Return to The third Rob Burton Memorial Ride.

Meet 2017 Grandads Army.

Some of the old Grandads Army members can’t ride this year, but there are several more new recruits.

Grandads Army on a training ride.

Here are the veterans:

Andrew Langtree, the Captain.

 Andrew Langtree, the Captain.

RBMR medal: 2

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 the previous 2 years, when he led Grandads Army to Stellenbosch.

This year he’ll only ride the first day.

 

 

 

 

 

Colin Lazarus, the Corporal.

Colin Lazarus, the Corporal.

RBMR medal: 2

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 has completed 10 “Argus” cycle tours; naively hoping for a PB each year. His day job: Paediatric Surgeon and WSU Faculty of Health Sciences Associate Dean for East London. He is also a grandpa of three.

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

 

 

 

Richard Bind, the Major.

Richard Bind, the Major.

RBMR medal: 2

Richard Bind, age 69 is a true grandad 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 first Ride.

He is a founder member of the Grandads Army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Armstrong, the Rear Admiral.

James Armstrong, the Rear Admiral.

RBMR medal: 2

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 one grandchild. He enjoys cycling, paddling, back packing, yogurt berry ice cream and beer.

He successfully took part in the first two Rob Burton Memorial Rides.

 

 

 

 

Rodney Offord, the Wing Commander.

Rodney Offord, the Wing Commander.

RBMR medal: 2

Rodney Offord bought a mountain bike in 2010 as a reward to himself for having shed 10kg, and has since ridden over 45 000km, mostly on a road bike. He is a retired Traffic Engineer and has a passion for road safety for all road users. Rodney is married to Sharon and they have a son and daughter and four grandchildren.

He is the route planner for Grandads Army and cycled in both previous rides to Stellenbosch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Langtree, the Sergeant Major.

Alison Langtree, the Sergeant Major.

RBMR medal: 2

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. Didn’t like cycling that much, but enjoys it when she can see Cape Town and travel more often.

She was the only female member of Grandads Army in 2015 and also cycled with them to Stellenbosch in 2016.

She is cycling only 2 of the 4 days this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerald Berlyn, the Lance Rifleman.

Gerald Berlyn, the Lance Rifleman.

RBMR medal: 1

Gerald is 62, 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 travelled 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Wienand, Warrant Officer.

 

Andrew Wienand, Warrant Officer.

RBMR medal: 1

Andrew, aged 54, is taking part in his second Grandads Army ride. He is married to Michelle and has two children.  He has been cycling for just on three years and enjoys every minute of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Rice, Bombardier.

Sean Rice, Bombardier.

RBMR medal: 1

Weight: 65kg

Age: 64

Height: 172 cm

He sometimes manages to get lost in a small Karoo town.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Haynes, Chief Petty Officer.

 

Steve Haynes, Chief Petty Officer.

RBMR medal: 1

Steve Haynes is 53 year old and a Chartered Accountant who runs his own Auditing Practice in East London.

Started cycling 6 years ago and has completed 5 Argus rides.

Steve is married with 4 children and 1 grandchild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the new recruits:

Andrew Hanger, Flight Lieutenant.

 

 

Andrew Hanger, Flight Lieutenant.

The most precious part of Andrew’s life is his lovely wife Sheryl and his two amazing teenage boys Cameron and Caden. He loves outdoor adventure sports. Currently mountain biking still occupies centre stage.

Training and tutoring young Pharmacists in Mdantsane has always inspired him, while starting up and managing pharmacies has been a rewarding challenge over the last 20 years.

At 51 Years young, he has become closer to God, who uplifts and encourages him to give back to those in need. He sees this ride as an opportunity to achieve this. He believes that he is fortunate to live in such a beautiful city.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheryl Hanger, Petty Officer.

Sheryl Hanger, Petty Officer.

Sheryl is 48 years old and has two awesome boys – Cameron 15 and Caden 14 years old. She’s been married to Andrew for 17 years and they met cycling and have never stopped riding together. You will mostly find her riding her mountain bike but every now and again will ride her racer for a good cause. She works with Andrew, keeping an eye on the bookwork for Mdantsane Pharmacy.
She loves meeting new people, traveling and making new friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wally Bradford, Sapper Wally.

Wally Bradford, Sapper Wally.

Wally is 79 Years of age and started cycling in 1953.

He has received SA Cycling Colours and numerous cycling awards in the Province. He has represented SA three times at the World Masters Championships.

His cycling career nearly came to a stop in 2016 after hitting a pothole. After 4 operations to his brain, he only does fun cycling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracey Gaze, Private Benjamin.

Tracey Gaze, Private Benjamin.

Tracey Gaze, aged 27 years old teaches Grade 0 at Lilyfontein School. She has been competing in triathlons for the past three years. In April 2017 she completed the ironman African Championship and in June 2017 she completed Ironman70.3 in Durban.

She loves being outdoors, training and exploring and she’s always looking for the next adventure on her bike.

When she was given the opportunity to ride in the RBMR3, she couldn’t say no. She joined Grandads Army one year ago to accumulate cycling mileage and now she’s honoured to be riding to Stellenbosch to raise funds for the Eyabantwana – For the Children Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Thompson, Sergeant.

Sandy Thompson, Sergeant.

Sandy, aged 58 started road cycling in mid 2016, with the intention of doing the Argus 2017 on a road bike. She is already an avid mountain biker.

After meeting members of Grandads Army and hearing about the charity cycle, she was convinced to join this year.

Sandy is a mother of twins and a grandmother of 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garth Goliath, Gunner Garth.

Garth Goliath, Gunner Garth

Garth is 34 years old. He’s a new, rookie member of Grandads Army.

He’s married to Serona for 7 years and they have two lovely dogs, Tickles and Mixin.

He has been in the cycling industry for almost 14 years (sales/technician and keen cyclist…). He has worked at East London Cycles and at Cycle Express. It is his first, but most definitely not the last ride with Grandads Army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Bind, Rifleman Bind.

Matthew Bind, Rifleman Bind

Matthew is 37 and father of 2.

He is a keen Mountain biker with several stage races, including the tough wine to whales to his credit!

This is his first RBMR and he will be doing it on a borrowed road bike!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colin Morgan, Midshipsman Morgan.

Colin Morgan, Midshipsman Morgan.

Aged 29, residing in Cape Town, Colin studied Business Management and currently works as an account manager at GreatSoft (Pty) Ltd

An opportunity to ride with my dad, whom got him into cycling at the age of 12 years. The Rob Burton Memorial Ride is a great training experience for the up and coming Wines2Whales event taking place in two weeks time.

 

Bruce Morgan, Captain Morgan.

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