AGM Agenda Sept-2018

Audax SA
Annual General Meeting Agenda
Saturday 29th September 2018 @ 2pm
Venue: 420 York Avenue, Ferndale

  1. Apologies
  2. Approval of Minutes from previous AGM
  3. Chairperson’s report
  4. Accounts Report
  5. Nomination & Election of new executive/committee
  6. Matters to be discussed
    1. Rider Safety
    2. Publishing of finish times
    3. PBP
    4. Trackers
    5. BRMs  versus local Audax SA rules rides
    6. Use of Quicket for entries and payment all in one
    7. General Matters
  7. Closure of Meeting

Audax turns 20 (Ride magazine)

Why?

It’s the question you hear when someone finds out you’re on a bike ride of 600km (typically followed soon after by “Are you mad?”) Rob Walker tries to explain…

Audax riding takes you places you would never have found any other way // Oddly, for a slow-but-steady rider, a 600km cab actually feel easier.

Je suis un ancien – PBP

Entering the Paris-Brest-Paris is not a decision you make rationally; it’s a virus you catch from someone else. Enjoy this 7 page article by our own Rob Walker, as published in the Ride magazine.

For the first time, my mind wandered, my eyelids began to blink, my vision blurred. Tiny gaps appeared in my consciousness.

Oh, and you can also find a couple of nice write-ups on PBP, LEL, TCR and more on http://www.justkeeppedalling.com/. Enjoy.

 

34 and counting – the CTCT’s oldest rider

At 87-years-old, there’s no stopping Eddie Thomlinson from enjoying the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Enjoy this article on Eddie as taken from the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour Magazine.

And I have my special genes, from my mother, my father, and this Jean [his wife of 65 years] right next to me!

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One Never Knows

A story from our Flèche – by Pawel Wuzyk

Good Friday.

Blue morning sky, breeze from the right. My feet squarely planted on tar road going up at 10% angle. My helmeted head resting on the handlebars, hands in the drops. My chest in an embrace of pain. All my thoughts on a next cupful of air. The heart rate does not drop but the air feels my lungs. I push the pedals and the pain comes back to my calves. Two hundred meters up the tar I run out of air and collapse again. It is all wrong. I feel like I am missing a lung. The truth of the climb cuts through the delusion of a successful recovery from the flu I had three weeks ago. Gerrit comes up to me and says “Take it easy, ride within yourself”.. I am already in 36 at the back.. the granniest of the granny gears of a road bike, the shame. I catch the air and push again, and collapse and push…. An then the devil comes. Not the one of the Tour de France variety with the red cape and a the fork. This one has a smile on his face, drives a truck and is called Ernst. A fellow randonneur,  who just came by to take a few snaps while on his way home. I mentally cross my fingers and toil towards the top of the pass past the temptation of the convenient broom wagon.

I find the rest of my cycling party engaged in a leisurely repast on a verandah of a quaint sandstone building. I get a coffee and steal a few chips from Kenneth while on my Garmin the average ride speed mercilessly drops below the 15 km/h. We need to cover a minimum of 360 km in the 24 hours, starting from Bergville at 8 am and ending somewhere hopefully close to Johannesburg. This means 15 km/h, minimum. Which is nothing on a road bike and good tar. And with a pair of good legs. As much as I may offer reasonably good legs there is seemingly very little I have in the good lungs department. The bill paid we roll down the road on the other side of the pass, and in the face of the wind. John, Nardus and Gerrit disappear quickly. For the ride to qualify a minimum of three of us need to finish together. Which three it is rather obvious. There is roughly 100 km to the next control. Windy and rolling kilometres that is. And with Kenneth we roll through the endless green hilly pastures sprinkled with purple and white of the autumn Kosmos flowers. A wide variety of escape plans rolls through my empty brain.. defeatist rubbish. Finally I conceive an elegant idea. The three disappeared and must be hours ahead of us. They will finish in time, well past the 360 km mark, get the glory. To all practical reasons were are no longer contenders of any kind.  In a rough way we are actually moving towards home in Secunda, if we just veer a little towards the East a nice bike tour could unfold.. Warden – Vrede – Standerton – Secunda. All those places full of inviting Bed and Breakfast establishments.. pizza, beer… mmm. I decide to share the idea with Kenneth at the control in Kestell and roll onwards contently.  The Vetkoek Den at Kestell has no electricity and boasts two handful size vetkoes. In total denial to Kantian Imperative my reptilian brain makes me to ingest both of them in darkness before Kenneth notices.

My jaw drops when three cyclist appear. Hours, they were supposed to be hours ahead. I sense danger. There is a piece of flat iron on the top tube of Nardus’ bike. He detaches it and with a help of a brick proceeds to assault with it the bottom bracket of his machine. A story unfolds.. the bottom bracket seized, over dirt road Gerrit towed Nardus to a farm.. they found the iron.. hammered the bracket… the bracket gave in to the forceful attack and started to move. And now my elegant escape plan is in tatters. Yes, it is three of them, and it takes three to finish… but what if the bike fatally fails taking Nardus out of the game? Then Kenneth or I will need to raise to the occasion and save the day. We are raising and with the average at 14.9 depart Kestell for Reitz.

The pattern repeats. Me. Kenneth and John. Nardus and Gerrit. All working furiously on the average speed. Me – not so furiously. We reach Reitz well after the sunset. Nardus and Gerrit well at home at the control petrol station awash in the dum-dum music poring out of the open doors of micro-bus taxis. Coffee, a pie and a water top up from (fa-la-la) unsecured water tap on the forecourt. The night unfolds, moon to the right of us peeking from the beyond the veil of thin cloud bathing the landscape in the sliver light. A ring of brightness in front of my bike picking out potholes in the tar.  How damn poetic. Petrus Steyn comes, another coffee, a banana. Then at 1 am Heilbron with surprisingly alive, clean and well provided Total garage. I had no idea of the night life of the South African road. We meet again, all five of us. For the last time. Onwards we roll, kilometre after kilometre of up and down road. Now mostly down. It rains, now and then. Cars pass us. Some give us a wide berth, some don’t. Most of the traffic is in the opposite direction. I am quite happy that I am not the first surprising rider those drivers meet tonight. Nardus, Gerrit and John are well ahead of us. At 3 am a small closed up petrol station emerges, lights, water tap, toilets. The total trip speed average standing at 15.4 km/h. We consume the .4 in a power nap. Kenneth curled up on an ornamental bench, I, in the search of darkness, on the floor of the ladies toilet (it must be cleaner then the gents, right?). I am all pumped up with coffee and whatever the body produced to keep me running and addicted. My heart rate decoupled from any sensible indication of the actual effort. The heart offering the virtual finger.  After 15 minutes I decide it is enough and start rustling around Kenneth in a hope of a departure. We keep moving towards civilisation, horizon warms up with the glow of Val Triangle. At 5 am, after a short soul searching moment Kenneth succumbs to the call of Sasolburg lights. We shake hands and he departs in a search of a bed.

The slave driving average stands at 15.0 again. It rains some more. I follow the purple line on Garmin screen towards Three Rivers. The tearful sun raises and I snap a selfie at 6 am .. 334 km. The game calls for a minimum of 25 km to be travelled between 6 and 8 am… rules. Get to Three Rivers control at 6:35.. 343 km… I have it all sewn up.. 360 km by 8 am, easy-peasy. I call my brother in law and arrange for a pick up at Henley. Somehow I forgot to share with him my, err, expectations before. But he, a saintly man, raises to the occasion and all is well. I gulp down a bottle of chocolate milk. Across the forecourt a group of cyclists meets for a morning ride. Yeah, cyclists. Once more I place my buttocks on top of the leather hammock of my saddle, the feet click into the pedals. I ride. A sign indicating a turn towards Henley appears. My rear wheel goes flat.

It is 7:05 and I am 12 km short of 360. Easy… the bike goes rubber side up. I remove the tube, search for any sharp objects embedded in the tyre. Get the spare. Try to pump it up a little with the mini pump I have. Somehow the air does not go in, so what, we will finish it off with CO2 cannister. The tube goes in, the tyre on the rim. The CO2 cannister and its valve go on the tube. I turn the CO2 valve. Nothing happens. It is 7:25. I struggle to remove the now pressurised CO2 setup from the tube. Eventually I unscrew the already punctured cannister and the gas escapes with the loud pop. Yeah.. elementary, dear Watson, I never opened the valve on the tube itself. The error corrected, the seconds cannister goes in. And nothing happens. And then the third one. The CO2 dispenser valve does not work any more. In hand blurring and pain-in-the-arm-defying frenzy, with my mini pump, I mange to fill up the tube to an highly unsatisfactory squishy state. But it keeps the rim off the road. It is 7:38. The phrase “contre-la-montre” normally denoting the time trial race now gains in my mind its full meaning. Lake a man possessed I stomp on the pedals. It is now or never. The soft tire wobbles under me. A lone cyclist coming from an opposite direction flashes a salute. As the clock striked 8 the Garmin little numbers clicked into 362. One never knows.

PS. By 8 am Nardus, Gerrit and John reached the 390 km mark. As I posted my achievement on our WhatsApp group I spotted a picture of badly mauled cycling helmet. Nardus had an accident at 3 am and completed the ride with three cracked ribs and an some other injuries. Kenneth cycled all the way home from Sasolburg. My chest, well.. we will see about my chest.

