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Title: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on July 26, 2014, 03:44:27 pm
Ok, I have now completed a road book for self basic training purposes and invite anyone to come and prepare for the Amageza and to hone up your navigation skills with Road Book.  This has taken me 3 weeks to finalize and I think I have put together a really lekker ride.  The plan is for next Saturday the 2nd Aug.   The location is in the North West, Magalies, Hartbeespoort Dam.  There are quite a few riders already confirmed. There is at this stage only 12 road books available.  If there is a bigger interest I will have more printed.  I am only charging for the price of the road book to be made, which I will confirm early next week, but looking in the region of R150 - R250.   This is a long ride of 435km and will take you at least 6-7 hours to ride.  So this will give you good time in the saddle, a continuous navigational challenge, and a little taster of what you could expect on the Amageza.  The riding itself is mostly moderate as I wanted you to concentrate more on the navigation, rather than hectic riding terrain, however there are a few tricky bits.  So if you are keen, then come and join next week Saturday and lets ride.  PM if interested for more details.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: T9ER on July 26, 2014, 10:51:40 pm
I'm in for sure! Good one bud. :thumright:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: BlueBull2007 on July 27, 2014, 12:59:37 am
Thats awesome Mark. Wish I was there to do this.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on July 28, 2014, 07:44:21 am
Also at the GOC on the 2nd.

Any chance of posting the roadbook here? Then we can print and assemble ourselves.

If a couple of guys each make one roadbook we can all get some training in. Will try to make one myself.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on July 28, 2014, 07:58:38 am
GOC on Saturday takes 3 (that I know of) Gauteng, Amageza wannabees out the picture

I'm prepared to buy a printed roadbook and ride on an alternative weekend, alone. I assume your training day would have us ride individually anyway ................ 
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: clutch on July 28, 2014, 02:57:19 pm
Mark I am in!!! PM send as well
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on July 29, 2014, 06:58:21 pm
Ok, think I have replied to all the PM's.
Look forward to riding with you all on Saturday.  For the rest, I am not comfortable just giving out a road book.  This road book needs to be discussed, as per a normal briefing every night on the Amageza.  The route is discussed and all anomalies are addressed.  I have purposely added a few anomalies, so that you can think about what to do next and how to go about it.  So, if you want to ride this route of mine,  we ride this week-end on Saturday starting from my place at 08:00 or next week-end the 2nd, also starting at 08:00.   This was designed for those wanting to participate in the Amageza and who either need more road book mileage or for those first timers.  The road book has worked out to be R150 per rider, so if you want to ride this 435km route then see you either on the 2nd or the 9th.  The route is comprised of 142km tar, 240km dirt & 52km track.  We arrive at my place to prepare, brief and load the road books before leaving in 5 minutes intervals.  Hope to see you here at my place for some coffee & rusks before the ride.  :ricky:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on July 29, 2014, 09:14:45 pm
Aargghh, .............. GOC on the 2nd  :'(

And the 26th has passed us by ....................  ??? ???

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on July 29, 2014, 09:24:59 pm
Aargghh, .............. GOC on the 2nd  :'(

And the 26th has passed us by ....................  ??? ???



I'm loosing it Cracker  :P :-[, have corrected the dates in my above.  Dates are actually the 2nd (this week-end coming) and the 9th, next week-end.  Hope that clears it up now. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on July 30, 2014, 07:25:38 am
Might be able to make the 9th, will just have to convert my bike to a ralley one during next week.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on July 30, 2014, 08:42:32 am
Might be able to make the 9th, will just have to convert my bike to a ralley one during next week.

If you looking for Road Book Holders, mate of mine has 8 of them, manual operation, but does the job.  Going cheap I believe.  I have one coming here this week-end for the ride, so will take photo and post for anyone wanting to upgrade bike to kinda rally lite or something to start with.  But be warned, when you start with this rally stuff, you get HOOKED!!  :laughing4: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on July 30, 2014, 09:39:41 am
Thanks, I have all the stuff, it's just a matter of putting it on the bike. It's in enduro/offroad mode at the moment.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on July 30, 2014, 03:46:39 pm
Bummer, can't make the 9th either - in fact, looking at the calender, I have a GOC or VMX race every 2nd weekend until November

That's 8 potential 'serious injuries' I have to avoid in the run-up to Amageza  :o :o
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 01, 2014, 09:38:23 am
Looks like a good turn out of 10 riders for tomorrow morning.  There is place for anyone wanting to arrive last minute.  We start at my place at 08:00, so PM me if you still want in for details.  I printed enough road books, so will also be able to accommodate those who cannot make it this week-end for next week-end the 9th.  I already have 2 confirmed for next week-end, so that means 7 road books left.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 03, 2014, 09:40:41 am
So for the first Road Book training session I think it went down quite well.  6 Riders arrived at my place here in Harties with the hope of learning or topping up their road book riding skills.  We had a brief session about the road book and then the lads went about marking up the 10m roll of road book and loading way points in to their GPS's.  This took much longer than I expected, which lead to the last bike only leaving at 10:00 AM.  At 17:00 the last rider which was still able, arrived back home.  One rider had fuel pump issues, with 2 others assisting, which lead to them also not completing the route.  2 of the other lads had GPS issues and took short cuts home after about 300km.  So a few lessons learned were:
1.  We need to start much earlier - so those attending this week-end coming on the 9th should be here for 07:00.
2.  The 436km will take you at least 7 hours to ride.
3.  Re-fuel stops should be quick, and try and get back onto the road ASAP.
4.  Carry more fluids & energy bars to last you the 7-8 hours on the bike.
5.  Those attending this week-end will be given the waypoints, so that they can pre-loaded into your GPS before you arrive.

I have 13 road books available for this week-end, which will be the last training session for a further 8 weeks, as I am away.
There were lads here that finished high up on last years Amageza, and their comments were - "Wow, so glad I did this and will do it again" - "Following your GPS to way points when you are lost is essential and a skill I am learning all the time" - " This is a must for anyone not familiar with a road book".
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 03, 2014, 10:16:29 am
Jeepers, those bikes are looking badass!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: White Rhino on August 03, 2014, 10:26:51 am
Subscribed :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: SteveD on August 03, 2014, 07:32:54 pm
So did you ride the riverbed? :sip:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: bmad on August 03, 2014, 09:02:06 pm
Well Done Mark  :thumleft: heard good things
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: washer6 on August 03, 2014, 09:09:32 pm
So Sad i could not make it for last weekend but will be there for this weekend!!
Good stuff Mark!!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: clutch on August 04, 2014, 07:47:27 am
Just a big thanx Mark. You've done a great job on the roadbook and the route. I think a must do for Amageza entrants in Guateng area. Consisted of great terrian covering all types and a nav challenge here and there. Did not know their are such nice tracks around Harties and even stopped once to admire the view!!!

