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:
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):
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:
These pics show some more of the drama:
Special mention too to the only lady rider, Kirsten Landman, who rode excellently!
By the end of the day, we all had filthy faces but loads of fun 😀 Great job on an awesome event, Greg & team, and WELL DONE EVERYONE!!
- Jack Pine Enduro, The GranDaddy of all Enduros (nothingbetterthanablankpage.blogspot.com)