2018 Results

WC 200km BRM 13 Jan 2018

We had a total of 17 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 200km 12hr00min
Royd Brandon Aurasan Wc 200km 12hr00min
James Burgess Outriders Cc 200km 11hr30min
Lizelle Burgess Outriders Cc 200km 11hr30min
Cornelie Davis Outriders Cc 200km 12hr00min
Simon Fairbank Outriders Cc 200km 12hr00min
Markus Franz Outriders Cc 200km 12hr30min
Larie Gallagher Aurasan Wc 200km 12hr00min
Renate Gallagher Aurasan Wc 200km 12hr00min
Elize Janse Van Rensburg Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr15min
Philip Kannemeyer Outriders Cc 200km 9hr25min
Derek Lawrence Cape Multisport Club 200km 12hr30min
Warren Steyn Aurasan Wc 200km 11hr30min
Wimpie Van Der Merwe Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr15min
Christiaan Van Zyl Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr15min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders Cc 200km 11hr30min
Robert Young Outriders Cc 200km 12hr00min

200km BRM 21 Jan 2018

We had a total of 17 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Arthur Betts Aurasan 200km 8hr34min
Ravi Bhat Club 100 200km 10hr02min
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 8hr34min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr55min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr55min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 8hr34min
Graham Hohls Aurasan 200km 8hr34min
Colleen Lightbody Aurasan 200km 8hr34min
Stiaan Loubser Aurasan 200km 8hr34min
Claus Meinke Aurasan 200km 8hr55min
Grenville Mills Cycle Lab 200km 8hr34min
Robert Reed Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr50min
Brian Rowbotham Club 100 200km 10hr02min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr55min
Mark Shuter Cycle Lab 200km 8hr34min
Pieter Van Der Walt Aurasan 200km 11hr16min
Ronald Van Haarlem Club 100 200km 10hr02min

300km BRM 21 Jan 2018

We had a total of 12 finishers, plus a brilliant effort by Ernst Stipp, who completed a non-homologated 300km ride on 27-28 Jan 2018 in a time of 10hr48min. Well done.

Name Club Distance Time
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 300km 14hr44min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 300km 13hr54min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 300km 13hr54min
Lafras Heron Aurasan 300km 13hr51min
Marie Kotze Aurasan 300km 13hr14min
Dirk Labuschagne Aurasan 300km 13hr14min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 300km 13hr29min
Chris Whitley Aurasan 300km 13hr09min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 300km 13hr29min
Jean Harper Aurasan 300km 13hr14min
Kobus Janse Van Vuuren Aurasan 300km 13hr14min
Byron Tarr Aurasan 300km 13hr14min

WC 300km BRM 3 Feb 2018

We had a total of 8 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Christiaan Van Zyl Aurasan Wc 300km 12hr15min
Marius Carstens Aurasan Wc 300km 12hr15min
Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 300km 16hr50min
Madeleen Kotze Aurasan 300km 16hr50min
James Burgess Outriders Cc 300km 16hr57min
Markus Franz Outriders Cc 300km 16hr57min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders Cc 300km 16hr57min
Robert Young Outriders Cc 300km 16hr57min

200km BRM 18 Feb 2018

We had a total of 31 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Candice Araujo Aurasan 200km 7hr30min
Jan Basson Randmark 200km 7hr57min
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 7hr10min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr02min
Gert Britz Aurasan 200km 7hr31min
Joanie Coetzee Aurasan 200km 9hr30min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr02min
Fernando Da Costa Aurasan 200km 7hr35min
Marjorie Faber Rooimiere 200km 12hr17min
Michael Haack Cycloholics 200km 8hr20min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 7hr10min
Graham Hohls Aurasan 200km 7hr10min
Johan Swanepoel Westgate Wheelers 200km 12hr17min
Irene Jonker Randmark 200km 7hr57min
Johan Jonker Randmark 200km 7hr56min
Ian Kriegler Aurasan 200km 7hr32min
Colleen Lightbody Aurasan 200km 7hr10min
Stiaan Loubser Aurasan 200km 7hr10min
Coenraad Loubser Aurasan 200km 9hr02min
Claus Meinke Aurasan 200km 9hr25min
Grenville Mills Cycle Lab 200km 7hr10min
Andre Pretorius Cresta Wheelers 200km 7hr10min
Ian John Privett Aurasan 200km 7hr33min
Deon Robbertze Aurasan 200km 8hr20min
André George Van Der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 12hr17min
Charmaine Van Der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 12hr17min
Andy Van Heerden Cycle Lab 200km 7hr35min
Herman Van Niekerk PPA 200km 7hr36min
Sam  Weldon Rooimiere 200km 7hr32min
Johann Williamson Randmark 200km 12hr17min
Charles Zeelie Edenglen 200km 7hr30min

400km BRM 18 Feb 2018

We had a total of 9 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 400km 17hr49min
Darryl Craig Egen Cresta Wheelers 400km 18hr42min
Michelle Ann Gahan Cycle Lab 400km 17hr49min
Kobus Jansen Van Vuuren Sasol Cycling Club 400km 18hr45min
Marle Kotze Aurasan 400km 18hr45min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 400km 17hr49min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 400km 19hr53min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 400km 17hr49min
Chris Whitley Aurasan 400km 18hr45min

WC 400km BRM 16 Mar 2018

We had a total of 13 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 400km 24hr48min
Markus Franz Outriders Cc 400km 24hr38min
Elize Janse Van Rensburg Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr15min
Madeleen Kotze Aurasan Wc 400km 24hr48min
Derek Lawrence Cape Multisport Club 400km 24hr38min
Sarel Louw Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr30min
Daniel Schmeisser Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr15min
Wimpie Van Der Merwe Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr15min
Christiaan Van Zyl Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr15min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders Cc 400km 24hr38min
Sean Viljoen Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr15min
Heinrich Visser Aurasan Wc 400km 19hr15min
Robert Young Outriders Cc 400km 24hr38min

200km BRM 18 Mar 2018

We had a total of 55 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Candice Araujo Aurasan 200km 7hr31min
Pieter Avenant New Horizons Cc 200km 7hr31min
Ravi Bhat Club 100 200km 8hr34min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 200km 8hr30min
Clive Collier Aurasan 200km 9hr50min
Ellen Crabtree Aurasan 200km 9hr50min
Andrew Crocker Aurasan 200km 7hr05min
Greg Davis Aurasan 200km 7hr25min
Conrad De Kock Germiston Wheelers 200km 8hr25min
Michelle Ann Gahan Cycle Lab 200km 8hr24min
Estelle Gilbert Aurasan 200km 8hr56min
Jacques Greeff Discovery 200km 7hr47min
Frans Hansen Aurasan 200km 7hr05min
Jean Harper Aurasan 200km 7hr59min
John Heynike Club 100 200km 10hr44min
Glenys Heynike Club 100 200km 10hr44min
Franchua Howard Aurasan 200km 10hr30min
Jaun Jansen Van Vuuen Aurasan 200km 7hr59min
Kobus Jansen Van Vuuren Sasol 200km 7hr59min
Danelle Keulder Discovery 200km 7hr47min
Marle Kotze Lynnwood Cycling Club 200km 7hr31min
Dirk Labuschagne Aurasan 200km 7hr31min
James Lombard Aurasan 200km 7hr05min
Gareth Macintosh Club 100 200km 8hr34min
Heinrich Matthews Aurasan 200km 10hr30min
Andreas Meid Germiston Wheelers 200km 8hr25min
Claus Meinke Ppa 200km 8hr25min
Cloete Murray Select 200km 7hr05min
Pc Nell Sunward Slipstream 200km 7hr47min
R Peixoto Aurasan 200km 10hr05min
Mark Potter Club 100 200km 10hr44min
Bernadette Potter Club 100 200km 10hr44min
Brian Rowbotham Club 100 200km 8hr34min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 200km 8hr24min
Simon Shaw Cycle Lab 200km 7hr37min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr50min
Jan Snoer Sunward Slipstream 200km 8hr07min
Madelaine Snoer Sunward Slipstream 200km 8hr35min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200km 7hr23min
Danie Strydom Aurasan 200km 8hr25min
John Sturgeon Club 100 200km 10hr44min
Kim Sturgeon Club 100 200km 10hr44min
Adrian Swart Cycle Lab 200km 7hr28min
Byron Tarr Aurasan 200km 7hr59min
Michelle Terblanche Cycle Lab 200km 7hr25min
Pamina Valverde Aurasan 200km 7hr47min
Claire Watson Aurasan 200km 7hr55min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 200km 8hr56min
David Wertheim Aymes Aurasan 200km 7hr05min
Chandre Wertheim Aymes Aurasan 200km 8hr07min
Chris Whitley Luso Sport 200km 7hr31min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr30min
Charles Zeelie Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr31min
Bernard Krone Aurasan 200km 8hr25min
Jan Spamers Sunward Slipstream 200km 8hr25min

24hr Flèche starting 30-31 March 2018

We had 6 finishers over 2 teams.

