Enduro bikers beat the bush at Lake Eland

2017-03-09 06:00
PHOTO: gordon date/white lensMarius Stewart.

PHOTO: gordon date/white lensMarius Stewart.

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THE second annual South Coast Xtreme Enduro was a massive success with over 200 riders participating at Lake Eland last Friday.

The tracks were set by master track builder and track director Brett Redman, a six-time South African MX champ in the eighties who has a lifetime of experience on motorbikes.

He followed in the footsteps of his dad, Jim Redman, who was an eight-time World Super Bike Champion.

“With the support of the Oribi Farmers Association, we were privileged to work with the likes of Gary Neethling, Matt Flanagan, Matt Langton, Sean Flanagan, Gary Dunstone, Mark Dunstone and Byron Neethling. We thank you guys massively for your support,” said Klint Mills of Powasol, the main sponsor of the event.

Powasol Eventing set up tracks for the PeeWee Class as well as the bronze (juniors/ladies), silver and gold.

Riders set off in rows of six, starting with Gold riders, going down into the valley of Mahlabatini, with the Bronze track about 23 km and the Silver/Gold around 43 km.

Bronze and Junior 85cc Class riders had to finish two full laps to confirm a finish, while the ladies, Funduro and 65cc Class riders finished one.

The Silver/Gold track was tough and gruelling for most. The Silver riders needed to complete one lap and the Gold two. Then, to throw in a curve ball, the Titanium Challenge saw only one rider participate.

In 2016, it was Jason Munro but in 2017, Wesley Finch stepped up to the challenge. A gruelling nine hours on the bike in extreme conditions is not for the faint-hearted. Finch was crowned the Titanium Challenge winner for 2017, giving him the bragging rights of taking the beautiful hand-carved Eland Trophy plate made by Africarve as well as a new high-pressure cleaner courtesy of Industrial Supply Company Port Shepstone.

“Our PeeWee riders were amazing. Children from the age of five years old hopped onto their bikes with gumboots, jeans and a helmet, or those more fortunate, with all the very best riding gear money can buy.”

The top three in the PeeWee Class:

1st Tyler Smith — Team BP Quarry / Security Superstore (Midlands).

2nd Cohen Cameron — A1 Hydraulics Rocket Racing (Midlands).

3rd Scott Spencer — Team BP Quarry / Security Superstore (Midlands).

With only one entrant on a PeeWee 80, Tristan Kuhn (South Coast) took the win.

The Junior 65cc and 85cc classes were packed with some of the best juniors in KZN.

The junior riders rode the same track as the Bronze Class riders. Some of the youngsters proved that they can compete with the adults even if they have smaller wheeled and horse-powered bikes.

We look forward to the season unfolding. We think that the championship will prove to be very exciting as the months pass.

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1st Bryce Pieterson (Midlands)

2nd Guy Henderson (South Coast)

3rd Luke Walker (Midlands)


1st Matthew Henderson (South Coast)

2nd Josh Henderson (South Coast)

3rd Noah Maartens (Matatiele) Pama Racing.

We are super proud of these youngsters; they rode with passion and had fun.

A special mention to young Calvin Calow of Team Powasol KTM Durban, for finishing fourth in the 85cc class in his first ever race.

We look forward to hosting the kids at the round two Mountain Massacre at The Nest in the Berg on April 8.

“A massive thank you to the bronze, silver and gold riders for an outstanding record-breaking turnout with over 200 riders entering the South Coast Extreme Enduro. It was a breath of fresh air to see so many riders set up pits, warm up their bikes and head to the start line.

Bronze Top 3

1st Jurgen Roets

2nd Roy Steemson — Upper Highway

3rd Nico Kidson — Midlands

Silver Top 3

1st Ethan Coetzee

2nd Warren Low — Upper Highway

3rd Stuart Gregory — Rhino Truck Sales — (South Coast)

Gold Top 3

Scott Bouverie — Brother Leadertread KTM (South Coast)

William Slater — BP Quarry Perry Bikes — (Midlands)

Chayse Orsmond — Alfie Cox Motul KTM Racing (South Coast).

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