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D&D Thursday 24 February 2011, Ride Report.- Pierre

Thursday 24 February 2011, Ride Report.

We started at the Moo Mall just after 19:00, hoping for some more riders to pitch up, but there were only 7 riders. Was it the weather or the Cricket that scared the other riders away? Nico was going to lead the pack and Oupa Gert was on sweeping duty.

We set off leaving the mall to do some 35 km ride because it was a Mild2Wild route. So we take the route along the new road that they are busy building to Botha Ave.

That was fast and a little bit muddy but we managed to get through it. So we were off the do Wash & Go, come the wash &go we couldn’t find the road that leads to the drop off next to the railway line (Because of all the rain the grass was long) after a couple of minutes Nico found the route and off we went. It was a little bundu bashing because we could not see where we were.

Next we went in to wash & go where we rode through some muddy pools of water that were there because of the earlier showers we had. Next we were heading for the Python that was much fun because we were only 7 riders and it was like a speed zone at the time.

Next we take the route past the Cement factory all the way back to R21 where we went under the R21 to the other side. There we set off to go all the way almost to Olifants road. There we went into some farm land and realized that we had done 18 km and we needed to head back.

So we went all the way back like we came but we took the difficult road back with lots of loose sand and little rocks, so there was a little drifting going on till we got back next to the R21. We did some fast downhill with Nico setting the pace. Then we took the route along side the chicken farm were we hit some single track. At the beginning of the single track there were two big rocks on each side of the track that almost caught out some of the riders. One rider did manage to hit the rock but nothing serious.

Then we did a little bit of singe track and we hit some jeep track. There was some mud and water again because of the earlier rain shower. This is where I earned the right to write the ride report.Mark was in front of me and I think he thought there was some water or mud that he could not go through so he hit the brakes. And I also hit the brakes.And my bike slid so I tried cleating out but was too late ,so I did like a Moto GP/Superbike fall were the bike was still attached to my legs, luckily there was some grass on the middle of the road. But Clinton saw the whole fall from the back. Next I picked up the bike and we went on. After a couple of meters Mark also almost hit the ground but he was fast enough to cleat out. So we made our way to Shebeen Queen and half way down we took a Right to go up the Hill that leads to Light at the end of the Tunnel. So we got a little uphill to climb and almost at the top Nico bought a piece of land. His Chain got stuck almost at the top. So we stopped at the top of the Hill and waited for everybody to get back together. So we made our way down and at the gate where you turned right to go to Light at the end of the Tunnel we turned left to go to Rietvlei Nature Reserve. So we took the road all the way to the tar to Entrance of Rietvlei Nature Reserved. So we were aiming for the Moo mall and almost out of the bush and onto the tar just in front of the Engen Garage, Clinton (roadie ninja) also buys some land. So we got on the road and hit the road to the moo mall.
Pierre Du Preez

(Casper White Merida Hardtail)

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in ride report


Donkeraand 27 Januarie – O.G.

Lank gelede op ‘n Donkeraand het ‘n groep van dertien ridders en Prinses Elsevieve op ‘n Donker en Duister ekspedisie vertrek. Die groep is gelei deur die gryse Gerrahad op sy spesiale perd omdat die brawe Hardenbaard op ‘n avontuur in die Berg van die Drake was. Om almal bymekaar te hou het die befaamde renperdryer Klinktoon die agterhoede gevorm.

Die eerste teken van die probleme wat sou volg, is waargeneem onmiddellik nadat die Kruiser spoor geneem is: die Vyand het ‘n nuwe oorlogspad reg oor die spoor gegrawe, maar dit is oorkom en die spoor is tot bo gevolg. Nog ‘n vyand het die uitgrawings op die maklike pad na die Mieliemuur RTIG nou so ver gevoer dat ‘n bedrieglike ompad gevolg moes word. Dit is hier waar Gerrahad se getroue perd gestruikel het en hy ‘n paar skuurplekke opgedoen het. Volgens die eeue-oue gebruike van die Orde van die Donker en Duister het dit meegebring dat hy die gebeure van die ekspedisie te boek moes stel.

