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Adventum Group

CLUB SPONSORS

  • Casual

    Membership for the weekend warrior and social rider. Perfect for the Saturday morning cycling excursions.

    850 ZAR
  • Compete

    Enjoy race event support and service packages at selected major cycling events. Join training, night and long rides.

    1,250 ZAR
  • Bikepack

    For the adventurous at heart. If endurance, nature and the enjoyment of cycling is your focus then you found your people.

    1850 ZAR
  • Ladies

    High tea and ladies specific activity events in an safe relaxed environment. It's your turn ladies.

    1450 ZAR

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How to Join


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About The Club


The Adventum Cycling Club is a club for mountain, e-mountain and gravel cyclist enthusiasts looking for adventure, family involvement and regular scheduled club rides and activities. The club is founded on the principle that the club's main goal should be that all members must benefit from being a club member, have the opportunity to become involved, share with like minded cyclists in a secure fun enviroment. Memberships incude options for the casual to advanced individuals.




Club Rules & Etiquette


Rules and Etiquette for Riding in Groups:

  • Adventum Cycling Club wants riders to gain maximum enjoyment from their group rides whether highly energetic or social.
  • All riders do so at their own risk, but experience shows that adherence to these rules and etiquette will create the safest possible environment in which we can all enjoy our cycling.
  • The rules and advice incorporate long-standing practices and will be familiar to all experienced riders. Whilst they have been drawn up to help members who have never ridden in a group, we would like everyone to make a point of reading and following them.
  • We have taken the opportunity to include items of general advice that may help new or relatively inexperienced cyclists.
  • Ahead of all the other suggestions below always remember the Highway Code, rules, regulations and laws of the road apply.
  • You’re responsible for your safety to ensure your bike is road-worthy and you’re confident riding on the open roads, gravel, jeep track, and single track trails.
  • Helmets are compulsory for your own safety and wellbeing and no one will be allowed to join a club ride without wearing a helmet.




Safety and Risk Management


Safety and Risk Management:

  • All riders take part in the group rides at their own risk (see indemnity). Those risks can never be totally eliminated but can be minimized by following this leaflet in the spirit as well as the letter.
  • Senior club members will be happy to offer general advice and to help clarify the content of this leaflet. They will politely point out any deviations to the rider(s) concerned and seek compliance. If they believe that a rider’s conduct is putting others at risk they have the authority to exclude the offender from the group ride and will subsequently report the circumstances to the club committee who may wish to take further action.
Warning Calls When Riding in a Group:
  • These calls and signals are universal to all experienced cyclists – please use them at the appropriate times
  • Car up” or “Oil up” There is a vehicle coming up behind the group.
  • Car down” or “Oil down” There is a vehicle approaching towards the front of the group.
  • “Fall Back” A call from riders at the back of the group when a vehicle is unable to pass the 2 abreast columns safely. This call must be relayed forward by everyone to ensure that the move to a single file is executed quickly and safely. The standard procedure is for the outside rider to drop back behind the inside rider. The call “single out” alerts everyone to the need to slow up and create spaces in the inside file.
  • Clear” and “Car” on Left/Right” This call lets following riders know at junctions, when the group is joining or crossing another road, whether or not the road is still clear. If the group cannot stay together the first ones across ride slowly until the others catch up.
  • Hole” Any pothole that could cause a rider to fall. If possible indicate where it is so those following riders can steer away from it and not into it. Do this by either pointing or adding to the call “on the left (or right).”
  • On the Left/Right” A general warning of some kind of hazard – usually parked cars or pedestrians. For hazards on the left, an alternative warning is to put your left hand behind your back, pointing to the right, away from the hazard. Give way to pedestrians – they can feel intimidated by cyclists just as we sometimes feel intimidated by motorists.
  • Stopping” “Slowing” “Easy” “Right Hand moving in an up and down action”. If you brake without letting those behind know your intention they can easily run into you.
  • “Puncture” Let the others know and they will wait while you repair it. (You will probably be given help).
  • Horse(s)” The group is about to pass horses and special care is needed. Pass as widely as possible. Make sure that both the horse and rider are aware of your presence and if you are approaching from behind call out. “keep pedalling slowly as you pass to keep noise from your freewheel and gears to a minimum” Pay attention to any request by the horse rider – they know the temperament of the horse and its likely reaction to a group of brightly clad cyclists.
Finally:
  • Let others know if you are unable to keep up, have a problem or have decided to leave the group. Always pass the instructions along; if a rider cannot keep up, the leader needs to know.




