Enduro Western Cape | Hoogekraal | 12 Things We Learned

Round 2 done and dusted and what an enduro it was. Freezing morning temperatures did not hold anyone back and it seemed that the five stages were going to put riders to both a gravity and cardio test. The pictures say 1000 words so let me not overwhelm you with more. Here are some interesting points we learned from the race.

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1. Matt Lombardi and Frankie Du Toit now have competition. They won again, but it seems that new riders on the scene want the 1st place podium. Will they be dethroned in Jonkershoek?

 

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2. There are a lot of new faces in Enduro, especially newcomers from XCO.

 

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3. The knee height of a grass hopper class, AKA the young sproglets, is growing. More and more groms are entering the lite category and then being towed around the mountain by their parents. Thank you parents.

 

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4. 9% of the field were females. Can we get to 15% for Jonkershoek?

 

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5. There are a lot of cool brands in the mountain biking vendor/chill zone that pushed to interact with their riders - Giant bicycles, SRAM, Leatt, Lyne and ION, well done.

 

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6. Hoogekraal suited trail bikes over enduro bikes and hardtails. 115m to 130mm trail bikes seemed to outperform their bigger enduro and hard tails.

 

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7. The Trail Shepherd, Patrick, built some rad off-camber new sections that make for wild riding. We want more Tygerberg!!!!

 

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8. Free Beer from Starke Breweries made for a rowdy crowd at prize giving.

 

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9. Enduro riders are starting to match their riding kit. Sartorial game is being upped.

 

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10. Quite a few MTB WhatsApp Crews are wearing Team Shirts. Go Team!

 

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11. 245 Entrants. Are these the biggest enduros on the African continent? (Answer - YES)

 

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12. Registering 245 riders took longer than expected. Rest assured that plans are in place to deliver a quicker registration experience at the next race.

 

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Start training for Round 3 at Jonkershoek on the 6th of October. It's SA champs and an EWS world qualifier. The stages are fully spectator friendly.

 

Huge thanks to Tygerberg MTB Club and Giant Bikes. Without you guys and your professional people, we'd not be able to hold these events. Sending high 5's.

 

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And all information for the Enduro Western Cape Series can be found on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. This is the only place we operate so follow us for info on the best enduro and trail riding in the province.

 




19 Comments

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 22 2019 01:16

That climb at the end of Cobra.... forkit. Such a rad day, though!!! Can't wait for Jonkers. 

Thermophage, Jul 22 2019 01:18

Rad race guys n gals n toaster ovens!

Racing down Spykers climb...it makes a better descent than Cobra even! Would happily ride the k@k hill up just to be able to ride down there! Most enjoyable stage and the off camber fresh bits coming down the last hill!

Fun stuff!

Headshot, Jul 22 2019 01:38

Well done boys and girls!

nigelhicks, Jul 22 2019 01:44

well done Dan, Harry, Rup and the team ... 245 riders is insane ....

 

I want to know how on earth you have roped in so many Crew members ... with bibs nogal ...

I need some pointers to up the game here in KZN ... 

I thought we were doing well with 160 riders.

 

Bring on Jonkers in Sept .... 

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 22 2019 02:11

Rad race guys n gals n toaster ovens!

Racing down Spykers climb...it makes a better descent than Cobra even! Would happily ride the k@k hill up just to be able to ride down there! Most enjoyable stage and the off camber fresh bits coming down the last hill!

Fun stuff!

YES!!! And on the final descent, same as last year...

 

Spykers is a much better descent than climb :P

iRide, Jul 22 2019 02:12

Thanks Nige,

We've got a core group of amazing volunteers/marshalls down here and the race simply could not run without their help (The crew bibs are thanks to BoldGear).

 

For SA Champs in October we are looking for a few more helpers (you can still race all stages if you want-you just have to be prepared to be out all day long) to help it run even better so if you want a free entry please contact us so we can stress a bit less leading up to October.

