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:
Please send race results to via e-mail: clubjhb@cyclelab.co.za  or post on the Roads Whatsapp group.  Remember any photos welcome.  When applying for your RACING LICENSE through CSA remember to select Cycle Lab Active.

WEEK 16 - 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Saturday Club Road Rides – 20 April 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.15 am to start riding at 06.30 am.

A Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 110km, Speed:28km/h plus, Group Leader: Wesley & Sweeper: Daniel.
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.

B Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 93.34km, Elevation 1198 m Speed: 27-28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Martin.
Route: Almost the same as above, a difficult route, can be viewed at: CLICK HERE 

C Group: Route: Distance: 88km, Average Diepsloot: 25-28km/h, Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Jeandre.
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in a 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, turn right up with Eeufees road through Thaba Tshwane to R55, turn right before Zwartkops Raceway to Erasmia, continue straight to Garage before N14 Diepsloot, turn around and head back on the same route until R55, where the group will turn right and pass the Zwartkops Raceway, group will then turn left as an exact reverse of Tshwane Capital Classic, go down Botha 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 & Sweepers: Christian & Carike.
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. The group can split up if there are slower riders that need to be accommodated, therefor 2 sweepers…

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 20 April 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.15 am to start riding at 06.30 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

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

Group B with Theresa and Theunis (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 70+ km.

Group C with Andre and Reuben (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 (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
Distance: 20-30km: There will be no E group ride this weekend.

WEEK 15 - 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Our Master Bike Fitter and Group Leader who is passionate about his craft:

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Know Your Group Leader – David Nel:

My cycling career started in 2003. After a few disappointments with school rugby I wanted to participate in a sport where my performance or results is only a function of my own effort. I didn’t enjoy running that much so tried my hand at cycling. I started slow with 10km here and 15km there and did my first race in 2004 at the Koranna Two Mountains in Marquard, Free State. It was my first 50km ride. We were so excited for the race, my Dad even phoned the race organiser to inform him, he can write my name on the first prize, for I’m taking it home (no pressure). So with a 500ml bottle containing only water I took the Koranna Mountains on.
The race went well and I was in the leading group at the halfway point. But then my body just seized up and said no more… I NEVER cramped so much in my life. Imagine both quads, both hamstrings and both calves locking up at the same time. All while standing over your frame… Needless to say, I finished 30th and 4th in my age, but learned a lot in that one event. After that I built my fitness up to a point where I won my age category at SA champs in the half marathon series (back then it was still the Mazda Drifter series).
While racing, I suffered with severe lower back pain, which sometimes took me out for a week after a race… By then I worked at a bike shop and got exposed to bike setups. After spending the time and money to do a proper setup on my bicycle my lower back pain went away overnight. It blew my mind… So I started doing bicycle setups in 2008 to help my fellow cyclists to enjoy their riding more and have been doing that ever since. I love what I do and find it very rewarding to get people riding more with greater enjoyment.
My Dad always joke and say he was re-incarnated as a cyclist and since 2012 we focused on improving the local XCO (only Olympic discipline of MTB) scene. So currently we host, build and time the Gauteng provincial XCO series and the Gauteng leg of the SA cup. It is awesome to see how much the XCO scene grew in the past few years and I foresee a lot more riders like Alan Hatherley to race against the best in the world.
Personally, I haven’t raced since 2012 and mainly commute on my bicycle. But my brother inspired me to up my game again. So I for the past year I slowly built my fitness up and I plan to take the racing scene by the horns, not to prove anything, but to hopefully inspire someone else in the same way.

Saturday Club Road Rides – 13 April 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.15 am to start riding at 06.30 am.

A Group: Route: Bapsfontein/Cullinan, Distance: 98km, average speed: 28km/h plus, Group Leader: Wesley & Sweeper: Daniel.
Ride out with Lynnwood in an Easterly direction, turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left on the Delmas road, go up to the Bapsfontein crossing, turn left on the Bronkhorstspruit road, turn left on the Cullinan/Rayton road, go over Diamond Hill & N4 Highway, turn left on the old Bronkhorstspruit road to Pretoria, then turn left into Meiring Naude into Lynnwood road and back home Click here to view the route. 

