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Dark & Dirty rides for July – Intro ride

Last week I did not ride and I still don’t know who lead, but they seemed to have had a jol with some loops unknown to me thrown in. This week we do the Intro with something for both newbies and old timers to enjoy.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or the Facebook event in "Let’s ride Pretoria". Or send a WhatsApp to 0736891370. Talking about it, if you send me one, I will add you to the newly created "Dark & Dirty night rides" group.

July 2: Intro Ride. 25 km.

July 9: Dirt Flirt. 30 km.
July 16 Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
July 23: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
July 30: Xtra ride 30km
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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 June 30, 2015 in ride report

 

Dark and Dirty Ride report 18 June 2015

As a newbie to the dark and dirty ride, I was a little nervous to what lay ahead, but also quit excited about venturing into the dark on my bike. I got to the Moo mall early and waited for the others. I began to wonder if the ride would go ahead, as it was a cold evening out. Eventually Tom arrived, followed by Oupa Gert, Stefan and Brian and we were all good to go.

The five of us set off on the track, and although I had absolutely no idea where I was going, it felt good to be moving swiftly in the dark, with the assurance that the others where there to back me up. We headed to the top of the hill where I was surprised at that the view and how pretty Centurion can be at night. After that we headed down, across Nelmapius Drive and on to the other side of Cornwall Hill, before moving on into the bush. It was then that we got lost. In the middle of the bush with no obvious track or path to follow. Oupa Gert went off looking for a path, but soon returned carrying his bike above his head and covered in blackjacks and tumble weed. We retraced our tracks to a familiar spot and continued with the ride.

Down past Cornwall hill and just before we reached the crossing, I stopped suddenly, but forgot to unhook my foot from the pedal and landed on my side. (Which is why I find myself writing this report.) Brian helped me up and we were good to go. We cycled up the hill, down the road, followed this track, sped along that path and still I had no idea where we were going or where we were. Every now and then, Oupa Gert announced a speed zone, but it just made me realize that my fitness was nowhere it needs to be.

We sped down a hill, through the bat cave and on to a section close to the river. Even though I had 2 pairs of socks on, my toes were freezing. Oupa Gerts Garmin gave an average temperature reading of 1.2 degrees, with a max temperature of 6 degrees and a minimum temperature of -2 degrees. It certainly was a rather fresh ride.

Eventually, 37km later and just after 22:00pm we arrived back at the Moo Mall. I was tired, but strangely energised.

Will I do anther Dark and Dirty Ride? Without a doubt.

I remember asking Brian why he does these crazy rides in the dark. He told me it’s because it makes him feel like a little boy on an adventure. And that is exactly how it made me feel.

See you next week again

Russell

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in ride report

 

Intro ride report June 4, 2015

On what was supposed to be the first cold Dark and Dirty ride of the winter, ten riders arrived at the Moo mall. After the customary instructions for the benefit of the newbies which included the information to qualify as the ride report writer, we rode off into the dark to the first named destination, Xtacy Park. Lately the Manleys have renamed that playzone to Puncture Park and that got affirmed with Mulalo having the first puncture of the evening just there. One of the newbies who reportedly lives close by, decided to skip the ride and went home.

After fixing the puncture we proceeded to Supertube which was briefly interrupted by doing Ezekiel’s Drop-off which was executed by most. Ellee on her way to visit home in the US of A abstained. If she returned home with a new set of bruises and scars she might be forbidden to come to Wild Africa again and what would she then do without her doze of nightly adrenaline?

The next, and thankfully las,t puncture struck in the middle of Wash-and-Go and no less than Johan Pump-man was the victim. The tubeless tyre refused to seal and "putting in a tube" operation had to be performed. Python speedzone went without a hitch and we went on to the speedzone up to the tar road and to spice it up a bit, we did that as a ghost ride since the full moon was up by that time. Ellee once more declared that she does not get this ghost ride thing. Why have all the expensive, fancy lights just to switch them off? She has clearly not been long enough in South Africa to get the concept of load-shedding.

Next we laboured up the false flat and then through Bat Tunnel. The much thinned out Blairwitch Forest followed and then the Shebeen Queen downhill speedzone. At the steep start of the Mieliemuur my chain jammed and after fixing it and starting again I went down instead of up to a chorus of "Ride report!". Well, making the rules I guess I have to stick with them as well…

We arrived at the Moo mall at about 22h00 after about 25 km of enjoyment. It was not really so cold after all, so there is no reason to stay away during the winter months.

Oupa Gert.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for June – Intro ride

Ellee Walker wrote a report of last week’s ride which you can read at https://darkndirty.co.za/
Scroll down past this message to read it.

This week the men (of both sexes) get separated from the boys (of both sexes). So dress warmly and enjoy the expected less warm Intro ride featuring highlights like Extacy park (Aka as Puncture Park by some Manley riders – BTW, we missed them last week), Ezekiel’s Dropoff, Wash-‘n-Go, Python, Bat Tunnel, Blairwitch Forest, Shebeen Queen and culminating in going up the Mieliemuur.

Next week I am proving that I am not scared of the cold by spending a week in the Drakensberg. So I need a volunteer to keep the show on the road. QT? Francois? Please stand up and be counted.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or the Facebook event. I am back on Whatsapp as well on 0736891370.

May 7: Intro Ride. 25 km. Done – 10 riders 26km

May 14: Dirt Flirt. 30 km. Done – 15 riders 28 km
May 21 Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km. Done – 15 riders, 33 km
–>May 28: 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 June 2, 2015 in ride report

 

Rock-‘n-Roll Ride report by Ellee Walker

Ride Report – 28 May 2015

About 15 of us pitched up in the dark of winter without any fear of getting dirty. Since duck-taping solves most world problems, a few rounds of it was used to fasten lights to my bike, the batteries which of course died in 10 minutes. One thing you definitely need for a D&D ride is a working light! But you know what you also need, tires with AIR! Thus, this ride can be summarized really in one sentence – we rode 1 km, stopped for a puncture, we rode another 2 km, stopped for a puncture, rode another couple, you guessed it!!?!?
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It was as if a little invisible elf ran in front of us throwing down barbed wire and thorns. Almost no one seemed to escape! In true D&D social fashion though, plenty of hands were on deck to help each other out. I didn’t mind the breaks, as I got to turn on some music and have a dance party. It was a solo dance party, but that’s better than no dance party at all. I could believe that perhaps the young ones didn’t know, but I was shocked to hear that even Mulalo and Brian hadn’t heard of Otis Redding – look him up and buy his greatest hits right now. Your Sunday afternoons and significant others will thank me.

After that we were on our way again, with some speed zones and a few hills thrown in for good measure. Tom and I high fived after climbing the long one – great job Tom! Since this was the longest ride ever in my D&D history – not by distance but rather time due to puncture repairs, my stomach growled so loud that poor Otis couldn’t even be heard anymore. Nonetheless, we still all made it to Whisk for some snacks and tasty beverages, for which Moira and Alan raced to see how many Flying Fishes they could hook, line, and sink.

Although the rule is that the first to take an ungracious fall must write the report, I would argue that this Southern lady never falls ungraciously as it would be both against my cultural roots and childhood ballet training. Except for an epic fall on my first D&D ride, usually I tend to land like a cat on two feet and then do a pirouette for good measure. This time though with dim lights I hit a small rock at a low speed and simply leaned over into some grass, so quietly that I motioned "Shhhhh!" to Moira and Johan with hopes that I’d get out of writing. But as soon as I saw Oupa Gert, though, I had to fess up. So there you go. Besides, Alan’s written enough of these. See you all Thursday!

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in ride report