Farewell 2023

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It has been an eventful year in the club with many great moments :

They do not come much more rewarding than seeing newcomers and especially the youngsters take a liking into mtb’ing. There’s just something special about seeing a kiddo on a bike clearly too big, wearing takkies, and a helmet tilted to the rear of the head, whilst smiling from ear to ear on the pump track, or vineyard route with dad or mom ! Talking of moms, there has been a clear increase in ladies on our trails which is heartening …we can however confirm that dripping mascara down the cheekbones and under the eyes, is still a look we need to get used to.

We have reworked specific trails at two iconic venues this year, which if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the screams of pleasure from folks enjoying these (word of caution though, you will scream differently if you come short at one of these new trails, being the new Boneyard-Trail at Hoogies. Please make sure neither yourself or child ride this specific trail unless blessed with vastly superior skills – you get more airtime there than at Vodacom on the morning of Black Friday !)

Another highlight was bringing on board (no pun intended) two more trail affiliates being Grabouw / Elgin and Bottelary, thus together with Winelands North, giving Tygerberg members the option of three top-up memberships, but at almost half the normal fee for each.

During the year there have been many giveaways for race entries and prizes and some members who had Lady Luck on their side, got treated handsomely.

Many wildlife sightings and a few snake encounters too, and happy to report that we still have no official report of any snake bites on our trails, besides those who leave you pushing your bike back to the car as a result of that 10 psi too little in your rear tire.

The Thursday Night Rides at Bloemendal Trail Park remains a hit among many and this year especially we had a fair amount of exhibitors and brands do activations at the Thursday Night Rides. Word on Tygerberg Street is there might be something very special happening in the new year at another venue of ours too….more on that later.

A fair bit of other special moments, such as the Board Auction where funding was raised for the Voluntary Wild Fire organization (VWS), two of our building crew taking part in the W2W,  the club purchasing our first own 4 X 2 vehicle (brand new nogal !) and local riders achieving fantastic results racing locally and abroad.

But we also had many challenges, one being torrential late winter rains causing flooding and all kinds of damage. In typical South African fashion however, we pulled together and assisted where it was needed, and got stuck in as soon as we could to repair and resolve, and got the trails open for riding again rather swiftly, considering the amount of damage.

It goes without saying that it has been another great year for the club. We thank all our sponsors, especially Reeds Motor Group N1 City, Old Mutual Wealth and Leatt for their support during the year and commitment for 2024. We acknowledge club members who voluntarily provide their services and time, such as those part of the Trail Guides program, Warren & Melissa Lawrence who produce the Patrick’s Pen videos, the group of extraordinary gentlemen (and lady) who assist our crew with bridge-building throughout the year. Last but not least, Mind’s Eye Creative who assist with media design and handled our full rebrand earlier this year, also all on a voluntarily basis.

In closing, thank you to each member for allowing the club to operate as the well oiled machine it has become.  We’ll always look to uphold our high standards and improve where we can, not just in terms of great trails, but providing much more. Keep your eye out in the new year for announcements regarding our Whatsapp Bot, ER24 medical service, relaunch of Rewards Partners, etc.

From the Executive Committee, we wish you a fantastic holiday season with family and friends – be safe on the roads, be safe on the trails !

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