It’s AGM time!

Dear Saints and Sinners,

Our Club AGM is happening this week Thursday!  It’s going to be a bring and braai, so please don’t forget to bring something to braai and some eating utensils.  The committee will bring some salads and the Albany Sports Club Bar will be open for drinks.  We’re excited to see you there!

The O-Week Bike Tours on Saturday were a roaring success, and we owe a massive thank you to everyone who pitched in to help with them.  You can read more about that below…

Next weekend is also a big one for our club, with the Buffalo Marathon and the Herald Continental Cycle Tour MTB races on Sunday.  All the best to all our folk who are going to be racing!

 

CLUB AGM
Our club is having its AGM on Thursday 15 February at 6:30pm at the Albany Sports Club. It promises to be a fun evening, but there’s also the serious matter of choosing who is going to take our club forward for the rest of 2018.

Here’s a list of the committee positions we’ll be voting on:

  • Chairperson: Oversees club activities. Organizes and chairs meetings as and when issues arise. Coordinates with various club committee members particularly in relation to fund allocation.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes for all club committee meetings and distributes them. Generates a newsletter at intervals (currently each week).
  • Treasurer: Manages the club bank account. Fields requests from various members of the committee, determines the availability of funds, and performs payments if appropriate.
  • Running and Cycling Licence Officers: Engage with the provincial/national licensing officers, acquire the necessary licenses, and ensure that club members know the licensing procedures.
  • Road Running, Trail Running, Road Cycling, Mountain Bike and Triathlon Captains: Promote and advertise club training and time trials. Make club members aware of races in their respective disciplines.

 

REPORT-BACKS

O-Week Bike Tours
Saturday morning started a bit dull and drizzly, but fortunately the rain held at bay and it stayed cool, so we had great conditions for the most successful running of the O-Week Bike Tours yet!  With two years’ experience under our belts, our team of volunteers made sure that this year’s tours ran like clockwork.  The 50 or so students who took part really enjoyed it, and we got a couple of  good enquiries about joining the club.  Most importantly, a few people were seriously interested in getting a bike and enjoying this fun, affordable and environmentally-friendly way of getting around on a permanent basis!  Massive thanks goes to Bossie Bosman and Megan Hobson for helping me transport bikes, Andrew Penney for being tour mechanic, David Stoloff for leading tours with me, and Jaco van Dyk and Nikki Köhly for managing all the bicycle helmets and registration respectively!

 

UPCOMING RACES

 

45th Buffalo Marathon and Half Marathon
A humdinger for local road runners, the legendary Buffalo Marathon is happening on Sunday 18 February from Macleantown to East London. There’s also a half-marathon which starts halfway down the route at Python Park and finishes at the Buffs Club with the main race. The Buffs is also a Two Oceans and Comrades qualifier. You can enter online at https://www.entrytime.com/event-details/?EventId=5407.

Herald Continental Cycle Tour
This one’s a premier local race for all cyclists, both mountain-bikers and roadies. The mountain bike races happen on Sunday 18 February from Addo Polo Club: there are 80km, 60km, 30km, and 5km distances and a 500m kiddies’ dash. The road event is the following Sunday, 25 February, starting and ending at Pollok Beach, with the 106km classic event and a 55km distance too. If you’re in business, there’s a 38km corporate team challenge on Saturday 24 February, as well as 2km and 500m kiddies’ races. See http://www.heraldcycletour.co.za/ for more info. Entries have closed.

Kromberg & Schubert 15km Road Race
This is a popular running race through the centre and outskirts of Despatch on Saturday 24 February. Medals and goodie bags will be awarded to all finishers and prizes to category winners.  See more info at https://runningraces.co.za/port-elizabeth/kromberg-schubert-15-km/.

Fedgroup PEPlett 4-Day Stage Race
This mountain bike stage race is happening from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 March between PE and Plettenberg Bay.  The distances are split up into the “Tough One”, about 320km long in total, and the “Lite One”, about 250km long.  Unfortunately entries are already closed, but you can find out all about it at http://www.peplett.co.za/.

Bamboesberg MTB Challenge and Trail Run
The GWK Bamboesberg MTB challenge is a 115km endurance race on Saturday 3 March, starting at the Bamboes Guest Farm outside Hofmeyr, through the picturesque Karoo landscape and Bamboesberg mountain range. Roads consist mostly of dirt roads, jeep and single tracks, with a steep ascent at Uiehoek (approx. 300m) and a technical descent for the last 10km of the race. The 50km race is less challenging with beautiful scenery and wildlife along the way.  They are also launching a 10km trail run and a fun XCO track for kids in 2018 to accommodate the whole family.  Find out more at http://www.bicycling.co.za/event/bamboesberg-mtb-challenge/.

Addo Elephant Trail Run
The well-loved, and feared, Addo Elephant Trail Runs are happening from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March.  The massive 100-mile route will be pushing runners to the limit, and the 76km and 44km distances will cater for the not-so-insane.  I’m sure our trailies are beginning to get excited about this year’s races, so why not join them?  Look at http://www.trailadventures.co.za/addo/ for more info.

Uitenhage Human Race
The Uitenhage 30km Human Race takes place on 3 March 2018 and is organized by EP Athletics. There is also a 10km race and 5km fun run.  Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/591466961184540/.

Sportsman’s Warehouse 15km Road Race
The Sportsman’s Warehouse 15km on Saturday 10 March is run on a fast route through a suburban area, ideal for setting a personal best. The event also has a 5km fun run.  The start and finish is the Sportsman’s Warehouse off William Moffett Expressway in PE.  For more info see https://runningraces.co.za/port-elizabeth/sportsmans-warehouse-15km/

The Cabbage Patch MTB Race
This race is happening out at Komga on Saturday 10 March.  Both the 20km and 40km routes provide plenty of beautiful wildlife and countryside beauty to take in along the Great Kei River.  Apparently the 40km is a toughie but a great challenge, while the 20km provides a more relaxed effort. See more info at http://www.bicycling.co.za/event/cabbage-patch-mtb-run/.

Cape Town Cycle Tour
The single biggest individually-timed road cycling race in the world is back on Sunday 11 March!  After last year’s race was abandoned due to some seriously nightmarish winds, this year’s  hashtag is #40take2: the second attempt at the 40th Cycle Tour.  The race’s start has also been moved to the Grand Parade.  This year promises to be a fantastic race.  This year’s riders should all just have received their seedings and start times.  All the best to our roadies training for this one!  Entries are closed, but you can find out more about the race at https://www.capetowncycletour.com/.

 

RUNS AND RIDES THIS WEEK
To find out about who to get in touch with for regular runs and rides, please take a look at these web pages:

Cycling: http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/cycling/
Running: http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/running/
Triathlon: http://www.saintsandsinners.co.za/triathlon/

Have a great week!
Ian