Teasdale wins enduro race

2017-09-07 06:01
Wade Young negotiates the obstacles. PHOTO: Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool

Wade Young negotiates the obstacles. PHOTO: Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool

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IN a thrilling extreme enduro showdown at Umzumbe last Saturday, Pietermaritzburg’s Travis Teasdale showed sensational form to take the top spot at the second annual Alfie Cox Invitational which took place at Henderson’s Farm. Paddock’s Wade Young was leading the final but collided with a tree on a downhill section and injured his chest so was forced to withdraw during the final.

Teasdale of Brother Leader Tread KTM overcame the challenging course with relative ease finishing his final lap in less than 40 minutes.

“I started off the last final strong. I had a good start but then in the first gully I hit a steep step and I couldn’t get up and had to throw my bike and I fell back down, so I was quite angry and felt a bit flustered. I took a moment to breathe and get going again and managed to catch up to Wade again at the end just before he pulled out,” said Teasdale.

“I am feeling strong and have been training hard so would like to thank all the guys that have been helping me and pushing me. I have been racing a lot overseas this year and it’s helping me a lot and getting me stronger,” he added. Piwe Zulu of Port Shepstone enjoyed the support from locals and completed round one but missed the cut off to compete in the finals.

The brainchild of South African motorsports’ legend, Alfie Cox who is a nine-time Roof of Africa Rally winner, the Alfie Cox Invitational was designed as a way for both riders and spectators to enjoy some real enduro action. Many enduro fans took advantage of this unique event with the route allowing for vehicular access which meant a great view from the sidelines and a phenomenal atmosphere for the riders.

“All in all it’s been an incredible day, the guys have really enjoyed the course and that’s the most important thing, we have given them value and they have had a great day together with the Red Bull team and myself. Make no mistake, it’s a tough course we have got 35 of the best riders here and we have only seen 12 at the finish,” said Cox.

The first heat of the day kicked off at 9am with 20 riders making the cut for the semi-final round. As the field continued to diminish, skill and tactical prowess came to the fore with riders fighting off fatigue while intuitively incorporating what they’d learnt about the course on previous rounds. However, as the final approached, it was evident that Teasdale was the clear favourite to take this year’s illustrious title.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

1. Travis Teasdale (Pietermaritzburg) 1:21:04 Brother Leader Tread KTM

2. Scott Bouverie (Harding) 1:24:33 Brother Leader Tread KTM

3. Blake Gutzeit (Port Shepstone) 1:30:29 Proudly Bidvest Yamaha

4. William Slater (Hilton) 1:44:00 BP Quarry Hilton Perry Bikes

5. Matthew Green (Camberg, Midlands) 1:46:00 Liqui Molly Husqvarna

6. Chris Barnes (Westville) 1:46:07 Perry Bikes Husqvarna

7. Chase Orsmand (Margate) 2:02:58 Rhino Trucks Alfie Cox

8. Warwick Neves (Hilton) 2:12:14 Motul Alfie Cox Racing

9. Matt Barnes (Waterfall) 2:15:36 Rocket Racing Powasol

10. Kyle Purchase (Amanzimtoti) 2:24:54 Motul Alfie Cox. - Supplied.

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