Return to The First Rob Burton Memorial Ride: What is it all about?

Tuesday 24 November 2015, Day 1…And we are off!

The tour:

East London to Middelburg, via Queenstown and Steynsburg.

Highlights of the day:

Nice send off from Caltex Beacon Bay at 5 am with an introduction to Rob Burton by Kevin Vincent and a prayer by Arthur Salzwedel. Accompanied by EL cyclists to the Merrifield circle. Then first team continued while other teams were driven to their respective starting points.

Arrived all at Caltex Queenstown at about 10 am. Did interview with MFM (Radio station from Stellenbosch). Continued to Middelburg from other side of Queenstown, but skipped the road from the Sterkstroom turnoff till after Steynsburg because of unsafe road conditions for cycling (potholes, narrow road, no yellow lines).

The last team arrived at the Desert Inn at Middelburg at 15.15.

 

Interview with Wild Coast FM

Interview with Wild Coast FM

 

03 Grandads Army with the EL cycling community.

Grandads Army with the EL cycling community.

06 Beth Burton sending Grandads Army off.

Beth Burton sending Grandads Army off.

07 And off they go.

And off they go.

 

09 Team 2, Garth, Arthur and Rodney during their first leg.

Team 2, Garth, Arthur and Rodney during their first leg.

10 Support team ensuring awareness for cyclists.

Support team ensuring awareness for cyclists.

Grandads Army and support crew at the Queenstown Caltex.

Telephonic interview with MFM (Stellenbosch)

Telephonic interview with MFM (Stellenbosch)

14 Support crew safeguarding cyclists from speeding truck with Teebus and Koffiebus in the background.

Support crew safeguarding cyclists from speeding truck with Teebus and Koffiebus in the background.

The end of the final session for the day.

The end of the final session for the day.

Our digs for the night.

Our digs for the night.

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Personal highlights:

Arthur Salzwedel (Master sergeant)

Macleantown to Stutterheim we had a large long crested eagle accompany us for many kilometres. We also had the company of a small buck next to us for quite a long way.

Jim Armstrong (Rear Admiral)

Discovered a lot of muscles I never knew existed. They introduced themselves with pulsating surges of pain.

Rodney Offord (Wing Commander)

  1. Keeping up with Arthur

  2. Having a photo taken next to Molteno Traffic Counter operated by SYNTELL, who have made a big donation to the Eyabantwana Trust.

Alison Langtree (Sergeant Major)

Amazed at how the traffic moved right over to the opposite side of the road on the Steynsburg/Middelburg road. Very good quality road.

Andrew Langtree (Captain)

A great send off for the team from Beacon Bay Motors. Fantastic effort from the EL cycling community. Last leg in 34 degrees C Karoo heat and a headwind was tough.

Highlight of the day: Sharing a fresh plunge pool with 3 lovely ladies.

Colin Lazarus (Lance Corporal)

The shower at the end of the ride

Garth Voigt (Flight Lieutenant)

Getting the second stage, starting in Cathcart, and then down Hobb’s Hill.

Richard Bind (Major)

The highlight for me was the camaraderie with my cycling partner and our seconding team who did a superb job in keeping us safe on the road.

Tomorrow we’ll cycle to Willowmore, via Graaff-Reinet. It will be an easy day, rather flat to start and mostly downhill later.

 

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