11 Dec 2007
Another Michelle, and Rob having some fun at the year-end. Rob did the 94.7 mountain biking event and declared a complete week of rest days after that. But he still claimed he had fun.
Stefan and Andaleen: We know the story about the shoes, but we are waiting in anticipation to see the bike he is going to buy in the new year. What is next Stefan, the Baviaans?
Martie and Kallie having fun and Kallie assured me that he is now ready for spinning next year...........after flying and quad bikes and motorbikes and Mozambique and............at least Martie is spinning and spinning she is.......was good to see you there.
There are really many many more photos to share with you but I think I'll call it a day with this one, the signing of the Bulla shirt. As a momento of the evening we asked everyone to sign the Bulla shirt , which we will now frame and put up in the gym.
It was a great year and this is what you had to say about it, the gym and about spinning and exercise...........
........to be continued once again.....................
9 Dec 2007
Talking about highlights. We had quite a few here at the gym throughout 2007. Just to mention a few, The Cape Argus Cycle Tour -check out the Hall of Fame article in the archive. The Baviaans of course-check out what the two teams achieved and most recently the 94.7 hospitality tent. But most importantly to me is what you have achieved in this past year. Just to mention a few names, Stefan bought cycling shoes at last and took the plunge and went mountain biking at Northern Farms. Mario took part in his first ever road race and that, the monstrous 94.7.Lanie started off at such a vigorous pace that we dreaded what was still to come. Amanda eventually decided that the ball class sounded challenging enough and added that to her spinning classes. Janine who progressed in her cycling by leaps and bounds. So many to mention, but I think a cheer to all that tried to stay fitter and healthier this year.
To see if your smiling face had been captured by our very talented photographer, please log in tomorrow night for more.
.....................to be continued..............
Ok, and here is the video about the 94.7. Cross your fingers and see if it's working.....
24 Nov 2007
First in was Christo, of course, in 2:46. He didn't mind waiting for the next rider to come in, and so the welcoming committee grew as the day progressed and as the riders came in.
We hardly had time to sit down to a beer and listen to the brave story when we all had to get up again and welcome in the next member.
No...........they were not part of the "three blind mice" musical. Of course the welcoming committee got merrier and merrier as the day progressed.
We ate and drank and talked and repeated these tasks with a vigour. It was time for our friend Mario -or as he is known in the gym " Mr M" - to come in. Everyone was speculating about his time, being his first ever cycle race, and his ability to complete such a strenuous ride and a lot of toasts were made in his absence. At last the hero was spotted and the welcoming committee once again rose to the occasion
He was welcomed like a lost son. We overheard his phone call to his wife telling her: "These people don't stop hugging me". Of course that called for more beers and brave stories. To all the other first timers; Janine and Cheryl, well done!
To all the Bulla members who proudly worn their Bulla cycling shirt on the big day, I say Thank You! It was wonderful seeing you coming in with smiles on your faces. It was also easy spotting you in the crowd. To the anonymous sponsor who sponsored part of the day, a big thank you, we were like a big family, one in spirit, all going for gold. To Amanda who offered her services just to be part of the event Thanks Girl! Afterwards I sent her a sms thanking her again for her time. Her reply was: it's a great pleasure, but I won't do it again next year. I will be riding myself, I was so inspired by Mario.
What more can I say..............
13 Nov 2007
So while we are all waiting for time to pass until Santa is emptying his sack on our lounge floor, let's keep riding.
You have till Monday 19 November to enter for the Cradle to cave MTB Challenge. It is all happening at the Nedcor Olwazini Training Centre at Kromdraai- I've heard that name before! Only 45km or only 25km in beautiful surroundings and a well organised ride. The race takes place on Sunday 25 November and starts at 7:30.
See you out there with your mountain bike, getting dirty!
12 Nov 2007
18 November: 94.7 !
And so, this is all that is now remaining of our training programme…the 94.7 Cycle Challenge. We trained hard and I’m sure you will see the results of your training. It was really great not to have to train on my own and thanks to everyone who has joined in with the hill training, time trials and races. Remember we will be waiting at the Bulla hospitality area after the race, and yes, we will be waiting till all is in. Come and join us for drinks and eats and share your experience with us.