Just one causion that a forgot to mention and the guys doing it this weekend should take note: When crossing a railway line: there are trains running!!! Had a bit off a close call as a was focused on the roadbook and looking up it was just railway wagons in front of me. So be carefull!!!

If i did'nt have something on this weekend i would have done it again. This is exactly what is to be expected on the Geza!!!

Enjoy!!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: africanSky on August 04, 2014, 08:25:29 am
As a newby this was an amazing experience, was awesome to get some pointers from the guys who had done it before!! I had problems with my GPS, if you cant get back on track using the waypoints you are pretty screwed, so will definitely be making some changes in that area!

Thanks again Mark, had a great day.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: T9ER on August 04, 2014, 11:20:48 am
Great route, thanks again Mark. A must for Gauteng Amageza entrants.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 04, 2014, 11:56:09 am
Thanks for the positive comments gents, it was definitely fun.  I look forward to this week-end for those wanting to come along on the 9th.  If you want to invite your mates to just ride along with you , then no problem at all.  I only charge for the road book who may want to use and train with it.  It comes with a lekker prego roll and coolie afterwards.
SteveD - Yes we most certainly did ride the river bank, and I think from the comments it was the most challenging part of the route.  I purposely made it that way, so that you will have a high chance of also becoming lost while fatigued.  But if you know how to use your GPS, you then navigate to the next WPE.  This as you know, is what most certainly at some point and at least once, is going to happen to you on the Amageza.  So better be prepared for it, or your day is just going to get much longer than you under-anticipated already  >:D :'(.  As you can see from the pic, the locals have dug holes in the river bed to retrieve water, which is a big hazard, but is marked on the road book and talked about at the briefing.  This was the only hole that was clearly visible, the others just look like a depression ahead of you, but when you get 10m from it, you realize, oh shite, I need to get around this.
For those of you who did not finish the route this week-end (and those 2 who did of course), come and ride again anytime, you already have the road book, so lets ride and perfect our skills.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Bazinga on August 04, 2014, 11:56:27 am
Hi Mark

If I can get my bike done I would like to join. Still waiting for the roadbook holder and ICO to come.

If not in time for this one then definately when you are back if you are doing another one then.

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Dwerg on August 04, 2014, 12:12:36 pm
Same here. Just waiting for my bike to be finished but I'd join on the next possible run
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: SteveD on August 04, 2014, 12:45:43 pm
SteveD - Yes we most certainly did ride the river bank, and I think from the comments it was the most challenging part of the route.  I purposely made it that way, so that you will have a high chance of also becoming lost while fatigued.

:thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on August 04, 2014, 03:31:33 pm
Mark, keep us in the loop if you have another training day other than the 9th - I do need the navigation practice and especially using the waypoints.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on August 04, 2014, 05:22:55 pm
Mark, keep us in the loop if you have another training day other than the 9th - I do need the navigation practice and especially using the waypoints.

+1
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Motties on August 04, 2014, 06:03:42 pm
Howzit Mark, Kurt and i will join you this weekend  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Stef on August 04, 2014, 06:12:17 pm
Mark, keep us in the loop if you have another training day other than the 9th - I do need the navigation practice and especially using the waypoints.

+1 I am also keen on some other weekend, I need the training.


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Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 04, 2014, 06:52:47 pm
Howzit Mark, Kurt and i will join you this weekend  :thumleft:

Cool buddy, see you Saturday.  Will add you & Kurt into mail trail for Saturdays ride.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 05, 2014, 10:44:13 am
I'm in for this Sat, thanks for the opportunity!

You received my email Mark?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 05, 2014, 01:20:58 pm
I'm in for this Sat, thanks for the opportunity!

You received my email Mark?

Sorry Pieter, was a bit late with reply, but great, all lekker for Saturday.  Will be sending out a mail shortly for all attending this week-end.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 07, 2014, 08:38:03 am
Ok, have 6 riders for Saturday, any other takers??  Dwerg, Bazinga, hope you can make it, how are the bike builds coming along??
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Dwerg on August 07, 2014, 08:48:05 am
Ok, have 6 riders for Saturday, any other takers??  Dwerg, Bazinga, hope you can make it, how are the bike builds coming along??

Shot Mark but we won't be ready in time. I am still waiting for my bike and we're going to attemt fitting Bazinga's roadbook holder this weekend
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 07, 2014, 06:31:13 pm
Shot Mark but we won't be ready in time. I am still waiting for my bike and we're going to attemt fitting Bazinga's roadbook holder this weekend
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No problem Dwerg, fully understand.   

For the rest, A DAKAR legend Brett Cummings will be riding with us this week-end, so if you still keen, let me know.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 07, 2014, 09:59:40 pm
Amped for Saturday. Took me a couple of evenings, but the YomaHanda is once again in ralley mode:

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/DSC_0062_zps33238d19.jpg)

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/DSC_0057_zps61f76fdc.jpg)
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: MaxThePanda on August 08, 2014, 04:18:00 pm
Amped for Saturday. Took me a couple of evenings, but the YomaHanda is once again in ralley mode:

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/DSC_0062_zps33238d19.jpg)

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/DSC_0057_zps61f76fdc.jpg)

Haha! Brilliant. This bike is going to be the mascot of the Amageza this year. You HAVE to finish, whatever happens!!  ;)
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 10, 2014, 09:19:26 am
Another great week-end of Road Book training.  Out of the 8 riders we had 6 finishers of the route, well done to you guys.  Thanks to Pieter (5 punctures later, but finished, epic  :thumleft:), Brett, Roland (Get a nobbly on that bike dude  ;)), Kurt, Gavin, James, Adriaan (2nd attempt and finished  :thumleft:), & Joey (thanks for the pics along the way Joey, or was that a proof of finish   :biggrin:)  Thanks for coming guys, it was a blast and it seems that everyone learned something, which is what this was all about.  
For those still wanting to get a little RB training in before Amageza, I am going to do the following:
1.  I still have 9 RB's available.  So if you want to ride drop me a mail or PM and I will send you a paper/Word brief for the route.  Then call my Missus and arrange to pick up your RB.  Please remember most importantly, that this route was not designed to see how fast you can finish it, but to learn more about the RB and your GPS.  THIS IS NOT A RACE - PLEASE RESPECT THE RULES OF THE ROAD.
2.  When I return in October, I will print additional RB's and will have a final RB week-end on the 19th October.