Team Name Club Distance
Fleche Creche John Goddard Sunward Slipstreamers 390km
Fleche Creche Gerrit Pretorius Cresta Wheelers 390km
Fleche Creche Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 390km
Highway Struikrowers Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 503km
Highway Struikrowers Ernest Stipp Aurasan 503km
Highway Struikrowers Michelle Gahan Cyclelab 503km

WC 600km BRM 6 Apr 2018

We had a total of 9 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
James Burgess Outriders Cc 600km 38hr50min
Nico Coetzee Aurasan Wc 600km 39hr55min
Frans Cronje Aurasan Wc 600km 39hr25min
Theunis Esterhuizen Aurasan Wc 600km 39hr55min
Derek Lawrence Cape Multisport Club 600km 38hr50min
Cordula Reusch Aurasan Wc 600km 39hr25min
Desiree Strydom Aurasan Wc 600km 39hr25min
Wimpie Van Der Merwe Aurasan Wc 600km 30hr15min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders Cc 600km 38hr50min

300km BRM 15 Apr 2018

We had a total of 9 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Kobus Jansen Van Vuuren Sasol Cycling Club 300km 11hr53min
Mark Shuter Cyclelabs 300km 11hr53min
Leonard Weltehagen Aurasan 300km 13hr05min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 300km 13hr05min
Wimpey Sander Aurasan 300km 13hr05min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 300km 14hr41min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 300km 16hr10min
Andre Van Der Merwe Rooimiere 300km 16hr10min
Johan Swanepoel Aurasan 300km 16hr10min

WC 1000km BRM 18 May 2018

We had a total of 4 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Elize Janse Van Rensburg Aurasan Wc 1000km 69hr10min
Derek Lawrence Cape Multisport Club 1000km 69hr10min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan Wc 1000km 68hr12min
Desiree Strydom Aurasan Wc 1000km 69hr10min

200km BRM 20 May 2018

We had a total of 23 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Candice Araujo Aurasan 200 km 8hr11min
Simon Beeton Aurasan 200 km 9hr21min
Denis Alan Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200 km 10hr15min
David Brewer Aurasan 200 km 10hr15min
Warren Charles Aurasan 200 km 9hr22min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 200 km 8hr11min
Derek Conradie Aurasan 200 km 8hr54min
Conrad De Kock Germiston Wheelers 200 km 8hr54min
Brett Deetlefs Reserve Bank 200 km 9hr22min
Jacques Greeff Aurasan 200 km 8hr35min
Francois Hattingh Aurasan 200 km 9hr22min
Michiel Horn Aurasan 200 km 8hr54min
David-John Hough Luso Sport 200 km 9hr22min
Danelle Keulder Aurasan 200 km 8hr35min
Malepule Mseleku Aurasan 200 km 9hr10min
Rowan Schoeman Aurasan 200 km 9hr20min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200 km 10hr15min
Daryn Upton Aurasan 200 km 8hr35min
Danielle Van Graan Cycle Lab 200 km 9hr10min
Michael Gordon White Aurasan 200 km 8hr35min
Chris Whitley Luso Sport 200 km 8hr35min
Gerhard Wiehman Reserve Bank 200 km 9hr22min
Charles Zeelie Aurasan 200 km 8hr11min

400km BRM 20 May 2018

We had a total of 8 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Shane Coetser Aurasan 400 km 18hr09min
Jean Harper Aurasan 400 km 20hr34min
Kobus Jansen Van Vuuren Sasol 400 km 20hr34min
Marlé Kotzé Lynnwood Cycles 400 km 20hr34min
Dirk Labuschagne Aurasan 400 km 20hr34min
Pc Nell Sunward Slipstream 400 km 20hr34min
Tiaan Ronne Cycoholics 400 km 19hr28min
Leonard Welthagen Cycle Lab 400 km 18hr09min

WC 200km BRM 2 Jun 2018

We had a total of 5 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Mike Fairbank Outriders Cc 200km 12hr32min
Markus Franz Outriders Cc 200km 12hr32min
Derek Lawrence Cape Multisport 200km 12hr32min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders Cc 200km 12hr32min
Robert Young Outriders Cc 200km 12hr32min

600km BRM 16 Jun 2018

We had a total of 4 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Michelle Gahan Cyclelab 200km 37hr04min
Marle Kotze Lynnwood Cyclery 200km 36hr24min
Tiaan Ronne Cycleholics 200km 37hr04min
Mark Shuter Cyclelab 200km 36hr24min

200km BRM 17 Jun 2018

We had a total of 13 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
John Blamey Cyclelab 200km 8hr51min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr05min
Grant Cowen Tri-x 200km 8hr57min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr57min
Nick Haines Cyclelab 200km 8hr46min
Kobus Jansen van Vuuren Sasol Cycling Club 200km 10hr13min
Grenville Mills Cyclelab 200km 8hr56min
Mike Scrooby Cyclelab 200km 8hr46min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 10hr05min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr05min
Louise Shuter CYCLELAB 200km 8hr46min
Henno Snyman Aurasan 200km 10hr13min
Richard Wade Aurasan 200km 9hr55min

200km BRM 17 Jun 2018

We had a total of 13 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
John Blamey Cyclelab 200km 8hr51min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr05min
Grant Cowen Tri-x 200km 8hr57min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr57min
Nick Haines Cyclelab 200km 8hr46min
Kobus Jansen van Vuuren Sasol Cycling Club 200km 10hr13min
Grenville Mills Cyclelab 200km 8hr56min
Mike Scrooby Cyclelab 200km 8hr46min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 10hr05min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr05min
Louise Shuter CYCLELAB 200km 8hr46min
Henno Snyman Aurasan 200km 10hr13min
Richard Wade Aurasan 200km 9hr55min

GP 200km BRM 15 Jul 2018

We had a total of 8 riders for this event.

Name Club Distance Time
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 8hr46min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr38min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 8hr46min
Grenville Mills Cycle Lab 200km 8hr46min
Robert Reed Cycle Lab 200km 8hr46min
Louise Shuter Cycle Lab 200km 8hr46min
Mark Shuter Cycle Lab 200km 8hr46min
Graham van Niekerk Aurasan 200km 8hr46min

GP 300km BRM 15 Jul 2018

We had a total of 5 riders for this event.

Name Club Distance Time
Marle Kotze Lynnwood CC 300km 14hr18min
Tiaan Ronne 300km 14hr18min
Dirk Labuschagne Aurasan 300km 14hr18min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 300km 14hr09min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 300km 14hr09min

WC 200km BRM 28 Jul 2018

We had a total of 5 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Gary Kuhnert Outriders 200km 12hr32min
Shaun Otto Aurasan 200km 12hr32min
Eugene Quass BMT 200km 9hr16min
Werner Schmidt Cape Multisport 200km 9hr16min
Rob Walker Wannabees 200km 10hr52min

GP 200km BRM 18 Aug 2018

We had a total of 30 riders for this event.

Name Club Distance Time
Gary Campbell Aurasan 200km 07hr20min
Eric Morris Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Marle Kotze Lynnwood CC 200km 07hr20min
Chris Whitley Luso Sport 200km 07hr20min
Manny Pereira Rooimiere 200km 11hr50min
Johan van Staden Rooimiere 200km 11hr50min
Marjorie Faber Rooimiere 200km 11hr50min
Johan van Duyn Rooimiere 200km 11hr50min
Charmaine van der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 11hr50min
Andre van der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 11hr50min
Dillon Rossouw Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Claus Meinke Aurasan 200km 10hr05min
D Hattingh Aurasan 200km 07hr20min
Stiaan Loubser Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Graham van Niekerk Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Graham Hohls Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Colleen Lightbody Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Yolandi Smith Cresta Wheelers 200km 08hr40min
Adrian Erasmus Aurasan 200km 08hr40min
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Grenville John Mills Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Louise Shuter Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 07hr40min
Tracy Burger Aurasan 200km 08hr40min
Eben Burger Aurasan 200km 08hr40min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr15min
Jorrie Jordaan Aurasan 200km 7hr45min
Graeme Mappin Cycle Lab 200km 08hr40min
Denis Alan Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr15min
Stoffel Eckley Aurasan 200km 07hr40min

GP 400km BRM 18 Aug 2018

We had a total of 9 riders for this event.

Name Club Distance Time
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 400km 22hr05min
Dirk Labuschagne Aurasan 400km 17hr49min
Mark Shuter Cycle Lab 400km 17hr49min
Kobus Jansen van Vuuren Sasol 400km 18hr29min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 400km 21hr44min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 400km 22hr05min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 400km 22hr05min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 400km 18hr47min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 400km 18hr47min

WC 200km BRM 8 Sep 2018

We had a total of 24 finishers for this chilly but scenic journey out to see the Darling flowers. Not everyone enjoyed the 80km of headwind home quite so much.

Name Club Distance Time
Richard Baufeldt Aurasan 200km 10hr19min
Sharon Britton Outriders 200km 10hr25min
James Burgess Outriders 200km 10hr02min
Lizelle Burgess Outriders 200km 10hr02min
Marius Carstens Aurasan 200km 08hr50min
Cornelie Davis Outriders 200km 10hr25min
Ernst Engelbrecht Wannabees 200km 09hr54min
Mike Fairbank Outriders 200km 10hr25min
Markus Franz Outriders 200km 10hr25min
Madeleen Kotze Aurasan 200km 10hr19min
Gideon Krige Aurasan 200km 09hr54min
Derek Lawrence Cape Multisport 200km 10hr25min
Jacques Lotriet Aurasan 200km 10hr10min
Izak Nel Aurasan 200km 09hr54min
Eugene Quass Aurasan 200km 08hr29min
Werner Schmidt Cape Multisport 200km 08hr40min
Wimpie Van Der Merwe Aurasan 200km 08hr50min
Franci Van Der Walt Aurasan 200km 08hr50min
Gerhard Van Noordwyk Aurasan 200km 11hr34min
Chris Van Zyl Aurasan 200km 08hr50min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders 200km 10hr25min
Sean Viljoen Aurasan 200km 08hr50min
Rob Walker Wannabees 200km 11hr34min
Robert Young Outriders 200km 10hr25min

GP 200km BRM 23 Sep 2018

We had a total of 17 finishers. It was a very windy day.

