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Gauteng Road Book Training
« 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 let’s ride.  PM if interested for more details.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2014, 10:51:40 pm »
I'm in for sure! Good one bud. :thumright:
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2014, 12:59:37 am »
Thats awesome Mark. Wish I was there to do this.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #3 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.
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #4 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 ................ 
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2014, 02:57:19 pm »
Mark I am in!!! PM send as well
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #6 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:
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2014, 09:14:45 pm »
Aargghh, .............. GOC on the 2nd  :'(

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

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #8 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:
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #9 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.
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #10 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:
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #11 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.
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #12 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
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #14 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".
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2014, 10:16:29 am »
Jeepers, those bikes are looking badass!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2014, 10:26:51 am »
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2014, 07:32:54 pm »
So did you ride the riverbed? :sip:
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2014, 09:02:06 pm »
Well Done Mark  :thumleft: heard good things
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #19 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!!
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