Thanks again to all who attended.

Cheers
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: SteveD on August 10, 2014, 09:30:53 am
5 punctures! What did he do, spit at the Gods before he left?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on August 10, 2014, 09:32:18 am
PM sent
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 10, 2014, 11:51:15 am
Quick ride report. First of all, thanks to Mark for organizing and for the great roadbook. Was lekker meeting you okes!

I did 565 km for the day, including the 435 km roadbook ride. Of the total I guess about 230-250 was tar, the rest dirt roads and tracks. All my equipment worked as it should (except my front tyre, eish). The navigation for the most part was ok, but got really difficult for me when there were almost no tracks and a lot of instructions close together (as in 50-300 meters). I had to navigate to the closest waypoint twice, still have to look on Basecamp if I missed any of them (will post a screen grab of the track).

The pace of Brett and Gavin (Wilddog name?) was impressive (check the clip below), and I lost about 1h:30 on them over the 435 km. What I knew beforehand was that I wanted to stop as little as possible and this helped keep the average speed up. I stopped once for fuel and twice to put plugs in and inflate. This will be key for me in the Amageza, to keep the wheels rolling, as my average speeds over the specials will be much slower than the 450's. 

My front tyre needed about 8 plugs during various stages of the route, and is flat again. That tyre is clearly not intended for ralley/offroad, thin sidewalls and way too soft. It's coming off this week. 

Great fun and a good learning exercise. Highly recommended for the other Gauteng Amageza chaps.

http://www.youtube.com/v/MiQlGQx5YRI&
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 10, 2014, 01:43:55 pm
Excellent Video Pieter - thanks  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 10, 2014, 07:04:18 pm
Here's my logged track and all the waypoints. I only missed one, no 18, the one Mark specifically asked us to look for. I just saw them as numbers, I should have saved them with more descriptive names, so I had no idea that that was the hidden one. Next time.

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/RoadbookTraining_zps85bd2f09.jpg)
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gavin on August 11, 2014, 08:56:57 am
BIG thanks to Mark for putting in all the effort , wow what would this earth be like without people like you !!
Great ride and an even more challenging dimension to ride and to navigate , you are certainly kept busy all the time.
If you doing the Amageza best you make the effort and go ride Marks route, it will certainly test yours and your bikes weaknesses and areas that need some work.
I will certainly run it again some time
Thanks to all involved   
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 11, 2014, 08:58:31 am
Ok, so far keeping RB's for:

aka.Goliath
Cracker
Darksider
Bazinga
Stef
Dwerg
3 remaining.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Bazinga on August 11, 2014, 01:42:36 pm
Ok, so far keeping RB's for:

aka.Goliath
Cracker
Darksider
Bazinga
Stef
Dwerg
3 remaining.


Appreciate it a lot. Thx Mark
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on August 13, 2014, 05:58:33 pm
Yeah again thanks a lot
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: White Rhino on August 14, 2014, 06:21:22 am
Looks awesome guys. I'm lining up for next year. Will look out for future training rides like this.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on August 15, 2014, 08:13:07 am
BIG thanks to Mark for putting in all the effort , wow what would this earth be like without people like you !!
Great ride and an even more challenging dimension to ride and to navigate , you are certainly kept busy all the time.
If you doing the Amageza best you make the effort and go ride Marks route, it will certainly test yours and your bikes weaknesses and areas that need some work.
I will certainly run it again some time
Thanks to all involved   

Absolute pleasure Gavin, it was a blast.  Good to have met all you guys.  Next time we meet, it will be the real deal AMAGEZA!!  Getting very amped now!!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Kevin_ZA on September 10, 2014, 08:34:22 am
Ok, so far keeping RB's for:

aka.Goliath
Cracker
Darksider
Bazinga
Stef
Dwerg
3 remaining.


Hi Mark...Seems you marked an excellent route - must have been quite time consuming.
Do you have any roadbooks left ???
Thanks, cheers and go well. Hope to see you at the Amageza
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 10, 2014, 08:44:01 am
Ok, so far keeping RB's for:

aka.Goliath
Cracker
Darksider
Bazinga
Stef
Dwerg
3 remaining.


Hi Mark...Seems you marked an excellent route - must have been quite time consuming.
Do you have any roadbooks left ???
Thanks, cheers and go well. Hope to see you at the Amageza

Hey Kevin, Yes I do - drop me a PM with your e-mail and will send you all the need to know.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 10, 2014, 08:56:05 am
For the next one, you can count me in.   :deal:

Breakfast included?   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 10, 2014, 12:12:44 pm
For the next one, you can count me in.   :deal:

Breakfast included?   :peepwall:

No problem at all - skaap kop it is then.   >:D ;D
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 10, 2014, 01:17:49 pm
For the next one, you can count me in.   :deal:

Breakfast included?   :peepwall:

No problem at all - skaap kop it is then.   >:D ;D

Desert?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Grolls on September 10, 2014, 01:20:05 pm
Sub
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 10, 2014, 01:35:38 pm
For the next one, you can count me in.   :deal:

Breakfast included?   :peepwall:

No problem at all - skaap kop it is then.   >:D ;D

Desert?

We will be boring and stick with coffee & rusks for dessert, hows that?   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 10, 2014, 01:37:12 pm
For the next one, you can count me in.   :deal:

Breakfast included?   :peepwall:

No problem at all - skaap kop it is then.   >:D ;D

Desert?

We will boring and stick with coffee & rusks for dessert.   :thumleft:

Any idea when you planning to have the roadbook ride?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 10, 2014, 01:43:07 pm
For the next one, you can count me in.   :deal:

Breakfast included?   :peepwall:

No problem at all - skaap kop it is then.   >:D ;D

Desert?

