They are a boring bunch, those stuck-up big shots at headquarters. We all know it. And they have to be boring and stuck up; all those laws, compliance, tens of thousands of clients, and more than a hundred-billion-rand worth of assets to look after. They are boring, right? Or perhaps we are mistaken…
Heiko Weidhase, our highly efficient and seemingly heartless and uninteresting managing director at the Efficient Group, and Dawie Roodt, our award winning chief economist with a questionable mental facility, have finally and totally lost it. On the 7th of March they will be running the Baikal Ice Marathon; http://www.baikal-marathon.org.
But let’s be honest, there were signs. Last year they completed their second Comrades Marathon, and then there were some other extreme sporting events before, and talk of more to come…
But more about Baikal. The Baikal lake is the oldest, largest and coldest of all major lakes. It’s located in central northern Siberia, just north of Mongolia. In winter it can freeze up to three metres thick and the fauna and flora of the lake is the most diversified of all fresh water bodies.
The Baikal Ice Marathon has become an annual event and 2017 will be the 13th such marathon. Only 150 athletes are allowed to participate in temperatures that can vary between -10 and -40 degrees Celsius. The marathon is called a “run for clear water preservation”, a clumsy translation from Russian, to celebrate the pristine habitat of the Great Baikal lake. But an ideal description for one of our sponsors’ flagship products; “Just Water” http://www.justwateronline.co.za/ .
Running a race like this takes very special preparations. Sure, the participants have to be well prepared and fit – they say they are after training on the savanna of the Rhino and Lion Park north of Johannesburg. But running with wildebeest is different from running on ice and in sleet. Running under such extreme conditions requires very special equipment, clothing and above all, know-how.
Fortunately for Heiko, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dawie, email@example.com, there is support. The guys at Helly Hansen, an experienced sport and extreme enthusiast outlet, provided lifesaving information from their own previous expeditions https://www.hellyhansen.com/. One thing matters when running under these conditions – stay warm! And to stay warm you need three layers of clothing. The first layer’s job is to remove all moisture (sweat) from your skin. Inevitably, activity (running) leads to sweating and sweating turns to ice if you stop for only a few minutes when temperatures are well below zero. Secondly you need a layer of insulation and thirdly you need to be protected from the elements, rain and wind. Fortunately, Helly Hansen has all that is required.
As with all great adventures, keeping record is a must. The whole race will be recorded in high definition format for transmission at a later stage. Not just any equipment will do. Many cameras, mobile phones and other electronic equipment simply cease up at such low temperatures. Everybody will be able to follow our runners on the Ontbytsake Facebook page. Remember that the Baikal lake is in a time zone six hours ahead of South Africa and the race can start anytime, depending on the weather.
Speaking of Ontbytsake; Johann Joubert, firstname.lastname@example.org, is the third member of our team. Dawie has been the anchor presenter at Ontbytsake for the past 12 years and Johann is the big boss of this popular program www.ontbytsake.co.za. Ontbytsake will provide all the information on the expedition and progress of our runners, and Johann will be there to record it all.
But it’s not all just for fun. Efficient Group will donate one thousand rand for every one kilometre ran by Heiko and Dawie to Hoërskool Namakwaland.
Hoërskool Namakwaland is an outstanding school which is dependent on fundraising and sponsorships for its operations. This is both an academic as well as technical school, focused on family values and being a haven to which the children look forward to attending. In spite of the challenges that they face, Hoërskool Namakwaland attained a 100% pass rate yet again last year.
Do you wish to be part of the fun? Watch our progress on Ontbytsake’s Facebook page or on channel 144 on DSTV.
Hoka One One, the world’s fastest growing premium running shoe brand, will hit South Africa with a powerful, yet highly cushioned impact when the first shipment goes on sale in early February 2017.
The much-anticipated arrival of the multi award-winning brand has created a stir as South African runners have inundated the importer, Hullabaloo, with emails, phone calls and social media messages over the past few months asking when they can buy the Hoka stock and where from.
“When we announced last July that we’d be bringing Hoka into South Africa on a full import and distribution basis, we knew that the brand would be well received, but we didn’t expect this kind of pre-launch buzz,” said Erwin Winter, head of Hoka South Africa.
“The brand hasn’t ever been fully imported to the South African market and a number of Hoka converts spend a great deal more on their shoes by ordering them from Europe or the United States. We’re excited that the first shipment is on its way and that the current model shoes will be on sale to South Africans – in South African currency – before the middle of February.
The design of Hoka shoes is noticeably different to most established brands, offering a generous, yet lightweight sole with increased cushioning and stability, a deviation from the trend towards the minimalist sole designs over the past decade.
Hoka co-founder Nicolas Mermoud, enjoys a Cape Town run during his visit to South Africa in July 2016 for the introduction of Hoka to South Africa. The first shipment will be on sale in early February 2017.
Photo: Nick Muzik
Pronounced Ho-kuh Oh-nay Oh-nay, which means ‘to fly over the earth’ in Maori, the brand, which was only launched in 2009, has made rapid gains in market share in various countries, particularly in Europe and North America.
With a total of 16%, it was the second most chosen brand at the 2016 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii, just one percent behind leader, Asics. Hoka shoes have also been worn to a number of international ultra-running records, both on the road and on trails over the past few years, with owners praising their comfort, stability and durability.
The first shipment of Hoka includes the following models (click to see shoe on Hoka website):
ROAD RUNNING – WOMEN
TRAIL RUNNING – MEN
Mafate Speed 2
TRAIL RUNNING – WOMEN
Mafate Speed 2
Every mountain biker knows that regular bike servicing is the best way to get the most out of your moving parts. Sometimes a service can also make your bike look and feel like a new one. Your gears shift with crispness, your brakes don’t make a noise and work predictably, the creaks and squeaks that you gradually become accustomed to are gone. It feels smooth. It rides fast!
These days it’s hard to find a reliable workshop that knows your bike, your riding style and your recent crash history. Why? Because they’ve stopped focussing on the personal touch. You’re just a number on the workshop schedule.
“In line with all This Way Out stores, we’re all about knowing your first name and caring about your riding. This includes getting to know your bike – or bikes – intimately every time we work on them,” said Marc de Decker, manager of the This Way Out Contermanskloof.
To celebrate the opening of the new workshop at This Way Out Contermanskloof, the store is offering everyone one free basic service per person in January 2017.
Yes, that’s a free basic service worth R450, or, a R450 discount off a full service (normally R895).
What does a basic service include?
Sealant and tyre check
Torque/grease all bolts
What does a full service include?
Same as a basic service, plus:
Pivots check/tune (on full suss bikes)
Note: Suspension service is always separate. Spares required are charged separately.
“We have a brand new workshop under new management, but we still offer the same attention to detail and level of expertise that we’ve always offered. With our new facility, we are now able to get to know more bikes and more clients on a first name basis,” added De Decker.
“For many, January is a traditionally a tighter month financially and our service special will hopefully make sure that those that have ridden all through the holidays will be able to give their bikes some love to start the new year off on a good note,” smiled De Decker.
To book your service, contact This Way Out Contermanskloof:
Tel/Cell: 063 196 0459 / 083 872 1777
Book online: http://www.thiswayout.co.za/book-a-service/