B Group: Route: Bapsfontein/Cullinan, Distance: 98km. 880m climb, average speed: 28km/h, 942m Elevation, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Martin.
Route the same as the A Group, but a little bit slower, Ride out with Lynnwood in an Easterly direction, turn right into Solomon Mahlangu, turn left on the Delmas road, go up to the Bapsfontein crossing, turn left on the Bronkhorstspruit road, turn left on the Cullinan/Rayton road, go over Diamond Hill & N4 Highway, turn left on the old Bronkhorstspruit road to Pretoria, then turn left into Meiring Naude into Lynnwood road and back home. Click here to view the route. 

C Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 65km, average speed: 25km/h. Group Leader: Hein & Sweeper: Jeandre.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction, 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.

D Group: Route: Boshkop, Distance: 55km, average speed: 22km/h, Group Leader: Henlo & Sweeper: Amos.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the way up to the Railway Bridge, turn around and head back to the shop.

E Group: Route: Kitty Hawk, Distance: 40km, average speed: 20km/h, Group Leader: Christian & Sweeper: Elmarie.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the way up to Kitty Hawk, turn around and head back to the shop.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 13 April 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.15 am to start riding at 06.30 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

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

Group B with David and Renier (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 50-60 km

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

WEEK 14 - 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Know Your Group Leader – Wesley Drake:

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Name: Wesley Drake
Age: 31
Work: Director at Drake Events
Hometown: Durban
I’m originally from Durban, living there for the first 20 years of my life. I attended St. Henry’s Marist Brothers College and played all sports through high school. I was one of those kids who had ability to play any sport, but never stuck to one and perfect it. Nonetheless, I always thoroughly enjoyed sports and still do to this day.
In 2008, I travelled to the USA to work in the country clubs. I didn’t manage to play any sports, but stuck to running and working out in the gym when I could. After four years, I found myself back in South Africa as my work visa had expired. I applied to go back on another work visa, but after this being denied, I was destined for a different path.
I moved to JHB at the end of 2012, getting a job as a Regional Events Manager for a mobile bar company. After a year, I had a job offer to work in Dubai. I turned down the position, met my wife and started my own company, Drake Events, in the space of one month. Gods plan was in full motion!
I married the woman of my dreams in 2015 and bought my first bicycle in 2016, an Axis AR40 8-speed. I joined Cycle Lab Lynwood and since then, have learnt so much about the crazy sport we love so much. In 2017 I stopped running altogether, having issues with my varicose veins and swollen ankles post runs. I had surgery and stuck to the cycling, learning what I could from better riders and improving where I could. I bought my Fuji at the end of 2017, which was a huge upgrade from the Axis. The addition of deep section wheels in 2018 allowed for continual improvement in race times.
I had the privilege of becoming a group leader in November 2018 which has immensely improved my riding. When you’re leading a group, there’s nowhere to hide from the wind and you need to stick to the pace. Just do it! In 2019 I visited a dietician and have lost 10kg, again taking my riding to the next level. I’m enjoying it immensely! There’s always a next in cycling and there’s always someone faster, so we never stop pushing. But through it all, we can never stop enjoying it. That’s what’s most important!
I’m grateful to God for my abilities, where I was and where I am now, and for His workings through me to touch people’s lives where I can. I have no doubt this crazy journey I’m on will only continue to surprise and amaze, but let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Saturday Club Road Rides – 6 April 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.15 am to start riding at 06.30 am.

A Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 110km, Speed:28km/h plus, Group Leader: Wesley & Sweeper: Daniel.
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.

B Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 93.34km, Elevation 1198 m Speed: 27-28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Lee-Zaan.
Route: Almost the same as above, please note although we are going to ride at an average speed of 27-28km/h it is a difficult route, but we will not leave anyone behind. Route: Click here to view the route. 

C Group: Route: Distance: 88km, Average Diepsloot: 25-28km/h, Group Leader: Hein & Sweeper: Jeandre
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, turn right up with Eeufees road through Thaba Tshwane to R55, turn right before Zwartkops Raceway to Erasmia, continue straight to Garage before N14 Diepsloot, turn around and head back on the same route until R55, where the group will turn right and pass the Zwartkops Raceway, group will then turn left as an exact reverse of Tshwane Capital Classic, go down Botha Ave to Fountains Circle, go up R21, up Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the Cycle Lab Lynnwood.

