BMWMCCC BEGINNERS OFF-TAR RIDE, Western Cape Sunday 26th January

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We start our legendary series of TESLAARSDAL beginners rides on Sunday 26th January.

Time : We start brieifng at 08H15. Please be early.

Lunch in Greyton.

START POINT   :  N2 ENGEN 1-STop, Exit 36  just before Somerset West.

TAKING US THROUGH THE HEMEL EN AARDE VALLEI AND GREYTON.

not more than 100 km on gravel

Overall length not more than 280 km

No need for refuel stops

Stops for regrouping, photos, and rests in the shade near a bush or three.

Lunch stop for your own account.

If your partner or best friend is on a different make of bike no worries this is an invitational ride. All bikes welcome.

If you won't ride gravel at  max 6okm/h or slower- do not come along, you'll hate it.

 

If you are new to gravel, or never being riding on gravel yet and you want to start riding at your own pace, no chase, no rush you will really enjoy this ride.

A pre-ride safety briefing just before riding off and an off-tar instructional briefing will be given when we reach the gravel.

No Sand, No water crossings. No steep ascents or descents.

The groups will be no more than ten bikes to a peleton with experienced ride leaders and sweepers.

No trailer, back up or waterboy. Support will not be needed.

We will ride irrespective of the weather. You there you there.

Bookings essential for catering and planning.

Off tar riding, especially in the Western Cape is very addictave. The areas we ride through all have a story.

Meet other riders new to gravel and the experienced riders who come along as mentors. See the type of rider gear people put on and the bits n bobs people put on their bikes. Ask riders questions about riding gear and gadgets and bike bling. What to get next? what not to get. Where to get it.

Send me a PM or email to be added to the list.

 

  BMWMCCC rider info    
  26th Jan beginners ride    
  Name   Bike
1 Al pillion  
2 Zack burger pillion F800GS
3 Andre    
4 Andrew Kemm   F800GS
5 Beverly Beck-Heinz   F65oGS
6 Carel van der Merwe   F800GS
7 Deiter Heinz   F800GS
8 Derick Murray    
9 Erhardt Korf   R1200GSA
10 GLEN    
11 Hugh Hendricks   F65oGS
12 Jaques Botha   R1200GS
13 John Collins   R1200GS
14 Keith Scott    
15 Kevin Sossen

   
16 Lindsay Madden   R1200GS 
17 MARCUS    
18 Marinda Adendorf   F650Dakar
19 Michael Bucholz   R100GS
20 Philip Wilson   F650Dakar
21 Richard Cerfonteyn    
22 Shameer Ebrahim   F650GS
23 Sheralee Jones   Honda 125
24 Tim Sant    R1200GSA
25 Zanie Cilliers   F650GS

 

 

Andyman
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I'd love to come along, with pillion, thanks Andy!

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Hi Andyman,

 

Compliments of the season to you. Please book for two. My son Glen is totally new to riding, but very capable.

Thanks

Marcus

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snet you a PM.

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Hi Andy

Please add me to the list.

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pm sent :-)

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Hi Andy, count me in please, pm sent as well.

thanks

Erhardt

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Would love to join with pillion

al

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Hi Andy,

Would love to join your off road ride on the 26th.

John Collins

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Is this the same 'easy' begginers trip we did last year Uncle Andy?

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Slm Shammer, this trip is the real easy. its not a follow up to a trianing. It is jst for beginners and thos just wanting a real chill off tar ride.

No steepies, loosies, wetties, slippies.

Just awesome roads in an awesome countryside with other awesome people wnating to get confidence, kilos under the belt, and watch others and learn from them.

Really glad to have you along.

Andyman
Anyone can ride a bike fast....   But can you ride your bike real slow???

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Would love to join you and this is a perfect intorduction as not done off tar before

 

Tim

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Hi Andy, [please add me.

Jacques

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Hi Andy.

Please add me with pillion. She is a beginner. Cool

 

Thanks

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Hi Andy

Can you please add Andrew Kemm to the list? 

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Thank you for all the responses. we have two groups and it may grow a bit more.

If your name is not on the list and you think it should be, forgive me, I havve got several events on the go and its possible to miss someone.

Please check details, If I do not have your bike, then let me know, same for any incorrect details,

If I do not have your email and cell number please send this to me in a PM.

I'm almost finished my assignment to Nacala port and will be back in SA on Friday night. I'll follow up on Saturday morning

Andyman
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Hi Andy

 

It's purpleplumbing@webmail.co.za

 

Regards

Marcus

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Hi Andy 

pm sent

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Hi Andy

 

Please take me off the list, I have a project going live on Saturday evening.... 

Just found out...

Appologies.

will definately make it next time round!,

Philip

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Hi Andyman, if there is still space count me inCool please.

Kevin

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Jean says, Andy I would love to be there but a small knee operation will have me off the bike for a few days, can I book now for the next one?

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Keith Scott, to join in if possible please?

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Final instructions

Hi guys n gals

Welcome to the ride to Greyton

Pillion friendly, low speeds, good  gravel roads, whatever the weather- we will ride.
Ideal opportunity to get kilometres under your belt and get more comfortable riding on gravel roads.
40% tar
60% gravel
Skills level - basic

We meet 08H00 at the Engen 1-Stop, exit on the N2, Left as you approach Somerset West towards Sir Lowry's pass.

Refuel here and you'll have enough for the 240 kilos for the day. And to get home again.

Come early to have a brekky or coffee n snack if you like while we muster.

 

08H15 Rider briefing. - see the briefing attached and make yourself familiar- even if you'll hear it from me on Sunday.

