: Boshkop, Distance: 55km, average speed: 20-22km/h, Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Amos.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction through the suburbs turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the up to the Railway Bridge, turn around and head back to the shop. The group could split and turn around earlier at Kitty Hawk to do a 40Km distance if there is a need for that.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 2 February 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

Group A (High Skills, 20km/h+):
There will be no A Group Ride. Distance: 70+km

Group B with Martin and Theresa (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 106km
Click here to view the route. 

Group C with Andre and Heini (Moderate level of Skill required, Pace: 17km/h):
Distance: 40-50km

Group D with Theunis and Soxx (Low level of skill required, Pace: 13-15km/h):
Distance: 30-40km

Group E (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
There will be no E group ride. Distance: 20-30km

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WEEK 04 - 2019

Know Your Group Leader:

Koos Klopper:

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I have always been passionate about all kinds of sport, participated in almost everything, but had to make a choice out of a couple, because I really competed in too many.
At school I was a rebel and when the Rugby teacher made me Captain of the second team and reserve for the first team, I decided to play for the Hartbeespoort rugby club, with much older men, but back then we played a couple of games on Loftus main field, which school boys didn’t often have the honour of playing on.
At school I achieved Northern Transvaal Provincial colours in Athletics: High Jump, Hurdles and Cross Country Running and also for Softball.
I decided to concentrate on Tennis, since doing an individual sport, one could show your performance, instead of doing a team sport, your coach could decide matters, good or worse.
I played Tennis for a couple of years in Pretoria for Belgrave Tennis Club, I used to be a qualified coach and my best result was to win a Silver and Bronze medal at the World Police and Fire Games in Stockholm Sweden.
The Tennis damaged my knees so badly, that I had to receive an operation in both. The Doctor advised me to start cycling to strengthen the muscles around my knees and I joined Theresa with spinning classes. That was the beginning of taking up Cycling as a sport and soon cycling to be a lifestyle and not just a sport…
In the older days we started racing in seeded bunches and to progress from one bunch to another, we had clock cards, of which 3 had to be produced to progress to the next bunch.
I gradually improved and eventually took out a racing licence in the Elite category, where racing was tough and finishing just in the bunch was a good achievement, I would hear afterwards that Robert or Malcolm won the race, but could never witness…
I worked for 16 years at Correctional Services and always had a lot of time to train. I used to drink coffee on those training rides at a late good friend of mine, Mervyn Dinkleman’s cycling shop.
While there when things got busy in the shop I started to help customers and sell cycling goods to them. One thing led to another and I left my job and started working in the cycling industry in 2006.
I worked at a couple of shops and build and help build a couple them, including the old Cycle Lab Centurion, then later Cycle lab Lynnwood. I then left Cycle Lab Pretoria and started my own shop Cycle Max in Centurion, which I really enjoyed owning and managing.
One morning I commuted to work (Cycle Max), when a lady skipped a traffic light and hit me at 100km/h in Centurion, luckily not far from Unitas Hospital, where the paramedics and medical personnel at the hospital saved my life. Just a couple of injuries to mention: Broken Neck, all Ribs on my right hand side which went through my lungs, internal bleeding, from my kidney that burst, my right leg was broken and my fibula and tibia stuck through my legwarmer, my femur was also broken in 2 places.
My life suddenly changed for the worse, but with the grace from our Heavenly Father and love and prayer from Theresa, family and friends got me through it. I am living testament to that…
I had a lot of complications and nearly lost my leg to infection, had two external fixators, which has pins going through your bones attaching it to rings on the outside supporting the broken bones.
Theresa had to clean it every night, which was not easy…
I still worked at my Cycle Shop and most of the time just lying in a Lazy Boy Chair in a corner of the shop.
I gradually got better and climbed on the bicycle after 18 months. I was trying to cycle one morning in the Cradle and Christiaan my son, helped push me up the hills. Shortly after this I was offered the opportunity to work at the new bigger and best Cycle Lab in December 2015, owned by Morecorp and things started to lookup.
I am really blessed with and proud of our club members, becoming friends and making this club the great success it is.
I am starting to make a little comeback, back to racing again.
I train mostly with Christiaan and Sonica early in the mornings and try to coach them to improve their cycling.
My career highlight must be winning Sub Vet and Veteran SA Road TT Championships and finishing 6 ABSA Cape Epics in a row competitively. This was before the accident. I believe that I will in the immediate future be able to compete at this level again.
Safe and responsible cycle greetings….