This is what everyone was waiting for, our year-end function. All I can say from previous year-ends, they are getting better and better. So grab your diary and don’t miss out on THE event of the year. As always there will be surprises and NO, Amanda will not win the raffle this year.
It will take place on Friday 30 November @ 18:30 for 19:00 at Cocos, Castle Walk. Lets face it, they know us so well by know and are very tolerant to all our party moods. I hope to see many, if not all of you there. I need to make the final booking by Tuesday 27 November. RSVP!
Money Money Money
Unfortunately the spinning card price will go up for next year and will cost R250 for 11 classes (R22.70 a class) not bad at all! The good news is, that you can buy as many spinning cards as you like now, at this year’s price of R220 and use them in the New Year. A single class will cost R35.00
We have started at the gym with one on one ball classes, meaning you can have your own personal instructor to help you with the ball classes but not only that, we would also like to extend that to the spinning. So if you would rather like to train on your own, book your times and classes now. Times are Mon-Thurs from 14:00-17:00. Classes will be 50min long and costs will be R100 per class. 10 class packages are available (R1000) and will be booked in advance. Please speak to Gerda.
All 16:30 classes will fall away from next year. These classes will be turned into personal trainer classes.
All 17:30 classes will from next year be spinning classes and will be presented by Zoë.
Mondays and Wednesdays at 18:30 will be ball classes from next year.
And from next year there will be a double spinning class available every week. It will be every Tuesday 18:30-20:00 (90 min in all). So if you would really like a bit of a longer workout or if you are training for a specific event, be there on Tuesdays. You will be allowed to leave early if you had enough but will not be allowed to join halfway through a class.
See you at the party!
The Bulla Team
31 Oct 2007
27 Sep 2007
We have booked a hospitality area for the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, thanks to an anonymous sponsor. This means we will have our very own Bulla area at the end with shade, tables and chairs. To make things even better, we will order food platters and a selection of beers and soft drinks for the Bulla riders at a cost of R50 per person.
If you would like to take part in the eating and drinking afterwards, please put your name on the list at the gym and pay your R50 before 26 October.
If you would rather do your own food and drink, you are still very welcome to join us at the hospitality area. Just a point to ponder: all food and drinks consumed in the hospitality area must be from the food stalls at the event. We are unfortunately not allowed to bring our own cooler boxes with food and drinks.
All family and friends who would like to welcome you back after the ride are also welcome to join us at the Bulla area. Just pay R50 per person for family and friends to also take part in the food and drinks afterwards. All must be paid before 26 October.
The summer season is here and with that a full gym again. Please make sure about your bookings so we can ensure a bike for you at your class. If you have to cancel a class, please cancel 6 hours before your class so we can give your bike to someone else if you can’t make it. Classes not canceled in time will be charged for.
Short October Break
The gym will be closed for one week only: 8-12 October. All classes will run normally from15 October.
30 September: Time Trial
14 October: Vodacom Classic Race
21 October: Time Trial
27 October: Telkom Race
28 October: Hill training
4 November: Hill training
11 November: Bakwena Race
18 November: 94.7 !
23 Sep 2007
9 Sep 2007
And then the coffee and muffins and juice and the talk. How we will do it next time, harder and more. We had fun! Hope to see you next time.
29 Aug 2007
Of course this doesn’t mean that only the mean and serious riders can participate in these rides. Not at all, these rides are open to all, so dust your bikes off, shake it from its winter sleep and come ride with us.
It also doesn’t mean that you have to do each and every ride. Adapt it to your training programme, or do all, but have fun! The programme will consist of hill training, time trials and cycling races.
This route will start at the gym, down Rutgers street, left into Blouhaak and left into Hans Strydom, up, up, up all the way to the top, left into Rubenstein and left into Kariega. You are now back at the gym. We will only do an hour of lap training, starting at 8:00. The route is only 4km, so see how many laps you can do in an hour. There will be coffee and muffins at the gym afterwards to listen to all the stories and to share your own.