Combined D & E Group: Route: Klapperkop, 45km, Average Speed: 20-22km/h, Group Leader: Glynn & Sweepers: Christian & Henlo.
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. The group can split up if there are slower riders that need to be accommodated, therefor 2 sweepers…

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 6 April 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.15 am to start riding at 06.30 am.

Routes to be communicated on the day.

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

Group B with Theresa and Renier (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 50-60 km

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

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

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

WEEK 13 - 2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Road Ride Report – Wesley Drake:

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As we all waited in anticipation to get the pedal strokes going, Theresa ran through the formalities, followed by Glynn with a special morning prayer. Glynn, we all keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers, as you deal with the daily stress and emotions of the situation. We sang Happy Birthday to Marelise, then 20 riders rolled out the parking lot for the B/C combined group ride.
We headed west along Lynwood to Fountains and in no time were around Fountains, past Voortrekker Monument, through Valhalla and taking the swift decent on the R511. We kept a good tempo pace, all the while knowing as we turned around the head wind would not be so sweet. We regrouped at the petrol station just before the N14 bridge, but with a 30 average, everyone was showing off their improving strength and keenness for the morning ride.
We turned around and made the trip back along the R511, with Ettiene showing his cracker pace on the MTB, leading us in the head wind for a few kilometres. We turned right to head past Zwartkops and left onto Solomon Mahlangu. We managed to grind our way to Botha Avenue, keeping it all together and steady on the front. Botha Ave. was another fast decent with Paul Newman showing off his MTB pacing skills. Good luck to Paul and Ettiene at the Cullinan to Tonteldoos MTB Race, we believe your success is because of this club ride - you’re welcome!
The group split up with the stronger riders going up and over Klapperkop, with the others deciding to head straight along George Storrar and make their way along Lynwood back to the club. Both groups rode steady and safely back to the club on their respective routes.
Overall it was a blessed morning ride. It was great to see more roadies joining and so see how the C-Group riders can actually ride a B-Group pace. We can never stop challenging our limits! Thank you everyone for a great morning out and laughs at Fixies afterwards. What is a ride without coffee? Until next week... WD.

Saturday Club Road Rides – 30 March 2019:

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

A Group: Route: Bronkhorstspruit, Distance: 100km, average speed: 28km/h plus, Group Leader: Hannes & Sweeper: Martin.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction with Lynnwood/Graham 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/Baviaanspoort, Distance: 88km. 880m climb, average speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Oswald & Sweeper: Lee-Zaan (New Experimental Route).
Ride out with Lynnwood left to Boschkop, left at the bridge up and over Diamond Hill, straight through to Rayton then Cullinan. Left on the 513 towards Baviaanspoort Correctional Facility, left on the M15/Baviaanspoort Road towards and over Stormvoel road, continue with Koedoespoort road, to Cresswell into Pretoria street, then into Cussonia, then into Meiring Naude into Lynnwood road, back home.
Click here to view the route.

C Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 65km, average speed: 25km/h. Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Henlo.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction, 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.

D Group: Route: Boshkop, Distance: 55km, average speed: 22km/h, Group Leader: Jeandre & Sweeper: Christian.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the way up to the Railway Bridge, turn around and head back to the shop.

E Group: Route: Kitty Hawk, Distance: 40km, average speed: 20km/h, Group Leader: Amos.
Group will leave the shop and head out in an Easterly direction, turn left into Lynnwood road and turn left on the Boshkop road all the way up to Kitty Hawk, turn around and head back to the shop.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 30 March 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 Xander (High Skills, 20km/h+):
Distance: 70+km

Group B with David and Daniel (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 50-60 km

Group C with Reuben and Theunis (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 (Low level of skill required, pace of slowest rider):
There will be no E Group ride on Saturday. Distance: 20-30km

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WEEK 12 -2019

CYCLE LAB ACTIVE CLUB LYNNWOOD NEWS

Know Your Group Leader:

Theunis Botha - What an inspirational Man!