We will boring and stick with coffee & rusks for dessert.   :thumleft:

Any idea when you planning to have the roadbook ride?


Koos - As you know, I won't be home until 13 October, so suggest ride anytime you want dude.  Kevin_ZA is going to collect a RB, so maybe you could hook up with him and ride on same day.  When I get back, I had planned for another RB day on the 19th for anyone who may still be interested and despearte to get in some RB time.  I will ride that week-end regardless, so we can hook up then too.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 10, 2014, 01:45:35 pm


Any idea when you planning to have the roadbook ride?

Koos - As you know, I won't be home until 13 October, so suggest ride anytime you want dude.  Kevin_ZA is going to collect a RB, so maybe you could hook up with him and ride on same day.  When I get back, I had planned for another RB day on the 19th for anyone who may still be interested and despearte to get in some RB time.  I will ride that week-end regardless, so we can hook up then too.
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I shall ride with Kevin.  The 17-19 I have the enduro ride in Natal, only coming back the next Friday.
Thanks Mark.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on September 10, 2014, 02:53:15 pm
I'm keen to join you guys for the ride - I've got the RB from Mark but haven't had the time to ride it

I've got a couple GOCs and maybe a VMX event or 2 to do, before Amageza - but if you arrange to do the ride on a Sunday, I'll probably be able to join you.

My bike's also going in for a sticker kit/wrap this week and I dunno when it'll be coming back ...................................  ::)
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 10, 2014, 03:08:32 pm
I'm keen to join you guys for the ride - I've got the RB from Mark but haven't had the time to ride it

I've got a couple GOCs and maybe a VMX event or 2 to do, before Amageza - but if you arrange to do the ride on a Sunday, I'll probably be able to join you.

My bike's also going in for a sticker kit/wrap this week and I dunno when it'll be coming back ...................................  ::)

We are not going to do it the next two weekends.  So after that;  All good.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Bazinga on September 11, 2014, 09:57:12 am
I'm keen to join you guys for the ride - I've got the RB from Mark but haven't had the time to ride it

I've got a couple GOCs and maybe a VMX event or 2 to do, before Amageza - but if you arrange to do the ride on a Sunday, I'll probably be able to join you.

My bike's also going in for a sticker kit/wrap this week and I dunno when it'll be coming back ...................................  ::)

We are not going to do it the next two weekends.  So after that;  All good.

Ek en Dwerg sal julle manne ook graag wil join. Ons het ook die RB gekry van Mark maar hulle is vandag besig om ons RB Holders op te sit. So laat weet ons asb ook
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 11, 2014, 10:00:04 am
I'm keen to join you guys for the ride - I've got the RB from Mark but haven't had the time to ride it

I've got a couple GOCs and maybe a VMX event or 2 to do, before Amageza - but if you arrange to do the ride on a Sunday, I'll probably be able to join you.

My bike's also going in for a sticker kit/wrap this week and I dunno when it'll be coming back ...................................  ::)

We are not going to do it the next two weekends.  So after that;  All good.

Ek en Dwerg sal julle manne ook graag wil join. Ons het ook die RB gekry van Mark maar hulle is vandag besig om ons RB Holders op te sit. So laat weet ons asb ook

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: BlueBull2007 on September 13, 2014, 03:29:58 pm
Mark, you have truely become a great ambassador and go-to guy in Gauteng for the sport. Fantastic stuff!  :thumleft:

Pieter: thanks for the video, Im seriously jealous!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 13, 2014, 05:09:45 pm
Mark, you have truely become a great ambassador and go-to guy in Gauteng for the sport. Fantastic stuff!  :thumleft:

Pieter: thanks for the video, Im seriously jealous!

... and you get breakfast too...   :pot:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 14, 2014, 07:58:07 am
Thanks BB  :thumleft:  This rallying stuff is seriously addictive.
Koos - I woke up one morning at my father in-laws place to find him braaing a fillet at 07:00.  Asking him what he was doing, he said that this was a normal tradition  ???.  So don't be surprised if you pitch up at my house and your Skaap Kop request is waiting for you, all lekker and warm, with my wife looking over you for feedback & an empty plate!  ;) ;D :ricky:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 21, 2014, 07:03:19 pm
Kevin, Peter and I are going to do the roadbook from Mark on the 27th.
It is next Saturday.

Let me know who is joining us!?!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Kevin_ZA on September 24, 2014, 03:17:57 pm
Kevin, Peter and I are going to do the roadbook from Mark on the 27th.
It is next Saturday.

Let me know who is joining us!?!
Not sure my bike will be ready by Saturday.
Did a good shake down of the bike last Sunday and all was  going well until the tight technical sections and river beds of de Wildt. The fan stayed on constantly and drained the battery with all the other Amageza goodies connected.Bike in shop for an upgrade to the stator.De Wildt woops also quickly showed up the weakness in the "shitty" way the round bar is mounted on the road book.
If the bike is not ready by Saturday I will have to "bunk"  work on a Wednesday.
Need the training bad !
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 24, 2014, 05:31:03 pm
Kevin, Peter and I are going to do the roadbook from Mark on the 27th.
It is next Saturday.

Let me know who is joining us!?!

Enjoy you lucky buggers, and please give us some feedback.   :thumleft:  Remember to start early.  Take it easy and keep it safe, Amageza not far away now!!  No time to heal wounds!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 25, 2014, 08:10:08 am
Kevin, Peter and I are going to do the roadbook from Mark on the 27th.
It is next Saturday.

Let me know who is joining us!?!

Enjoy you lucky buggers, and please give us some feedback.   :thumleft:  Remember to start early.  Take it easy and keep it safe, Amageza not far away now!!  No time to heal wounds!!  :thumleft:

Mark, will do!!!

Nobody else coming with?   :(
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Dwerg on September 25, 2014, 08:24:02 am
Ek en Bazinga is ook van plan om hom die naweek te doen
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 25, 2014, 09:00:03 am
Ek en Bazinga is ook van plan om hom die naweek te doen

6:00 vir 6:30 op die hoek van R104 en R512 by die Sasol?!?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Dwerg on September 25, 2014, 09:27:30 am
Ek en Bazinga is ook van plan om hom die naweek te doen

6:00 vir 6:30 op die hoek van R104 en R512 by die Sasol?!?