Vir ‘n verandering is Roetter se Roete na die Suide gevolg waar ontdek dat benewens die reeds bekende versperrings aan die begin van die roete daar nou ook aan die einde daarvan aangebring is en die perde moes met moeite daaroor gehelp word. Die Blairwitch woud is sonder probleme deurkruis en die nuwe skokkende klim is aangepak – sonder enige skok, maar bo moes ‘n moeras oorgesteek word en dit het vir ‘n paar nat ridders gesorg.

As gevolg van die baie reën wat gedurende die seisoen geval het, was daar ‘n oorvloed van gras wat bekende spore verberg en soektogte genoodsaak het. Boonop was daar genoeg nuwe slote en gladde modderpoele om ‘n aantal onbeheerste afklimme te veroorsaak.

Op die ou end moes ook oor ‘n paar afgekapte bome geklim word om by die bestemming uit te kom kort. Dit is bereik kort nadat die klok op die stadsplein tien slae uitgebeier het. Daar was algemene ooreenstemming dat die ekspedisie met sukses uitgevoer is.

Oupa Gerrahad.

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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in ride report


>>> Ride Report – 6 January 2011 – Clinton (roadie ninja)

Hi All

I’m not sure if i’m suppose to post this somewhere or send it so here goes:

Welcome to the first ride report for 2011, very late but hopefully well worth the read. Hope you all have a fantastic year ahead with tons of happy MTBing moments and AR stories to tell!

I think this might have even been my 1st Intro ride after about 4 months riding with the awesome DnD crew. It had been raining for the couple days leading up to the 6th January, so many were worried at how muddy the trails would be or if we were going to get rained on. What a fantastic night, quite warm even after all the rain, slightly overcast but the rains had held back and not spoiled the start. The evening was still quite bright with sunset only happening after 19:00.

The biggest group I’ve ever done this ride with, a total of 18 with a guesstimate at 6-8 newbies, welcome to the new DnD riders & the guys and gals from Assitport Adventure Racing. The regular briefing to our social ride was given by Oupa Gert and Francois was going to do the sweeping this fine evening. I chose to ride at the back with Francois as there was a newbie Katharine who was definitely a tad nervous being her 1st night ride.

Off along the regular route towards XTC Park, I haven’t learnt all the trail names yet and my 1st time to XTC park. The part was a little swampy with the previous days rains but still fun to ride. We did the drop off a couple times doing a loop around the park until it came time to ride UP the drop off. I’d seen a couple guys go up before and while some others chose the easier chicken run up the gentle slope, I was keen for a challenge and headed for the drop off. This is where I earned the honour of writing my 1st ride report J Sloshing thru the swamp towards the drop off, I failed to make it all the way up and lay my steed down gently after unclipping, this was followed by *screams* of “Ride Report!!!”.

We continued out of XTC park were we hit a bit of tar towards the Wash & Go. Thru the drop off and along the railway lines. This section was filled with huge puddles of mud and a couple slippery sections. Just off the dirt, or rather mud, we were back on tar to head up to Python (1 of my favourite single tracks!). Along the road, we were met by a quick flowing stream crossing the road where all the mud you’d collected was quickly washed off by the ankle height water. All I recall was 1 of the Assitport ladies really keen to get back for Pizza….Erm wonder who that was 😛 Up to Python and what I’d class as our 1st speed zone for the night, not sure who took honours but I’m sure the newbies loved this as much as I do!

Along the jeep track we twaddled, I was chatting to a couple regulars I’ve grown to know where we rode parallel to the R21. Another fence at the end meant we had to pass our bikes over the fence or barrier before riding to the top of Shebeen Queen. Couple of us stopped to put a bit of air into a flattish wheel of 1 of the newbies and then off once again down past the Shebeen, great fun along a wide road with a dash of speed J

A bit more tar headed towards home is where we started to feel the droplets that had held off most the night. Back into the dirt we headed with the rain starting to put a damper on things. On the dirt track home, we had the pleasure of climbing RUSH (Ride Until Something Happens), it’s become really knarly from the rains before and a challenging climb to most. Thru the final bit of bush and back to the Irene Mall. All home safely, an eventful night but that’s what made it truly enjoyable!

See you all on the next ride 😉

Clinton – theCOW 🙂


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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in ride report