Cycling for fun and Christmas cheer

2016-01-13 06:00
On 26 December, a large contingent of Toti cycled to Durban and returned with Durban cyclists to The Thirsty Whale in Toti.  Photos: supplied

On 26 December, a large contingent of Toti cycled to Durban and returned with Durban cyclists to The Thirsty Whale in Toti. Photos: supplied

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DURING the Christmas holidays the Amanzimtoti Cycling Club partook in a number of fun rides, incorporating other cycling clubs in and around Durban, as well as undertaking in community donations.

On 16 December, 2015, some mountain bikers travelled to the rural areas where they often ride, to donate large water containers and other goodies to the locals, which was a thank you to them for allowing the Toti Mambas safe riding through these areas. A big thank you to Billy Bridge for instigating this exercise.

On 20 December, 2015, the Toti Roadies and Toti Mambas joined up with Umkomaas and Scottburgh cyclists on the annual Christmas breakfast ride to Scottburgh. In December a few night rides were organised by Kings Park Cycling Club to enjoy the Christmas lights of Durban, which was well supported by Toti Roadies and Toti Mambas.

On 26 December, 2015, the traditional annual Boxing Day ride took place where a large contingent of Toti cyclists left Toti at 4.30am, to ride into Durban, where we met up with all the Durban cycling clubs, and about 150 cyclists then made their way back to Toti where we all enjoyed some coffee, Chelsea buns and camaraderie­ at The Thirsty Whale. Then the Durban clubs rode back. This is an age-old traditional ride that everyone in cycling looks forward to, started originally by Dave Wiseman from Dave Wiseman Cycles, and now run by Greg Alberts from Cyclesphere.

The Toti Mambas have been enjoying rides around Rocky Bay, Renishaw and Ballito­, and a few have attempted the training required for the upcoming Drak Descent on 22 and 23 January, but with all the festive cheer, how much was actually done is up for debate.

Toti Roadies have entertained a whole host of upcountry holidaymaker cyclists with some decent-length rides up and down the coast. Now comes the serious training for the upcoming Cape Town Cycle Tour (The Argus) happening on 6 March.

The KZN Cycling Championships are taking place this weekend with the individual time trial on Saturday, 16 January at the Lion Park, and the Road Championships on Sunday, 17 around Camperdown and Eston.

We have an up-and-coming cyclist from Toti, Dylan Chapman, taking part in the U23 category, He has been given a full sponsorship for a year by South Coast Cycles, Athlone Park, so we wish him the best of luck and he would appreciate support on the road. We wish all the cyclists the best of luck for these champs.

Amanzimtoti Cycling Club would like to wish every cyclist a very happy 2016 and safe cycling. - Supplied.

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