Looking forward to welcoming riders from upcountry to some Jonkershoek radness!

 

well done Dan, Harry, Rup and the team ... 245 riders is insane ....

 

I want to know how on earth you have roped in so many Crew members ... with bibs nogal ...

I need some pointers to up the game here in KZN ... 

I thought we were doing well with 160 riders.

 

Bring on Jonkers in Sept .... 

BikeGenie, Jul 22 2019 03:23

Well done to all parties involved, positive vibes from all around. Catering post racing was on point, it was great getting to a food truck and not hear, "sorry we're sold out" or "the kitchen is closed".

Hairy, Jul 22 2019 04:16

Thanks Nige,

We've got a core group of amazing volunteers/marshalls down here and the race simply could not run without their help (The crew bibs are thanks to BoldGear).

 

For SA Champs in October we are looking for a few more helpers (you can still race all stages if you want-you just have to be prepared to be out all day long) to help it run even better so if you want a free entry please contact us so we can stress a bit less leading up to October.

Looking forward to welcoming riders from upcountry to some Jonkershoek radness!

Yo Yo, where will the SA's be held this year?

Hairy, Jul 22 2019 04:17

Yo Yo, where will the SA's be held this year?

Sorry, found the answer on the world wide web

6 October – EWC #3, Jonkershoek-National Enduro Champs, and EWS Qualifier event

iRide, Jul 22 2019 04:57

Well done to all parties involved, positive vibes from all around. Catering post racing was on point, it was great getting to a food truck and not hear, "sorry we're sold out" or "the kitchen is closed".

Yeah, and the food was really good! Will hopefully have same truck at next event.

Harry Millar, Jul 22 2019 06:41

well done Dan, Harry, Rup and the team ... 245 riders is insane ....

 

I want to know how on earth you have roped in so many Crew members ... with bibs nogal ...

I need some pointers to up the game here in KZN ... 

I thought we were doing well with 160 riders.

 

Bring on Jonkers in Sept .... 

Yo mate. Was going to email you directly, but this info is probably good for all riders to read.

 

The first key is actual people getting involved - we are a core group of 6 committee members - all riders - of which 4 of us literally sacrifice our race to make the day happen. The other 2 get to race, but double-up on work load at the same time.

 

They deserve to be named:

Ezanne Jordaan
Michelle Witteveen
Jacques Venter
Rupert von Tutschek

Dan Dobinson
And myself. (most people think it's only 3 of us but it's not - get it right people!).

 

As we streamline things, we hope that more of our team will also be able to race, but making the race happen obviously has to be 1st priority. We would honestly battle to make things happen with less than 6. Surrounding us are a rad bunch of non-idiot race-day volunteers who get to race and get on the results sheet, but are out there for a much longer day than everyone else, manning starts and finishes, communications, timing pods, and cleaning up trail markings at the back of the field. It helps to make their job as easy as possible - good clear instructions of whats required from them, clear lines of communications (and use of good radio protocol to minimise confusion), and the freedom to manage things for themselves and also they are welcome to chirp a bit of 'gees' here and there to keep things festive over the radio waves, while of course being overseen by myself as race director. As payment, they get a free entry, and a high degree of satisfaction that they have a hand in making an amazing day out for everyone. So far so good.

 

The community in WC is an effing rad bunch of guys and gals, and I don't regret taking this on one bit - I personally felt indebted to the rad family that surrounds us here. The bad news (as you will know) is that to make even the bare basics of a race happen, it is still not worth our time, effort and stress. My lifespan has shortened. I hope to get my first decent night of sleep in 3 days tonight. Many hands make light work, and if any riders or partners of riders, or parents, can donate even a small bit of their time or effort (on or before race day), it WILL help. You just need to be reliable, and not drop the ball when given a task.

nigelhicks, Jul 22 2019 08:35

Yo mate. Was going to email you directly, but this info is probably good for all riders to read.