Name Club Distance Time
Hardus Engelbrecht Parys CC 200km 10hr13min
Mark Saunders Cyclelab 200km 09hr08min
D Hattingh Lynnwood CC 200km 09hr18min
John Andrew Goddard Sunward 200km 10hr59min
PC Nell Sunward 200km 09hr08min
Graham Hohls Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Colleen Lightbody Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Stiaan Loubser Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Graham van Niekerk Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Bianca Jacob Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Nicolas Zentelis Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
John Blamey Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Tertius Calitz Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Grenville Mills Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Nick Haines Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Stoffel Eckley Cyclelab 200km 09hr37min
Danielle van Graan Cyclelab 200km 09hr08min

GP 1000km Max BRM 21 Sep 2018

We had a total of 10 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 1000km 70hr22min
Dirk Labuschagne Aurasan 1000km 69hr51min
Mark Shuter Cycle Lab 1000km 65hr19min
Kobus Jansen Van Vuuren Sasol 1000km 65hr19min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 1000km 70hr24min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 1000km 64hr58min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 1000km 70hr24min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 1000km 68hr01min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 1000km 64hr58min
Marle Kotze Aurasan 1000km 69hr51min

WC 300km BRM 6 Oct 2018

We had a total of 7 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Wimpie vd Merwe Aurasan 300km 12hr20min
Sean Viljoen Aurasan 300km 12hr20min
Marius Carstens Aurasan 300km 12hr20min
Werner Schmidt Cape Multisport 300km 14hr00min
Derek Lawrence Outriders 300km 16hr35min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders 300km 16hr35min
Markus Franz Outriders 300km 16hr35min
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European Randonnée from Germany to Italy

From: Rando Imperator [mailto:info@randoimperator.com]
Sent: 12 January 2017 06:27 PM
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Subject: Join the European Randonnée from Germany to Italy

Hi there, we’re the organizers of the ‘Rando Imperator’, the randonnée that starts from Munich (Germany) and arrives in Italy. It’s an ‘european’ randonnée as the route goes through four different countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

No borders in Europe, for cyclists and everybody!

We would like to invite you to the third edition on Saturday and Sunday May 6 to 7, 2017. You can choose one of three routes: Munich-Ferrara (600km), Munich-Bozen (300km) and Bozen-Ferrara (300km). We ride along the bike path called ‘via Claudia Augusta’ across the Alps. Last year over 150 cyclists joined the event, this year we’d love to have more subscribes from all around the Europe.

You can feel the spirit of our randonnée reading here: http://witoor.com/en/registration-randonnee-rando-imperator-2017/

We would really appreciate your presence!

Thank you, and hope to see you soon.

Simone Dovigo

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6th-7th May, 2017
Cycling from Germany to Italy

The European Randonnée from Bavaria to Italy, across the Alps and through Austria. A journey by bike along the ancient Roman road “Via Claudia Augusta”.

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2016 Mille Miglia Report

by Wimpie van der Merwe

The Mille Miglia (Thousand Miler) is not called the toughest randonée in Europe for nothing. It is held once every four years.  This is a race or ride, depending how you approach the monster, where you climb 16,000m over 1,600 km in sweltering heat. Combine with that the fact that you have to navigate the whole distance mostly on your own for up to five days, whilst sleep-deprived. Add to that the factor that where you travel you are mostly not understood and neither do you understand the locals. Of the close to 600 entrants eventually 400 finished in the prescribed cut-off time of 140 hours.

PREPARATION

As in any event like this the preparation demands a multi-year cycling background and a focussed preparation of at least 8 months. Through Audax South Africa several long distance events are organised throughout the year to prepare body and mind for an event like this. You start with the kindergarten distance of 200 km, progressing rapidly to 300, 400, 600 and eventually to the mature 1,000 km rides. By now you know whether you are crazy enough to attempt an event like the ‘Thousand Miler’.

Only one South African has ridden the Mille Miglia before, in 2011, namely Chris van Zyl. He convinced me to join him in the fourth edition. Our preparation included the Cape 1000 in April 2016. I am fully convinced that to be successful in events like these you should have only 1 brain cell. Any additional cells would want to know why you do this and the first will not be able to answer them. During the Cape 1,000 we consciously tried not to entertain the ‘second brain cell’, because we were tested to our limits. It was an exceptional hard and thorough test of what was about to come during the 2016 Mille Miglia. Anyone ought to be able to complete these endurance events physically, but the challenge arises in the mental sphere. You cannot prepare for that, except to have tremendous respect for the distance and what lies ahead. Chris and I have found that once you become cocky and too self-confident you will pay your dues later!

Our preparation in the southern hemisphere meant going directly into the peak of summer from out of our cold and wet winters, with a difference of more than 20 C. Acclimatising to the hot weather before the time was impossible. Eventually it was this factor that affected me negatively the most during the ride. The gradient of some of the passes exceed the steepest climbs we have available to prepare on. You know you are in trouble when you have to zig-zag up the climbs because you have run out of gears. Gradients of up to 19% were not uncommon.

Both Chris and I are Paris-Brest-Paris anciennes (Ou Manne). This experience was put to good use in preparing for the event. We have a similar minimalist approach to carry-ons, meaning anything you carry with you for being self-reliant has to be the absolute minimum. Whatever you carry with you has to be multi-functional. You have to be prepared to take risks to leave something behind that you might need. You cannot over-cater for all events and ‘what ifs’.

Through experience you get to know what causes a panic when something goes wrong, especially when you are sleep deprived, hungry, thirsty and not sure whether you are on the right route. In cases like these when something goes wrong it can cause total meltdown and you abandoning the ride. This hierarchy of needs determines what you pack and what you leave. On top of our list was our need for battery power for navigation and communication. In the 2015 PBP event I wasted about 10 hours wandering around the French countryside because I did not have navigational equipment. This time both Chris and I bought 4 x 20,000 mA battery banks that would fulfil the need to keep our electronics charged. We ordered them through a mail order and it arrived just a day or two before departure. We only found out during the ride that they were Chinese duds and we were stuck to charging cell phones and Garmins at control points, slowing us down unnecessarily. Having navigation was non-negotiable. You thus needed to calculate at what point you have enough juice in the battery before continuing to the next control. It was an expensive lesson learnt.

Until just before the Miglia I was not on FaceBook. Friends convinced me to share the experience with a wider audience than just a Whatsapp group. Therefore I needed data communication and power to my phone whilst riding. Having the task of reporting whilst riding kept my sanity and helped to create memory markers along the way. Our experience is that the subconscious becomes so traumatised that it wilfully suppresses the experiences and in the process the history of the ride. Taking photos and looking at it later calls up the memories that I otherwise would not have remembered. The whole trip is a vague recollection. You were so involved in the inner conversation to maintain sanity during this period that you hardly had time to make provision for a chronological recollection of your experiences. Videos made during the ride will thus still be in my FB profile.

You do not enter an event like this with the possibility that equipment can fail. Have the best for the purpose. Best does not mean lightest, but the most durable. It should not be something that is so high-tech that you cannot repair it in the ride yourself, e.g. something as simple as replacing a spoke. If you have wheels where you need to do open heart surgery to access the nipples you should rather leave them behind and go ‘old school’.

A lesson well learnt was the choice of the correct saddle for events like these. It is not the ride itself that takes its toll on your south pole, but the daily hours in the saddle before the event. Once you are bruised or chafed you don’t have the luxury of laying off for a while. You have to repair whilst training. I therefore made a decision to stick my testosterone up somewhere and get myself a ‘lazy-boy’ saddle. It does not do my macho image any good, but towards the halfway mark of the rides I watch those guys with their macho lightweight carbon and leather saddles moving about as if they have ants in their pants. The saddle that suits you is the best find you can make for rides exceeding 5 hours at a time.

To successfully finish an event like the Mille Miglia you need to be a MacGyver, an innovator, someone who can improvise with nothing to repair something. You have to think out of the box, because you are fully self-reliant. You cannot receive outside help, except within the control areas.

Pre-race

I planned my trip so that I can adjust my sleeping pattern to a late wake-up and late to bed by being in Milan a couple of days in advance. I spent the first day meandering through the countryside and visiting the northern lakes of Italy, Como and Varese. The ride provided the needed muscle stimulation and through sweating got rid of excess fluid.

You need to realise that when you expend the amount energy as we do and then stop exercising the excess water makes you bloated and causes stiff and shortened muscles. Rest days are active days. During the ride I burnt about 45,000 cal, but did not consume close to that through my diet. Much of it had to come from muscle and the bit of fat I had left.

Chris van Zyl arrived the next day and after settling in at his hotel we went shopping for provisions. Most of the times we provided for ourselves from the local supermarkets. It is cost effective and we had a greater variety of foodstuffs for feeding our worms! The appetite you develop is so huge that we seriously considered deworming. With confidence I can say that we eat only once a day and that is the whole day. Your legs do the pedalling and your jaws the non-stop munching.

We went for the registration to collect our race numbers and route maps. Unlike other rides I experienced the atmosphere more relaxed, perhaps because the setting was in a monastery.

Departure

The start was set for 16 August at last light. A couple of hours before the start there was a pasta party for all and the race briefing in the sports arena. If you did not understand Italian it was of no value.

Each group was separated with about 10 mins. Chris and I opted for the third group, giving us something to chase and not to be caught up with the fish & chips from the start. The eventual winner emerged from our group.

On our way to our first food control at Massa Finalese our group got lost due to an incorrect Garmin track provided by the organisers. Some of the local riders who knew the area immediately went for the route they knew. There was confusion in the group. The last thing you want to do is follow riders who are lost. Chris got joined up with the small group of riders who thought the Garmin track was correct, until they too ended up on a farm road. Sensing the split, the group kept the pace at close to 40 km/h. I realised that if Chris and I got split up here it would not be good for both our efforts since we carry equipment and provisions both of us needed from one another. After about an hour Chris caught us from behind. I believe if he was saved this effort he would have been a contender for the top 5.

