Total distance 118km. Total time in transit: 9hrs Today was another long day. That makes three in a row. We left Bethlehem at about 8.30am aiming for Fouriesburg because Tony only had one thing on his mind – krummelpap. But it seemed to take forever to get there. As a warm up for later hills, … Read moreDay three: 2 giant hills, lots to eat and many potholes
I wonder how many of you noticed my Oooops in yesterday’s newsletter? Of course we didn’t go to Bloemfontein, we rode into Bethlehem. And this morning we rode out of a cool, 13 degrees, Bethlehem at 08:00, but very soon we were shucking our cool gear to get on with the job of getting to … Read moreDay three
Everything happens for a reason. Last year we had one support driver, a first aid kit and a belief that everything would be alright. This year somehow we knew that needed something more. We knew that one support vehicle would not be enough and that we needed something somewhat more than a first aid kit. … Read moreDay two: A medical emergency, a squeaky bike & a new team member
Heidelberg to Frankfort, via Oranjeville: 147km Time in transit 9 hours Fourteen of us left Heidelberg this chilly autumn morning – Old Queenians Tony Frost, Peter Gerber, John Ralph, John Sturgeon, Brendan Raasch, GHS Old Girl Jenny Ralph, and Jen Wilson, Ashley Truscott, Marc Barnes and Alan Buchanan. Our fantastic support vehicle drivers are Mike and … Read moreDay One of the 2012 1965Ride
So what’s happening in your next 24 hours?! Here are some of them: Phone to finalise collection of the Olympic torch Pack Cargo Motors kits for individual cyclists Collect the Ford Ranger from McCarthy Ford and Mazda Finalise collection of the paramedic kit Collect Brendan Raasch from the airport Finalise advert and article for The … Read moreThe next 24 hours!
This is where we will be staying en route to Queenstown. Most of the establishments have given us preferential rates – so if you are ever in their area, please support them: Frankfort: Oppi Koppi Bethlehem: The Loft Ficksburg: The Woodpecker Ladybrand: Cranberry Cottage (this place also has a spa!) Wepener: The Lord Fraser Penhoek … Read moreOur accommodation en route
I spent the early morning of the last three days watching the Queen’s College First hockey x1 playing at the KES festival of sport. We can be really proud of this young team. They have immense potential and as they mature they will become a little more ruthless in their execution but they thumped St. … Read moreQueen’s College shines at KES Festival of Sport
Two days before we make real friends with our saddles and the long and winding road. I thought it a good idea to use this space to remind ourselves and all our friends and supporters why we are really doing this great ride. It is not about the ride, really. It is about this random, … Read moreThe long and winding road is calling
We had our last 1965Ride organising group meeting last night and it looks as though all is in shape for the epic to Queenstown starting next Thursday at 07:30 at Heidelberg airfield on the JHB fringes. The walkers get going over the weekend and the East London cyclists the following Tuesday (17 April). It seems … Read moreWe are ready!
With an event like the 1965Ride you reach a stage when you know that there is not much more that one can do to grow the numbers, improve the experience, increase the safety or make it more fun. When you reach this stage all you want to do is to start riding! But as with … Read moreNewsletter 41: nearly there