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

Friday 27 November 2015, Day 4!

Highlights of the day:

We left Barrydale at 5am under a clear sky.  First obstacle was the Tradouw Pass, but this was conquered.  For the rest of the trip it was mostly flat, via Ashton, Robertson, Worcester, Wolsely (Tulbagh area), Wellington and to Stellenbosch.  There was a very strong side wind, which made cycling dangerous (a motorbiker was blown of the road), so it was decided that everybody should cycle the last 30 km together to Belcharto, our accommodation in Stellenbosch.

The Navy cycling up Tradouw Pass,

The Navy cycling up Tradouw Pass,

The Army cycling past Bergsig estate.

The Army cycling past Bergsig estate.

Grandads Army riding the last leg together.

Grandads Army riding the last leg together.

The last meters on the bicycle, another 2 km by car on a dirtroad until the overnight accommodation.

The last meters on the bicycle, another 2 km by car on a dirt road until the overnight accommodation.

A nice cool dip in the pool.

A nice cool dip in the pool.

Grandads Army and support crew.

Grandads Army and support crew.

Rodney doing an interview with MFM.

Rodney doing an interview with MFM.

Alison Langtree, rider and support vehicle driver, and Pennith Armstrong, support vehicle driver for the Navy.

Alison Langtree, rider and support vehicle driver, and Pennith Armstrong, support vehicle driver for the Navy.

Tyler Voigt, Sharon Offord and Barbara Marshall, support vehicle drivers for the Airforce.

Tyler Voigt, Sharon Offord and Barbara Marshall, support vehicle drivers for the Airforce.

Mike Stone, bicycle mechanic, vehicle and support driver and Gerald Berlyn, logistics person and  support vehicle driver for the Army.

Mike Stone, bicycle mechanic, vehicle and support driver and Gerald Berlyn, logistics person and support vehicle driver for the Army.

Three bikers, Gerald, Garvin Jacobs and Mike, but only one bike.

Three bikers, Gerald, Garvin Jacobs and Mike, but only one bike.

Barbara Bind, our fantastic cook.

Barbara Bind, our fantastic cook.

Ann Berlyn, nurse and cook assistant.

Ann Berlyn, nurse and cook assistant.

Sheila Lazarus and Esme Stone, accommodation organizers and cook assistants.

Sheila Lazarus and Esme Stone, accommodation organizers and cook assistants.

Mie Elsen, our doctor, photographer and media liaison person.

Mie Elsen, our doctor, photographer and media liaison person.

Personal highlights:

Arthur Salzwedel (Master sergeant)

Highlights too numerous to mention.  Magnificent and fabulous to be part of this incredible bunch of people and the wonderful camaraderie and fellowship, scenery: unbelievable mountains, valleys, vineyards and orchards.  GOD’S BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.

Jim Armstrong (Rear Admiral)

Four days finished and we’re all in Stellenbosch.  Op de Tradouw “op en op” started the day. The legs were sore from yesterday, but Arthur was fresh as a daisy.  What’s new? But to some up, today’s scenery (mostly Cape Fold Mountains) was magnificent.  A highlight was maybe a Martial Eagle on a telephone pole halfway up the Tradouw Pass. The real reason for being interested in the eagle, is that we could rest halfway up the pass (an old trick, I learned from the masters).

Rodney Offord (Wing Commander)

The highlight was riding from south of Wolsely past Tulbagh and on towards Hermon.  We had a strong south east wing that blew us along, but on turning towards Stellenbosch on the R 44 it got quite dangerous.  It was an emotional finish.  It was the third highlight of my cycling career after finishing the Argus in 2011 and the ride London-Surrey 100 mile in England in August 2015.  What’s next?

Alison Langtree (Sergeant Major)

Seconding the cyclists from Barrydale up the Tradouw Pass.  The early morning beauty of the ride was spectacular.  Very privileged to ride the last 30 km into Stellenbosch with Grandads Army.  They have been remarkable, cycling in all weather conditions and up incredible mountain passes.

Andrew Langtree (Captain)

First to start the first leg of “Op de Tradouw Pass”, 5 km uphill.  Quite a pull, but lovely scenery.  Other side was superfast and exhilarating.  Max speed 70, 3 km/H, I loved it! Next leg very easy to first Caltex in Worcester (32 km in 56 min, average speed 32.3km/H).  The Navy is getting stronger!  Best was last leg with Gerald’s music.  All rode together, was great.  Grandads Army’s signature tune: Burning bridges from Kelly’s Heroes.  The Bus is a Sherman Tank.  Over & out.

Colin Lazarus (Lance Corporal)

Tuesday morning we left East London. Today, Friday, we are having a late lunch around a pool with cape vineyards in the back ground.  Travelled through Karoo and Klein Karoo.  Great camaraderie and fun.  What a great experience.

Garth Voigt (Flight Lieutenant)

It was awesome to ride with all the grandads for the last leg today.  It was also great that Matt, Richard’s son, could join us on the ride.  I’m very proud of this group.

Richard Bind (Major)

Highlight: 3rd leg at average speed over 30 km/H.  Also no punctures or accidents!  Great trip and wonderful experience.  Fundraising is critical now.

Tomorrow is a rest day and on Sunday we all ride the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour together.

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