SAPS Cycle Tour 2012 in aid of SAPS Educational Trust fund : Day two

After only getting to bed after 12 o’clock  I was not very happy when my alarm went off and we had to get up to start Day two of the Cycle tour. It was freezing cold outside and I really felt sorry for the cyclist.

After a cup of coffee and a yogurt everybody started getting ready to hit the road. We packed the trailers and the men checked the bicycles to make sure that everything is still in order.

Then we all got together in a big circle to start the day the correct way and we asked the Lord to keep us all safe and without harm. There was a bib made for the “twak maker” of the day and this was given to the cyclist or person on the support team who did something ” wrong” and he or she had to wear the bib the whole tour. When the “Twak Maker” was announced everyone had a  laugh. Then  we got serious again and Ronald discussed the days route and what  they can expect along the road. He also told the cyclist that they must stick to the rules of the road and on roads without shoulders they must please keep it single file.

We all left Darling golf estate around  8:30 for Yzerfontein.  The SAPS photographers joined us for the day somewhere between Darling and Yzerfontein.  I must say I got some lovely action shots on this route.  The scenery was just stunning and I thanked our Heavenly Father for giving us all the opportunity to spend the time outside and that we could all admire His work of art.  The cyclist did good and we arrived earlier than scheduled at Yzerfontein even with the rolling hills.  The group of cyclist that went on the tour stuck together and the stronger riders helped those who needed help. Some of these riders don’t even own a bicycle and they borrowed bicycles to go with on the tour to help raise funds for the SAPS Educational Trust fund.  When I saw the rolling hills I wondered what went through some of these cyclists minds when they looked in front of them and saw the hills going up and down up and down….

At Yzerfontein we all enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the Padstal. After breakfast it was photo time before we were on our way again to Langebaan.

Off we went to Langebaan. We had one or two pit stops along the route.  The road on the West Coast is tuff and sometimes it feels like you’re not getting any where… But even when times were difficult there was time for some jokes. Anton one of our most experienced riders really enjoyed playing tricks on the other riders. He was also one of the riders that went back and forth to and help the weaker riders. I wondered how many kilometers a day he did extra to help the other riders.

When we got to Langebaan we had to wait for the communication officer to show us were we where suppose to go.  Little did we know that she would take us through the town to the Yacht Club up a another hill… But the food made up for that extra few kilometers. We had a whole spread of food and we could all  fill up those empty tanks… Thank you Langebaan for the lovely food and the even lovelier view.

Enjoying the Autumn sun…

By the time we left for our next stop Saldanha the fog was coming inland fast and it became very cold all of the sudden. The road to Saldanha was also very busy and one of our cyclist had to get on the support vehicle due to his knee and we had to go back to fetch him. I could not really take allot of photo’s on the route. I  took some photo’s  through the front window of the bus. When we arrived at Saldanha we were welcomed by sirens and were escorted through the town to the Saldanha Police Station. I got goosebumps and I think the cyclist also got a boost for that last few kilometers. It was awesome. Saldanha went through allot of trouble to make the cyclist and their support team comfortable and they even made up some goody bags filled with sweets and fruit for the road ahead. The Station commander and a  retired police officer thanked the cyclist for their effort to raise money for their fellow police officers children’s future.  They handed us a cheque for R3620.  The medics had some massage work and bandaging work to do before we hit the road again to our last stop for the day Vredenburg.

After resting the tired legs we hit the road for the last few kilometers to Vredenburg. At Vredenburg all the cyclist except for the two strongest riders got in the different support vehicles and we headed back to Club Mykonos where we spend the night.

When we got to Club Mykonos we all went to our apartments to take a nice warm shower or bath. I had a mega migraine and wished I could get into bed and close my eyes for the night. But we had to go back to Vredenburg High School   for the concert and then we had to go to Boesmanland for dinner. At Boesmanland  we had some live entertainment  and lovely food and desert.  We then headed back to our rooms to turn in for the night.