The time trial route is 34km and will start at Kitty Hawk on the Boschkop road.
Cyclists will depart at one-minute intervals and no drafting is allowed. The idea of a time trial is to see how fast you can cycle the route on your own steam. We will start with the slowest cyclist leaving first and the fastest last. After the 34km we will have breakfast at Kitty Hawk, with all finishing more or less at the same time. Also starting at 8:00
Here are the dates:
9 September: Hill training
16 September: Dome-to-Dome Race
23 September: Dischem Vitathion Race
30 September: Time Trial
14 October: Vodacom Classic Race
21 October: Time Trial
27 October: Telkom Race
28 October: Hill training
4 November: Hill training
11 November: Bakwena Race
18 November: 94.7 !
Pretty impressive I know, But I hope to see many of you at the rides.
28 Aug 2007
Our support team was the best team! Not blinking at any of our demands, always ready, packing and repacking the 4x4. Driving where no man has been before-well almost. Sitting up in the cold, waiting for us at 4 in the morning, greeting us with cheers and smiles and I will never forget Elzet's words: Jissie! Julle is oulik, julle lyk goed. Thanks to Maggie and Elzet for fantastic support. To my teammates Rodney and Renzo; We made it as a team, finishing together. You made my day!
14 Aug 2007
29 Jul 2007
22 Jul 2007
There were lots of hills to deal with, out of breath hills, not so long hills and koppies. We managed them all. Here Anthon and Ivin are dealing with the "out of breath" koppie
Janine doing the "smiling uphill"
14 Jul 2007
http://www.nationalindoorrowingchallenge.com/ Wow! A mouth full. It is all happening on the 23 September and it looks like a mighty good event. If you don't want to participate, to just go and have a peep. If rowing is your other sport, the challenge is on!
2 Jul 2007
So I have done some homework and this is what I've found:
It looks like we will have to pay up and I think pay up before the race would be the better option, otherwise we will have to stand in queues at race registration and fill in forms and pay up then. As they do mention the 94.7, pay up now. By the way, the end of 94.7 will be again at the Equestrian Estate, meaning we will end with an uphill again and race registration is again at Sandton Convention centre. OOHH NOOO! You do remember last year when everyone quickly left the office to go register, just to find them hours later still on the escalators leading into the registration hall. Maybe they will still change it, but check the latest on www.highveld.co.za
Gauteng North Cycling is yet to say anything or something. Try not to go to their website as I think the last entry has been made in 2005. Let sleeping dogs lie.
1 Jul 2007
We will be starting at nr C12on the map, which is the entrance of the road leading to Glenburn Lodge. We will then go in the direction of C11 and turn left at the T-junction. Follow this road all the way to the next T-junction, turn left again. Just past the Lion and Rhino park we will turn left again. You will now get to a circle. At the circle you can opt to do a longer route and turn right, or the shorter route and go straight on till you get to where you have parked your car.
27 Jun 2007
And so, once again, Bulla was out in full force to conquer the mighty Winter Challenge. And what a tough challenge it was.
The alarm went off at 5:45............damn, it was suppose to go off at 4:45. We were suppose to be on the road at 5:45, bikes packed and stacked on the trailer. So after running around like nuts, we left in record time. Because this was to be an unique event of 70km tar and 30km dirt, we had to get our Mountain bikes in the change over area before the start of the race. Decisions, decisions, long gloves, another pair of arm warmers, leg warmers, bare legs.... and we were off!
The course was hilly; rolling hills, long climbing hills, lung breakers and there were two laps of it. We made it, still feeling fairly strong, getting to the change over as quickly as possible. And there the other challenge started. Which way Douglas Green? No, no, walk over the lawn pushing your bike. You're not allowed to ride it yet. OK Mam, you've been ticked off our list, now please follow the others. Which others, where? I did manage to sort of find the start just to find myself later on a very narrow hiking trail going up a steep mountain with a vertical drop of a few hundred metres just to my right. No wonder they planted the first aid guys with stretchers and equipment there. Beautiful view but no time for the view because I forgot to pack my hiking boots and my mountain bike was definitely not made for walking, because it kept on shoving its pedals against my calf muscles. More climbing and dragging my bike, up and up.