Hey Harry. Great post ... It's great that the riders get to hear what goes into putting on the events ... We also have a team of 6 people on our committee who work flipping hard to put all the events on. ....

I have just got back now from detaping the DH and Enduro for our event this weekend. It's flipping hard work. ... I must try the volunteer route next year.

Well done again guys.

For SA Champs let me know what you need me to help with ... as CSA Gravity Commissioner I think i need to help ... Hahaha

PhilipV, Jul 23 2019 07:02

13: Pulling up sleeves make the tagging by timers easier. If your timing tag is hidden under your sleeves the marshal can't see it and then is tagging blindly. Pulling up the sleeve slightly makes it easier for us to bring the pod up underneath at the right spot.

14: Having a great crew makes the day fun.
My favourite crew was the Boston TEAparty. They supported their mates, heckled properly and even had an air horn to make proper noise with with. Their matching racing pyjamas were on point and their gees was electric.

15: Seeing the newbies have fun warms the cockles of my heart. There were a lot of kids, some very green, and some obviously future pinners. hubbers Jako De Wet and Reme LeHane were doing their first EWC and it looked like they were having a ball. Reme even had enough spice to heckle me back while I was shouting at him to let go of the handbrake on the loose grassy bit at the end of ss3.

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 23 2019 07:27

🥰

Danie's hand-actuated air horn was loud and excellent. Just like us. And the vid of him running after us at the end of SS3 is priceless. 😂

Jonkers should be even bigger, I hope.

PhilipV, Jul 23 2019 10:58

It was only yourself that he ran after. The rest was too fast.

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 23 2019 11:21

It was only yourself that he ran after. The rest was too fast.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Accurate. 

C14, Jul 23 2019 12:05

Yo mate. Was going to email you directly, but this info is probably good for all riders to read.

 

The first key is actual people getting involved - we are a core group of 6 committee members - all riders - of which 4 of us literally sacrifice our race to make the day happen. The other 2 get to race, but double-up on work load at the same time.

 

They deserve to be named:

Ezanne Jordaan
Michelle Witteveen
Jacques Venter
Rupert von Tutschek

Dan Dobinson
And myself. (most people think it's only 3 of us but it's not - get it right people!).

 

As we streamline things, we hope that more of our team will also be able to race, but making the race happen obviously has to be 1st priority. We would honestly battle to make things happen with less than 6. Surrounding us are a rad bunch of non-idiot race-day volunteers who get to race and get on the results sheet, but are out there for a much longer day than everyone else, manning starts and finishes, communications, timing pods, and cleaning up trail markings at the back of the field. It helps to make their job as easy as possible - good clear instructions of whats required from them, clear lines of communications (and use of good radio protocol to minimise confusion), and the freedom to manage things for themselves and also they are welcome to chirp a bit of 'gees' here and there to keep things festive over the radio waves, while of course being overseen by myself as race director. As payment, they get a free entry, and a high degree of satisfaction that they have a hand in making an amazing day out for everyone. So far so good.

 

The community in WC is an effing rad bunch of guys and gals, and I don't regret taking this on one bit - I personally felt indebted to the rad family that surrounds us here. The bad news (as you will know) is that to make even the bare basics of a race happen, it is still not worth our time, effort and stress. My lifespan has shortened. I hope to get my first decent night of sleep in 3 days tonight. Many hands make light work, and if any riders or partners of riders, or parents, can donate even a small bit of their time or effort (on or before race day), it WILL help. You just need to be reliable, and not drop the ball when given a task.

Where do I sign up as a volunteer?

Joe Fish, Jul 23 2019 12:24

Well done EWC. A chilly morning it was.... and Chris has captured it so well.

Bloody marVELOus to see the numbers upping. More girls, more Sprogs and more Ballies, is what we need. Okay, okay, I wont miss another..... :)

iRide, Jul 24 2019 09:45

Where do I sign up as a volunteer?

Just email us please. info at irideafrica.com