The track at Zevenwacht Wine Estate was a good introductory to eliminator racing with a wide open space to allow for plenty of overtaking opportunities, some tight corners leaving the riders jostling for the inside position and some inclines to test the legs. The entire course was visible from standing in one place leaving the spectators cheering on their rider to win for the entire heat from start to finish.
Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking whereby riders race four at a time across a track(roughly 800m) being tested on their speed, power and bike handling skills. The top two finishers advance to the next round whilst the bottom two finishers are eliminated from the event. Basically it is everything you need for a cross country or marathon race condensed into a minute and a half leg burning sprint.
Round one of the series for the Western Cape saw 92 participants fighting it out in their various age groups to cross the finish line and advance into the finals to have the chance to get their hands on some of the incredible prizes supplied by our sponsors: Red Bull, Skullcandy, OGIO, Fox Racing, Race Pace Sportswear and Yesman Branding which also included some prize money.
The junior age divisions made up the bulk of the participants as they were well versed in this format after competing in the Junior Eliminator Series for the past three years with 23 different schools being represented. Over and above the individual accolades each rider is contributing points towards their school for the grand prize of R10 000 in premium cycling kit for the school team from Race Pace Sportswear and bragging rights as the “fastest” school in the Western Cape. Defending champs Kenridge Primary have come out swinging but are under huge pressure from the likes of DF Malan, Durbanville, SACS, Paul Roos and Songo.info who have all entered big teams and got good results to accumulate points.
After standing on the sidelines for the past three years, the older “children” have been included to come and play - a decision that added huge entertainment with the blistering pace of the Open division. Here too there is a added battle on for which varsity is going to walk away with the bragging rights. However the standout division of the day was the bantering group of 40+ riders who had everyones attention as they charged their way around the course.
Round two for the Western Cape will take place on Sunday 28 May 2017 at Contermanskloof MTB Trails in Durbanville. The course promises to be action packed with climbs, single track, berms, jumps and a big sprint to the line for victory. We will also be crowning our overall champs for the Western Cape before moving onto KwaZulu Natal in the middle of June.
Entries are open for round two of the Western Cape until Friday 26 May 2017 at 12pm, don’t miss out as there are still plenty of prizes up for grabs.
Enter now: www.onemovement.co.za/eliminator
1. Olivia Penfold - Durbanville Primary
2. Megan Scholtz - Kenridge Primary
3. Milani Dingani - Songo.info
1. Erin Jones - Kenridge Primary
2. Kayleigh Scholtz - Kenridge Primary
3. Danielle Barnard - Durbanville High
1. Mikayla Forrester - Parel Vallei
2. Grethe Geringer - DF Malan
3. Lorraine Olivier - DF Malan
1. Helgart Nortjie - Worcester North Primary
2. Jeandre Ungerer - Welgemoed Primary
3. Zak Jones - Kenridge Primary
1. Alec Coleské - Kenridge Primary
2. Hendre De Villiers - Durbanville Primary
3. Matthew Jones - Kenridge Primary
1. Aidan Penfold - Paul Roos
2. Phillip Kotze - Durbanville High
3. Tristan Link - Paul Roos
1. Zander Kruger - DF Malan
2. Gunter Reingruber - DF Malan
3. Jamie Penfold - Paul Roos
1. Kevin Long - Paul Roos
2. Jamie Sher - SACS
3. Stian Pretorius - Durbanville High
1. Jonathan van Gessellen - Stellenbosch University
2. Sipho Madolo - Songo.info
3. Max Sullivan - Stellenbosch University
1. Alex Kruger
2. Thorkild Nielsen
3. Pieter Kotze