The down was almost as bad and I decided to save myself from a good possibility of a fall and to rather walk the steep down as well, except my bike decided he would like to go for a gallop and I had to use every arm muscle to reel him in and keep him from flying downhill without me.
At last there came the time for getting on my bike and start cycling again. Except this time it was against the electric fence. One too many a stone and you might end up in a shocking state. At last we hit the tar road again, but is that where I wanted to be?
Confusion at the gate. Between waving marshals and cars leaving and spectators welcoming in there loved ones, I miraculously did find the start of the second lap. Yes, a second lap. Nobody told us, but here I was again dragging my bike up the mountain.
I did find the end, it was there where the timing mat was, and my medal and my friends waiting for me with cold beers, soft juicy lamb on a bread roll listening to their story of their race.
It was tough. I'm sure the organisers will sort out the mountain bike part. In all we had fun.
Some other news
- The Bulla shirts have been ordered and hopefully we will have them soon. Will keep you posted.
- The cheaper price on the 16:30 class is falling away from 1st July. You will still get your classes at a very good price. R220 for 11 classes.
- There is still time to enter for the Tshwane lap race around the Union Buildings.
- Remember your next booking is just a sms away.
- A new poll all about music. What is it that you listen to? Let us know, bring some Cd's and we will try to programme them into a class.
- Watch this space for news on an organised ride on Sunday 15 July. With sweep vehicle, beer and sandwiches.
10 Jun 2007
For those who wanted to .... and was still thinking of ...... and was still wondering if, ......... you should enter for the Winter Challenge. Well, sad to say it is too late. By the time you read this, entries have closed. The Winter challenge is a brand new race combining road and dirt, either as an individual entry or as a team entry. I will put you in the picture after the event to tell you all about it, what it was like and if it is a worthwhile entry for next year. All happening on Sunday the 24th June. Ok, so you have missed out on one event, please don't let it happen again!
You only have one week left to enter for the 702 Walk the Talk! Go to http://www.702.co.za/ click on the Walk the Talk logo and enter. We were 11 people last year from the gym walking the 21km. Really good healthy fun we had throwing in a couple of beers afterwards, licking our wounds. There are different distances to enter for, so log on, enter and we'll see you there, on Sunday 22 July. In the 5 and 8km event you are allowed to take your dog along. At registration you will get a free dog collar, and lead and a sample of dog food, all sponsored by Royal Canin. So if you don't want to walk the long distance, but would rather have your dog doing the healthy bit, please enter now!
Is there anyone that would like to take Ruby for a walk?
Still more to do in July.
For those interested in Mountain biking, there is the Medscheme Walkerville event taking place on the 15th July. 70km only. They are talking of the "mother of all hills" and of "carrying your bike down". But then, I can tell you things like that, because we have no faint hearted people here in the gym. So log onto http://www.cyclelab.co.za/ and enter.
Then on the 29th July, the Tshwane -Outsurance lap race around the Union buildings is taking place. 35km for the shorter route and 77km for the longer event. What really makes this a stunning event is that the pros keep on passing you on the laps and you can have a glimpse of their power, speed and ability. Now that is so close at home, it is basically on your doorstep, and if you don't enter for that, I gather you are hibernating and not planning to do anything until Spring shows itself and a few extra rolls around the hips!
See you out there, if it is running, cycling or just walking. Just do it!
To all the Comrades in the gym, may it go well on D-Day!
Tip of the month: Just do it!
27 May 2007
Because we are making use of the same design as last year, we can get the shirts slightly cheaper, at R310.00 a shirt. I'm also including a measuring table according to Anatomic's sizes and measurements, BUT I would suggest that if you are not 100% sure of the size to get, try an Anatomic shirt on at the various cycling shops and compare it to the size you're normally wearing. Once we've ordered the shirt and you have paid for it, we can't send it back.