Ek sal by Bazinga hoor en laat weet. Gaan dalk so klein bietjie later weg spring
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 25, 2014, 09:47:26 am
Ek en Bazinga is ook van plan om hom die naweek te doen

6:00 vir 6:30 op die hoek van R104 en R512 by die Sasol?!?

Ek sal by Bazinga hoor en laat weet. Gaan dalk so klein bietjie later weg spring

Op Amageza staan ons 04:00 op en spring weg voor 05:00.
Julle sal moet gewoond raak daaraan!!!    :deal: :pot:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on September 25, 2014, 09:50:37 am
Op Amageza staan ons 04:00 op en spring weg voor 05:00.
Julle sal moet gewoond raak daaraan!!!    :deal: :pot:

Wat van die ouens wat agter wegspring? Wat is die intervalle tussen jaers?

Ons kan nog so 30 min kip.

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 25, 2014, 10:26:46 am
Op Amageza staan ons 04:00 op en spring weg voor 05:00.
Julle sal moet gewoond raak daaraan!!!    :deal: :pot:

Wat van die ouens wat agter wegspring? Wat is die intervalle tussen jaers?

Ons kan nog so 30 min kip.



Slaap laat of kom in die donker terug!?!   :pot:    >:D
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on September 25, 2014, 10:46:10 am
Slaap laat of kom in die donker terug!?!   :pot:    >:D
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Nee, ek probeer nie snaaks wees nie. Dis tog nie 'n mass start nie, en ek gaan def nie in die eerste 60 wees nie. Wat is die wegspring intervalle in die oggend?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on September 25, 2014, 10:47:04 am
Slaap laat of kom in die donker terug!?!   :pot:    >:D

Nee, ek probeer nie snaaks wees nie. Dis tog nie 'n mass start nie, en ek gaan def nie in die eerste 60 wees nie. Wat is die wegspring intervalle in die oggend?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 25, 2014, 10:51:58 am
Slaap laat of kom in die donker terug!?!   :pot:    >:D

Nee, ek probeer nie snaaks wees nie. Dis tog nie 'n mass start nie, en ek gaan def nie in die eerste 60 wees nie. Wat is die wegspring intervalle in die oggend?


Eerste 10 is gewoonlik 2 minute apart, daarna 1 minuut apart.
Ek kan verkeerd wees.

Jy kry jou tyd die vorige aand.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on September 25, 2014, 10:55:14 am
Ek sien, thanks!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on September 25, 2014, 03:16:18 pm
Kevin, Peter and I are going to do the roadbook from Mark on the 27th.
It is next Saturday.

Let me know who is joining us!?!

Enjoy you lucky buggers, and please give us some feedback.   :thumleft:  Remember to start early.  Take it easy and keep it safe, Amageza not far away now!!  No time to heal wounds!!  :thumleft:

Mark, will do!!!

Nobody else coming with?   :(

Not me - I've got a GOC this Saturday - but I'll be doing the roadbook next Sunday, the 5th, with AKAGoliath, assuming I've got the bike back from the sticker man.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Dwerg on September 26, 2014, 08:59:58 am
Ek en Bazinga is ook van plan om hom die naweek te doen

6:00 vir 6:30 op die hoek van R104 en R512 by die Sasol?!?

Ek sal by Bazinga hoor en laat weet. Gaan dalk so klein bietjie later weg spring

Ons gaan Planne het verander en ons gaan eers Sondag die roete doen
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 26, 2014, 09:32:47 am
Ek en Bazinga is ook van plan om hom die naweek te doen

6:00 vir 6:30 op die hoek van R104 en R512 by die Sasol?!?

Ek sal by Bazinga hoor en laat weet. Gaan dalk so klein bietjie later weg spring

Ons gaan Planne het verander en ons gaan eers Sondag die roete doen

 :thumleft:

Ons ry nogsteeds more-oggend!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: africanSky on September 26, 2014, 10:27:30 am
Would have joined, but moving office!
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Kevin_ZA on September 28, 2014, 01:58:33 pm
Thanks Mark for setting up the road book.
Had a very good ride yesterday with Koos. Thanks Koos for your patience helping me with the road book etc.
Long day with some awesome Special Stages.
For those who are still going to do the route...leave early and don't be tempted to cut & run the last section. That bit makes up for the long tar section on the way back.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 29, 2014, 09:55:48 am
As Kevin said, we went out to finish Mark's roadbook.
I enjoy the riverbed special and the last bit. 

Mark, the last bit, you almost got me lost there because everything changed.   :deal:      :thumleft:

Oh and I loved the place so MUCH, I bought a big piece of property (See last photo)   :-\


Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Koos van den Heever on September 29, 2014, 09:56:46 am
Thanks a lot Mark, it was great fun!!!!    :deal: :deal: :deal: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gavin on September 29, 2014, 10:26:55 am
James , GG , Kieron & I rand the route again yesterday , thanks again Mark . Would be in big poo if you hadn't put this road book together
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on September 29, 2014, 12:02:20 pm
Fantastic Okes, really glad you enjoyed it and that it was somewhat useful.  So now see you all at Amageza!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: BlueBull2007 on October 01, 2014, 09:33:49 am
Im just going follow all of you lot, now that youre navigation masters ;D
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on October 05, 2014, 07:12:15 pm
Did your route today, Mark, thanks a stack - much appreciated.  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

We managed to recover from the few mistakes we made, which is good.

That little bit at the end next to the river and the stream woke me up - just as I was starting to dream of a finish.

5 days of that riding is gonna be tough ..........................  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on October 06, 2014, 01:20:29 pm
Again Thank you very much Mark. Was an real learning curve for me - I missed the first turn on the roadbook ::) but got the hang of it eventually
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on October 06, 2014, 02:57:06 pm
Again Thank you very much Mark. Was an real learning curve for me - I missed the first turn on the roadbook ::) but got the hang of it eventually

 :imaposer: ;D :thumleft:  Well you get to take over first prize then from Washer6.  He missed the second turn, and I had to wait 5 minutes for him, as I could not chase him down.  Finally he came back, all sheepish and carried on like nothing was wrong hahahaha, good fun for sure.  Keep in mind that the Amageza RB most probably is not going to as detailed as mine, so you will need to make sure you use your compass & Waypoints.  My RB was intentionally busy, so that it would force you to look down regularly and learn quickly how to do that without wiping out.  Good luck to all of you at the Amageza, it's gonna be EPIC!.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on October 06, 2014, 02:58:41 pm
As Kevin said, we went out to finish Mark's roadbook.
I enjoy the riverbed special and the last bit. 