The first control for provisions is normally the control that breaks the big group up in small pieces. From there on the riders proceed in pairs or singles. This is a phenomenon I still need to understand. If the riders stayed in larger groups, giving one another time to eat and go to the toilet and restart together they would eventually ride a faster time. Chris and I had some chow and refilled our bottles and were from the last to start in our group. We hooked up with Claus from Germany and we proceeded on to the next control at Lugo di Romagna as day was breaking.

As the ride is long and the end is far and knowing that there are ominously high and steep passes soon to come you are focused on a couple of things. You need to ride within your capacity. As fatigue sets in due to various factors, some which you can control and others you can’t, you need to slow down or take appropriate action before grinding to a halt. On the other side you are riding with two other riders, who you can draft, but perhaps they are riding too fast and if any of them blow up they will be the cause of your misfortune. Do you let go of them or do you stick to them hoping you don’t pay interest later?

With these ongoing conversations in your mind you have to see to it that you never stop drinking and eating, always stay within the set heart rate effort and make a conscious effort to take in the scenery. You have to remind fellow riders of the same because you need one another. This literally is a case of survival. If you help your fellow competitors last longer you will last longer.

At a control Claus informed us he needs a rest and we should continue on our own. We were at the heat of day and in the distance we could see the foothills of the dreaded Apennine mountains, separating Italy between from top to bottom. We have been on the go for a day by now with the sun setting. We were lying in positions 34 and 35 with the leaders a couple of hours before us.

The Mountains arrive

What a pity one has to travel by night, missing the beauty of the Italian countryside. I studied classical history as part of my Greek and Latin training. I now know why the Romans chose to stay where they stayed: because it is beautiful. The country’s architecture is awesome. The countryside has a smell of its own. It is an old and well established world. It appeals to me and to the senses in general. Gaining height on the mountain passes opens up vistas of the countryside. Unfortunately you had no idea where you were so that you could revisit those particular villages. Your subconscious was continuously drawing you to your Garmin, which was set to inform you when to turn left or right, so you could not really get absorbed into sightseeing.

Day and night wove into one. My body was dehydrated, but when I wanted to drink I could not keep anything down. I knew I was in trouble and could see that Chris was sensing this too. At Dicomano he did what he could to nurse me out of my bad spot by waiting longer at the control with me as what he needed to and I realised I was keeping him back. I then had a man to man talk with him and told him that if he wanted to win the race he would have to do something he has never done before. We were halfway and he could still catch the leaders, but then he cannot afford the luxury of any sleep for the rest of the way.

After Todi everything came apart. I dropped behind Chris, whilst he continued towards the control. Instead of him waiting next to the road it made sense that he at least charge his batteries. I sat down next to the road on the pass and started vomiting severely. I had nothing left in my stomach. Whenever I drank water I just brought it all up again. I perceived the symptoms of heat exhaustion and knew I had to change strategy. The sun was not my friend. I had to ride at night.

I limped in to Bolsena. I was in a poor state. The staff at the control wrote me the instructions in English of how to get on the train, what time, platform, town to get off, train swopping, which bus to take and everything needed to reach my destination in Milan. In their minds I was a Did Not Finish (DNF). I asked them just to allow me to put my head down for an hour or two until the sun sets. When the sun went under I got up to continue. It was great to communicate with a batch of followers on WAP, updating me on Chris’ status. He was about 200 km ahead of me.  I left Bolsena in the last 125 of the field. I was now playing catch-up.

To survive this ordeal I had to play games with my mind and not my mind with me. I had to stay in control of the processes. I set myself a goal to take pictures whenever I wanted to and to experience the beauty of what I passed. My greatest concern was losing my way. My Garmin was charged but I was the only person on that road. Riders were kilometres apart from one another. I built this semi-spiritual relationship with my Garmin, praying that it will not fade on me and that it will lead me on favourable paths. I made deals with it, promising it that I will power it up at the next stop as long as it stays my reliable source of information. The route is planned on rural roads. There is hardly any traffic at night. If you get lost you won’t even realise it and I had to prevent myself from distrusting the Garmin. I had to keep a distance from my fatigued state of mind where I knew I am prone to make bad decisions and could experience hallucinations. You knew it would happen and you can’t do anything about it. I found that communicating with sane souls in SA and America on WAP throughout the ride brought me back to reality.

I realised how steep the passes were when I could not climb the ascent in my ninny gear anymore. I had to zig zag up a 19% incline. About an hour into the climb I realised that my Garmin was not moving and it was not moving for quite a while and in that time I passed many off roads to the left and right. I was so focused on my Garmin as navigation system that I hardly ever tried to look out for the painted arrows on the road. The reason my Garmin was not working was that I had lost GPS signal, because I was in such a remote mountainous area. This was the situation I dreaded. To know if I am on the correct route I shall have to trace my steps back and find arrows or until I find GPS. Had it been a flat road I would have considered turning back, but what if I was on the right road and I had to come all the way back that I have just covered?

Knowing from the previous year’s Paris-Brest-Paris where I lost my way several times, I lost it so badly on the last day that I found myself going back in the opposite direction, back to where I have come from! Eventually I linked up with a major arterial on the pass. I had to choose left or right at the T-junction. I decided for downhill. I had no clue whether I was on my way to my destination or riding away from it. Eventually I got my GPS back and found I was on track. None of the riders that I either caught or that passed me rode the road I did. Either I took the long or the short route. Till now I cannot find that part of the course! Nobody recalls riding a 19 percenter either.

My relationship with my Garmin took a bad turn when I realised that when the control staff charged my Garmin at Bolsena they did not give me back my USB cable. It was non-negotiable I had to charge my Garmin and I had to get an electronics shop soon so I can load my Garmin. I received instructions of how to find a shop in Siena. I drove around in this beautiful, most amazing city to find a computer shop. After doing more than 15 km of scouting and not becoming wiser I decided to look in the old city. I was prepared to buy a cable from an office PC whilst in use. This is where I found this bargain Chinese store. I just hoped I did not buy a dud as my Powerbanks. At Siena I rode the famous white Siena dirt road, a white powdery (possibly calcium or dolomite) on which many Italian professional races are held.

Even with my cable scouting and hiding from the sun I moved up into the first 100 again. Chris was about 120 km ahead. That would constitute 6-7 hours of riding.

Fighting the heat

The temperatures were around 40 C and in the valleys no breeze. This caused serious humidity. Wherever I could I bought something cold to drink, but I had no appetite. I was just praying for the day to pass so I could ride at night. I had a feeling everyone was doing it because I was passing no one and no one was passing me. I thought I was the lonely ranger, hadn’t it been for the continuous updates from my WAP group.

I arrived at the sleep control of Staffoli Cerbaie late afternoon of the third day, about 72 hours into the ride and having covered 1,120 km. I was in a broken state due to dehydration. I threw up and I had very concerned staff. The controls along the route were informed to look out for rider 366, because he might not arrive at the controls and they would have to go looking for him. I decided to take a nap until I felt better. At the control they put out some mattresses for riders to lie on, which was accessed by a flight of steel stairs.

I climbed the stairs to the sleeping area and when I woke up I was lying at the bottom of the stairs. I became unconscious and fell backwards down the stairs. Some of the riders were reviving me. I assured them I was ok. A couple of minutes later I passed out again, this time falling forwards flat on my face. Luckily there was no one to help or else they would have withdrawn me. At midnight I decided I had to get as much distance covered before the sun rises because the sun and I were going to have a serious meeting in the morning!

That night I rode the longest pass I have ever ridden, 45 km long. It crossed the river several times whilst zig-zagging the sides of the river valley.  On my way down the other side of the mountain pass I nearly hit a reindeer at full speed. It was standing in the middle of the road. My lights were set on its weakest setting to save battery power so this deer did not see or hear me. I missed it with less than an arm’s length. This close encounter of the other kind was shortly made up for by the view of a citadel, lighted up on the other side of the valley.

At night everything seems so unreal. There are hardly any people. In your fatigued mind the imprinting is erasable. If it had not been for the photos and the videos posted onto FB these experiences would have been lost to my memory.

I was now in a part of Italy that I got to love. I can understand why Hannibal did not leave Italy or attack Rome, but stayed where we were riding. Tuscany was too darn beautiful!

Still weak from the previous night’s experiences I progressed steadily towards control 13, Gorfigliano. From a distance I could see the mountain tops, evidence of regularly being covered by snow in the winter. Here you got your food as part of your entry free, but you pay a Euro for your pip squeak Espresso! The worst climbing was still to come. They were not long passes, but in total ascent they were as much as the whole of the ride up to that point. You learnt to respect the course, because it can throw you a curve ball. That curve ball came in the form of trusting your track of the course more than other route indicators, supplied to you by the organisers, for your Garmin.

I arrived at the top of a plateau. At the bottom I saw the Mediterranean for the first time. In the bay was this exquisite Roman town, Deiva. I could imagine the Romans taking their winter holidays there away from the urbs. To reach my next control my Garmin track said I had to go down the pass of about 4 km, have my card stamped and return up the hill. I arrived at the designated address where the control should have been, but no one knew of anything and they assured me I was not the first to enquire about a ‘control of some sort’. After some Italians peered over my route instructions they pointed out that the address is at the top of the pass where I admired the view. I would have to return there.