Road Ride Reports:

Group B – Wesley Drake:

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As I rolled in to the Cycle Lab Lynwood parking lot, there was already a large, expectant group of cyclists congregating. With the morning chatter and friendly smiles there was already an excited atmosphere, everyone ready to get two wheels rolling. After formalities by Theresa and a blessed prayer by Glynn, the B Group set off first for the Graham/Boshkop/Bronkhorstspruit route.
This was my first ride leading out the B group, previously having the easier task of sweeping. Although nothing is easy sweeping behind an Ozzie led group. We heading out on Lynwood Road, taking the steady drag up Graham Road. As we felt the road ramp up on Graham, we caught up to a “neighboring” cycle club, who were all too obliging to show us how not to ride on the road. Their mountain bike group was riding on the left dirt, left lane, right lane into oncoming traffic and right dirt. We held our line on the left side, communicated we were coming through and carried on, albeit a little bemused by what we had just seen. We held a steady tempo pace up Graham and felt the cross headwind as the road opened up, the steady breeze coming from the South. It’s funny how it doesn’t seem so bad after you’ve done the math and worked out as you turn it’ll be a tailwind... and how sweet it was!
We took the left turn and were immediately hitting speeds over 50km/hr on the descent after a few pedal revs. Another left and we kept the pace high, keeping it around 40km/hr past Boschkop Bridge, as we made our way to diamond hill. It was great to see so many cyclists on the road and even better to get so many friendly waves along the way. We went up and over Diamond Hill without too much fuss, keeping a good tempo as a group. The left turn at the Old Bronkhorstspruit turn allowed us to stop for a minute and plan our descent like pro team management, aiming to win the Tour.
We clipped in and pedalled our way to the “final” climb of the ride before the descent, which allowed us to work as a team, alternating in an anti-clockwise rhythmic action. This allowed us to keep the pace up and find ourselves at the Mamelodi intersection in great time. We then kept it controlled and all together back to the shop. The final sting in the tail was the head wind on Simon Vermooten, as if reminding us we don’t always get what we want.
We finished at the club in a 30 average over the 72km route. The group really worked well together, communicated well and thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
There is great Gees in the B-Group and we can only hope more guys and girls from the C group join us for more rides. As Zwift says ‘Close the Gap’, and I can tell you, it’s never as big as you think it is. Until next week, stay blessed!

Saturday Club Road Rides – 26 January 2019:

A Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 110km, Speed:28km/h plus, Group Leader: Reuben & Sweeper: Koos.
New Route: Group will be doing a new route: Fountains Circle, Thaba Tshwane, Laudium, Diepsloot, go under N14, turn left up Summit road, through Midrand and Samrand, Centurion, down Botha Ave, up Klapperkop, through Menlyn and back to the shop and turn around go past Zwartkops Raceway, Valhalla down Eefees & back to shop.

B Group: Route: Solomon Laudium, Distance: 90km, Average Speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Martin.
New Route: Group will be doing a new route: Fountains Circle, Thaba Tshwane, Laudium, Diepsloot and turn around go past Zwartkops Raceway, Valhalla down Eefees & back to shop. Click here to view the route. 

C Group: Route: Solomon Mahlangu/Klapperkop, Distance: 60km, Average Speed: 25km/h, Group Leader: Hannes.
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in an Westerly direction, turn left at Gautrain route that passes in front of Boys High, turn left at Magnolia, turn right to go past Harlequins rugby club, turn right into George Storrar, at the Fountains go left up Botha Avenue, all the way to Kloofsig, turn left at the Garage, go up to Trichard road turn right towards and head Westerly over the Ben Schoeman Highway and old JHB road turn right up to Valhalla, through Thaba Tswhane, past One Military Hospital, down Eufees ave to Fountains Circle, go up R21, up Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Combined D & E Group: Route: Klapperkop, 45km, Average Speed: 20-22km/h, Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Hein.
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in an Westerly direction, turn left at Gautrain route that passes in front of Boys High, turn left at Magnolia, turn right to go past Harlequins rugby club, turn right into George Storrar, pass Fountains circle and continue up Botha Ave, after Groenkloof Nature Reserve turn left at the first Robot, continue parallel with Botha avenue to the Kloofsig Garage, go down Botha avenue in an opposite direction towards Fountains Circle, up R21 and up with Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides - 26 January 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

Group A (High Skills, 20km/h+):
Distance: 70+km
Due to it being a Racing Weekend there will be no Group A ride on Saturday.

Group B with Soxx and Renier (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 60+km

Group C with Heini (Moderate level of Skill required, Pace: 17km/h):
Distance: 40-50km

Group D with Theresa (Low level of skill required, Pace: 13-15km/h):
Distance: 30-40km

Group E with Andre (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
Distance: 20-30km

WEEK 03 - 2019

Starting this week, we will be posting some insight on one of our Group Leaders.