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I am a retired pastor on disability pension, living in a retirement estate. I worked in Zimbabwe for 5 years before retirement. My wife Adri is still working as music teacher and our three children are all living abroad.
My first real experience on long distance riding on a road bike came when I was 17 years old and in standard 9 (grade 11). I was in boarding school at Hoër Landbouskool Bekker near Magaliesburg. That was way back in 1974. No TV no experience of cycling and cycling was not the sport it is today. I and my closest friend decided to do a long cycling road trip for the adventure of it, before we start our last year at school, during our December school holiday. We started at our school the last day of school in 1974. We decided to do it as a fundraiser for a fund of war victims that was initiated by one of the newspapers of the time. From the school the route followed through Krugersdorp and Sandton on the first afternoon and from there to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Potchefstroom, Ventersdorp, Rustenburg back and back to the school. We were on the road for 9 days and we covered 1 400 km. We had no support vehicles, no cell phones, only backpacks with clothes and necessities. We didn't even had the proper cycling gear. We rode with T-shirts and shorts, no cycle shorts, no gloves and no helmets. Some sleepovers were arranged other nights we found a shelter ourselves. That was great fun and left good memories for ever. We did what we planned! I did no serious cycling after my school years. I played rugby till the middle 80's.
In 1992 I became very ill and after several days in hospital they diagnosed me with Brucellosis (Malta fever) and I was hospitalised for four months. The treatment were administered and worked over a period of four years. I didn't partake in any sport during this time. I started playing squash three times a week but eventually started road cycling again in 1997 doing social rides on the rural quiet tarred roads round Ottosdal where we stayed for 20 years.
In 1999 I was invited to take part in the Argus and I, my wife and three children completed the Argus together. The youngest Rozanne cycled with me on a tandem since she was 10 years old. Eventually we completed 12 Cycle Tours together. We as family partook in a Bibliathon tour in 2000 from Sannieshof to Olifantshoek and I, by grace managed to complete my 17th Cycle Tour this year.
From 2005 I started getting severe peripheral nerve pain in my feet for which no painkillers helped. The nerves in both my feet deteriorated and from then I have no feeling in my feet (reason for not cycling with cycling shoes). During 2007 and 2012 I had a toe infection and on both occasions they had to amputate. The Septicaemia and gangrene was an after effect of the Brucellosis as well as the medication at the time. But it cured me and I could keep on cycling.
I started a new phase in my life when I discovered mountain bikes in 2006 and since then I was more off road than on road. I didn't have a GPS so I printed a map of Ottosdal area from Google earth and I cycled, mostly on my own on the farms around town. In 2012 we moved to Zimbabwe and in that time I got my first dual suspension 29er. I became part of the Lizards MTB club in Bulawayo and we cycled every Wednesday around Bulawayo through rural areas with GPS pre-planned Google earth routes downloaded on our GPS's. Saturdays and public holidays we did all our riding in the spectacular Matopos National Park 30 km Southwest of Bulawayo. We explored new routes and very seldom rode the same routes through the park and Gulati rural area. During our 5 year stay there I did very few rides on the road. It was boring, but I did two Cape Town Cycle Tours. Furthermore I did three two day cycle tours in the Hwange National park, one three day stage race in the spectacular and awesome Zambezi National park and three day stage races in Matopos National Park (Matopos Classic). Last year I was part of a group of 35 cyclists completing a day ride in Pilanesberg National park.
Health wise I was up and good till 2015 when I nearly lost my foot. It was the same problem I had previously with the toes. Septicaemia without warning and a lack of feeling. I had serious foot surgery in Bulawayo. Tests were done a month later at Wilgers Hospital and I was diagnosed with CIDP(Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy is a rare neurological disorder in which there is inflammation of nerve roots and peripheral nerves and destruction of the protective covering over the nerves) it is a terminal autoimmune disease if not treated. I started with infusion treatment in January 2016 and are getting one day in hospital treatment every six weeks, it can't repair damaged tissue or nerves but it stops further degeneration. By grace up to now the treatment worked well. Cycling is the best exercise for my legs and feet and I still enjoy getting outdoors on a bike. Unfortunately I can't do a lot of walking and no barefoot walking to prevent sores, blisters or thorns that can possibly cause infection.
Moving back to South Africa was a huge challenge for me. Firstly to adapt to living in a city after 37 years on the countryside and for me to get used to MTB on sidewalks, tar or gravel roads or marked mountain bike parks without a GPS, but I got the privilege of a nearby gym and a Cycle Lab family! I still love road biking but only with full road closures. After two years in Pretoria I love our club rides wherever. It takes me out of the retirement estate and the vibe is awesome. I am so grateful to be healthy enough to keep on cycling and training, a God given gift to enjoy every second while you still have it. I am not a podium cyclist but I overtake all the couch potatoes every day and I just enjoy cycling a lot. The last couple of Cycle Tours I had no family to get together afterwards and share experiences! In 2019 it was different with our own Cycle Lab family getting together after a challenging ride!
I thank Cycle Lab management, employees and members for being part of an awesome family sharing one love.... cycling!
Blessings to all may you have a tailwind for the rest of 2019

