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Xtra Ride on 29/01/2015. Report by Stefan

Yep, it’s just about 2 weeks late, but here follows my recollection of the extra ride.
Yes, as it was the 5’th DnD evening of January MMXV and we were in for a treat.

Following the normal hustle of getting all kitted, briefed and ready for the ride, I was confident that this will not be a technical ride and thus I would not be at risk of having to write this report…. Well…
3 min into the ride (400m from our cars) I nominated myself… Assisted by a rock, I managed to land squarely in the only mud puddle for miles.
Formalities of self-nomination completed, we circled Reservoir hill and stopped at the top for a stunning view of the Centurion/Irene area.
Next we headed Eastwards and out past the Moroccan Castle, out to the farmlands. This route was a first for me and I enjoyed the long open dirt roads leading to the soy bean fields (behind the R21 1-stop complex for a bit of info of where this is).
I love how being out there in the "vlaktes" makes you feel you are completely out of the city.
A contrasting view from reservoir hill, but equally pleasing, it was silent and dark. A rabbit greeted us passing through the soy bean fields and disappeared into the thicket as we turned to head back to the lights of the city.
We back tracked to our normal route passing under the R21 and headed through the veld to the St. George’s hotel. There I had a very close shave with a huge excavation pit a few mm from the path we were on.
A few hundred meters on we rejoined the usual route and backtracked to the Mall.

I would love to ride this non-technical and relaxing ride again, we covered 30+ km, climbed and descended nearly 300m but it did not feel that far.

I am in a sense glad I am only writing this report now, as I am all excited to go on another DnD ride, and in a few hours, I will once more be bashing through the veld with my Thursday family. See you all tonight!

SvN

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in ride report

 

Intro ride report 2015-02-05 by Brian

It was Thursday again (Dark and Dirty night), and as per usual, me and Stefan loaded our bikes on the bike rack, ready to meet our fellow D&D riders. Making our way to the meeting site, Stefan asked that we quickly stop at the BP garage to buy some ice (this has become a regular habit of his after which I baptized him: IceMan).

Arriving at our destination, excitement started to fill me and my heart started beating faster. I could see quite a large group of cyclists gathering in the parking lot, and I thought to myself, tonight was going to be FUN! While busy unloading our bikes from the rack, my eyes scanned the other riders, spotting quite a few new faces. Stefan opened the ice pack and we stuffed our water bottles with ice.

The IceMan in action on a previous occasion!

Oupa Gert called us all together and explained the rules – he also noted that it was one of our fellow rider’s birthday: Rozanne de Jager. Afterwards, everyone switched on their lights, and off we went into the sunset.

After a couple of minutes into the ride, Stefan pointed out a patch where he had previously fallen. He explained that while reaching for his water pipe with one arm, he struck a rock with his front wheel, causing him to lose his balance. He ended up in a puddle of mud, luckily nothing serious…

After a while, the moon came up in all its glory and lit up the landscape in a crisp, blue lunar light. Frogs started croaking their songs, and a light breeze of fresh air covered my face. It was at that moment that I realized why I’m doing this – to be in the presence of God’s creation with fellow riders that share the same passion as me.

Arriving at a steep downhill, Oupa Gert announced that we were at the optional “Drop off Zone” for the night. It looked very intimidating to a rookie rider like me. While watching all the riders going down one by one, I was still in two minds – should I stay, or should I go. Stefan then abruptly interrupted my thought process by asking that I should light for him when I reached the bottom. There and then my mind was made up, and I started my descent. It felt as if the earth was swallowing me and my bike went faster and faster. Reaching the base, I was glad that I made it without any incident, BUT, I still needed to stop since I was going very fast. I started applying my rear brake and before I knew it, I was lying flat on the ground with my bike on top of me (I later discovered that my front wheel had hit a rock). My immediate thought was that I wouldn’t be able to light for Stefan, but then pain started covering me like a dark blanket. I landed flush on my left shoulder, and in the process it got dislocated – luckily, it immediately popped back in. I remember someone removing the bike from my back, and then saw Johan’s familiar face. He started stretching my arm and massaged a few muscles in my shoulder (thanks Johan!). While still lying on the ground, the foul smell of faeces was circling my nose (it wasn’t me!). I just wanted to get up, not knowing whether I was lying in it. I made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get up, but each time resulted in me wanting to pass out. Someone in the group handed Johan a packet of USN Ultra Vooma gel which he then handed to me (Thanks to this person!). I consumed the gel, and almost immediately I was back on my feet again. I picked up my bike and continued the rest of the ride..

Not long after my episode, gravity claimed its next victim: our birthday girl, Rozanne. A railway track covered with thick vegetation was the cause this time around. I assume she didn’t see the track and lost her balance when she made contact with the track. After assessing the damage: two nasty bruises – one on her inner thigh, and one on her tummy, she got back on her bike, and continued riding as if nothing had happened (One tough lady!).

While making our way through the bush, Oupa Gert brought the group to a sudden halt. He asked that we all get off our bikes. He then reached for his backpack and pulled out a packet of both cupcakes and muffins. It then became apparent that we were going to celebrate Rozanne’s birthday right there in the middle of nowhere! We all sang Happy Birthday and congratulated her. She later commented that it was the best birthday she’s ever had with total strangers. A Huge thanks goes to Oupa Gert for making her birthday a special one!

Rozanne, the birthday girl.

Arriving back at our base, I couldn’t see a face without a smile. This was truly a night to remember for the rest of our lives!

Brian Mitchell

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for February 2015

Six riders did the Xtra ride which was on the Mild-to-Wild route since we had skipped it earlier in the month. Early in the ride someone volunteered to write the ride report, but we are still waiting for it. For a short while we had a bit of rain, but it cleared up and we enjoyed a nice cool ride with no dust and some muddy pools.

This week we are doing the Intro ride; not too far with some optional drop-offs.

Please indicate before Thursday 14h00 that you are coming so that we can know that there will be enough people for a safe ride. If you send me a message at 17h00, it is too late as I might have cancelled the ride already. You can also send a text (SMS) or a WhatsApp message to 0736891370 and I will report the number of takers on Thursday afternoons on the mailing lists and the Facebook page of "Let’s ride Pretoria".

February 5: Intro Ride 20 – 25 km.

February 12: Valentine ride. 20 km. Dress in red!
February 19 Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
February 26: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.

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Where: Irene Village shopping mall.

We meet in the North-west corner of the parking lot close to Spur.

25°51’41.46"S, 28°14’56.94"E ( 25° 51.691’S, 28° 14.949’E)

www.irenemall.co.za

When: Every Thursday night,
Starts 18h45 for 19h00
Website : www.darkndirty.co.za

No Charge,

Everyone Welcome, ride at own risk.

Bring: Helmets, lights, ride snax & juice, your buddies

and some ching for beers & pizza after the ride.

SOCIAL riding group with SAFETY a Key Factor.
No-One gets left behind,
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in ride report