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Comrades 2014
« on: June 02, 2014, 11:10:20 am »
Yes this is a Ride Report not a Run Report  :imaposer:

I volunteered again this year to help with the Comrades, but not marshaling, not that stupid again, thank you very much. This year I was on the bikes and got spotter duty.

You lift a spotter for SABC, we were 3 bikes on spotter duties and leap frog each other, from one mile marker to the next, following the top 10 men. Another 2 bikes were following the top 10 ladies.

You stop, record the names/race numbers and splits on the top 10, phone them in to SABC and then you have to get to the front of everyone and everything again - stop and repeat.

Makes for an interesting day to say the least, weaving through packs of runners, squeezing past camera bikes, the time board vehicles, cops, trucks with media etc.

And trying not to kill any runners, spectators, marshals in the process  ;D

The top runners average 2.5 min/h - does not sound like much, but with a 10 minute + split from 1 - 10 - phoning the results in and then having to get ahead again, takes 5-8 kms at sometimes 120km/h where you can and other times idling 5km/h behind a pack.

Apparently I made quite a few appearances on live TV, with the leap frogging as well  ;D

And almost took out Bongmusa on the last 8km stretch  :eek7:

As I was coming down the M13 - klapping it a bit to make up time, we got to Bongmusa and the cavalcade around him, but as it is a 3 lane highway, plenty of space to maneuver, he is in far right lane, camera and referee cars/bikes in far left, I klap it down the middle, and Bongmusa decides he is changing lanes, managed to stops about 2 meters behind him, before his race number became a bumper sticker  :laughing4:

Wicked feeling though, once you past the leader and convoy, barreling the wrong way down highways, over robots etc - getting to the last stretch  - the Toyota mile, we were ace out on the route - speeding through Durban CBD up a one way with the whole route for ourselves.

Quite an experience and will be back next year to do it again.

On the nitty gritty side of things. Got up at 02.30 am and left home just after 03.00 - off to NPN Auto to meet the group. From there we slabbed it up the M13 and then N3 to PMB tp meet the rest of the crew.

Met up with them and everyone got their duties, spotters, camera men, referees etc.

Then to the start and off to first spot.

We were finished after the top 10 ladies came in, had a lekker lunch and then I had to use every back route I know to get back to Hillcrest and drop my spotter.

From there I had enough of Durbs so back onto N3 and up to Vans for a cold beer. Met a biker mate there and a had a few cold ones, before taking the Umbumbulu road back.

And even worked in a quick dirt road just to make sure I covered all bases for the day.

And the Versys did excellent the whole day with consumption of 21km/lt

Some pics

« Last Edit: June 05, 2014, 02:12:55 pm by badballie »
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 11:13:02 am »
 :ricky:
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 11:15:32 am »
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 11:17:32 am »
 :ricky:
Cash, Gas or Ass............ no-one rides for free :-)

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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 12:01:00 pm »
 :thumleft: thanks for sharing, did this a few times for the Ironman in PE... hard work missing everyone. enjoyed the chance to flagrantly disobey the road rules and logic! thanks for the pics, watched the whole thing on TV nursing a major hangover... those boytjies can run!
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 12:04:13 pm »
Sounds like fun...riding, not running the Comrades...
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2014, 12:25:03 pm »
Nice.

I'm a little proud the way the KZNers come out in their numbers to support the race, and the whispers of the whiners who feel put out by the traffic congestion get shouted out by the support of the masses.

I was standing next to the guy seconding the Nedbank elite athletes near Gasoline Alley in Pinetown.

Poor guy had a helluva job monitoring the race so he could get the right bottles ready for each runner.

So much goes on behind the scenes.

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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2014, 12:43:20 pm »
Was also very interesting to note how the positions changed in the top runners from the start to finish.

Some guys take off with speed and lead just to withdraw or fall way behind and sometimes the split between 1 and 2 is almost 4 minutes, just to have the whole order change over the next 5 km

Hillcrest was crazy with the support - the whole area, dancing girls, majorettes, puppets, costumes, Elvis, you name it. Actually needed to have a Go pro for some of the sections
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2014, 05:23:27 pm »
And managed to get a screen grab or two from SABC broadcast  ;D
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2014, 06:28:32 pm »
I saw you klapping past me at Westville
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2014, 11:43:49 am »
I thought I saw a Katoom somewhere  ;D :thumleft:
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2014, 11:02:21 am »
Nice photos, Just cant for some reason understand why those ous run all that way. I sheme the only time a ou should run is when you get a moersse skrik or to get to the possie thats selling cold ones and they running out of them. and to think i was like checking out all of those mooi photos and dident even spot you with a cold one. so heres one for you :bar:
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2014, 01:34:12 pm »
Thanks !  ;D

Looooong day without a cold one, the first one at Vans went down so lekker !  ;D

Although none of the other bikers wanted to believe that my hydro pack only had water in it, I wonder why  ???

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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2014, 01:46:52 pm »
Thanks !  ;D

Looooong day without a cold one, the first one at Vans went down so lekker !  ;D

Although none of the other bikers wanted to believe that my hydro pack only had water in it, I wonder why  ???

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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2014, 01:56:41 pm »
BadBallie, you  have that speed wrong. First guy averaged 16.2km/h for the race.
Did your spotter sit normally or backwards on the bike?

On TV I saw one of the bikes almost hitting one of the Russian ladies. He did not expect her to suddenly start walking.

Did you see that accident that happened during the race? Yikes!!!
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2014, 02:16:37 pm »
Sorry yes - corrected it - was meant as approx 2.5 minutes per km - at 16km/h it works out to 3.75 minutes per km

I think I saw that - the cop bike just managed to dodge her

And nope, we were past there already with the top 10 men, but saw the footage ! Hectic

And the spotters sat right way around, as we stop to take down names/numbers and times

Some of the still photographers sat wrong way around and then the TV camera men's bikes are specially rigged to sit wrong way round
« Last Edit: June 05, 2014, 02:18:01 pm by badballie »
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2014, 02:18:32 pm »
Thanks !  ;D

Looooong day without a cold one, the first one at Vans went down so lekker !  ;D

Although none of the other bikers wanted to believe that my hydro pack only had water in it, I wonder why  ???

 :imaposer:
 

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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2014, 02:24:25 pm »
Hey Ballie!..... you need a new front tyre 'bru! :pot:
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2014, 03:01:00 pm »
Road tire and no markers yet, so still good, but yes need a DS orientated front lol
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Re: Comrades 2014
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2014, 07:52:56 pm »
Leke man sounds like loads of fun, I was one of the runners !  :thumleft:
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