Saturday Club Road Rides – 23 March 2019:

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

A Group, Route: Summit Road, Distance: 110km, Speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Hannes & Sweeper: Mako (Toyota Support Vehicle).
Route: Group will be doing the 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 Cycle Lab Lynnwood.

Combined B & C Group: Route: Zwartkops/Klapperkop, Distance: 88km, Average Speed: 25-28km/h, Group Leader: Wesley & Sweeper Hein.
Route: Group will be heading out on Lynnwood road in a 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, turn right up with Eeufees road through Thaba Tshwane to R55, turn right before Zwartkops Raceway to Erasmia, continue straight to Garage before N14 Diepsloot, turn around and head back on the same route until R55, where the group will turn right and pass the Zwartkops Raceway, group will then turn left as an exact reverse of Tshwane Capital Classic, go down Botha Ave to Fountains Circle, go up R21, up Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the Cycle Lab Lynnwod. The group could stick together or split up if there are big differences in ability…

D Group: Route: Klapperkop, 45km, Average Speed: 22km/h, Group Leader: Glynn & Sweeper: Jeandre.
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.

E Group: Route: Klapperkop, 40km, Average Speed: 20km/h, Group Leader: Henlo & Sweeper: Elmarie.
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, up R21 and up with Klapperkop, down through Waterkloof, past Menlyn and back to the shop.

Saturday Club Mountain Bike Rides – 23 March 2019:

Please join us at Cycle Lab Lynnwood at 6.45 am to start riding at 07.00 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 Theunis and Xander (Intermediate Skills, 19km/h):
Distance: 50-60 km

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

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

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

WEEK 11 - 2019

Upcoming Events for March 2019:

Buffelsdrift Outride on 16 March 2019:
When: 16 March 2019
Time: 6:30 to start at 7:00
Where: Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park
RSVP: clubpta@cyclelab.co.za

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Epic Prologue Brunch on 17 March 2019:
When: 17 March 2019
Time: 10:30
Where: Fixies Deck in Cycle Lab
RSVP: clubpta@cyclelab.co.za

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Please join us in the excitement of watching the world’s best mountain bike racers do battle at the Absa Cape Epic Prologue live!

Fixies Deck will serve chicken schnitzel with cheese or mustard source and two salads and ciabatta bread and malva pudding and custard for dessert. All of this for only R50 per head.

Saturday Club Road Rides – 16 March 2019:

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

A Group: There will not be an A group ride this Saturday.

B Group: Route: Boshkop/Cullinan, Distance: 75Km, average speed: 28km/h, Group Leader: Wesley & Sweeper: Following vehicle with Maco.
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 – 16 March 2019:

Please join us at Buffelsdrift at 6.45 am to start riding at 07.00 am.

With trails ranging from the beginners Turtle trail which is 7km’s long, all the way up to the Buffel trail which is a 50km trail consisting of 720m of climbing and some of the best views and nature trails you will find. Join us for a coffee, milkshake or beer at the coffee shop afterwards.

WEEK 10 - 2019

Cycle Lab Active Cradle Loop: Combined Mountain and Road Ride – 2 March 2019:

Thank you to everyone attending the Combined Mountain Bike and Road Outride in the Cradle! It made me feel proud and also feel part of a big cycling family. This is why I love being part of this brand and what it stands for. It was just beautiful seeing the yellow, blue and pink shirts all over! I also would like to thank Sven for organising it and Sean, Michelle and Alix for hosting us at the Biogen water point. It was a perfect day with even the weather played along.

