South Coast Eland Extreme sizzles success

2016-03-10 06:00
A total of 160 riders took part in the event.PHOTO: supplied

A total of 160 riders took part in the event.PHOTO: supplied

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THE South Coast Tourism Lake Eland Extreme round one of the Powasol Big5Xtreme Series kicked off on the sunny South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. Blistering temperatures never scared the field of over 160 riders and about 600 spectators which, for a first time event, was a spectacular turn out, according to Nikki Tilley of Ugu South Coast Tourism.

The start was delayed by over an hour due to the massive influx of riders attending that had not entered online but never the less it was amazing to see such fantastic support from local South Coast riders like Wade Young, Kyle Flanagan, Tristan Robins, Dean Riley, Stewart Gregory, Piwe Zulu, Siyabonga Mpofana (Dura Cycles), to name a few.

The gold, silver, bronze and Class riders set off into the Mahlabateni District where mountains, grasslands, rocks and rivers awaited them.

Within an hour and 40 minutes gold riders started to appear at the bottom of “Rhino Surprise” the finish area sponsored by Rhino Truck Sales (Ryan Pretorius).

William Slater (BP Quarry Scar Racing), James Hodson (Team Liquorland) and Scott Bouverie (Brother Leader Tread KTM) led the way.

Young, in fourth position with a damaged exhaust and a broken rear brake lever, was on the hunt.

Quick maintenance and a fuel change and Young was then again off aboard his Sherco. Slater with at least a 10 minute lead on Young had his work cut out knowing that Young was on the Hunt and wasn’t up for second place.

Silver riders coming an hour after the first lap Gold riders lead by Warren McNeil who unfortunately missed a check point and lost 30 minutes to overall winner in the end Sean Hunter and followed by Cazir Naroth in second, despite the honesty from McNeil saying he had missed a check point and handed his GPS in for verification still finished in a respectable third place.

Meanwhile Young, Slater, Hodson and Flanagan 2015 winner were “Banging Bars” right up to the final downhill of the named “Wades hill”, this were Young made his move on Slater and powered up the last stretch for the win at the top of Rhino Surprise in a total time of 3.22.52 a close 2.11 minutes in front of Slater. A gallant effort from the top three, they we at each other all day. Major respect for Young being at least 10 minutes behind and still taking the win.

A special mention to Jason Munro who was the rider of the day.

Munro was the only participant who attempted the Africarv Titanium Challenge and completed three laps of the gruelling 40kms course in an amazing time, just short of seven hours.

The bronze top three finishers were Herbert Oosthuizen, Grant Gouveia and Joshua Sharkey.

“On behalf of the Powasol Events team we’d like to say a massive thank you to the riders, families, spectators, Oribi Farmers Association, the Mahlabateni locals, sponsors and a special thank you to Ugu South Coast Tourism our title sponsors and Lake Eland our hosts,” says Klint Mills, Race Director and MD of Powasol Events. - Supplied.

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