Over about 20 years being involved in cycling either as a cyclist or in admin, I have never ceased to wonder at the power of the Peleton rumour mill. Far worse than any “Whisper Game”.
There are still permits available for 2016. Please click on Applications if you would to
EMBA members please note the semi-permanent change to route access from Mt. Edgecombe
MOST IMPORTANT: Be aware that construction vehicles, taxis and farm vehicles also use the section of road you’ll now use to gain access to the sugarcane routes at Mt. Edgecombe.
Access to and exit from the sugarcane routes from Flanders Drive, Mt. Edgecombe is as follows.
1. Follow Flanders Drive over the M41 as usual and stay on it.
2. Follow Flanders Drive as it curves down to the left. Look for the arrows turing you off the road.
3. Approximately 50m down Flanders Drive there is a direction sign to Flanders Quarry. Take the road towards Flanders Quarry. Follow green arrows down the hill.
4. Stay on the road until the normal left turn to the single-track across the slatted bridge.
5. On your return use the same way to Flanders drive
DO NOT try to ride the old single-track sections as the old access point is blocked by drainage excavations for Cornubia Mall and the middle section is now being readied for a six lane bridge to be built over it.
Please note the following:
- Sunday 06 December- all Shongweni routes are closed due to the Sharks Stihl MTB race.
- 16 December- public holiday- is a normal work day for TH- weekday times apply
- 25 December and 01 January- Weekend times apply.
There are a lot of riders who have not received their permits for one or more of the following.
EMBA not paid
Riders using ROAG as their club have not paid 2016 ROAG subs
Club not given
Not yet applied.
If any of these apply to you, please note that the final delivery for this year will be 21 or 22 December. This is because so many Club reps etc will be way. The next delivery after that will be about 06 January.
If you have not received your 2016 BLUE board you will not able to ride from 01 January until you get your new board, or unless you get a day permit.
Finally, last but definitely not least. A very blessed Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas. To everyone a safe holiday period. Please avoid the morons on the road, don’t fall off your bike and every best wish for 2016.
Kind regards, Margie
- Monday 10 August is a public holiday. This is a normal work day for TH, therefore WEEKDAY times will apply.
- GPS Co-Ordinates GPS co-ordinates for the Umhlanga region have now been put up onto the website. (http://www.emba.org.za/route-maps/). Hopefully this will assist riders, and prevent straying out of bounds.
NB If you have a problem downloading these or any queries re these, PLEASE don’t contact me- I haven’t a clue!!
Go-To-Person is Ewan [email protected]
We are now working on the co-ordinates for the Shongweni routes.
- SHONGWENI NEW ROUTE A very big thank you to TH and the Shongweni farm manager for allowing us a new route. This is a part of the Sharks Stihl old route, and the map is now on the website. (http://www.emba.org.za/route-maps/)
- Tuesday 16 June is a Public Holiday. This is a work day for TH, therefore WeekDAY times will apply.
- No-Go Zones Umhlanga. No Entry signs have been erected (copy on the website) and a map showing the no-go areas is also now on the website:
The no-entry signs are at:
The first sign is placed on Heartbreak Hill/DSW advising riders entering from the Gateway area and crossing the cane loading zone not to turn right.
The second sign is located where groups have been taking a detour to avoid the flooded bridge.
The third sign should be a right turn arrow but Ewan has used this sign to stop riders heading into the road construction area. It may be a tad misleading. Hopefully there is an arrow pointing to the right there too.
- Hi All Another missive regarding riding in the cane lands north of Mt. Edgecombe.
The development situation regarding new roads being pushed through the area makes trail retention somewhat dynamic. Fortunately it only affects the area between Spar/Flanders Centre (Remos) and the road known as either Heartbreak Hill or DSW. Please take great care by watching out for construction vehicles while riding through here, as you look for trail entry options that may change daily.
The trail, although currently affected by cane harvesting, below the above mentioned area remains the same. There is no alternate route concession should you not want to cross the flooded river, other than to enter the northern routes via Herrwood Drive end or through Isidinga Ridge. The start from Gateway area across the N2 footbridge and the ensuing route still brings a rider out at the flooded bridge, as turning right down Heartbreak Hill/DSW on exiting the cane loading siding is not allowed. Be very aware of current cane loading operations there and always give way to farm vehicles and employees.
New signs have been erected around the area for your guidance. Please ride only along the authorised routes. Pictures of the signs and where they are sited have been placed on the EMBA web page. www.emba.org.za under MAPS
Please be careful at the flooded bridge area as TH (thank you) are in the process of constructing a new one; so those of you with an aversion to wet feet may cross with impunity.
Finally a reminder: This is the third clause in the indemnity you signed with EMBA when applying for your licence to ride routes across Tongaat-Hulett land: “I will not ride with an unlicenced rider. I will not permit an unlicenced rider to ride with me and will politely inform said rider of the rules. I will, also, not permit a licenced rider who is without his/her bike board and licence to ride with me”
Temporary boards are available at recognised cycle shops and 24 hours per day at the Engen Garage at Mt. Edgecombe.
Kind regards, Margie
- WINTER RIDE TIMES
A reminder that winter ride times will start from 01 May
Mon to Fri 15:30 to 17:00
Sat and Sun 06:30 to 17:00
NO MORNING RIDES ARE ALLOWED DURING WEEKDAYS
Copied below is a mail received from one of our riders.
At the risk of being schoolmarmish! PLEASE ride in groups and be aware at all times of the rider at the back
I read a mail a couple of weeks ago from someone that was Hijacked on the EMBA routes just above “sixpack hill”.
I’m not sure whether you want to also send out another warning mail to members. I was Hijacked very close to the same spot last Saturday, probably by the same guy with a screwdriver in the same area at about 15h30 in the afternoon. It was after the top of Sixpack hill, riding towards Shongweni Polo Club, at the first crossroads you come to. He got my cellphone, iPod and bike (a BMC FS-01 serial number 3M32J0122 in case anyone comes across it by any chance) I think he might have had an accomplice, as in the last case, further up the hill as he knew to come out from behind the cane at exactly the right moment.
A pity that this has started happening on trails we’ve been riding safely for 20 years.
Kind regards, Margie
An updated map of the North Coast Routes has been put onto the website. (http://www.emba.org.za/route-maps/)
TH have allowed us a couple of changes.
Two routes, familiar to riders, have now been authorised.
- The ‘Three Bridges’ route is now fully authorised.
- The ‘Contour’ is now an authorised route.
Any queries re the routes- please contact Storm ([email protected])
- The wooden bridge construction spanning the stream portage on the revised red Route should now be completed fairly soon
- Hopefully water levels at the low bridge near the Blackburn Farm offices is reducing below wet foot levels.
We are currently having discussions with the farm manager in the Shongweni area re a possible new route/change and security in the area, and as soon as we have this confirmed by TH management we will let you know the outcome.