SAPS Cycle Tour 2012 in aid of SAPS Educational Trust fund : Day one

On 7 May 2012 the following people were on the road for a fund raising Cycle tour in aid of the SAPS Educational Trust fund.

The riders were:  Ronald Kuhn, Bernie de Kock, Jaco van der Merwe, Henry Waterson, Riaan Potgieter, Zelda Smuts, Wherner Smuts, Fanie Lombard, Rudie Swart, Karlien Kruger, Lester Shortels, Leon De Roubaix, Lau Schoonwinkel, Bauwer Schoonwinkel, Juan Pretorius and Anton Botes.

The support team and other role players that went on the tour were:

Support Vehicles: Gerhard Steyls, De Koker and then 2 of the riders took turns on the third vehicle.

Medical Team: Pierre van Zyl and Marietjie Snyman

Puppet shows: Erica Crous and Hester Bussio

Artist performing at schools on Route:  Hugo Nieuwoudt

Sound man  and driver of extra vehicle: Etienne Jonas

Sound and Lighting at concerts at schools: Ian Bossert and Yolanda Lottering

Rapairs and maintenance of  bicycles: Japie Scholtz

Photographer: Coreen Kuhn

We left Cape Gate Shopping  Centre at Brackenfell at 08:30 for our first stop on the Vissershok road. Here a few members of Durbanville SAPS made sure the riders got something to eat and drink.

Our next stop was Melkbosstrand were we had a light lunch and some tea and coffee to drink. The ladies who prepared the sandwiches really went through allot of trouble and it was divine.  A local creche came to sing for the us and were cheering and clapping when we got there.  After the Melkbosstrand SAPS wished us luck on our journey further the group assigned Karlien Kruger from Bok Radio to say something on behalf of the group.

Ronald helping Karlien

We left Melkbos strand for Atlantis, I did not go with the riders I went to take some photo’s of the concert and puppet show held at Atlantis. We caught up with the riders just after the concert. We then headed for Darling were we stayed at Darling Golf Estate for the night. The road between Atlantis and Darling was rolling hills and the road surface were not exactly very cycling friendly…  Haha I am so glad I decided just to be the photographer on the  tour. Maybe on the next one I’ll be a rider too. Who knows what the future hold in store for us.

At Darling Golf Estate the riders hit the showers and we had some Lasagne and Salad for supper. After 96 km the riders where tired and some crashed on their mattresses while the rest went and chilled at the club house. They had a hard day and some of the riders are not cyclist they came along and put their bodies through the unknown. They all deserved a cold one…

Pierre and Marietjie of  Advanced Tactical Solutions our two Medics on the tour had their job cut out for them. The whole day they were watching over the cyclist and assisting them when needed. The made sure that everybody is as comfortable as possible. After the showers they started massaging those sore legs. Fight pain with pain I’ll say if you looked at some of the faces.

I hope you enjoyed day one with us. Keep watching day two will follow soon.

 

 

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/49

Yesterday was Armand’s 12th birthday. Sjoe time surely flies when you have children.

My mother ordered Armand a cake from Charmaine Smoothey . Aunt Charmaine is like family and her cakes are divine and so gorgeous. The detail in the figurines are just to die for. I could recommend her services to each and everyone.

Armand wanted a Star Wars cake with Yoda.  When he saw his cake is first remark was Yoda is mine… It looked to good to eat and in the end Armand just could not eat the little figurine…

Yesterday was a very busy day and there was not allot of time to spare. I had to go to a Cheese and Wine function with the sponsors of the SAPS Cycle tour and afterwards the Gala Concert was held in aid of the SAPS Educational Trust Fund. What other 12 year old can say that there was a concert organized “for his birthday”.  We only got home 00:04 so he spend most of his birthday at school.  I’ll post more on his birthday a bit later…

This morning I decided that I just have to make Yoda and Armand my photo of the day so I grabbed my “boyfriend EOS” and took some photo’s of Armand and his cake.

 

Yoda in Black & White
Armand and his Cake…
Just look at the detail…