The AVIS Van Rental DH Challenge is one of those independent events that helps grow the profile of the sport of downhill mountainbiking, develops the skill of riders and increases the quality of all other facets associated with DH events. And the quality of our photographers increase alongside the sport as is evident from this pictorial by ESPhotography… (more…)
The 2013 Western Province DH pre-season kicked of this weekend with the annual Avis Van Rental Paarl Downhill Challenge. Typical to this time of year, both days saw temperatures above 30 degrees celsius, which ensured a bone-dry and very quick track. As race day progressed though, the wind picked up somewhat, affecting the top rider’s race runs.
The race was attended by a number of KZN riders, including Hayden Brown and Tiaan Odendaal. Among the local hero’s were Andrew Neethling, Johann Potgieter and event organizer Stefan Garlicki. In the end a total of 80 riders attended the weekend, starting the year on a very positive note. As was expected, the elite men’s racing was tight with the top 5 separated by just over 4 seconds. Though the first run’s times were unconfirmed due to timing malfunctions, the second set of times showed the world number 17 to be on the top spot of the podium. Only 0.420 seconds behind him was Stefan Garlicki, closely followed by Johann Potgieter in third.
A very big thank you goes out to AVIS Van Rental as the title sponsor, Redbull, Leatt, Csixx, Unit, Adidas eyewear and Virgin Active for giving away some awesome prizes.
It was yet again a very successful event a weekend to remember for the Cape Town DH contingent. Seasoned world cup pro Andrew Neethling took the top spot with Stephan Garlicki and Johann Potgieter close on his heels. The event also saw seven ladies entering the race, a great accomplishment by local standards… (more…)
Kick off to the 2013 South African Downhill season is just around the corner with SA National # 1 at Jonkershoek opening the series on 9 & 10 February… (more…)
With the popularity of downhill mountainbiking continually growing in South Africa and our local hero Greg Minnaar taking the number one spot in the world, it is always good to see independent events growing from strength to strength and catering to the riding community. Just like 4th annual Avis Van Rental Downhill Challenge to be held in Paarl next month… (more…)
One of the biggest hurdles, if not the biggest when it comes to the longevity of mountainbiking is sustainable trail management. A skill, or rather necessity for all mountainbikers is the ability to ride in harmony with man and nature and now there is finally an effort to give us all the power to make the riding world a better place… (more…)
In this special edition of Mountainbike Chronicles, we’re in Austria for the Suzuki Nine Knights event. Still early in his career, Martin Soderstrom has already turned the mountain bike world upside down. We also take a look at how this amazing event was captured on film.