Photo Epic: Western Cape Enduro at Bike Fest Paarl

coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and the Bike Fest Paarl event played host to the season opener for the Western Cape Enduro. Magically, Friday’s hot, dry and loose trail conditions swiftly shifted to hero dirt courtesy of summer downpours, in the hours before the race start. Here’s your photo-style recap of the action.

| Words: Myles Kelsey, Images: Rob Ward |

coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Logistics guru Christiaan Steffens handles the registration for over 100 riders whilst dealing with all kinds of ‘race organizer algorithms’ that pop up on raceday.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
The committee is not a one-man band. Frankie and Daryn elected not to race today so as to keep things running smoothly.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Have you seen this man bunny hop an eMTB? Pure Paarl Krag right there. Nice one Fourie!
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Corbin Mann won the previous round here at Rhebokskloof and is a threat at any gravity event in the Province.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Bringing Western Cape Enduro to a tamer venue opens the welcome mat to the rookies. And there were lots of newbies taking up the challenge.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
As the rain stopped, the smiles came out. Nobody wants to be out on the trail in a deluge.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Riders briefing: “Follow the black arrows on white boards….”
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
A newcomer to the Rhebokskloof trails but not a gravity rookie at all; Seth Barnard opens stage one with some moto steeze.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Frans-Johann Smit reaches for the anchors.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
P34 in the overall for Rupert Taljaard.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Chris Groeneveld sets up wide – like a pro.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
P18 for the pinner, Jayden Lang today.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
P1 in Senior Women went to Robyn Emslie.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Henk Van Huyssteen, keeping it low and aero on his way to P6 in the Masters.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
You’ve got to have a good time when shredding. Especially if you’re a viper.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Gina Nixon took the win in the eMTB category.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
It’s not Gina’s first rodeo.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Those shoes! So hot!
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Recently crowned SA DH Champ (Youth Men) Alexander Jonker took an impressive P9 in the overall today.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
There were plenty of shorter travel machines on track today. Around 120 to 150mm of travel was best.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Keeping the speed high on flatter sections requires brawn and smart pacing.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Chrisman De Jager gets stomping.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
P1 in Grand Master Men went to Malcolm Estment.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Lian De Jager, P4 in sub junior – Lites.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Welcome to Enduro Elizna Kleynscheldt. We hope to see you at the next round.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Depending on your pace, stage one was 6 to 10 minutes long. That’s big!
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Chrissy Bruwer gets the tagging right. About that save on stage three Chrissy – dit vas amper!
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Michard Meets – just 1 second off the fastest time of the day. A semi-slick would have done it.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Tara-Lea gets into the flow.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Patrick Morewood of PYGA Bikes, on the limit(er) to a P5 overall.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
The big circuit wasn’t all flow trails…
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Elizna lines up the chute.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
P2 in Vet Women went to Caroline Krog.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Stuart Krog nabbed P8 in eMTB Men.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Focus is required.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Alec Retief – sending it!
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Dale Barnard, P35 riding blind on a big bike is not a bad day out for the *youngster.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Final stage frothery.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Altus Rossouw – pinned into P30 overall.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Full attack mode secured youth men rider a P7 in the overall. Well done Luca.
coverage of the western cape enduro mountain bike race from rhebokskloof wine estate in paarl, western cape, south africa on the 4th of march 2023
Cheers to all involved for a good day out!

Podium shots and action images are available to purchase from Rob Ward. ward.photography@hotmail.com | Results here


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