Covid-19 has played havoc in all senses this year and, for a few months, impacted our ability to test the eyes of young learners and supply glasses to those in need. It also resulted in the cancellation of the 947 Ride Joberg Cycle Race, our biggest fundraising initiative every year. Fortunately we are able to survive financially through these tough times but we still wanted to engage with our loyal riders and supporters.
It was decided to host a LumoHawk Foundation MTB training weekend in the place of the 947 Ride Joberg. The venue was the amazing Karkloof Country Club with its incredible trails featuring hundreds of kilometres of single track. Our accommodation was the Anew Hilton Hotel and both the Club and the Hilton Hotel took wonderful care of us, for which we are most grateful!
We arrived in Hilton on Thursday the 12th of November and immediately set off for an easy afternoon ride in the Cedara Forests, followed by dinner at the Hotel. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings saw us drive out to the Karkloof Club and trails. Friday’s ride was just over 50km and almost all of it single track. It may not seem a long or demanding ride but it certainly was. The fact that it had rained all week in the build-up to the weekend meant the trails were a little slippery and quite a few of us met the ground unexpectedly!
Saturday was the Karkloof Classic pro race and we were privileged to be able to ride the 60km route behind the pros. It is almost certainly the most demanding 60km route in the country. Absolutely beautiful but properly tough!
Sunday’s ride was more of a light recovery ride, only about 2 hours of joyful trails and then it was time to hit the road and head back to the big smoke.
It was a special weekend filled with great riding and great company! We ate well, enjoyed some nice red wine, trained hard and raised some money for the Foundation. A massive thanks to all who joined us and donated of their time and financially. And a special thanks to Tyrone White for being our hosting pro rider, to Andrew McLean for being part of the ride organising team and to Biogen for fuelling us for the weekend!
It was in fact so good that many have suggested we do another one soon! Maybe in the new year!!