We are looking into the possibility of having a hospitality tent available to Bulla at the major events, where you can have a chair and table and drinks and eats. The prerequisite will be the wearing of the Bulla Shirt. Another great reason to get your shirt now.
After some wobbly starts we all made it to the main road, having to dodge a little red plane and not a car! We soon learned that some had to learn again which side was the left side of the road and that the newer kind of bicycles all had gears. "It feels like a spinning class, we're just moving!" and "this helmet really does feel strange" were just some of the comments from the "new cyclists".
It was just such a different scene, having breakfast, watching planes taking off and landing. Little things with Pick 'n Pay trolley like wheels and sounding like lawnmower engines. I know the experts will be able to tell me in great detail about little engines and gravity and the rest, but to me they were little wonders taking off and staying in the air.
The venue was just great! Coming in from the ride in the cold, the warmth from the log fire was just the right thing for frozen finger tips. Well, needless to say, after so much fresh air and leg pumping we had to attack the scrumptious breakfast. And it was a feast indeed!
Till next year's Birthday Breakfast!
14 May 2007
Being a birthday party, it was also the time for the gym to show appreciation to the clients for their valued support, so we had a guy gift and a girl gift ready. One year's subscription to Men's Health and to Shape magazine.
And the winner is: Gerhard!
He certainly does look very pleased with his gift.
And the other winner is: Estie!
And some of the other friendly people who attended the party were, Janine and Michelle!
It is wonderful to see and hear the people's enthusiasm about getting new bikes and entering for cycle races, be it mountain biking or road racing. So well done to the two girls here who each got themselves new bikes and taking on new challenges. We are impressed and cheering you on.
There is a new mini poll up. Have you lost any weight through spinning? Yes? No? Tell us about it, or take a vote. It does give us some indication of what is working for you.
If you still Um-ing and aaah-ing about entering the Bela Bela cycle race, time is running out.
We'll see you at our next event, the Bulla Breakfast Ride from Kitty Hawk, Sun 20 May at 8:00
3 May 2007
The New Look!
We are celebrating the "new look"of the gym. Be there on Friday 11th May at 18:00. At the same time we will also celebrate the gym's birthday. We are now 8 years old and still going strong. The "new look"celebration will be in the form of a cheese and wine (or beer, if you don't drink wine) and a plate of eats, or biscuits or cheese or surprise us. Old clients, bring your stories of when you started here, what was it like, who used to be your instructors. Would be quite interesting to listen to your views and memories of the old gym.
Breakfast ride from Kitty Hawk
The yearly breakfast ride is taking place on Sunday 20 May at 8:00. Why always a Sunday? Simple reason, the roads are quieter and therefore safer for wobbly legs and bicycles. This is not a race but a gentle, social ride, for all those that haven't been on a bicycle since the age of 3 and would like to try it again. So this is your chance to see if spinning is indeed helping you to stay fit or not. Dust off your bike, oil the chain, bum in saddle and join us!
We will be leaving from the Kitty Hawk flying club, which is on the Boschkop road, at 8am. We will do a 10km out ride, turn around and all the way back again, 20km in all. Not a marathon at all!
Once safely back, we will enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, which will include: Juice, scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, fried onions, toast! All for just R35p/p.
RSVP: Thursday 17May-12:00
The Bela Bela race is taking place on Saturday 26 May. Enter now online at http://www.cyclelab.co.za/ We will all meet afterwards at the lovely O'Hagans to celebrate the ride, have a couple of beers; chat and just sommer have fun.'
For the more serious Mountain Biker!
On Sunday 3 June at 8am we will do a 100km mountain bike ride. Anyone thinking they are fit enough, please join us on the ride. We had a lovely ride last year with about 10 riders completing the route. We are in training for the Baviaans Marathon and do need company on the road. If you don't want to do the whole route, but would like to ride only part of the route, please arrange your own support vehicle-that is if you would need one. Also have enough food and drink with you.
Be part of our special days!
