DIS­TANCE: 30KM

Bicycling WOW Rides - - Wow Rides -

This group has been go­ing – on moun­tain bikes – since 2005, and com­prises riders of all ages and from all walks of life. And the rides, of­ten done while oth­ers are sleep­ing and long be­fore the sun rises, are known to strike fear and lac­tic acid into the legs of those brave enough to join one – there are usu­ally around four

WHEN: TUES­DAY - FRI­DAY,4.45AM START­ING POINT: BP GARAGE, COR­NER MILDRED & DE BRON AVE, KENRIDGE

per week, of vary­ing dis­tance and pace, with a bunch of guys who like rid­ing hard.

Tues­day is the toughy. It’s pretty much full-on rac­ing, over a 30km ur­ban as­sault course through Dur­banville, Plat­tek­loof and Bur­gundy, be­fore head­ing back to Kenridge via the in­fa­mous Tiekiedraai climb.

Some brave souls have pitched up on road bikes be­fore, but usu­ally meet their fate when the dik­wiele hit their stride and start un­load­ing se­ri­ous dol­lops of wattage up the slopes of Tiekie. There’s even an an­nual tro­phy for the rider with the most KOMS in the year up this slog of a climb: the KOTS tro­phy – for King of Tiekie Sum­mit, of course.

GEES FAC­TOR

“There’s al­ways a sense of trep­i­da­tion when join­ing one of these bru­tal rides. The pace is usu­ally mel­low for the first 10km, but even­tu­ally starts ramp­ing up – es­pe­cially when some­body goes off the front. Things get men­tal once Tiekiedraai is in sight. This is usu­ally when the group splin­ters, and the bat­tle be­gins – for brag­ging rights, and much-needed ‘points’ for the KOTS tro­phy.”

– Aaron Bor­rill, Bi­cy­cling On­line Ed­i­tor

GET IN­VOLVED

Con­tact Braam Rust on 082 822 0799 to be added to the What­sapp group.

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