At that point I was mad. I was prepared to phone the organisers to come and collect me and take me back up the pass. It was their mistake that I was sitting down here. I had to find a way to get myself motivated to crawl up that steep pass again. It was sweltering hot. Their route indicator, which was incorrect, brought me to this pub as control. I asked the bar tender to give me his largest beer. I gulped it down in one swig.  I ordered another one. He looked at me and warned me of the consequences of too much drinking. I assured him that I was not anaesthetised enough to make it up the pass yet.

At the control I hid from the sun until late afternoon. Here I met a delightful British adventurer, Daniel Moores. He is sponsored to travel around the world and then share his adventures with his sponsors. He and I decided to ride to the finish together. The hours felt like minutes. We decided to get some shut-eye at the second last control and then press through to the finish in the morning, on our fifth day. The last control was at the memorial of the late Fausto Coppi, renowned Italian cyclist.

In my pre-race check list I warn myself that as you become tired you become forgetful, do stupid things you otherwise never would have done. I go through a ritual to feel if I packed everything I should when I leave a control, café or table. Irrespective of that, last year on PBP, at the last control, before Paris, I forgot my money, cards and cash and some valuables on the counter with the barrista as I paid him for my coffee. I turned around and walked away. The honest man had my valuables returned to me in Paris soon after I arrived.

After leaving Castelania I felt exceptionally comfortable. I ascribed it to the fact that the weather was cooler and I could drink about 2 litres of iced tea which hydrated me. At about 50 km away from the control it dawned on me why I was feeling so, I forgot my stringy-thingy rucksack somewhere. All my valuables like money, passport, food, spares, etc, everything essential for me finishing the ride successfully were in that bag. During the night I stopped several times too and took off the bag from my back, put it on the ground, did what I needed to and could not remember whether I actually put it back on. Knowing that I was taking many selfies I glanced through the gallery to see where was the last time I had a photo with my bag on my back. Luckily it was at the last control. By now Chris had finished. I phoned him and he organised that it be brought to the finish. I realise, even if you take all precautions and are prepared for mistakes like these, during a fatigued state, you will still make them. Be prepared for it and adapt around it.

Chris had his first nap and shower and was at the finish line to receive me as I came in under the first odd 80 riders. He managed to finish the distance in 90:38 hours and I came in at 110 hours.

Finishing the ride with a sane mind was a great relief! I would love to do more Italian rides to explore this beautiful country.  Just to complete this event in the required cut-off time is an accomplishment. In comparison to Paris-Brest-Paris it is exponentially tougher and requires a climbing capacity as cyclist. However, PBP should be on the bucket list of all cyclists. It is a cycling pilgrimage. Mille Miglia should be done for the sheer challenge. It is extreme. It is tough. It reveals who you are. The ride is a source that will keep your grand children entertained with all the stories you can share with them!

A report like this will not be complete if the story of food and the need for it afterwards are not included. You need plenty of that afterwards. You become ravenous within 24 hours. It is as if you have a dark hole where matter just disappears into, as if you have this tape-worm the size of your arm. It seems never to stop eating. Chris and I were constantly buying food. Standing in line to pay at the supermarkets you become hungry and thirsty and start eating your provisions. By the time you should pay you have already eaten most of it. Then you have to return to the shelves to fill up your basket again! You offer the cashier empty wrapper papers with bar codes on when you reach the till. Provisions that ought to have lasted for a day and a half lasted for one meal.

For my return trip to SA I needed to make provision for the lack of enough food on the flight and me having manners not to ask for meals more than 4 times in a row. I bought nearly a kilo of M&M’s and polished most of it even before boarding.

To survive the wait before departure I made a restaurant safari at the airport. I too informed my friends in South Africa of my predicament, namely that I am worm infested and need a serious and urgent deworming. My friend, Jurie, on his way to fetch me at the airport, stopped at the butcher and bought me a kilo of biltong. I stay about a half an hour from the airport. The biltong was past tense by the time we reached home! That is the casualty of cycling, becoming a ravenous monster…

2017 Results

WC 300km BRM 14 Jan 2017

We had a total of 8 finishers, all with the same time.

Name Club Distance Time
Derek Lawrence Aurasan 300km 14hr29min
Markus Franz Outriders 300km 14hr29min
Robert Young Outriders 300km 14hr29min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders 300km 14hr29min
Wynand Louw Cape Multisport 300km 14hr29min
Leon Lawrence Cape Multisport 300km 14hr29min
Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 300km 14hr29min
Wimpie vd Merwe Aurasan 300km 14hr29min

300km BRM 22 Jan 2017

We had a total of 18 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 300km 14hr30min
Maurice Williams Discovery 300km 12hr43min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 300km 12hr43min
Fanus Alberts Aurasan 300km 12hr43min
Devan Kruger Nuw Vaal Mtb Club 300km 13hr25min
Stefan Le Roux Heidelberg C.C 300km 13hr30min
Michelle Van Emmenis Nuw Vaal Mtb Club 300km 15hr35min
David Long Nuw Vaal Mtb Club 300km 15hr35min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 300km 13hr25min
Ivan Kruger Len Med 300km 12hr43min
Mauritz Botes Randmark 300km 12hr43min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 300km 13hr05min
Thys De Beer Randmark 300km 13hr05min
Michelle Gahan Club 100 300km 13hr25min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 300km 13hr25min
Nina Long Nuw Vaal Mtb Club 300km 15hr35min
Barend Bredenkamp Nuw Vaal Mtb Club 300km 15hr35min
John Goddard Sunward Slipstream 300km 14hr10min

200km BRM 22 Jan 2017

We had a total of 34 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Jimmy Martin Club 100 200km 8hr08min
Clive Hibbert Aurasan 200km 10hr44min
Wayde Kennedy Aurasan 200km 7hr40min
Mark Eltringham Aurasan 200km 8hr08min
Grenville Mills Cycle Lab 200km 9hr10min
Colleen Lightbody Cycle Lab 200km 9hr10min
Graham Hohls Cycle Lab 200km 9hr10min
Geoff Baars Aurasan 200km 7hr50min
Simon Davenall Germiston Wheelers 200km 7hr40min
Michelle Terblanche Cycle Lab 200km 7hr47min
Adrian Swart Cycle Lab 200km 7hr47min
Craig Meyer Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr20min
Jenny Bath Club 100 200km 8hr20min
Lior Melnik Aurasan 200km 10hr55min
Thuto Skweyiya Red Hub Multisport 200km 10hr00min
Samantha Weldon Roag 200km 7hr50min
Nicola Lebos Club 100 200km 8hr05min
Andre Mostert Aurasan 200km 8hr05min
Greg Davis Aurasan 200km 7hr47min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr53min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr53min
Freddie Peters Aurasan 200km 8hr18min
Peter Swanepoel Aurasan 200km 7hr40min
William Temblett Club 100 200km 8hr08min
Johan Niehaus Club 100 200km 8hr08min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 9hr10min
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 9hr10min
Claus Meinke Ppa 200km 8hr38min
Tracey Riley Aurasan 200km 10hr00min
Ben Kruger Aurasan 200km 10hr05min
Johan Gerber Cycle Lab 200km 10hr05min
Jannie Janse Van Rensburg Kempton Park CC 200km 10hr05min
Neil Ridley Aurasan 200km 8hr05min
Jacqui Young Aurasan 200km 10hr00min

WC 400km BRM 3 Feb 2017

We had a total of 6 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Wynand Louw Cape Multisport 400km 19hr45min
Sarel Louw Aurasan 400km 19hr45min
Derek Lawrence Outriders 400km 24hr30min
Markus Franz Outriders 400km 24hr30min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders 400km 24hr30min
Robert Young Outriders 400km 24hr30min

200km ’20yr’ BRM 19 Feb 2017

We had a total of 33 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Darryl Clifford Aurasan 200km 10hr00min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr58min
Jannie Janse Van Rensburg Kempton Park Cc 200km 8hr58min
Vernon Rembold Troisport 200km 8hr25min
George De Abreu Aurasan 200km 8hr30min
James Martin Club 100 200km 8hr25min
Michelle Gahan Club 100 200km 8hr25min
Nicky Lebos Club 100 200km 8hr25min
Andre Pretorius Aurasan 200km 8hr25min
Derrick Bingham Aurasan 200km 8hr25min
David Sparrow Road Cover 200km 8hr00min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 200km 8hr25min
Thys De Beer Randmark 200km 8hr24min
Freddie Peters Aurasan 200km 7hr59min
Mohammed Essop Aurasan Wc 200km 8hr12min
Peter Swanepoel Aurasan 200km 8hr19min
Pete Smith JHB MTB Club 200km 7hr59min
Edwin Saunders The Bicycling Comp. 200km 7hr50min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 200km 7hr50min
Clive Collier Aurasan 200km 10hr36min
Bilal Haffejee Autostyle 200km 8hr12min
Zenaid Bububcia Aurasan 200km 8hr12min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr05min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr58min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 8hr58min
Pieter Rossouw Aurasan 200km 9hr30min
Joanie Coetzee Troisport 200km 9hr30min
Donel Van Jaasveld Aurasan 200km 9hr30min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200km 10hr00min
John Goddard Sunward Park Cyclub 200km 9hr50min
Daniel Van Aswegan Aurasan 200km 9hr45min
Dave Kraitzick The Bicycling Comp. 200km 9hr45min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 200km 9hr30min

WC 600km Windy BRM 17 Mar 2017

We had a total of 6 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Christiaan van Zyl AurasanWC 600km 26hr25min
Sarel Louw AurasanWC 600km 26hr25min
Marius Carstens Aurasan WC 600km 30hr40min
Wynand Louw Cape Multisport 600km 30hr40min
Rob Walker Wannabees 600km 39hr07min
Theunis Estherhuizen Wannabees 600km 39hr07min