Mark, the last bit, you almost got me lost there because everything changed.   :deal:      :thumleft:

Oh and I loved the place so MUCH, I bought a big piece of property (See last photo)   :-\




Nice pics Koos & Kevin - look forward to riding with you manna again soon.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on October 10, 2014, 12:54:24 am
Again Thank you very much Mark. Was an real learning curve for me - I missed the first turn on the roadbook ::) but got the hang of it eventually

 :imaposer: ;D :thumleft:  Well you get to take over first prize then from Washer6.  He missed the second turn, and I had to wait 5 minutes for him, as I could not chase him down.  Finally he came back, all sheepish and carried on like nothing was wrong hahahaha, good fun for sure.  Keep in mind that the Amageza RB most probably is not going to as detailed as mine, so you will need to make sure you use your compass & Waypoints.  My RB was intentionally busy, so that it would force you to look down regularly and learn quickly how to do that without wiping out.  Good luck to all of you at the Amageza, it's gonna be EPIC!.  :thumleft:

So whats first prize?  ;) Then again it helps greatly if you start off in the right direction from the start   :peepwall:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on October 10, 2014, 07:34:17 am
 :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 10, 2014, 07:39:31 am
My bike should be ready this weekend.
Anyone going to do mark's rout?
Anyone got a scroll (long paper thingie what goes in my roadbook holder) for me?

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: clutch on October 11, 2014, 09:11:35 am
I Think Bayron is going tommorrow
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 11, 2014, 10:31:37 am
I Think Bayron is going tommorrow
Who is Byron when he is on the forum?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 11, 2014, 07:20:33 pm
Eddie, like I said, you can use my roadbook, I'll only use it again next weekend.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 11, 2014, 07:27:41 pm
Eddie, like I said, you can use my roadbook, I'll only use it again next weekend.
Going to be a battle to get away this weekend
Still some loos ends to tie up. Parts did not arrive as promised
Cracker also offered, now to set up for next weekend
Thanks guys you help is much appreciated

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 11, 2014, 10:22:57 pm
Eddie, like I said, you can use my roadbook, I'll only use it again next weekend.
Going to be a battle to get away this weekend
Still some loos ends to tie up. Parts did not arrive as promised
Cracker also offered, now to set up for next weekend
Thanks guys you help is much appreciated

Good, I've you're keen for Sat I'll join you.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 12, 2014, 01:22:41 pm
Eddie, like I said, you can use my roadbook, I'll only use it again next weekend.
Going to be a battle to get away this weekend
Still some loos ends to tie up. Parts did not arrive as promised
Cracker also offered, now to set up for next weekend
Thanks guys you help is much appreciated

Good, I've you're keen for Sat I'll join you.
Sounds like a good plan
Let's then work towards Saturday
Easy navigational ride is what I need right now
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on October 12, 2014, 01:31:04 pm
Not so easy - it's been designed to test you and keep you busy. Not a bike or bone breaker, though, which is good.

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 12, 2014, 01:43:34 pm
Not so easy - it's been designed to test you and keep you busy. Not a bike or bone breaker, though, which is good.


Sounds good
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 12, 2014, 07:15:42 pm
Sounds like a good plan
Let's then work towards Saturday
Easy navigational ride is what I need right now

Ok, I'm in.

It's a full day in the saddle. 560 km if I include the 60 km there and back from home.

I'll prefer to start early if that's ok with you. Start of roadbook route at 7 am.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 12, 2014, 09:49:49 pm
Sounds like a good plan
Let's then work towards Saturday
Easy navigational ride is what I need right now

Ok, I'm in.

It's a full day in the saddle. 560 km if I include the 60 km there and back from home.

I'll prefer to start early if that's ok with you. Start of roadbook route at 7 am.
sounds good
Title: Re:
Post by: OverlandRider on October 15, 2014, 08:31:27 pm
I'm looking to do Mark's roadbook from about 21st onwards if anyone is keen. Got to install my nav stuff before that. Cheers
Title: Re:
Post by: markdiver on October 16, 2014, 08:12:38 am
I'm looking to do Mark's roadbook from about 21st onwards if anyone is keen. Got to install my nav stuff before that. Cheers

I will definitely ride with you, so give me a call when you want to come out this way.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 16, 2014, 11:06:25 pm
Sounds like a good plan
Let's then work towards Saturday
Easy navigational ride is what I need right now

Ok, I'm in.

It's a full day in the saddle. 560 km if I include the 60 km there and back from home.

I'll prefer to start early if that's ok with you. Start of roadbook route at 7 am.
sounds good

Work is hampering my progress big time here.
Will have to pull finger if I am going to want to be on a bike on Saturday.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 17, 2014, 07:39:52 am
Work is hampering my progress big time here.
Will have to pull finger if I am going to want to be on a bike on Saturday.

Ok, well, keep me updated. I'm going anyway.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 17, 2014, 07:08:31 pm
No one else tomorrow?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 18, 2014, 06:41:18 pm
ok
My nav ride ended at about km 100 with a us stator
Was skulking along on between 6 and 7 volts.
This is good training,  will try again next weekend

thanks Loopsoosstroop, and cracker for advice and guidanc, was worth going out and getting out there and doing some nav.
Couple of little issues sorted at least now.
Anyone have any ideas on the stator?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on October 20, 2014, 09:32:44 am
Mark, I managed to hit this waypoint this time around:

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/20141018_124723_zps45ca8d06.jpg)

Thanks again, this route is awesome prep. Long day in the saddle.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on October 20, 2014, 10:39:11 am
Mark, I managed to hit this waypoint this time around:

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s635/vdventpieter/20141018_124723_zps45ca8d06.jpg)

Thanks again, this route is awesome prep. Long day in the saddle.

 :thumleft:  Nice one Pieter.  Sorry could not ride with you, only getting my bike back tomorrow and then I will ride on Wednesday with Jonathan, the lad who rode through Africa and is also taking part in the Amageza.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Rolling Stone on October 21, 2014, 07:18:12 pm
If My bike is sorted by this weekend I am going to ride again . That is if Cracker does not need his scroll.

