R.I.P. Lesley Johnston

On behalf of Germiston Wheelers Cycle Club and the Rotary Club of Germiston, we would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Lesley Johnston.

A really sad day for cycling when we lose another cyclist.

Once investigations are complete, we will issue a full statement.

Online entries received

From the last update on 06-Feb, we’ve received 1072 online entries.
That means almost 36% of the entrants wait until the last minute to enter.

Looking through the list of starters, we seem to be missing a few of the Elite&U23 men’s teams.

Race by numbers (12-Feb)

115 tandem entries means one person entered the wrong category, or the single entrant’s partner hasn’t entered yet.

Nearly time…

Below is a graphic showing how the entries are split, so far (07-Feb, at 21:45).

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With many cyclists in KZN for the SA Road Champs, we expect them to enter on Monday and Tuesday before online entries close.
Interesting split between male and female (3:1 ratio).

TV broadcast details

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The 2014 Carnival City Macsteel National Classic cycle race will once again be covered by the SuperSport TV cameras, with broadcast details as follows:

  • 21-Mar, 19:30-20:00 on SS8 – highlights (Premiere)
  • 22-Mar, 00:00-00:30 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)
  • 23-Mar, 06:30-07:00 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)
  • 24-Mar, 15:00-15:30 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)
  • 26-Mar, 10:30-11:00 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)
  • 28-Mar, 13:00-13:30 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)
  • 01-Apr, 21:30-22:00 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)
  • 02-Apr, 08:30-09:00 on SS8 – highlights (Repeat)

With that in mind, make sure you bring your Sunday best, lipstick and a smile – you never know if you’ll be caught on camera.

The Pre-ride – 2014 Carnival City Macsteel National Classic Cycle Race

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Today we had our annual pre-race ride to (1) give members the chance to ride the route, as we work as marshals on the day, and (2) we get to see the conditions of the roads used for the race.

Today started out with overcast skies, but dry conditions. Around the 24km mark (on the Vet’s 121km route) we were greeted with rain making for treachery conditions on the corners. One of our members tested out the wet conditions on the left turn at 26.5km with a slide worthy of 10/10 score. He got up, rubbed himself off and finished with the front group riding the 121km route.

Road conditions are very good for most of the route, even in the rain. Potholes, as always, will be fixed/filled before the race and the few obstructions marked. The only concern is coming out of Heidelberg on the R42 towards Nigel as there are roadworks outside a new shopping centre currently being built. With five weeks to go, we hope they will be finished with the road, as it is a single lane out of Heidelberg.

Safety is one of the aspects we consider important, and who better than the @SafetyMarshals (Road Rangers) to keep cyclists safe on the route. We had the privilege of having them and the EMPD Bike Squad along for the ride.  If only all our training rides had them in our company.

Anyway, we still have work to do before the race and being cyclists holding down a full time job, we need to squeeze everything in. Safe training and we hope to see morw than 765 cyclists riding our event (count as of 20:00 tonight).