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Dark & Dirty rides for March 2017

Join us for the Intro ride on Thursday. This one is for both newbies and old-timers.

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. There is a "Dark & Dirty night rides" WhatsApp group @ 0736891370; ask if you want to be added to it; remember to give your name as well.

–>March 2: Intro Ride. 25 km.
March 9: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
March 16: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
March 23: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.

March 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 February 28, 2017 in ride report

 

2 February intro ride 25km ride report

25km intro ride 2 February 2017, It was a dark and stormy night…Well not sooo dark and not stormy actually if I’m honest, though we could see lighting in the distance. We all met up at Irene Village Mall as dark & dirty rides have been doing for generations…well not human being family generations more like generations of punctures and bike washes. Riders had a quick welcoming and off we went with oupa Gert leading the route and a sweeper at the rear to keep all riders together and none too far behind.

If I recall correctly we were more or less 11 riders male and female, we rode out of the mall parking crossed Pierre van Ryneveldt road riding in a westerly direction parallel to Nelmapius rd. We rode about 2km of singletrack and joined up at this small cul de sac where the terrain changes to tarmac for a few hundred metres. Let me take you back to the single track leading up to the cul de sac, my Schwinn was shifting gears smoothly , my seat was nice and comfy, my 1000 lumens light was lighting my way in the not so dark night, there was a cool breeze in the air and my bike and myself was right side up; all was well with my soul.

We get to the cul de sac close to Thirsties pub looking forward to a nice social and relaxed evening when suddenly I realize my light is not shining dead centre in front of me; thats odd…then I realise I’m skidding across the tarmac on my right shoulder and my knee then momentum allows me to do a tumble or two, and before I know I’m standing on my feet holding my bike next to me. I doubt I landed on my feet; I most probably got up so fast that Flash himself wouldn’t have said what just happened. Sooo what happened was that my front wheel slipped out from under me on this small ledge when I moved over from gravel to pavement to tarmac to my face. Luckily my light was still working tho the lens was cracked right through, my seat broken and I was leaning to the right a lot; my knee and shoulder and ego was bruised and had roasties on, but the show must go on, so I got back on my bike really quickly and finished the 23km ride ahead.

Was really fun; everyone is always friendly an helpful with en route repairs, there are fast race sections and slower relaxed sections. Its great fun and and a must ride for all. Thanks to oupa Gert for all his commitment and dedication to this sport called MTB.

Gordon Smith

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in ride report

 

Intro ride report by Gerrit Holl

We did the night ride 2017/02/02, my first ever night ride.

I went horizontal within the first 4 km, climbing a steep hill. The problem was that I did not see the ridge on the left side at the top of a steep hill that we went down twice, and as Murphy’s law, I hit the ridge on the left at the top. Strange feeling to see the top and the next moment you taste grass!

The rest of the ride went well. We had a few emergency stops due to punctures, but we all stopped and helped the person who had the puncture.

My second horizontal issue was when we had to drive through building rubble under a bridge. This time I could not get my right foot out of the cleat, but this landing was not like the first one, I have some scratches on my leg, set concrete seems to remove the skin easily…

Overall, it was a great organized ride and I enjoyed every moment of it. Will do it as regular as possible.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for February 2017

Despite rain the last two rides were well supported. Let’s keep it up for February!
Join us for the Intro ride on Thursday.

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. There is a "Dark & Dirty night rides" WhatsApp group @ 0736891370; ask if you want to be added to it; remember to give your name as well.

–>February 2: Intro Ride. 25 km.
February 9: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
February 16: Valentine’s ride 20 km.
February 23: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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 1, 2017 in ride report