General Etiquette


  • Ride steadily. Keep a steady line and constant speed while in a group. Any sudden change is magnified as it reaches riders at the back and so can have dramatic consequences.
  • No racing. You can race to your heart’s content in organized competitive events but please not on group rides. Do not overtake the rider/riders at the head of the group. If you have to, then do not push your way back into your original position but rejoin at the back of the group as soon as possible.
  • Ride two abreast where it is safe to do so but always be prepared to single out when necessary. Ride immediately behind the rider in front – do not overlap either forwards or sideways. Overlapping forwards gives you no chance to avoid the rider in front if he swerves or falls, and overlapping sideways results in the group presenting a three-abreast profile. Never ride more than two abreast.
  • When approaching a hill anticipate the gradient and change gear in good time. Missing a gear change on the steep bit can bring you to a sudden halt – not a good thing for the riders behind you! Ride safely at all times. Follow the requirements of the Highway Code as they apply to cyclists and guidance from your leaders.
  • Treat members of the group and other road users with courtesy. Acknowledge with a wave courteous behavior by other road users. (Many oncoming motorists will slow down or stop when they meet a large group of cyclists, whilst others allow the whole group to join or cross a major road). Do not “wave through” a following vehicle that is waiting to overtake – let the driver make this decision. This will avoid the risk of being held responsible if the overtaking results in any form of accident.
  • Do not react to bad driving incidents with gestures or provoke retaliation. Remember a road rage motorist has a one-ton weapon!
  • Ride with the group which best suits your ability. It is usually better (and less embarrassing) to start low and build up. If in doubt senior club members will be happy to advise. It is sometimes nice to try an easier group, especially if you are a bit off color. It is considered bad manners to hold back a strong group when an easier group is available. Visitors and potential members are welcome to try the rides free of charge but should be encouraged to apply for membership.




Helpful Hints for New Cyclists (and a useful reminder for the more experienced)


  • If you do not currently take regular exercise and/or are in any doubt as to your health, please consult your doctor before starting. Some general fitness is necessary so you might find it useful to try a short ride on your own, to check your fitness and familiarity with the bike, before joining a group.
  • Don’t try to push yourself too hard, particularly on the hills. Ride up at your own pace, nice low gears are better! The group will wait at the top. Carry personal details – name, address, contact phone number, and some money. Carry drinks and food, even on short rides. The food can be some form of high energy bar to get you to the next café stop. If you have problems or decide to leave the group then please inform fellow group members.
  • Riders aged 16 and 17 may ride with parental approval and will otherwise be treated as adults.
  • Wear cycle-specific clothing if possible as it provides a better level of comfort and practicality. It doesn’t have to be Lycra – there are now casual style tops and shorts designed for cyclists. A brightly colored jacket or jersey makes you more visible to other road users. Carry a waterproof jacket, not only for the rain but also to give an extra layer if you have to stop with a puncture and cool down. A club jacket or jersey will help to publicize the club and also make you very visible.
  • Carry enough tools to get you out of everyday problems like punctures or nuts or bolts working loose. It’s easier to change an inner tube than it is to repair a puncture at the roadside (especially if it’s cold or wet). Carry two spare inner tubes, tire levers, a pump and spanners / Allen keys to fit as the minimum. A puncture outfit will also be needed in case you get more than 2 punctures.
  • Helmets are compulsory. Both perform useful functions. Helmets provide additional protection against head injuries. Mudguards prevent you from getting wet and dirty and also reduce the amount that you deposit on the rider behind.
  • Keep your bike in good condition and replace any worn out parts. The group will help if something goes wrong but will not be best pleased if the problem was caused by poor maintenance. Keep a close check on your tires which should be fully inflated, especially the one on the back wheel as it’s always out of sight. Look for bulges or cuts as well as the actual tread depth and pattern. Remember that just as we tend to notice only the inconsiderate or bad drivers so other road users see poor behavior by some cyclists. Make sure that you do not provide ammunition to the anti-cyclists lobby.
  • The Club Committee advises Tri-bars are not permitted on Club Runs for safety reasons.




Indemnity


To join or take part in any club activity you unconditionally accept and agree to bind yourself to the terms and conditions set out hereunder.

  • I acknowledge the risks and hazards, which exist in a venture of this nature.
  • I am attending and/or participating in the CLUB EVENT entirely at my own risk.
  • I am obliged to strictly adhere to all the applicable rules and directives of the owners and organizers of the CLUB EVENT including all appointees assisting the organizers with respect of the CLUB EVENT.
  • I accept and agree that I, my estate, dependent(s) and those whom I represent shall not have any claim of whatsoever nature or kind against Bikepacking.Africa, Club Committee, the landowners or any of their employees ( hereinafter referred to as ENTITIES of any cost, loss, damage, injury, disability or death which may be incurred or suffered by myself, my estate and/or my dependent (s) arising directly or indirectly from my participation in the CLUB EVENT or any of the activities associated therewith or incidental thereto, use of facilities and/or amenities or by reason of defective material or equipment or by way of any human or mechanical error, default or failure or from any other cause whatsoever except upon proof that such cost, loss, damage, injury, disability or death was due to the sole negligence of ENTITIES in which event ENTITIES potential liability shall be limited to any claim which falls within the ambit of ENTITIES insurance policies and only to the extent that such claim is covered and settled by ENTITIES’ insurer(s); and
  • I agree to indemnify ENTITIES from and against all and any such claim(s) not covered or settled by ENTITIES insurer(s).




