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results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa

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:

results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
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!
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
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.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Minimizing airtime is the name of the game here at Zevenwacht. Zevenwacht track builder and local legend Chris Wagner knows this all too well.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
P2 in Sub-Jun Boys went to 13-year-old Jack SchoonRA(a)D.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
On courses that don’t necessarily suit him, Theo Erlangsen has some impressive speed early in the 2023 season.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
P3 in Vet-Men went to the suspension guru and ‘boer-maak-n-plan’ legend, Pieter Rossouw.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Nic Kenny, the Southern Suburb Santa Cruz Shredder launches to P6 in Jnr Men.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Oliver Sonntag piloted his short travel steed to P27 overall.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Chris Nixon, the Captain of Western Cape Downhill lines up the landing on his way to another provincial win.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Pieter Venter – fastest in Youth Men today and an impressive P8 overall.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
P9 overall went to Vet Men winner and a legend of SA DH racing, Gary Barnard.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
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.
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
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!
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Another winning run by the number 111 Mr William Nelson. Impressive time young man! #DeathGrip FTW
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
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!
results and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
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!
sults and recap of the 2023 sram western cape downhill mountain bike race from zevenwacht wine farm as published on bike network in south africa
Kids these days. So much style! See you all in Jonkershoek on 29 & 30 April.

| The 2023 SRAM Western Cape Downhill Series is proudly supported by: SRAM, All Mountain Co, TCS Wifi, Leatt, PYGA, Kamikaze Apparel, Armour Ride, BikePark Uitsig, cSixx |

| IMAGES: Chris Taylor / info@christaylorphotography.co.za | FULL RESULTS: here |


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