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Cracker on October 21, 2014, 07:23:38 pm
Nope, it's yours - better luck this time  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: ktmpilot on May 25, 2015, 07:38:06 pm
Any chance maybe that someone with the know-how can maybe put something like this together for training for this year's Rallye, like Mark did for last year?


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Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on May 28, 2015, 11:21:49 pm
I'm not sure how Mark may feel about this but I'm happy to part with my roadbook that mark did last year - it however does have my markings all over it but hey it is a start. PM me if you're interested. I would suggest doing it with at least one other person and with a lot of caution as it will be a year old and a bit out of date. Nothing worse than heading down a straight at 120km/h and into a giant ditch. Although that is likely what you'll find at least once during amageza, I know I did.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on May 29, 2015, 05:30:39 am
I'm not sure how Mark may feel about this but I'm happy to part with my roadbook that mark did last year - it however does have my markings all over it but hey it is a start. PM me if you're interested. I would suggest doing it with at least one other person and with a lot of caution as it will be a year old and a bit out of date. Nothing worse than heading down a straight at 120km/h and into a giant ditch. Although that is likely what you'll find at least once during amageza, I know I did.

No problem at all.  Remember this RB's purpose was for anyone that wanted to self train, so please by all means if you want to pass the RB around to someone who could gain a little practice & knowledge, then I am all for it.  HOWEVER, CAUTION - as you have said, the RB is a year old now, and I have since been on the route, which HAS CHANGED in places, so you will have to find your way around these new obstacles, new roads, dead ends and so on.  But that may just be a good thing, as it will force you to compass navigate to the next known point, giving valuable time with CAP headings and looking out for known places on the road book.  For those of you who have done it, as you know, the navigation is not too difficult, but it will give you good time in the saddle (6 hours min to complete the whole route) and good practice with the RB which is loaded with much more info than what is required for the purpose of you getting used to looking at the RB while riding.  Enjoy.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gee S on May 29, 2015, 09:30:38 am
I'm not sure how Mark may feel about this but I'm happy to part with my roadbook that mark did last year - it however does have my markings all over it but hey it is a start. PM me if you're interested. I would suggest doing it with at least one other person and with a lot of caution as it will be a year old and a bit out of date. Nothing worse than heading down a straight at 120km/h and into a giant ditch. Although that is likely what you'll find at least once during amageza, I know I did.

No problem at all.  Remember this RB's purpose was for anyone that wanted to self train, so please by all means if you want to pass the RB around to someone who could gain a little practice & knowledge, then I am all for it.  HOWEVER, CAUTION - as you have said, the RB is a year old now, and I have since been on the route, which HAS CHANGED in places, so you will have to find your way around these new obstacles, new roads, dead ends and so on.  But that may just be a good thing, as it will force you to compass navigate to the next known point, giving valuable time with CAP headings and looking out for known places on the road book.  For those of you who have done it, as you know, the navigation is not too difficult, but it will give you good time in the saddle (6 hours min to complete the whole route) and good practice with the RB which is loaded with much more info than what is required for the purpose of you getting used to looking at the RB while riding.  Enjoy.  :thumleft:

Hi Mark, I am also intersted in training with your roadbook. Did you use Rally Navigator to create this roadbook? If you did, did you upload it onto their site from where it can be downloaded?

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on May 29, 2015, 02:10:07 pm
Hi Mark, I am also intersted in training with your roadbook. Did you use Rally Navigator to create this roadbook? If you did, did you upload it onto their site from where it can be downloaded?
Yes, I did use Rally Navigator - I have unlocked the route and is now on "share", so you should be able to download the route.  It is known as "Magalies Road Book Training", route distance = 436km, 367 waypoints & 167km fuel range required.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on May 29, 2015, 02:18:31 pm
Mark's roadbook really is a fantastic route. It keeps you busy and is not a bad simulation of a full Amageza stage, sans the sand of course. Doubt my Amageza navigation would have gone well if I did not do it beforehand.

I still have my roadbook scroll in a cupboard in case someone wants to borrow it. I'm in Midrand.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: ktmpilot on June 01, 2015, 10:40:07 am
Hi Mark, I am also intersted in training with your roadbook. Did you use Rally Navigator to create this roadbook? If you did, did you upload it onto their site from where it can be downloaded?
Yes, I did use Rally Navigator - I have unlocked the route and is now on "share", so you should be able to download the route.  It is known as "Magalies Road Book Training", route distance = 436km, 367 waypoints & 167km fuel range required.

Thanks very much, I have a Rally Navigator subscription, will look for the roadbook on their website, very much appreciated.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: SteveD on June 01, 2015, 05:12:40 pm
https://www.rallynavigator.com/routes/5945 (https://www.rallynavigator.com/routes/5945)
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: markdiver on June 02, 2015, 06:37:42 am
https://www.rallynavigator.com/routes/5945 (https://www.rallynavigator.com/routes/5945)

If anyone plans to download this route and make it up themselves, then please PM with an e-mail address so that I can forward you the riders brief.  You will need this for valuable additional information and changes on the RB that need to be made.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: ktmpilot on July 13, 2015, 01:24:15 pm
Hi Mark, I am also intersted in training with your roadbook. Did you use Rally Navigator to create this roadbook? If you did, did you upload it onto their site from where it can be downloaded?
Yes, I did use Rally Navigator - I have unlocked the route and is now on "share", so you should be able to download the route.  It is known as "Magalies Road Book Training", route distance = 436km, 367 waypoints & 167km fuel range required.

Thanks very much, I have a Rally Navigator subscription, will look for the roadbook on their website, very much appreciated.

Just to report back on this, thanks very much to @markdiver I got his roadbook off Rally Navigator and it cost me all of R48.00 to get it printed and cut at Postnet, very useful training indeed!

Just a caution however, as Mark did make very sure to point out to me, there are some changes in the last year since the roadbook was made, the MOST IMPORTANT of which is that there is a trench dug across one of the canal roads, which was obviously done after the roadbook was made so it does not appear. It should in fact be a triple caution, RLT, tulip - it is just a round a blind corner and I hit it at about 85 kph, and fell my $%#@ off. Luckily no big damage to my bike other than a cracked fairing and I have a bit of a stiff wrist, but suffice to say big lesson learnt and I just thought I would share it with other guys training off this roadbook.