Depart N2 east pass Bot river.

We ride through awesome countryside, so pillions, please have your cameras ready at all times.

Lunch:

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Naomi at Searle's is our hostess, we can relax in the garden and enjoy a lunch. your own expense. Halaal catered for.

Depart after lunch Greyton to Genadendal on Tar.

Andyman
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I left at 06H00 to recce the route and the venue and was back by 09H00.

252 kilometers from S/West round trip.

Roads are awesome, so no need to the tar after lunch, the gravel roads to Helderstroom are silky and fast. I barrelled down them in crisp air at 140, and the tar from Helderstroon to the R43 is all the new 160r design road so you can really burn the pipes clean on that stretch. But tomorrow we ride at modest low speeds.

Venue is ready for us.

We have secure parking for bikes only.

The roads through the farms are just pleasure.

I topped a rise and stopped with a vista spread out below me that was just super natural.

I'd brought a flask of coffee, so just had to shut down and sit in the still air, sipping quietly as the silence grew and then was penetrated by the distant sounds of nature going about its own business. 

Amazing how the sounds of nature come back at you and minute by minute you start to pick up more n more of the bird calls, geese, ducks the distant dairy truck, domestic farm sounds etc.

Very special country we live in.

You will enjoy tomorrow.

Andyman
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Thank you Andy and Pete for organizing yet another interesting and eventful ride with beautiful roads and scenery. Who said beginner rides are boring? It was nice to see a lot of new faces and to meet new people. Hope you enjoyed the ride and that we will see you on other rides.

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THanks Andy and Pete, we did enjoy it. Defnitily was an eventfull day and I think we all enjoyed it. Hope the next one is coming soon.

Thanks to all the fellow riders, hope to see you all at the club meeting Thuesday and if you get lost.... rather call Andy.

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Thanx Andy and Pete. 

Really enjoyed myself today and made some new friends. Oh and the ride was great too. Your time and knowledge is always appreciated. Til the next one, hopefully soon.

To the fellow riders and sweepers, thanx for making the ride enjoyable and safe.
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Thanks Andy and team, it was a very enjoyable experience today, looking forward to those still lying in the future!

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Thanks Andy, Pete and sweepers for a brilliant organized ride. Thanks to the fellow riders. This whole bunch of you all made my day. See you soon at the club meeting.

 

Jacques

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Shaws pass re-group and gravel Brieifng, Glynnis n AndrewShaws pass re-group and gravel Brieifng, Glynnis n Andrew

We all met at the ENGEN and the total abscence or the ride leader made soem wonder if they were at the right place.

Pete took charge and Andy still made it on time after swapping bikes and batteries to Annie's bike.

Drama at home had him speaking Swahili fluently and the neighbours generally amused to see just how loudly Andy can swear!

255 kilos S/West to S/wets return.

For several it was thier very first gravel road experience.

The general gravel speeds of 40 kph  were safe and fine, but by mid afternoon, riders were doing 80 easily, some up  to 100 on the good gravel.

Shaws pass getting ready for the gravel, Zanie n Pete

Shaws pass getting ready for the gravel, Zanie n Pete

Pete explains the dynamics of cornering

Pete explains the dynamics of cornering

 

Paying attention

Paying attention

Rest stop on the Klein riverRest stop on the Klein river

Rest stop on  the Klein riverRest stop on the Klein river

Riders on good gravel, coming up on the cross roadsRiders on good gravel, coming up on the cross roads

Hugh's 650 died of fuel starvation.

a run on diagnostics and a call or three to Shane in Cape Town to troubleshoot could yield no result. The fuel pump was not priming.

Hugh bravely submitted to being towed 9 kilometres to a farm yard school.

He did absolutely perfectly, but he's an experienced rider, even if new to gravel. Then he pillioned to the N2 and was later met by family and recovered the bike.

 

a welcome greeting at Searle's Trading posta welcome greeting at Searle's Trading post

We were met by a bevy of beauties offering ice cold drinks- 4 different cordials.

Refreshing and cool.

Then outside to the reserved area to chill out, chat and munch on lunch.

At Searle's there a bit of everything, but the doll's houses are exquisite!!At Searle's there a bit of everything, but the doll's houses are exquisite!!

Naomi's team had cordoned off the entire pavement parking area so all 24 bikes could park right in front and we had a really nice lunch, spoiled for choice.

suiting up to go the last legsuiting up to go the last leg

I think part of going to Greyton for the city folk is to feast their eyes on the large array of bikes that call there, both road and adventure bikes. And they are never disappointed.

Ample parking in front, secure.Ample parking in front, secure.

We headed off from Greyton out on the R406, we had the new craze of bareback horse riding  in our face as four youths flogged their steeds up the 406.

Right into and thru Genadendal. more horsemen, lekker to see them riding.

Then right up the right hand bank of the Riviersonderend river valley to the R43 at the top.

We then rode to the N2 and said our greets, some going direct home, others to meet at the Houwhoek farm stall for a beer/cooldrink.

 

1.6km down the railroad track tweespoor we found the abandoned Ten.1.6km down the railroad track tweespoor we found the abandoned Ten.

Shortly before the fam stall, we helped a chap suffering heat exhaustion. where the FBOS discipline kicked in, -   scene secured, rider stabilised and bike recovered.

Pete rides the Ten back to the N2Pete rides the Ten back to the N2

 We then retired to the farm stall for a well deserved cold one.

Then home

No bikes got broken nor any riders hurt, no animals were harmed in the making of this adventure.

Andyman
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