Triple Challenge Leg One

Van Gaalen’s 24 Hour MTB Race – 2016

The first stage of our ER Consulting Triple Challenge was the 24 hour mountainbike race in the Magaliesburg.

This was Bianca’s and my second attempt at 24 houring. Last year, at the same event, Bianca completed 19 laps and 250 km for third lady home. I shuffled round for 17 laps and 224 km for 11th place in the solo men’s field.

Just looking at the above statement one can see that new targets immediately standout for this year. Bianca decides a win is possible with the right bike ( she rode single speed in 2015 ) and more training.  I just hate 11th place.

Rain upon arrival at the campsite

Rain upon arrival at the campsite

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The Triple Challenge

Hi all

We’ve been a bit quiet on the news front lately but we have been coming up with a scheme. Not much time for anyone to do a long trip this time of year (also, too bloody hot) so we have set ourselves three not-so-mini challenges over the next few months.

We are going to do the Van Gaalen’s 24 hour mountain bike race 26-27 November, followed by the Thaba Trails 24 hour mountain bike race 3-4 December [Edit: Thaba has been cancelled, we are coming up with an alternative adventure for that weekend]. Colin will be riding his prototype Qhubeka Buffalo bike and I will be aiming to be at least a little bit competitive by riding my Hunter Cycles Six50 (don’t frown; there’s prize money and I have cats to feed).

Why all the 24 hour endurance races, you ask? It is to help us prepare mentally for the final challenge in January 2017: Everesting by Buffalo.  Continue reading

Three Rivers Tour – Donau & Austria

We are nicely camped on the banks of the Donau in Passau. Gorgeous old city but FULL of tourists. Went for a walk in the old town but had to get out to quiet campsite. Much better.

Day started cloudy but the sun put his hat on and by midday it was one vest day at long last. The Donau is at very high level and the cycle path was slightly under water in places. Great day and Ma riding strong. Told her we were going to do 80 something but she was going well so I skipped a campsite and rode on to the next one 20ks later. We finished on 99.85 km. Ma not happy so got back on bike and rode another 150 m for her first ever century. Yee ha! Continue reading

Van Gaalens 24 Hour Report

 24 Hour MTB Race at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm Skeerpoort – 21 November 2015

A Bicycle is not vulgar when wheeled out of the garage, and soon becomes sparkling in its rapidity. Yet whoever mounts it, man or woman, reveals something disgraceful, that of human being reduced to mechanical object, with a caricatural movement of the legs, Too bad!”

Stephane  Malarme 1896


Mode of Transport

Qhubeka bike – solid steel, single speed,  pedal-back brake and no suspension


  1. Always wanted to test my abilities over 24 hours on a bike
  2. Nothing else on that weekend

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94.7×7 – The final day

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947 x 7 on Beer and Bread is complete!
First the bad point. I did not make all seven days and finished with 947 x 6.
 On the Tuesday I felt very low and thought seriously about whether I had taken a step too far in the Back To Basics. Wednesday and Thursday got my mind and body on track. Friday was a fabulous Qhubeka ride and Saturday was an awful day with 95km done at 16kph into a huge headwind all day.
Sunday, race day, Bianca and I had camped at the Riversands start venue and had a great evening in the Craft Beer Bar before taking an early night. We rose early, 04h00, due to the PA system being tested. No problem, an early coffee and breakfast of dragon toast and egg. Fine food for racing. Bianca’s start on her restored Zini was at 07h30 so she left me to stew in camp for another two hours for my start.

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94.7×7 Update – Day 4

Hi all,
Body is slowly getting back into shape and progress is easier.
Today was a 101 km ride into a headwind at 17.3 kph. The oncoming breeze was not even a concern to me, except that if Bianca was riding with me I would have made her go upfront with some excuse like, “It’s safer for you on this road” [Edit from Bianca: I have always known he was up to something]
As I have said before, every successful expedition/adventure needs a lot of support personnel. In short, I always take along;
a) A Camp Manager
b) Driver
c) Navigator
d) Chef
e) Washer upper
f) Nurse
g) Supplies Manager

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94.7×7 Update – Day 3

Hi All

Day three was muuurch better.
Took it steady and did 97 km to Rietspruit dam near Ventersdorp.
Left early at 05h30 and was done by 11h30. 18.3 kph v 14.3 on Monday.
Tomorrow leave for Parys, about 100km.
Another thought on mondays ride;
Never in human adversity has so much damage been done, by so many corrugations, to so few Arses.
Speak tomorrow