Club Ride Strava/Whatsapp Groups


All club members will be added to all groups and have the option to leave groups as they see fit. Non Club members will not be able to join the Bikepacking.Africa group but can be invited to join up to 4 non official club rides. Bikepacking.Africa Club Strava Group:

  • Club members Only - the club group for club members and club rides. Non club members can be invited to join club rides up to 4 times before choosing to Join.
  • Post new route/club suggestions.
  • Group Rules are subject to the Bikepacking.Africa club rules. Whatsapp post best behaviour is listed within the Whatsapp group description section.
Bikepacking.Africa Club Whatsapp Group:
  • Club members Only - the club group for club members and club rides. Non club members can be invited to join club rides up to 4 times before choosing to join the club.
  • Post new route/club suggestions here.
  • Group Rules are subject to the Bikepacking.Africa club rules. Whatsapp post best behaviour is listed within the Whatsapp group description section.
Bike Buddies Whatsapp Group:
  • Club members and non club members looking to join and arrange rides during the week.
  • Join the group.
  • Buddies group suggestions here.
  • Group Rules are subject to the Bikepacking.Africa club rules. Whatsapp post best behaviour is listed within the Whatsapp group description section.
Night Ride Whatsapp Group:
  • Thursday night rides will be posted here for anyone to join.
  • Post new night ride route/group suggestions.
  • Group Rules are subject to the Bikepacking.Africa club rules. Whatsapp post best behaviour is listed within the Whatsapp group description section.




Club Rides


Ride Scedule:

  • The ride schedule will be updated one week before the new month and can be viewed here.
Night Rides:
  • Night rides are scheduled for every Thursday evening. Night rides are open to club and non club members. Join the night ride Whatsapp group here.
    • Make sure you are prepared before riding at night. Follow these simple GUIDELINES.
Buddy Rides:
  • Buddy rides are rides for people looking for a mid week cycling buddy to ride with for safety reasons. Buddy rides are not club rides and not endorsed by the club but rather a safe cycling platform. Club and non club members can become part of this group.
    • Buddy rides are normally small groups of up to 4 riders.
    • Buddy groups can also ride from a central point to work and back.
    • Anyone looking for a ride buddy can post a ride suggestion on the group.
    • Use common sense before joining a stranger for a ride and start from a public place.
Non Official Club Rides:
  • Non official club rides are club rides for club members but without official ride benefits.
    • Potential club members can be invited to join a non official club ride up to 4 times before having to choose to join the club.
    • Non official club rides are posted on the ride schedule as (NOR)
Official Club Rides:
  • Official club rides are club rides for Race, Adventure and Friends members only and can be joined by casual club members at cost.
    • There is one official club ride every month posted.
    • Official club rides will have a support vehicle and paid for services as decided my the club commitee.
    • Official rides are family friendly and family members are encouraged to participate and to get involved even if they do not cycle.




Club Member Benefits


1. THE MENTAL SUPPORT When you’re surrounded by the encouragement and ‘you can do it’ attitude of other riders, you’ll be more likely to test your limits, and feel comfortable trying new tricks on the trail. It’s a powerful feeling to have 3+ riders flowing through sweet singletrack together, everyone in the zone, taking it all in and breaking a sweat together. If you fall and get some new scrapes and bruises, I guarantee it will take less than a second for a fellow rider to hop off their bike, make sure you’re OK, give you KUDOS for testing your limits and offer words of encouragement. The mountain bike community is one of the most supportive, welcoming communities out there. 2. THE MAINTENANCE SUPPORT We all have that one friend that falls asleep thinking about fixing bikes. These riders are great to have on the trail, so don’t forget to invite them on your next group ride! You should work on being self-sufficient, but when you have any maintenance issues on the trail, you’ll be happy you’re on a group ride with those resourceful riders. Always pack an extra tube, hand pump, patch kit and a hex key for minor trailside fixes. 3. PUSHING YOUR COMFORT ZONE Group rides offer the mental support to push your limits, and encourage you to push yourself physically as well. Learning from other riders about how they conquer jumps and obstacles, and sharing trailside tips is invaluable. Try to go for a ride with a mixture of skill levels, offer your support and advice to riders in need and learn from the more skilled riders. Acting as a teacher and a student will allow you to excel, reflect and practice your own riding skills. 4. PRE AND POST RIDE CHATS The pre and post-ride chats can be the most entertaining part of any ride. You are bound to have a multitude of laughs while you set up your bikes at the trailhead. You will most likely catch up on life chats and gear chats, while planning your route. The energy among the group is contagious – and you know everyone is there to ride, share, reflect and progress together in a supportive environment. Not to mention, the post-ride chat usually includes a cold beverage. 6. GROWING YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE COMMUNITY Group rides allow you to grow your mountain bike community. Try to join a few rides a month with people you’ve never ridden with – you’ll most likely gain a few new friends and a few new phone numbers at the end of the ride. 7. 15% Discount off all Bikepacking.Africa adventures. 8. Discount vouchers to be used when purchasing Bikepacking.Africa products. 9. 15% cash referal fee for people you introduce and pay for any of the Bikepacking.Africa tours. 10. Annual membership to newsletter – posted to you each month. 11. Complimentary breakfast and cup of coffee at all official club events - one ride each month 12. Safe, regular night rides and weekend rides for all levels of riders. 13. Support vehicle on official club rides. 14. VIP cycling trips.





Official Club Events

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Club Commitee


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