22 Apr 2007
Elzet is actually a runner and not a cyclist. She has done about 300 races of which the Ficksburg Cherry festival (23km) and the Nylstroom race ( 28km) are her favourites. She has also swam the Midmar Mile a couple of times, but, she says she will never do the Comrades, it is just too far!
She has been part of the gym now,for almost 2 years. Here is what she had to say:
Linker brein by uitstek.......geen verbeelding of kreatiwiteit nie.
Hardloop (verkieslik saam met my optel-hond, Lisa)
Spin en nou en dan buitelug fietsry.
Hike en biekie bergklim
Hardloop al vir ongeveer 10jaar, het eers op universiteit begin hardloop en sosiaal deel geneem aan wedlope. Doen dit absoluut vir die lekker daarvan! Is glad nie "competitive" nie. Genot is die hoof doel!
Het seker al ongeveer 300 wedlope gedoen, waarvan die Ficksburg Kersiefees 23km en die Nylstroom 28km van my gunsteling wedlope is en enige Cross Country. Het ook al die Midmar myl 'n paar keer geswem en 'n Duathlon gedoen. Hardloop is egter my gunsteling.
Wil NOOIT die Comrades doen nie, dis hopeloos te ver!!!
Het begin spin om variasie in my oefenprogram te bewerkstellig en dit het na amper 2 jaar onherroeplik deel van my oefenprogram geword-het selfs 'n spinfietsie aangeskaf om by die huis voor die TV ook te kan peddle! En het vriende ook bygekry!
Het net 'n bergfiets en verkies ook meer die off-road as die pad, maak my bang al hierdie Gauteng verkeer.........
Na een glas rooiwyn te veel het ek my begewe in die deelname aan die Baviaans se MTB in Augustus.......dit het noodwendig gelei tot 'n 6 uur solo ry in die Colour Press se MTB in Parys tydens die Paas naweek. Ek was so bekommerd oor my sitvlak, dat ek nooit oor enige ander liggaamsdeel bekommerd was nie.....amper 2 weke na die wedren kon ek steeds nie hande ten volle gebruik nie! Al die geklouery aan die fiets het sy tol ge-eis! Gerda het my nie gewaarsku nie......tipies. Moet se, dit was heerlik om haar en Rodney vir die volgende 6 ure te support en nie met die boud op die saal te sit nie!
Om te oefen is deel van wie ek is en ek doen dit vir niks en niemand behalwe myself nie, dit is al hoe ek my kop kan 'skoon' kry na 'n lang dag op kantoor voor die rekenaar en veeleisende kliente. Balans is natuurlik baie belangrik en ek ooreis myself nie sommer nie-less is more- soos Bruce Fordyce altyd se!
Wat ek nog wil doen:
Die Knysna 21.1km
Two Oceans 21.1km
Harrysmith berg wedloop
Himalayas tot by Everest Base Camp 18dae klim
Sport gear brand: Nike
Drink: Sprite 0
Kos: Pizza en hoender
Drankie: Chivas Whisky en goeie rooiwyn
TV: Enige sport, CSI & Everwood
Musiek: Enige iets, solank dit sag op die oor is....
Wiele: Audi ofkors en 'n goeie 4x4......
We were in Paris!! Or was it Parys??
Firstly, the long weekend of the 7th April, a few musketeers from the gym set off to break some personal records. They were taking part in a mountain bike 6 hour solo lap race and a 12hour 2man team lap race. What is a lap race? The course was a 5.9km ride over all sorts of terrain, rocky, sandy and the BRIDGE, which we had to do over and over and over, lap after lap after lap. We had a wonderful support team, cheering us on and who made sure we had enough to eat and drink and sunscreen and lip ice etc. In the 2man lap race the 2 team members were not allowed to be more than 2min apart, meaning , riding together. So that was a good lesson for some and a hard lesson for others. The 12 hour race did include some night riding and it was a very good opportunity to check our lights for the Baviaans Marathon.