400km BRM 26 Mar 2017

We had a total of 10 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 400km 18hr40min
Franchua Howard Aurasan 400km 23hr5min
Heinrich Mathews Heidelberg C.C 400km 23hr5min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 400km 18hr40min
Michelle Gahan Club 100 400km 18hr40min
Nardus Coetzee Cradle Crawlers 400km 18hr40min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 400km 20hr25min
Thys De Beer Randmark 400km 18hr40min
Tiaan Ronne Aurasan 400km 19hr20min
Kailash Sunder Tour De Frans 400km 23hr5min

200km BRM 26 Mar 2017

We had a total of 15 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Claus Meinke Ppa 200km 8hr50min
David Kraitzick The Bicycling Comp. 200km 8hr30min
David Rieck Aurasan 200km 10hr45min
Johan Van Der Werff Computer Smith 200km 8hr14min
Johan Van Duyn Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Johan Van Staden Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Marjorie Faber Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Melany Cook Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Rayen Lodder Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Tiaan Visser Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Mark Evans Edenglen Cc 200km 9hr39min
Andre Mostert Vitality 200km 8hr50min
Amelia Van Duyn Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Charmaine Van Der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 11hr55min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr50min

300km BRM 23 Apr 2017

We had a total of 10 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 300 km 13hr35min
Dirk Labuschagne Velo Cycling Club 300 km 12hr53min
Ernest Stipp Cresta Wheelers 300 km 13hr35min
Grant Cowen Aurasan 300 km 13hr52min
Johan Van Der Werff Discovery 300 km 12hr10min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 300 km 13hr35min
Marle Kotze Lynnwood Cycling Club (Lcc) 300 km 12hr53min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 300 km 13hr35min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 300 km 13hr35min
Tiaan Ronne Aurasan 300 km 12hr10min

24hr Flèche Thomlinson 13-16 April 2017

We had 16 finishers over 4 teams.

Team Name Club Distance
Cape Flèche Rob Walker Wannabees 374km
Cape Flèche Nico Coetzee Aurasan WC 374km
Cape Flèche Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 374km
Chain Gang Michelle Gahan Club 100 502km
Chain Gang Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 502km
Chain Gang Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 502km
Chain Gang Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 502km
Chain Gang Tiaan Ronne Aurasan 502km
Flèche Creche Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 404km
Flèche Creche Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 404km
Flèche Creche Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 404km
Flèche Creche Pawel Wuzyk Aurasan 404km
Flèche Creche Thys de Beer Randmark 404km
Rooimiere Andre van der Merwe Aurasan 374km
Rooimiere Marjorie Faber Aurasan 374km
Rooimiere Johan Williamson Aurasan 374km

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WC 200km BRM 20 May 2017

We had a total of 12 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
James Burgess Outriders Cc 200km 9hr44min
Marius Carstens Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr07min
Theunis Esterhuizen Wannabees 200km 12hr00min
Madeleen Kotze Aurasan Wc 200km 12hr00min
Werner Heinrich Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr07min
Andy Hetherington Wannabees 200km 9hr47min
Wynand Louw Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr07min
Desiree Naude Wannabees 200km 12hr00min
Franci Van Der Walt Aurasan Wc 200km 9hr07min
Rob Walker Wannabees 200km 12hr00min
Tinkie Wilson Wannabees 200km 9hr44min
Tom Wittenberg Wannabees 200km 9hr44min

WC 600km DIY 19 May 2017

We had a total of 5 finishers (of which 4 did their maiden 600km).

Name Club Distance Time
Derek Lawrence Aurasan 600km 38hr15min
Markus Franz Outriders 600km 38hr15min
Robert Young Outriders 600km 38hr15min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders 600km 38hr15min
Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 600km 37hr15min

200km BRM 21 May 2017

We had a total of 33 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Cheryl Jansen Van Vuuren Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr44min
Marie Kotze Lynnwood Cc 200km 7hr08min
Nicole Getber Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Andre Jansen Van Vuuren Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Bennie Pienaar Computer Smith 200km 7hr22min
Bennie Oosthuizen Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
James Bradley Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Carlos Monteiro Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Claus Meincke Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Craig Fairlie Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Craig Meyer Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Christo Diedericks Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr36min
David Wertheim Aymes Albion Wheelers 200km 7hr05min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr44min
Deon Bekker Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Dirk Labuschagne Velo Cycling Club 200km 7hr05min
Frans Campher Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Gary Swartz Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Johan Eloff Aurasan 200km 9hr40min
Johan Van Der Werff Computer Smith 200km 7hr05min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr36min
Mark Wales Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Olivier Goor Pielkoppe Bike Clu 200km 8hr36min
Phil Shovlin Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Quentin Jan Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 8hr44min
Saul Bernardino Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Warren Swartz Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Warren Ekermans Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Tiaan Ronne Albion Wheelers 200km 7hr05min
Mark Evans Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr04min
Kim Van Klaveran Cycle Lab 200km 8hr04min

200km BRM 25 June 2017

We had a total of 28 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Chandre Wertheim Aymes Aurasan 200km 7hr55min
Donel Van Jaarsveld Aurasan 200km 9hr40min
Joey De Jager Kempton Park Cc 200km 9hr05min
Kim Kohl Fitshack 200km 9hr15min
Marlene Van Heerden Cycle Lab 200km 9hr15min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 200km 8hr40min
Claus Meinke Ppa 200km 9hr40min
Coenraad Loubser Aurasan 200km 9hr00min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr40min
Enrico Porelli Cycle Lab 200km 9hr00min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200km 10hr10min
Gregory Hopwood Aurasan 200km 9hr00min
Johan Van Der Sandt Aurasan 200km 9hr55min
Kobus Kruger Aurasan 200km 9hr00min
Herby Lees Cycle Lab 200km 9hr06min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 200km 10hr10min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 200km 9hr40min
Pieter Avenant Len Med 200km 7hr55min
Pieter Van Der Walt Aurasan 200km 10hr10min
Freddy Kapay Germiston Wheelers 200km 8hr00min
Johan Strydom Springs Wheelers 200km 8hr25min
Olivier Goor Pielkoppe Bike Clu 200km 8hr10min
Riaan Leern Springs Wheelers 200km 8hr25min
Hannes Joubert Cycle Lab 200km 8hr00min
Ruan Naude Troisport 200km 8hr00min
Mauritz Lombaard Aurasan 200km 8hr40min
Zani Rossoun Aurasan 200km 7hr55min
Jeandre Myburgh Aurasan 200km 7hr55min

WC 200km BRM 1 July 2017

We had a total of 10 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Richard Baufeldt Cycle Lab 200km 10hr30min
Marius Carstens Aurasan Wc 200km 10hr30min
Elizabeth Janse Van Rensburg TBA 200km 10hr27min
Derek Lawrence Aurasan Wc 200km 11hr40min
Jacques Lotriet TBA 200km 11hr30min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders Cc 200km 11hr40min
Steven Wolhuter TBA 200km 10hr27min
Robert Young Outriders Cc 200km 11hr40min
Markus Franz Outriders Cc 200km 11hr40min
Wimpie vd Merwe Aurasan Wc 200km 10hr27min

200km BRM 23 July 2017

We had a total of 37 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Fanus Alberts Aurasan 200km 8hr33min
Benjamin Klein Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr20min
Candice Lee Araujo Albion Wheelers 200km 8hr22min
Charles Zeelie Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr22min
Charlie Bouguenon Aurasan 200km 9hr20min
Darryl Maroun Aurasan 200km 9hr20min
Mark Shuter Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Louise Shuter Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Thys De Beer Randmark 200km 9hr00min
Shane Daniel Roag 200km 7hr30min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 9hr36min
Pieter Avenant Len Med 200km 8hr18min
Pieter Naude Northcliff Cc 200km 8hr04min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Colleen Lightbody Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Michelle Terblanche Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr36min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 200km 9hr00min
Mynhardt Boshoff Discovery 200km 7hr56min
Mike Scrooby Super C 200km 9hr20min
Mauritz Lombaard Aurasan 200km 7hr56min
Maurice Williams Aurasan 200km 8hr33min
Martin Coetzer Aurasan 200km 8hr33min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 200km 9hr59min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr30min
Johnny Dos Reis Bionic 200km 9hr00min
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Johannes Joubert Cycle Lab 200km 8hr25min
Johan Van Der Werff Computer Smith 200km 9hr00min
Johan Eloff Aurasan 200km 9hr59min
Graham Spiro Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Graham Hohls Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200km 9hr51min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr36min
Conrad De Kock Germiston Wheelers 200km 8hr04min
Clyde Batten Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min
Adrian Swart Cycle Lab 200km 9hr20min

200km BRM 20 Aug 2017

We had a total of 37 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Claire Watson Aurasan 200km 7hr18min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr32min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 200km 8hr32min
Michelle Terblanche Cycle Lab 200km 8hr02min
Tanya Cesare Aurasan 200km 8hr26min
Adrian Swart Cycle Lab 200km 8hr02min
Barrry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr55min
Conrad De Kock Germiston Wheelers 200km 9hr47min
Corne Basson Jmc Racing 200km 8hr26min
Danie Strydom Aurasan 200km 9hr47min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr32min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200km 8hr23min
Evan Badenhorst Aurasan 200km 7hr33min
Grant Ravenscroft Aurasan 200km 8hr16min
Greg Davis Aurasan 200km 7hr18min
Howard Feinberg Aurasan 200km 8hr32min
Johan Eloff Aurasan 200km 9hr20min
Johan Van Der Werff Computer Smith 200km 8hr32min
Jonathan Moss Aurasan 200km 8hr23min
Justin Mueller Aurasan 200km 8hr32min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 200km 8hr32min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 200km 8hr32min
Marcus Pieterse Aurasan 200km 7hr18min
Mauritz Lombaard Aurasan 200km 7hr42min
Vaughan Tempelhoff Discovery 200km 8hr40min
Thys De Beer Randmark 200km 7hr42min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 8hr55min
Ross Garrett Aurasan 200km 7hr18min
Dirk Van Wyk Club Du Cirque 200km 10hr40min
Mynhardt Boshoff Discovery 200km 7hr59min
Amelia Van Duyn Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min
Charmaine Van Der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min
Marjorie Faber Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min
Andre Van Der Merwe Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min
Johann Williamson Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min
Johan Van Staden Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min
Johan Van Duyn Rooimiere 200km 11hr38min

