The race that nearly wasn’t!
Avoiding a weather washout the final round of the 2023 WC Enduro series was moved a day earlier and riders were treated to trail conditions that couldn’t have been better.
With another wild storm forecast for Sunday, the race came close to being canceled – by the provincial authorities. However, being a double-header event that attracted riders from across the country, the volunteer organizer crew acted quickly and spent Friday on the mountain getting the stages, timing equipment and admin ready to race a day early. Here’s your photo epic of the Jonkershoek National & Western Cape Enduro rally.
Good morning Jonkershoek!
Doubling as Round 3 of SA Enduro Champs meant riders from outside of Western Cape were in town to rally.
Youth Men and general gravity guru Pieter Venter warms the vibe with some gees.
A frisky 7° morning meant everybody was stoked to be moving.
Fresh from some riding in the French Alps, Sven Etsebeth was untouchable in the Sub Junior Boys category, taking the win by some margin. This kid moves!
Samuel Cleary went 11th, 8th, 9th and 29th on each stage which secured a solid P10 in the overall with P5 in the highly competitive Youth Men category.
P12 in the overall and owning the Elite Women’s category is Stellenbosch’s Frankie du Toit.
Michard and his crew keeping their front tyres fresh. #GripBaby
Pieter Venter is always flying.
Happy [recently married] days and a rad P1 in Vet Women for Stellenbosch’s Jeanie De Villiers.
In between stage two and three, the racing was paused for carbs.
Juri de Bruyn gassing to P3 in the overall. Brilliant ride!
Dillan Rix: “My legs are cooked! So I’ll just float down.”
Michard Meets, on a heater.
Lian De Jager rallies ‘the rock’ on Armageddon. P5 Sub Jnr Boys.
Marc Fourie showed speed all day and it paid off with a P2 in the overall.
Ruben Kleynscheldt, low and pinned.
Zack Van Der Merwe showing good form on the way to P4 in Vet Men.
Annemi Pfister took the win in Sub Vet Women.
Gustav Raubenheimer turned on the style and nabbed P3 in Junior Men.
Jackson Schliemann cruised to P6 in Sub Junior Boys.
When your lenses match your stanchions – pure gold!
Dale Barnard gets the win in Master Men and our MVP award! Few riders in SA have been racing gravity events for as long as Dale. Very few! What a legend.
Ruben Sander – crushing it!
It was a disappointing P8 in Youth Men for SA DH Champ, Alexander Jonker.
A charging Jozua Bruwer took P2 in Nipper Boys cat.
Holding the throttle open all day paid off for Luca Zietsman with a P4 in the overall and P1 in Youth Men.
A strong ride by Kai Jansen Van Vuuren to take the win in the Lite Men class.
Heels down, eyes forward and smooth as! Volunteer on the WC Enduro committee, Frankie du Toit is in a class of her own at the moment.
A top result for race winner and skills coach Michard Meets. Well done bru.
The final Women’s and Men’s podium. Congrats to everyone! | *Click to enlarge
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