I am proud to introduce Reuben Opperman to you:

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When I was 4 my parents got divorced and my mother and I "ran away" to Olifant's Hoek in the Northern Cape. I grew a bit of a house child and never really got the chance to do sport or compete. When we moved to Cape Town I took up rugby in primary school but that lasted about 3 weeks. Tennis was never my thing and although I ran real well for someone who never trained much for it due to parental consent restraints I still had not found my ideal sport.
So when aged 13 I was allowed to see my father for the first time in almost 9 years I was pleasantly surprised by the man not told me the half of and amongst my discoveries I found that he was an avid roadie in his day. I saw portraits of him going up Suikerbossie and there and then I knew that was what I wanted to do.
His local shop in Paarl, Kroff Cycles, with help from Hein Kroff the man himself helped set me up and on alternating visiting weekends I rode with them in the Boland (still my favourite spot). Week days and other weekends I hung around Astra Pro Cycles in Parow close to my High School and Gerhard Genis (former WP champ) helped me train and even entered me into my first WP champs as a juvenile (15), not telling me it was that. I rocked up legs full of tissue patches from my botched shaving attempt and got dropped in the first 20km. I decided I would finish. I have finished every cycle race I've done since, bar 2 where I crashed/bonked and got quite good at it. As a 1st year junior I even came 5th at WP road champs and TT champs, on an Alu Giant OCR with a steel fork, 8spd group and box rim wheels.
During my studies and working life kick off I stopped riding, but I never stopped dreaming and when my son was born I started believing, again, or for the first time ever perhaps, that I could do all things, that age is just a number and that I would finish the race with endurance, the race of life
2017 I again raced for a team and even managed a Podium
2019 I am doing Provincial and National Road and TT champs again for the first time in 20 years! I will keep you posted on how it goes down.

Road Ride Reports:

Group B – Oswald Kydd:

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After the club route discussion we left in reverse order and headed towards town along Lynnwood road. We then proceeded to the Fountain Circle and along Botha Avenue then turned up Eeufees to eventually turn left via the Military Base. We eventually got onto the R55 towards Midrand and turned right to head via Erasmia towards Diepsloot. We kept a nice steady pace with the temperature slowly creeping up. We turned just before the N14 bridge at the Petrol garages. The return to Erasmia was quite fast and rolling until we got to the bottom of the climb heading back to the R55. As we got to the T-junction with the R55 we turned right and headed down to go past the Zwartkops raceway and turned left into Wierda road and we rode comfortably until we crossed the N1 freeway. We carried on to eventually head onto Botha Avenue and towards the Fountains circle before heading straight home along Lynnwood Road.

MTB Groups

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Saturday Club Road Rides – 19 January 2019:

Due to Gauteng Road Championships taking place this weekend, we are forced to cancel the A Group.

B Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 75Km, average speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Wesley.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction with Lynnwood road, all the way up to the T-Junction, turn left on the Bronkhorstspruit road, turn left at the T-Junction towards Cullinan/Rayton, up with Diamond Hill climb. Left at the Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit 4 way stop, then go all the way towards Pretoria on the old Bronkhorstspruit road turn left into Simon Vermooten and right into Lynnwood to go back to the shop.

C Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 65km, average speed: 25km/h. Group Leader: Martin.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction through the suburbs turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the up to the Railway Bridge, turn left at the T-Junction towards Cullinan, up with Diamond Hill climb. Left at the Cullinan/Bronkhorstspruit 4 way stop, then go all the way towards Pretoria on the old Bronkhorstspruit road until Simon Vermooten, turn left and right into Rossouw street through the suburbs to go back to the shop.

Combined D&E Group: Route: Boshkop, Distance: 40 to 55km, average speed: 20 to 22km/h, Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Leanne.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction through the suburbs turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the up to the Railway Bridge, turn around and head back to the shop, the slower riders on the day will be accommodated by the group splitting and turning around earlier at Kitty Hawk if needed to be.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides - 19 January 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

Group A with Marco (High Skills, 20km/h+):
Distance: 70+km

Group B with Theresa and Renier (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 60+km

Group C with David (Moderate level of Skill required, Pace: 17km/h):
Distance: 40-50km

Group D with Heini (Low level of skill required, Pace: 13-15km/h):
Distance: 30-40km

Group E with Andre and Theunis (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
Distance: 20-30km

WEEK 02 - 2019 

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Christmas Ride:

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Thank you for everyone taking part in our spur of the moment Christmas ride. We had so much fun and created so much visibility that evening that this year we will make it an official ride and go BIG with it. 