Upcoming Events for March 2019:

Buffelsdrift Outride on 16 March 2019:
When: 16 March 2019
Time: 6:30 to start at 7:00
Where: Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park
RSVP: clubpta@cyclelab.co.za

Epic Prologue Brunch on 17 March 2019:
When: 17 March 2019
Time: 10:30
Where: Fixies Deck in Cycle Lab
RSVP: clubpta@cyclelab.co.za

Please join us in the excitement of watching the Prologue of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. Will it be Bulls, Specialized, South African PYGA Euro Steal, Trek Sellle Sen Marco or KTM Pro?

Fixies Deck will serve chicken schnitzel with cheese or mustard sauce, two salads, ciabatta bread then malva pudding and custard for dessert. All of this for only R50 per head.

All Cycle Lab Active Club Rides have been cancelled for the weekend due to the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

WEEK 9 - 2019

First and foremost we would like to wish two members of our Cycle Lab Active Family a speedy recovery. Oswald and Marius (two legends) we wish and pray a speedy recovery for both of you. Your places at the rides will be empty for the following few weeks till you’re back.

Know Your Group Leader:


The Science Teacher with a competitive spirit:

Name: Martin Smit
Age: 45
Physical Science teacher (grade 12) at Hoërskool Montana
Family Status: Married
Cycling since 2000

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I have always taken sport far too seriously. Let’s just call it a competitive spirit. During my high school years, I did some Cross country (Provincial colours), cricket and rugby. During my varsity years I played u/20 rugby and Premier League Cricket.
In 2000 a friend introduced me to cycling. He asked me to ride with his team because one of the team members was ill. I really enjoyed the experience, and decided to exchange cricket for cycling. In the first few races I lacked experience and thought that the other cyclists were just being nice in letting me take the lead for long periods of times.
My first bike was an “Avalanche” with a SORA group set. After six months I realised that equipment also contribute to making you faster. I therefore looked for a BIANCHI 928 bike, but it was really too expensive. I bought a wonderful Scott road bike that served me for many years.
During the last 19 years, I took part in many local races - 7 Argus races, 9 Amashova races and in 2019 it will be my 10th 94.7 Cycle Challenge. In most of them, I managed to finish sub 3 hours.
In 2015 a friend asked me to do some mountain biking with him. Nowadays I find it difficult to decide which bike to use! I also acquired a similar Bianchi 928 that I wanted a few years ago.
At the end of 2017 I joined Cycle Lab Active Lynnwood. It is like a new family, and almost every Saturday the club ride is a fixed appointment. I really enjoy the camaraderie and friendship.
Cycling is a way of life, and not just a sport. It is a lifestyle that can be enjoyed by young and old.
See you on the road, ride safe and well!

Cycle Lab Active Cradle Loop: A combined Mountain and Road Ride – 2 March 2019:

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Please join us for another combined outride in the cradle with all the Gauteng Cycle Lab Active Clubs.

Lynwood club members will have the following option:

1. The LSD ride from Cycle Lab Lynnwood to the Cradle, do a loop (include riding to caves) and return back to Cycle Lab Lynnwood. Group Leaders: Glynn, Martin and Daniel. Distance: 165km (Road Groups).
2. From Cycle Lab Lynnwood to the Cradle, do Cradle loop (include riding to caves) and finish at Bidon Bistro. Group Leaders: Glynn, Martin and Daniel. Distance: +- 105km (Road Groups).
3. From Bidon Bistro, Cradle loop (include riding to caves) and back to Cycle Lab Lynnwood. Group Leaders: Glynn, Martin and Daniel. Distance: +- 100km (Road Groups).
4. Drive to the Cradle – meet and start at Bidon Bistro and then either do one loop, two loops or three loops – this is for the roadies on the tar and Mountain Bikers on the trail next to the road.
We will split the groups the same as our normal club rides dependant on the fitness of the riders joining.
Group leaders for the Road loops: Monet, Wesley and Jeandre.
Group leaders for the MTB loops: Theresa, Andre, Heini and Alexander.

 

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

 

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 s