Meet 2016 Grandads Army.

Grandads Army has recruited more cyclists for the 2016 ride.

Some old and new members of Grandads Army on a training ride.

Some old and new members of Grandads Army on a training ride.

Here are the veterans from last year:

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Andrew Langtree, the Captain.

Andrew Langtree, the Captain.

RBMR medal: 1

The “Captain” is our leader on the road. Former soccer player, Comrades runner and now veteran cyclist, he is tasked with whipping the Grandads into peak condition, maintaining discipline and grinding out maximum performance.

An impossible task, which he accomplished well last year, when he led Grandads Army to Stellenbosch.psyclepath

 

 

 

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Colin Lazarus, the Lance Corporal.

Colin Lazarus, the Lance Corporal.

RBMR medal: 1

Longest serving but lowest ranking member of Grandads army. He is a former road runner who finished all big races well behind the Major. Colin Lazarus completed 10 “Argus” cycle tours; naively hoping for a PB each year. His day job: Paediatric Surgeon and WSU Academic Coordinator for EL. He is also a grandpa of three.

The Rob Burton Memorial Ride was his brainchild and he successfully cycled with Grandads Army to Stellenbosch last year.

 

Richard Bind, the Major.

Richard Bind, the Major.

Richard Bind, the Major.

RBMR medal: 1

Richard Bind, age 68 is a true granddad with 7 grandchildren. Richard has cycled several Argus’s  . He comes from a road-running background. A “banting“-follower he has shed 17kg of weight preparing for the ride.

He is a member of the original Grandads Army and cycled with them to Stellenbosch last year.joke-1

 

 

 

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James Armstrong, the Rear Admiral.

James Armstrong, the Rear Admiral.

RBMR medal: 1

James Armstrong is a 63 year old Engineer working for Government.  He grew up in Umtali and his family was good friends of the Burtons.  James is married to Pennith.  Together they have two boys who are also Engineers and they are expecting their first grandchild soon.  He enjoys cycling, paddling, back packing, yogurt berry ice cream and beer.

He successfully took part in the Rob Burton Memorial Ride last year and arrived with Grandads Army in Stellenbosch.

 

 

Rodney Offord, the Wing Commander.

Rodney Offord, the Wing Commander.

Rodney Offord, the Wing Commander.

RBMR medal: 1

Rodney Offord bought a mountain bike in 2010 as a reward for having shed 10kg. He accomplished his goal of completing the Argus Cycle Tour in 2011 and has ridden it every year since then. In 2015 he finished the Ride London-Surrey 100 in the UK. Rodney is married to Sharon and they have a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

He is a member of Grandads Army and cycled with them to Stellenbosch last year.

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Alison Langtree, the Sergeant Major.

Alison Langtree, the Sergeant Major.

RBMR medal: 1

This is the person actually in charge. She still wants to know if Sgt-Major is a higher rank than the Major. Current top female runner and Iron Man tri-athlete. Hates cycling. Only cycles so she can see Cape Town and travel more often.

She was the only female member of Grandads Army last year and cycled with them to Stellenbosch.t-shirt-1

 

 

 

 

The new recruits for 2016:

Gerald Berlyn, the Quarts Master.

Gerald Berlyn, the Lance Rifleman.

Gerald Berlyn, the Quarts Master.

Gerald is 61, married to Corien and they have 2 daughters .

Gerald works in the “Wind and Tin” Industry (air conditioning and sheet metal work) and has a few hobbies …. he is an amateur radio operator, has played underwater hockey since schooldays and loves adventure motorcycling on the lesser traveled roads.

He was motivated to start cycling as a result of being involved as a back up driver for the 2015 Rob Burton Memorial Ride.

He started cycling on 10th December 2015 and has since participated in a few Half Iron Man  Triathlons.

 

 

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Stef Davi, the Navy Chaplain.

Stef Davi, the Navy Chaplain.

Stef Davi is a new member who enjoys social cycling having been introduced to the team through Gerald and has yet lots of experience needed to earn his rank.
Stef is married to Julia and is the father of 2 children and is the leading Pastor of Stirling Worship Centre.joke-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne Salzwedel,

Wayne Salzwedel, 2nd Lieutenant.

Wayne Salzwedel, 2nd Lieutenant.

Former tennis player and cycling convert. Aiming to complete third DC (Double Century) in Swellendam during November and has competed in most of the one day classics on the cycling calendar. Cycling runs in the Salzwedel family blood.

Day job – Property Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Salzwedel, the Private.

Mike Salzwedel, 1st Lieutenant..

Mike Salzwedel, the 1st Lieutenant.

Mike, aged 55, is a son of the late Arthur Salzwedel. He played rugby for Buffaloes in the 1980’s where he is still a club member. Whilst serving in the South African Defense Force he cycled from Beitbridge to Cape Town (fueled by Red Heart Rum) in order to raise money for The Southern Cross Fund. He is the Sports Administrator at Crewe Primary School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Salzwedel

Stephen Salzwedel, 3rd Lieutenant.

Stephen Salzwedel, 3rd Lieutenant.

Started riding in 1988 with his late dad. Took a break from 1995 to 2007. He started riding more seriously on the track from 2008 to 2010 when the bike was packed away once again.t-shirt-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Wienand

Andrew Wienand, Warrant Officer.

Andrew Wienand, Warrant Officer.

Age 53. Possibly the newest member with no rank – rookie.
First ride with Grandads Army and hopefully not the last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Rice

Sean Rice, Bombardier.

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Weight: 65kg

Age:63

Height: 172 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Haynes

Steve Haynes,Chief Petty Officer.

Steve Haynes, Chief Petty Officer.

Steve Haynes is 52 year old and a Chartered Accountant who runs his own Auditing Practice in East London.

Started cycling 5 years ago and has completed 5 Argus rides.

Steve is married with 4 children and 1 grandchild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce and Norrie Gibson

Joyce and Norrie Gibson, Medic and Stretcher Bearer.

Joyce and Norrie Gibson, Medic and Stretcher Bearer.

Norrie is 60 and a doctor working at Frere Hospital in the orthopaedic department for the last 23 years. He loves sport and tries to participate in paddling, running, cycling, golf…

He is also passionate about service delivery and this has been a big motivating factor in his work commitments. The ride to Cape Town will be challenging as he is still to find a bicycle!

Joyce is also 60 and her work is in two parts – at Frere as an anaesthetist and at St Dominic’s in the emergency medicine department. She loves the outdoors and can be found early morning jogging with her dog, swimming at the Joan,  or walking on the beach with Norrie (and dogs). She has a wonderful sense of humour and is very family orientated. They are blessed to have both their children in South Africa and have two grandchildren.

 

Gwyn Bassingthwaighte

Gwyn Bassingthwaighte, Very Private Bas.

Gwyn Bassingthwaighte, Very Private Bas.

Herewith a photo of me doing Argus no 19 – never faster than 5 hours but always with family or friends and a lot of fun – my own “Jolly Patrolie” (in terms of the GA). I wont be the fastest rider in my platoon, but I will be there !!!

Age: forty-twenty two

Employment status: state of preferment (not retired yet, but doing things I prefer to do !!)

Wife: Linda

Children: 6 (Linda and Gwyn combined effort)

Grandchildren: 2

Granddog: 1 (German short haired pointer)

 

 

 

 

 

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