Daytona’s Debut Xtreme Enduro X

by Naomi on September 22, 2010

in Daily Life

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Time for some more bike action on the blog!

As mentioned in my last post, Dave took part in the Xtreme Enduro X at Daytona, here in Johannesburg, on Saturday. Talk about a hectic ride! He landed hard from this high drop-off during the first heat, damaging his ankles, which are still painfully swollen.

Of course he continued – to win his semi-final convincingly. Unfortunately his chain came off twice in the final, contributing to a fourth place finish. Here are two more battle scenes, the first showing Dave (racing for Team Pro-Action KTM) fighting it out with Justin Hawley, who took a well-earned gold in the intermediate class:

JUSTIN HAWLEY & DAVE ESTMENT - Daytona Xtreme Enduro X, Sep 2010

DAVE ESTMENT - Daytona Xtreme Enduro X, Sep 2010

Meanwhile among the pro’s, masterful mayhem ruled. This is the start of one of their heats, showing Jade Gutzeit (#2 on the left) and Louwrens Mahoney (#3 on the right):

PRO CLASS START - Daytona Xtreme Enduro X, Sep 2010

Jade was leading their semi-final when his bike gave in. Accordingly disqualified from the final, he requested to ride anyway (for no position). The rest of the field agreed, gleefully insisting he did fifteen push-ups prior to starting. No problem for Jade. He not only complied, but raced on a borrowed bike to an unofficial fastest time.

Louwrens won first place, giving a great demo on how it’s done! This is him in action:

LOURENS MAHONEY - Daytona Xtreme Enduro X, Sep 2010

These pics show some more of the drama:

Daytona Xtreme Enduro X, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 2010

Daytona Xtreme Enduro X - Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 2010

Daytona Xtreme Enduro X - Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 2010

Special mention too to the only lady rider, Kirsten Landman, who rode excellently!

KIRSTEN LANDMAN - Daytona Xtreme Enduro X, Johannesburg, Sep 2010

By the end of the day, we all had filthy faces but loads of fun πŸ˜€ Great job on an awesome event, Greg & team, and WELL DONE EVERYONE!!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

theonlycin September 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

oh my hat, now I know why you are a photographer; it’s to stop you from biting your nails when you watch your husband do these things!
Brilliant shots, hope Dave feels 100% in no time again.

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Naomi September 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

LOL…EXACTLY right, Cin, you have me figured! Thanks for thinking of Dave, I’ll tell him πŸ™‚

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Heart September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

And who would think that this post belongs to a girl called Naomi.. !! Ha ha, great action shots, wants me to come out of my stereotypical doll houses and play with some action figures.. πŸ˜‰

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Naomi September 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Thanks Rachana, also for the laugh! πŸ˜€

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nrhatch September 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Amazing photography!
I expect I would find the event itself a bit too noisy for my tastes. 8)

Hope Dave’s ankle heals quickly.

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Thanks, Nancy, and from Dave πŸ™‚ It is pretty noisy, I must admit!

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souldipper September 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Congrats to Dave for his wins in spite of ankles that surely nagged him throughout. Not that he noticed, probably. Naomi, there needs to be some medals for those loved ones who ENDURE these races with NO control over man or machine.

Thank goodness this is one sport that you leave to Dave. Kudos to Kirsten.

Great post, Naomi.

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Thank you, Amy! I’ll pass your medals suggestion on to the guys πŸ˜€

Dave is welcome to it. One of us has to stay uninjured, so I joyfully volunteer!

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Posky September 23, 2010 at 1:23 am

Excellent reporting and stellar photos. Some of those ruts look insane and the rock stuff is absolutely ridiculous. I would gladly go and do some adventure riding tonight and wouldn’t mind participating in an enduro, rally or supercross event but this Xtreme Enduro X seems like it’s specifically designed to ruin you and your motorcycle as fast as possible. I think I might pass.

Where there any mental breakdowns on the course? I can imagine scores of riders just tossing their bikes to the ground and scream-crying into their helmets after the first twenty-minutes.

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Hey Posky, thanks for your awesome comment and for the LOL!! You’re not far off on the objectives, I think πŸ˜€

As for the scream-crying breakdowns, I haven’t witnessed any, but you know how hard core these extreme riders are – maybe it all remains inside their helmets! I’ll pay closer attention from now on . . .

Your blog is super cool BTW – great illustrations πŸ™‚

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buttercup600 September 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

Congrats but that look so scary!!! Fantastic action shots, agree with Cindy about the nail biting part!! I think I will too…thanks for sharing girlfriend xx

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Thanks a ton, Amanda! I’m with you both on the nail biting πŸ˜€

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Tokeloshe September 23, 2010 at 3:10 am

Very scary ;-(

Excellent actions shots,

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Thanks, Tok! Never a dull moment here πŸ™‚

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the WORST mother September 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Holy smokes! That’s amazing. Very cool pix Naomi. I bet more than his ankles hurt after all that. πŸ˜‰

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Thanks, Lin! Right on there . . . it’s more like an all-over ache, with some spots more specific. They swear they love it, though πŸ™‚

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kateshrewsday September 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Wow Naomi! Wild life of a different kind, and don’t you just sum those moments up! This is an incredible post. I shall be sharing it with bike enthusiast Felix later:-D

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Naomi September 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Cool, Kate! Thanks a ton and hope Felix enjoys . . . although not too much πŸ˜€

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