SEPTEMBER 2008 NEWSLETTER
We will help you start spring with a smile on your face as we give you good reason to get out there, on your bike to enjoy the warmer weather and see the budding trees. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors while you improve your fitness to maybe join us on one of our rides offered by the new Mondi Packaging Mountain Bike Challenge on the 1st of November. Or maybe you need to shed those extra kilo’s in preparation for your summer holiday!
Leisure News – Baakens Valley Awareness Mountain Bike Fun Ride
On Heritage day, Wednesday the 24th September , Leisure Cycle Tours and Adventures, The Baakens Valley Conservancy and Fat Tracks would like to invite all interested cyclists and their families for a fun ride in the Baakens Valley, starting behind the Elliot Centre. There will be routes suited for all levels of fitness. The routes include a Family Fun Ride (approx 40 minutes); Down into the Valley Ride (approx 1 hour) and The Real Valley Experience Ride (approx 1.5 – 2.5 hours).
MONDI Packaging Addo Mountain Bike Challenge
Enter now for the first ride of this national event branded as “the toughest mountain bike challenge in the Eastern Cape”. Enjoy one of 3 routes through the Addo Elephant National Park. This excludes the kiddies challenge. This means a route for any member of the family. Bring the whole family along for a day of fun and entertainment as our top cyclists and sporting celebrities battle it out for top honours in the ruggered Zuurberg Mountains. Enjoy a carnival atmosphere with plenty of action for everyone! ENTER NOW!!
This month’s featured Tour - Seafarers Serenade
Enjoy magnificent coastal scenery as we cycle a meandering route along our beautiful South Coast. From Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa, we leisurely pedal through seafaring history to the seaside town of Mossel Bay. Riding along the quiet, undulating back roads overlooking beautiful bays, we weave our way through enchanting little towns steeped in history, stopping over in quaint sea-side villages. This tour is an opportunity to savour the peaceful tranquillity of an ancient seafaring lifestyle which is still in evidence in these small coastal villages. Enjoy a trip back in time as we explore the rich history of this region. Unwind early this year, ahead of the mad Christmas rush and join this tour between 1st and 6th of December 2008.
Leisure Racing News – The Tour of Britain 2008
Tour of Britain 2008 - It’s here! Visit the 2008 Tour of Britain website - the place to go for all the latest news about the race route, riders and developments throughout the run up to the grand departure on 7th September. The 2008 Tour of Britain will visit a total of 15 host venues around the country, nine of which are completely new to the race. The 2008 race is shaping up to be the best yet with a number of Team GBs Olympic medalists already confirmed to take part and a host of international teams and star riders making this the best field yet for the race.
Bike Bag - Short & Sweet: Some tips for those new to cycle training
• Drink plenty of water during the ride, e.g. have a good sip every 15 minutes to stay hydrated. • For a long ride you might also like to take some light snacks or energy bars. • Ensure your diet is healthy and includes food from all the food groups, including carbohydrates. This is especially important for active people, as these types of food are fuel for the body. • Following each ride, include a 15-minute stretching routine to keep your muscles from tightening and help prevent injuries. This will also help you become more flexible. • In the first few weeks of the program, ride the hills in an easy gear so you don't fatigue your muscles, and gradually build up to using harder gears.
A tandem rider is stopped by a police car. "What've I done, officer?" asks the rider. "Perhaps you didn't notice sir, but your wife fell off your bike half a mile back . . ." "Oh, thank God for that," says the rider - "I thought I'd gone deaf!"
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