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Dark & Dirty rides for April 2015 – Intro ride

Dark & Dirty is ten years old and we plan Birthday Bash on April 10 which will be more than just a ride. Hardy, who started it all, promised to join us and I hope that a lot of old-timers as well as the present day riders will also come. You have two weeks to plan for it!

This Thursday we will do the Intro ride which caters for newbies as well as our regular riders.

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".

April 2: Intro Ride 20 – 25 km.

April 9: Ten Year Birthday Bash! – 25 km
April 16 Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km
April 23: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.

April 30: Xtra 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 March 31, 2015 in ride report

 

Intro Ride 2015-03-05 report by André Eagar

Die "(K)night riders het Irene weer oorgeneem die afgelope week met "woef woef!" (Whoop, whoop! – Ed). Ons was ongeveer 21 ryers wat weggetrek het, maar baie vroeg het een ryer sleg geval op die teerpad. Die inwoner wat oorkant die straat bly het uitgekom en hulp aangebied, maar sy het in pyn besluit om eerder om te draai. Dankie vir die twee ryers wat haar vergesel het. Die rit deur die parkie (waar is dit?) was stil sonder die paddas.
My kommentaar was dat daar twee tipes MTB ryers is: diegene wat nog moet val en die wat alreeds geval het. Later moes ek my woorde nakom.
Die kameraderie onder almal was fantasties.
Ek was nie nuut nie maar my 27’er was wel. Die "cleats" en my lig, wat te klein was (my vorige een is in Desember saam met my fiets gesteel), wou net nie saamwerk nie. Gelukkig het iemand my gewaarsku teen die draad op die grond op een plek, maar teen daardie tyd het ek reeds in dit vasgery en met hulp is dit uit die fiets uitgehaal. Nog later het my ketting in die "crank" vasgesit. Dankie vir die hulp daar ook. So ook vir die koplamp wat Riette (was dit sy?) vir my geleen het.
Dankie vir die stoot van agter ook – agter elke suksesvolle man is ‘n suksesvolle vrou.
Op pad na die lang muur met sy opdraande het ek in los sand gegly en geval. Net ‘n stukkende knie en ‘n stukkende ego.
Die single track was by plekke onsigbaar. Ek moet sê dat die 27’er bietjie help met hoogte in die lang gras.
Eindelik het almal onder die leiding van oupa Gert weer veilig teruggekom en ek glo niemand het voor middernag in die bed gekom nie.
Aan almal wat die rit meegemaak en gehelp het, ‘n groot "woef woef!" Volgende maand is ek terug – nog fikser, beter belig en fiets gediens.
Vir diegene wat ‘n MTB klub soek, oorweeg gerus Johannesburg Mountain Bike Club. Kontak hulle by www.jmbc.org.za
Vir diegene wat nog nagritte oorweeg, daar is maandeliks een in Kyalami omgewing, goed georganiseer. Besoek https://www.facebook.com/groups/389339827774129/

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2015 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty Rides for March 2015

We have a ride report of the Rock-‘n-Roll ride we did last week. Read it here (Scroll down if you don’t see it): https://darkndirty.co.za/

This week it is time for the Intro ride which is somewhat shorter and less technical than normal; ideal for first-timers and old-timers alike. With features like Xtacy Park (with optional drop-off), Supertube, Ezekiel’s drop-off (optional), Wash-‘n-Go, Python, Bat Tunnel, Blairwitch Forest, Speedqueen dice and up Mieliemuur, who can resist?

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".

March 5: Intro Ride 20 – 25 km.

March 12: Dirt Flirt 25 – 30 km
March 19 Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
March 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 March 3, 2015 in ride report

 

Ride report – D&D 26 Feb 2015 by Linx Lategan

After wondering for a day or two whether I will be ready for a 30 km night ride, my husband and best friend managed to get the confidence in me to tackle the quest. This was going to be a special ride with hubby, my son and my best friend.

As per usual we gathered (a total of 17 riders) at Irene Mall, with Oom Gerrit (Oupa Gert) as the leader of the pack. We met some new people, discussed which lights are best for the ride and then we were off to tackle the "Rock n Roll" Route.

I wish I could say that my nomination came while doing a very technical part, at least half way into the route. Unfortunately not….. Around 3 km into the route I made a U-turn and underestimated the power of loose gravel. I met with the ground and knew that I had to start thinking about what should go into this report!!

Body mostly intact, ego not so much, I got back on my bike and continued with our quest. This is where I need to thank my husband Werner and our sweeper Mauritz, who stayed with me at the back, the whole way. Thank you to Stephan and Moira who kept my spirits up and to my son, who did not laugh either time (yes! Twice!) that I ungracefully got off my bike.

All in all it was a super ride with super people. It was an experience filled with discoveries…. We discovered new routes, new friends and even a little porcupine…. But mostly, I have been discovering new bruises every day for the past 3 days.

Linx

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in ride report