- Enduro is both a dynamic and social discipline
- A provincial series provides growth and recognition
- Proven enduro timing system and app
Enduro mountain biking has grown globally yet ebbed in Gauteng.
Aside from some individual events and regionals in 2017, at Hakahana, Gauteng has lagged behind without a bona fide provincial enduro series with federation recognition. Until now.
It is worth noting that Gauteng's Hakahana trails hosted South Africa’s first national enduro champs in 2017. But thereafter, interest waned – despite the Hakahana venue offering truly challenging enduro trails.
Making enduro work, in Gauteng
Thanks mainly to efforts from a changing Gauteng Cycling structure and Sox Footwear as a series sponsor, enduro mountain bikers in Gauteng can get those knee guards ready again.
While Gauteng doesn’t have the ideal gradient topography for enduro mountain biking, it has various challenging terrain and trail venues. There is also a growing enduro keen rider group among the plethora of marathon and endurance obsessed.
Grootfontein Bike Park in Pretoria East is the most specific enduro and trail-orientated venue designed around the growing format. Making it a worthy launching ground for the provincial series's inaugural event, treating riders to no less than seven timed stages.
Using the best Gauteng trails
The provincial series of four events is scheduled to be hosted across two venues, Buffelsdrift and Grootfontein Bike Park.
Under Sox director and Buffelsdrift partner Francois Theron, Buffelsdrift Conservancy shall host rounds two, Sunday, October 17 and three on Saturday, November 6, with Grootfontein rounding out the series finale on Sunday, December 5.
Itime Africa via iRide Africa provides timing with a passive RFID system locally developed specifically for enduro events. Packaged with an app riders can check results, stage timing and even a heatmap of runs.
Not confident of riding enduro? There is training available
The new Gauteng enduro series is federation sanctioned with relevant points and recognition for full racing licence members.
Each event caters to a range of rider age groups and abilities to encourage inclusion and participation. There are associated skills sessions available catering to all, including hardtails and short-travel dual-suspension bikes.
The events require a full CSA racing licence/membership if you expect seeding and a provincial ranking index, weighted towards a national seeding.
Try one race - or the entire series
Riders who aren’t keen on acquiring a full CSA racing licence can purchase a day licence. This is an ideal option if you are unsure of committing to the entire series, but remain curious about racing an enduro event and would like to try one, to see if it meets your expectations.
Depending on this season’s success, event venues might be expanded in 2022 with Thaba Trails and B’sorah Trails.
The idea is to establish a series and provide riders with a stepping stone towards future Gauteng Championships and UCI points. It also has the potential to allow enduro riders to earn provincial colours.