Beginners off road day ride Teslaarsdal-Stanford SUNDAY 27th March

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This regular Teslaarsdal ride through the Hemel en Aarde Valley is a very popular event. Already 10 riders booked.

Only twenty two bikes on the ride split into two groups.

Each group with a ride leader, instructor and sweeper.

Service vehicle with bike trailer, medical support gear will follow the ride route behind the bikes.

Lunch will be in Stanford and not in Greyton.

We will cover some really cool and remote farm roads in the most awesome surroundings.

Very pillion friendly, suited to riders new to gravel riding, the route is 130 kilometers each way.

We will not ride fast, this ride is give you the opportunity to gain confidence on gravel roads n a controlled environment, practice the skills you have just learned on training course and get kilometers under your belt.

We will have plenty rest stops to take photos,

Lunch will be for your own account.

Costs: (covering support vehicle and trailer) per bike, not person

Club members R30.oo

Non club members R50.oo.

Payment in cash at start point, Exit 36, N2 Engen 1-Stop.

End point eta 16H00, view point parking Sir Lowry's pass.

 

Route will run on the N2 as far as Caledon, then right onto the R320 towards the Hemel en Aarde valley.

Half way down Shaw's pass we turn left onto gravel for the first time, deflate tyres and hold a briefing.

Then we follow the Teslaarsdal road along the Hartebees River as far as Sonnendal farm then right off to Teslaarsdal.

From there we stay on dirt to The Klein River crossing, and then to the R326, which is tar.

A 10 km excursion left onto gravel and back to the R326 brings us with 4 km of Stanford where we stop for lunch.

After lunch we take tar R43 right into Hermanus.

Then right up the R320 again into the Hemel en Aarde valley.

But wait, we soon turn off onto Gravel at De Bos Dam on the Kawyderskraal road right to the Bot river lagoon.

A few short kilos on tar takes us onto the highlands gravel road all the way to Valley road and the Kromco fruit depot on the N2.

Gravel is now over and we're off 16 kms to the view point above the Helderberg on Sir Lowry's pass to say our goodbyes.

This is a beginner’s all-day ride- relaxed pace mostly off tar.

Andyman
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Please put down my name.  Will confirm asap.  Tx. Anna-Marie

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Hi Andy, could you please put my name down?  No pillion this time.  Jane is going to have a girlie day at home with some of her friends.  That means that I need to get as far away as possible - Stanford sounds good though Mossel Bay might be better.

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Hey Andy,

Please add me and my wife as pillion (Smile) to the list.

Thanks

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Please put my name down as well

 

Adrian Lee

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Put my name down

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Hi Andy. Please put my name down. Brent Sender

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I must say thanks to those that have asked to be listed for the ride.

It is a beginners ride and totals 22 bikes only.

Any experienced riders are wait listed as preference is given to A) club members and B) beginners less experienced riders.

I have PM'd everyone.

I have already my two sweepers - and my 2nd group ride leader.

If you are new to gravel road biking, this is really for you.

I'll top up the group from the wait-list once I've given a fair chance to less experienced people.

 

Andyman
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You cant go Brent...your to experienced!!

But if Brent can go can Elsa and I join the group Andy?

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I'm filling up with beginners first.

Once I have given the beginners a fair chance to respond, I'll PM the more experienced riders.

Andyman
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Cool...thanks Andy its a great ride!!

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I joined two days ago. I live in Hermanus and would like to join you on the Tesselaarsdal trip. I have been biking for 1 year and have driven these roads on several occasions. Tips on gravel road driving would be a bonus.

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 Hi

Is there space for me. Have not been on a ride for a while. I do believe I have gone backwards and have become a less experienced rider.  Laughing

Thanks

Leon

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replied direct to Leon on email

Andyman
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Andyman wrote:

replied direct to Leon on email

 

I mailed both you and Sean this morning.

Trying to get my boet into DS riding and club activities.

This seems like the perfect ride.

There are so many problems in this world. Luckily there's a wristband available for almost all of them.
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The final briefing has been comunicated to all riders on this ride.

The next ride is ion April.

Watch the forum for the trip report with photos on Monday.

Thanks to all those who were keen and I'm sorry we cannot fit everyone on this event.

 

Next stop.... Stanford!

 

 

Andyman
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Thanks Andy for a great ride! Was well planned and took us through amazing scenery! Another hard day in Africa.

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Thanks Andy - another great ride.  The lunch at Evergrine was excellent as was the company.  And thanks to the sweepers and backup vehicle crews.

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Yes - thanks very much to all the bodies that made this dusty day possible. Always fun ... great to see some new scenery and some old baboons Wink

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Andy

 

Many thanks for the tuition and leadership which was, once again, excellent. A great day was had.....hope the BMW on Call guys listen to the instructions next time !

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Andy

 

Thanks for a great ride. Great terrain and lots of dust made for a good day out  Smile

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Thanksa team.

Trip report almost ready to post, please mail me your photos.

Andyman
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Thanks again for putting all this together Andy I hope that lots of the riders join Warren and I on the Cederberg Oasis trip in April.

Your commitment to the Club is sincerely appreciated.

Geoff

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Thanks for great ride with all you info and input .bike cleaned just have to find nozzle for chain lube(yes get 1200 then you don't have that problem)and ready for next trip

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Thank you Andy and crew, The trip was amazing, the lunch venue great and seeing John Finch there was certainly a magic moment. AND to the On Call guys Tx for looking after Jean that was super special, Tx.

Now I will have to take Jean on that trip when the wind does not blow.

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Hi Andy,

 

thanks for a well organised trip to Stanford yesterday. Great bunch of guys and great roads with spectacular views!

 

Ry daai ding!

Garth Hewitt

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Andy and all.

Thank you for a great ride and a great day.

Is was my first but won't be my last.

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Thanks Andy and everyone that was there to make this day of riding extremely enjoyable.

I must congratulate you Andyman for your “dirt” briefing. You seemed to cover everything that I have been taught through the various off road courses that I have attended. We all need to be reminded of 'what to do' and 'how to do it'. 

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious".

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