We started at 18:30 to ensure that we arrive at Lawly Street when it dark already to experience the full extent of the Christmas Lights. Before we started the ride we had a competition on which rider and his/her bike was the best dressed for the occasion. 
We were surprised on how many club members spent hours on their bikes and on their attire for the occasion. After narrowing it down to three club members it was Lara Crous who was voted the best dressed. She wrapped her whole bike in Christmas Wrapping. 
We got cheers from passers-by on the root to Lawly Street and back. Theunis agreed to use his car as following vehicle as he was still recovering from his shoulder injury after his fall and was unable to drive the manual Cycle Lab Vehicles but wanted to be part of this event. 
The lights were unbelievable and we had a lot of WOW’s going around. 
This was an amazing experience and showed the spirit amongst our club member, stuff unforgettable memories are made of. 

Group E Ride Report – Glynn Landsman:
Our wish for everyone is what they wish for themselves in 2019, maybe a Merida instead of a Dunlop DSP35 or Santa Cruz in place of a Totem?
Enough already..
We herewith convey our sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to Monet, David and Theunis.
Our club rides kicked off with a number of us who are back after our sojourn to visit family and friends resulting in eight of us forming the E group tackling the Kitty Hawk run.
Sadly only seven returned together, ahead of this old guy, who ‘graciously stopped’ to assist with repairing a back wheel flat. 
Oh, did I mention it was two young ladies requiring the assistance..
Anyway, while my hands were busy.... repairing the flat wheel!!, the mouth was waving the Cycle Lab Active Roadies flag vigorously. 
Well after that uneventful first club ride, here’s hoping to see more club mates dusting off those bicycles in the coming weeks.
As the saying goes, keeping rubber to the road.
The Older Guy

Combined B, C and D – Oswald Kydd:

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We left in an easterly direction towards Boschkop. We had to stop for a few of the traffic lights and also passed several other outrides. We lost one or two of our riders as we got to some of the longer drags and the pace was kept steady and we regrouped at the bridge /T-Junction after about 27km. We kept the pace slow and easy going over Diamond Hill and rode through to the 4 way stop as a group and just carried on without having to stop. We climbed the nasty little climb but we split a little as we waited for one or two slower riders and as we crested the climb we picked the pace up nicely and managed to have a slight rotation of a pace line running up to Solomon Mhlangu. We slowed down to regroup without having to stop as we passed through the traffic light at the bottom of Solomon Mhlangu. We maintained a slow easy pace as a warm down as we turned off Simon Vermooten into Rossouw Street.

Group E Road

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Saturday Club Road Rides – 12 January 2019:

All the riders must be at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start the ride at 06.00 am.

A Group, Route: Laudium, Distance: 90km, Speed:28km/h plus, Group Leader: Reuben & Sweeper: Hannes.
New Route: Group will be doing a new route: Fountains Circle, Thaba Tshwane, Laudium, Diepsloot and turn around go past Zwartkops Raceway, Valhalla down Eefees & back to shop. 
Click here to view the route.

B Group: Route: Solomon Laudium, Distance: 90km, Average Speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Martin.
New Route: Group will be doing a new route: Fountains Circle, Thaba Tshwane, Laudium, Diepsloot and turn around go past Zwartkops Raceway, Valhalla down Eefees & back to shop. 
Click here to view the route. 

C Group: Route: Solomon Mahlangu/Klapperkop, Distance: 60km, Average Speed: 25km/h, Group Leader: Glynn. 
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in an Westerly direction, turn left at Gautrain route that passes in front of Boys High, turn left at Magnolia, turn right to go past Harlequins rugby club, turn right into George Storrar, at the Fountains go left up Botha Avenue, all the way to Kloofsig, turn left at the Garage, go up to Trichard road turn right towards and head Westerly over the Ben Schoeman Highway and old JHB road turn right up to Valhalla, through Thaba Tswhane, past One Military Hospital, down Eufees ave to Fountains Circle, go up R21, up Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Combined D & E Group: Route: Klapperkop, 45km, Average Speed: 20-22km/h, Group Leader: Henlo & Sweeper: Amos
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in an Westerly direction, turn left at Gautrain route that passes in front of Boys High, turn left at Magnolia, turn right to go past Harlequins rugby club, turn right into George Storrar, pass Fountains circle and continue up Botha Ave, after Groenkloof Nature Reserve turn left at the first Robot, continue parallel with Botha avenue to the Kloofsig Garage, go down Botha avenue in an opposite direction towards Fountains Circle, up R21 and up with Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides - 15 December 2018:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 5.45 am to start riding at 06.00 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

Possible Group A with Marco (High Skills, 20km/h+): 
Distance: 70+km

Group B with Theresa and Renier (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 60+km

Group C with Hein and Soxx (Moderate level of Skill required, Pace: 17km/h): 
Distance: 40-50km

Group D with Andre and Heini (Low level of skill required, Pace: 13-15km/h):
Distance: 30-40km

Group E with Heini (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
Distance: 20-30km