Theo and Frankie continue their winning streak!
Over a hundred riders lined up for the second round of the 2023 provincial series. Scorching temperatures on Saturday gave way to near-perfect weather for Sunday’s race day. Although the track was quite slick on Saturday morning, the loose marbles were soon brushed aside revealing race lines and relatively grippy conditions. In the Elite categories, an in-form Theo Erlangsen and Frankie du Toit seemed to find more grip than the rest and clocked the ‘heaters’ of the weekend. Here’s a recap of the action:
The usually competitive sub-vet category was torn apart by the welcomed return of second-generation racer, Lance Morris. Lance began racing downhill decades ago – at an age when, if straddling his bike, his feet couldn’t quite touch the ground. Great to have you back Lance! Congrats on the win!
Masters Woman Leigh Brookstein lines up for a high-speed right-hander. Great to see more and more women riding Downhill these days and there are plenty of experienced riders around (like Leigh) welcoming rookies into the game.
Minimizing airtime is the name of the game here at Zevenwacht. Zevenwacht track builder and local legend Chris Wagner knows this all too well.
P2 in Sub-Jun Boys went to 13-year-old Jack SchoonRA(a)D.
On courses that don’t necessarily suit him, Theo Erlangsen has some impressive speed early in the 2023 season.
P3 in Vet-Men went to the suspension guru and ‘boer-maak-n-plan’ legend, Pieter Rossouw.
Nic Kenny, the Southern Suburb Santa Cruz Shredder launches to P6 in Jnr Men.
Oliver Sonntag piloted his short travel steed to P27 overall.
Chris Nixon, the Captain of Western Cape Downhill lines up the landing on his way to another provincial win.
Pieter Venter – fastest in Youth Men today and an impressive P8 overall.
P9 overall went to Vet Men winner and a legend of SA DH racing, Gary Barnard.
P2 overall went to Johann Potgieter who will become a father (to twins!) very soon. Pottie worked hard this weekend, keeping Theo honest, and the two of them were head and shoulders clear of the rest. Classy riding Pops.
Pottie and Theo put some time into everyone this weekend but the ‘best of the rest’ and fastest single crown rider of the weekend went to the highly talented, Cullen Mcmaster. Good speed Cullen!
Another winning run by the number 111 Mr William Nelson. Impressive time young man! #DeathGrip FTW
It was #NewBikeDay and a win for Trek’s semi-pro, Frankie du Toit. Despite not having much practice – due to work obligations – Frankie opened the throttle and was 12 seconds ahead of the rest. Someone’s on a mission this year!
Rumour has it, out the gate, Theo kept the gas on and BMX-style wheelied all the way through the first four rollers. That requires some horsepower indeed. Nice work Theo. What a run!
Congrats to everyone involved. | *Click to enlarge
Kids these days. So much style! See you all in Jonkershoek on 29 & 30 April.
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