The trench is between tulips 217 and 218, at about 189,49 km roadbook distance.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: aka.Goliath on July 13, 2015, 04:22:44 pm
Good training for Amageza as there are always dangers that are not marked as they appear over night (rain, animals etc.) I think that trench got a bit bigger since I was last there as I jumped straight over it while falling through my @sshole. :D
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: SteveD on July 16, 2015, 12:30:27 pm
.....and it cost me all of R48.00 to get it printed and cut at Postnet.....

Tell me more? Did Postnet print it on an A5 continuous roll, or was it just lots of A4 pages that you sticky-taped together?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: ktmpilot on July 16, 2015, 12:43:11 pm
.....and it cost me all of R48.00 to get it printed and cut at Postnet.....

Tell me more? Did Postnet print it on an A5 continuous roll, or was it just lots of A4 pages that you sticky-taped together?

I selected the A4 print option on Rally Navigator and printed the roadbook in A4 pages at Postnet (Mark's roadbook was 48 pages). Then Postnet just guillotine'd the edges to A5 size, which I taped together to make a roll, and the fit in my F2R was perfect. The whole process including driving to Postnet and back and taping the pages together was less than an hour!

Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gee S on August 04, 2015, 11:18:07 am
How do I get this roadbook printed? I am subscribed to the premium version but am obviously doing something stupid :dousing:

Sorted. found out I had to install Google Chrome.. Everything worked perfectly after that.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gee S on August 05, 2015, 06:58:50 am
Have any of you guys managed to get the Waypoints as per Mark's roadbook onto a Etrex 10? If so can you please tell me how to do it?
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: SteveD on August 05, 2015, 12:12:37 pm
Having the safety waypoints entered into your GPS while you race is a really, really good idea. Figuring out how to do this before you pitch up at the race is as good an idea.

The easiest is to use MapSource of Basecamp. Manually enter each of the waypoints, using the co-ords given in the roadbook. Create a route which links those waypoints, in the right order, using direct routing. Plug in your eTrex via USB, select upload, select tracks and waypoints. Unplug the GPS, go to Route Manager, activate the route you just created.
It is possible to do the same on the eTrex device itself, but the user interface is pretty kak. Though again, pretty good training.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Dwerg on August 05, 2015, 01:41:50 pm
Having the safety waypoints entered into your GPS while you race is a really, really good idea. Figuring out how to do this before you pitch up at the race is as good an idea.

We got stuck in a riverbed for 2 hours and if it wasn't for another rider making the same mistake we wouldn't have gotten out. All due to not practising and paying attention to waypoints. At least we got to ride a bit more of the scenery. Value for money and all  :ricky: :lol8:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gee S on August 05, 2015, 02:57:46 pm
Having the safety waypoints entered into your GPS while you race is a really, really good idea. Figuring out how to do this before you pitch up at the race is as good an idea.

The easiest is to use MapSource of Basecamp. Manually enter each of the waypoints, using the co-ords given in the roadbook. Create a route which links those waypoints, in the right order, using direct routing. Plug in your eTrex via USB, select upload, select tracks and waypoints. Unplug the GPS, go to Route Manager, activate the route you just created.
It is possible to do the same on the eTrex device itself, but the user interface is pretty kak. Though again, pretty good training.
Thanks SteveD :thumleft: I will try that.
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: Gee S on August 11, 2015, 10:19:17 pm
We did the Magalies Road Book training over the weekend, my first time ever to use a road book. :o 1st off we could not make it in one day, we were way to slow for that. I think it took us more than 10 hours to finish.
We made a few mistakes and frequently stopped to discuss directions and distances etc but overall the navigation was easier than I expected it to be. The part where we really battled to navigate was the river bed up to Jerico rock and we spend a lot of time trying to get it right.
We thought we were lost more than once and were doubting ourselves while we were on the correct track all the time.

Mark thank you for all the effort and time you took to put this road book together :thumleft: I don't know what I would have done without it. It was remarkably accurate. Thanks again :thumleft:
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 11, 2018, 08:00:24 pm
Blast from the past I know...

Anyone have use for one of Mark's road books?

I guess a lot has changed on the route, but I have it and I'm going to chuck it if no one wants it.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bU_BJut-PyW4XacqZobEmPJqJfp3RCdiZD14ywXnWLl_ZSk6uH0aA7rc-QEK6SGWJRUljleN_0diGuxDOBbuvaqoodE_6iZTq0GAvQcAxRMMhC-hlkM291NCKeJwMX89X04R_7hFl69HhYxzuPUKfSP0XPi9ujiZKJ3ayUcrWDtsMUORCoUqO-SJ5wqB6HKUcwpA9DmFsK9BhXYrjvyqudcdOd196ZMSYqvgGmSN6H8Ji_UxF-x49v0ixpQ8Ta3GEuZyG9ZLoHjgdN7GAC3-4xREZ9YBmDfWFCLReNTiYmMs8IKpBBv-qMiWDQ4Nf5HXZ1AoReKFkaiJcDmf25ByZPhP32lQoDUlEGnoxnig1KpKF-4fBitHS-TY1e4NGVToBSql_V0E09J3AcMpdMWACdcJMn5iEBy-uaXbU3mQNGGv2Dw4W1U_YWLaK5fexvZPl96dAVUvS3SNrWyuzjM1EwG7H941ACOjXbYcaA3HuEiITECq9dLTUdchLTn1A6ehkcOHvYnl9lu0Amp8fMGpoTcOHH_PbBbuFOvrqFbrUi2x-KZbvg6o3miAz2A8_xtsjTIrdoIwgjhg9bHGE07k2Io1BhjBuDXcUFvJnMNFNYZvOJp-khxguxUt2j4og1hRg7ba6tb8foP_-qhJt5Kkh_QhM0ZimjtH=w842-h631-no)
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: exkdx on August 12, 2018, 07:03:55 am
Hi
I have a buddy training for one of these road book races. Let me ask him if he is interested..
Will let you know, thanks
Title: Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
Post by: exkdx on August 12, 2018, 10:10:50 am
Yes buddy is interested. We'll take it thanks :biggrin:
Please PM me your phone nr