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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #20 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!!!

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #21 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.
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2014, 11:20:48 am »
Great route, thanks again Mark. A must for Gauteng Amageza entrants.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #23 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:
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #24 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.

 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #25 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
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #26 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.

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #27 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.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #28 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.

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2014, 06:03:42 pm »
Howzit Mark, Kurt and i will join you this weekend  :thumleft:
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #30 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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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #31 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.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2014, 10:44:13 am »
I'm in for this Sat, thanks for the opportunity!

You received my email Mark?
 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #33 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.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #34 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??
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #35 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
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #36 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.
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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #37 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:



 

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #38 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:





Haha! Brilliant. This bike is going to be the mascot of the Amageza this year. You HAVE to finish, whatever happens!!  ;)

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Re: Gauteng Road Book Training
« Reply #39 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.

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