WC 200km BRM 10 Sept 2017

We had a total of 8 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Gerhard van Noordwyk Aurasan 200km 10hr50min
Madeleen Kotze Aurasan 200km 10hr50min
Marius Carstens Aurasan 200km 10hr00min
Arlien Mattheüs Aurasan 200km 10hr00min
Wimpie vd Merwe Aurasan 200km 10hr00min
Desiree Strydom YTPYPE 200km 10hr00min
Wynand Louw Cape Multisport 200km 10hr00min
Frederik de Busscher Wannabees 200km 10hr00min

1000km BRM 23 Sept 2017

We had a total of 5 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 1000km 67hr28min
Mauritz Lombaard Aurasan 1000km 67hr28min
Marius Koorts Select 1000km 67hr28min
Wimpie Sander Aurasan 1000km 67hr28min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 1000km 71hr25min

WC 300km BRM 7 Oct 2017

We had a total of 10 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Brian Devenish Aurasan WC 300km 16hr00min
Theunis Esterhuizen Wannabees 300km 19hr50min
Madeleen Kotze Aurasan WC 300km 19hr50min
Wynand Louw Aurasan WC 300km 16hr00min
Wimpie Van Der Merwe Aurasan WC 300km 16hr00min
Gerhard Van Noordwyk Aurasan WC 300km 19hr50min
Christiaan Van Zyl Aurasan WC 300km 16hr00min
Bernard Viljoen Outriders CC 300km 19hr50min
Tom Wittenberg Wannabees 300km 16hr00min
Steven Wolhuter Aurasan WC 300km 16hr00min
Rob Walker Wannabees (198km)* x

*Scratched at Control Point #3.

200km BRM 15 Oct 2017

We had a total of 29 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200k 10hr19min
Claire Watson Aurasan 200k 7hr50min
Claus Meinke PPA 200k 11hr15min
Coenraad Loubser Aurasan 200k 9hr0min
Denis Braithwaite Cresta Wheelers 200k 10hr19min
Denni Cartwright Aurasan 200k 8hr30min
Desmond Matthee Sasol Cycling Club 200k 9hr59min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200k 8hr30min
Evan Badenhorst Aurasan 200k 8hr27min
Gerrit Pretorius Cresta Wheelers 200k 9hr0min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200k 9hr54min
Greg Davis Aurasan 200k 7hr50min
Howard Feinberg Aurasan 200k 10hr19min
James Martin Aurasan 200k 8hr30min
Jan Rabie MegChem 200k 9hr59min
Johan Eloff Aurasan 200k 9hr35min
Johan van der Werff Aurasan 200k 7hr55min
Justin Mueller Aurasan 200k 10hr19min
Kenneth Wilson Cresta Wheelers 200k 9hr35min
Kobus Jansen van Vuuren Sasol Cycling Club 200k 7hr48min
Leonard Welthagen Aurasan 200k 8hr30min
Marius Koorts Select Cycling Club 200k 8hr27min
Nardus Coetzee Aurasan 200k 8hr30min
Nicola Lebos Club 100 200k 8hr30min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200k 8hr27min
Tiaan Ronne Aurasan 200k 8hr27min
Willem van Wyk Aurasan 200k 8hr30min
William Temblett Club 100 200k 8hr30min
Wimpie  Sander Aurasan 200k 8hr30min

WC 400km BRM 10 Nov 2017

Only 1 rider!

Name Club Distance Time
Theunis Estherhuizen Wannabees 400km 23hr15min

600km BRM 25 Nov 2017

We had a total of 8 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Dirk Labuschagne LCC 600km 33hr19min
Wimpie Sander LCC 600km 30hr02min
Tiaan Ronne Cycoholics 600km 30hr02min
Kobus Jansen Van Vuuren Sasol CC 600km 33hr19min
Johan Van Der Werff Team Computer Smith 600km 33hr19min
Michelle Gahan Cycle Lab 600km 33hr39min
Christopher Whitley Luso Africa 600km 33hr39min
Marlé Kotzé LCC 600km 33hr33min

200km BRM 3 Dec 2017

We had a total of 79 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Pieter Avenant Aurasan 200km 8hr02min
Evan Badenhorst Aurasan 200km 7hr36min
Andre Bekker Aurasan 200km 7hr50min
John Blamey Cycle Lab 200km 8hr26min
David Boyer Jeppe 200km 8hr01min
Melanie Bragg Aurasan 200km 8hr36min
Megan Brinkley Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr52min
Gert Britz Tour De Frans 200km 8hr41min
Tertius Calitz Cycle Lab 200km 8hr25min
Andre Calteaux Discovery 200km 7hr24min
Dan Chait Capri Wheelers 200km 8hr09min
Frederick Malcom Coetzee Aurasan 200km 8hr16min
Kieran Correia Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr56min
Roger Correia Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr22min
Maurilio Correia Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr24min
Steven Cox Aurasan 200km 8hr28min
Carl Cox Aurasan 200km 8hr02min
Gillian Critcher Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr45min
Jaco Cronje Northcliff Cc 200km 7hr35min
Christie Cronje Northcliff Cc 200km 7hr35min
Fernando Da Costa Tour De Friends 200km 8hr39min
Tiana Da Silva Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr52min
Eugene De Bruin Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr18min
Doug Driver Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr22min
Justus Du Plessis Aurasan 200km 9hr24min
Darryl Frittelli Aurasan 200km 8hr07min
Michelle Ann Gahan Cycle Lab 200km 8hr22min
Lance Gundersen Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr19min
Nick Haines Cycle Lab 200km 8hr29min
Guy Harvey Cresta Wheelers 200km 9hr45min
Edgar Krisch Cresta Wheelers 200km 7hr57min
David Humphris Aurasan 200km 7hr32min
Pieter Jonas Aurasan 200km 7hr55min
Craig Kalamer Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr47min
Evangelos Karnavos Cycle Lab 200km 7hr58min
Mireille Koster Cycle Lab 200km 7hr59min
Oscar Koster Cycle Lab 200km 7hr59min
Dominik Krob Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr55min
Henk Lessing Aurasan 200km 8hr36min
Shawn Letts Aurasan 200km 7hr51min
Carl Lotter Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr59min
Stephan Lottering Team Rrav 200km 8hr01min
Paul Mackintosh Cycle Lab 200km 8hr36min
Paul Maguire Cycle Lab 200km 8hr37min
Darryl Maroun Cycle Lab 200km 8hr34min
Warren Mckay Aurasan 200km 7hr32min
Graham Miller Cycle Nation 200km 8hr00min
Grenville Mills Cycle Lab 200km 7hr55min
Philip Thabelo Mudau Vukani Cycling Club 200km 7hr47min
Shanel Munger Cycle Lab 200km 8hr35min
Peter Marufu Vukani Cycling Club 200km 8hr04min
Jeandre Myburgh Aurasan 200km 7hr54min
Nicolene Naude Edenglen Cc 200km 7hr45min
Belinda Oneil Cycle Lab 200km 7hr57min
Alex Pavlov Northcliff Cc 200km 7hr24min
Andre Pretorius Cresta Wheelers 200km 7hr57min
Ian Privett Aurasan 200km 8hr34min
Kathy Rees Cycle Lab 200km 7hr38min
Manfred Reinhart Northcliff Cc 200km 7hr25min
Roger Rusch Edenglen Cycling Club 200km 8hr22min
Salim Shaikjee Aurasan 200km 8hr23min
Barry Shaw Cresta Wheelers 200km 10hr20min
Ernest Stipp Aurasan 200km 7hr46min
Benjy Stoch Cycle Lab 200km 8hr09min
Andre Sturmer Aurasan 200km 9hr15min
Jeff Sullivan Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr43min
Peter Tippett Cycle Lab 200km 8hr17min
Daryn Utian Vwe Track Academy 200km 8hr01min
Pieter Van Aswegen Cycle Lab 200km 8hr24min
Natalie Van Blerk Cycle Lab 200km 7hr56min
Andries Van Heerden Cycle Lab 200km 8hr32min
Pierre Van Hell Northcliff Cc 200km 7hr27min
Helena Van Wyk Templeuve Cyclos 200km 9hr21min
Jonathan Van Wyk Templeuve Cyclos 200km 9hr21min
Johnny Vieira Cycle Lab 200km 8hr37min
Chandre Wertheim Aymes Aurasan 200km 9hr46min
David Wertheim Aymes Aurasan 200km 7hr29min
Julian Wertheim Aymes Aurasan 200km 7hr29min
Darryn Whelan Edenglen Cc 200km 8hr00min

WC 600km BRM 8 Dec 2017

We had a total of 2 finishers.

Name Club Distance Time
Jacques Lotriet Aurasan WC 600km 37hr53min
Werner Schmidt Aurasan WC 600km 37hr53min
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