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Dark & Dirty rides for September 2017

Spring is here and with it nice warm weather. So come and join us for the Intro ride on Thursday. This one is intended for riders who want to try out night riding or who need to get fit after the winter hibernation, but it also caters for the fit and fast with speed zones and optional drop-offs.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list 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.
–>September 7: Intro Ride. 25 km.
September 14: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
September 21: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
September 28: 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 September 6, 2017 in ride report

 

Ride report: Rock-‘n-Roll ride of 2017-08-24

On the somewhat warmer, but frankly still cold, evening six knights and one damsel, mademoiselle Lele, assembled at the Moo mall, close to Spar, for the thirty kilometer Rock-‘n-Roll ride. This ride is known for plenty of up and downs. At 19h12 all the late comers were ready and the riders on their metal steeds set off into the night after the usual pep talk including the warning about the first ungraceful dismounter having to write a ride report.

The first uphill came after 2.8 km, the rocky climb known as Dirt Rider’s hill. At the top nobody was cold any more. From there it was more or less downhill all the way including down the Mieliemuur (work that one out), with Lele taking the lead on that part. Rumour has it that she recently had special downhill training in France. Going underneath the bridge on the R21, we were disgusted by some newly dumped builders rubble forcing us to do some bike porting.

The usual uphill speed zone to the second road to the left was followed by some more uphill and then the speed zone climb to the Rietvlei dam view, which was not really visible as it was dark. On the downhill that followed, we had to stop while a flat was fixed and some training was given in the handling of a bomb to inflate a tube. The uphill dash to the light surprised some newbies; that light always seems closer than it really is, punishing those who start off to enthusiastically.

On the downhill that followed I earned my author’s rights when I misjudged my distance from a tree and my handlebar was caught by a branch and I was caught making a less than graceful dismount. Then there was the downhill to the bat tunnel, a bit of uphill, a nice downhill and a climb to the top of the Smuts hill. The rocky downhill past the Smuts House elicited the comment from Lele that we were going too slowly. Well, I have seen too many riders coming second on that specific downhill…

The rest of the ride consisted of the Tour-de-Tar speed zone, the trek next to the railway track, the climb next to the N1 and finally the last downhill to the Moo mall.
Stats: Distance 29.4 km, Average speed 14.6 km, elevation 354 meters, average temperature 5℃, Min temp 2℃ (and you thought it was not cold?). Smiles: many, Thrills: plenty.

Come join us for more of the same every Thursday!

Oupa Gert.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for June 2017

During May we had very little interest and only two rides took place. There is no such thing as cold weather, just bad gear! Dress warmly and enjoy the rides.On Thursday we do the Intro ride to accommodate newbies, but still provide a good ride for old hands.

Please indicate that you are coming by replying to the list or the
Facebook event in "Let’s ride". 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.

–>June 1: Intro Ride. 25 km.
June 8: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
June 15: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
June 22: Rock-‘n-Roll ride 30 km.
June 29: Xtra 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 May 31, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for May 2017

On Thursday we do the Intro ride to accommodate newbies, but still provide a good ride for old hands.

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.

–>May 4: Intro Ride. 25 km.
May 11: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
May 18: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
May 25: 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 May 2, 2017 in ride report

 

Dark & Dirty rides for April 2017

Join us for the easy Intro ride while we still have warm evenings. Soon many will think it is too cold to come and ride.

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.

–>April 6: Intro Ride. 25 km.
April 13: Dirt flirt ride 25 km.
April 20: Mild-to-Wild ride 30 km.
April 27: 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 April 5, 2017 in ride report

 

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

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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