There was on the course a deep sandy ditch which we had to manoeuvre ourselves through every time we did a lap. Our support team was there to capture our different styles. Firstly, the "I wanna be a pro":
Great news is that the face of the gym will change, hopefully by the beginning of May. The garage doors will be exchanged for real sliding, folding doors and am sure will look just so much better. Of course the gym is also 8years old this year and with the new look we will have to celebrate. So keep your ears to the ground and your diaries ready for the announcement of a big celebration! The date will be set as soon as the gym is upgraded.
Very exciting news too is that some of the spinners are now at last also trying to fit a ball class in. So congratulations to the new faces at ball class. It is great isn't it?!! If you haven't tried a ball class yet, it is all about core stability, muscle toning and strengthening and of course sport orientation. Give it a go and tell me what you think.
The BelaBela is the next road race coming up, on the 26th May, a Saturday. It is a fairly easy ride with only 2 little hills. Only 98kms or so, no real mountains and a fantastic O'Hagans at the end. It would be nice to see a whole road full of Bulla participants and because the race is just at the beginning of winter, a very good time to keep that body into shape.
Talking of winter. That is the time for soups, sweets and sherry and unfortunately adding weight to the shape. Don't fall into that trap. Stick to your regular time slots and keep on training. After all, you are doing it for yourself!
Not such good news is that one of our regular ride together friends has been involved in an accident. He is in hospital waiting to be operated on. Keep going Peter Kemp, we are all watching you and willing you on to health again.
Tip of the month: Keep training, you are doing it for yourself.
9 Apr 2007
Now we know what he is doing while we all spin like crazy! He is watching every one's feet or is it shoes.
The first picture is Riaan's cycling shoes.
Second picture was Mario's and the third you all guessed it, Hano and Gerda's.
Christo is our first winner on our blog and he won himself an entry ticket to Northern Farms to the value of R120. Sure he will enjoy the rides there.
We do have another competition lined up. Two of our regular spinners Tanya and Francois Dekker are moving to Sabie. They have donated their unused spinning card (except for 1 class) to the gym. So it is up for grabs! 10 classes can be yours for free! Value of the prize is R200.
Here is the question: In the recent 12h event held in Parys, the Bulla team came?
Click on "comment", fill in your answer, and hopefully you will be the winner.
There are a whole range of lights available for night riding, although it is difficult to get some of the good (and expensive) lights in South Africa. Common brands appear to be Cat Eye, Night Sun, Night Rider and BLT. We use NightHawk lights - the older digital emitter on the Baviaans and now the new K2 digital emitter as well. These lights were excellent.
The main problem with night lights are the power (or light produced) and the battery life. Many of the Halogen lights give excellent light - up to 30W. But, these lights usually only last 2 or 3 hours, and are not suitable for a 6 or 12 hour night ride.
The more common lights are High Intensity Diode (HID) systems, which give longer burn times. The older NightHawk digital emitter is equivalent to about a 10W halogen and has a burn time of about 8 hours using Lithium AA batteries (which can be replaced during the ride if necessary). The new K2 digital emitter produces 20W for just under 5 hours or 10W for just under 12 hours using a rechargeable battery pack! That’s more than enough to get one through the night.
Although more expensive, the digitally controlled lights are far superior. Conventional lights get dimmer as the batteries loose power, but the digitally controlled lights keep a constant brightness throughout the ride (but shorter burn times) - it's not much good to have your lights only half as bright halfway through the ride!
Another factor to take into account is whether the lights should be mounted on the handlebars or on the helmet (or both). A handlebar mounted light provides a stable view of the track in front of your front wheel - but does not let you see around a bend until you have taken the bend! A helmet mounted light allows one to scan from side to side. Most riders use both handlebar and a helmet mounted lights. An 8 LED DuraStar headlight is a good option for a helmet mounted light.
Another tip - single track and jeep track riding is more difficult than dirt roads at night. Remember, try to get around in one piece - we had some hard falls on the Baviaans and on the 12hr!
Some useful information on night riding and on bike lights can be found on the Biking Hub and MountianBikeAZ.
But - if you are still confused about what light to get, you could make your own, or even try one of these.