KZN Regional #4 at Ferncliffe
Today the 4th round of the Greg Minnaar Mongoose DH series took place on the very track the World Cup race will be run on in a few months time. The weather held out for the whole week until the day before the race with flood like rain…
Just like the first round of the series it was a total mud bath. In the middle section no matter how hard you peddled it just seemed like the bike was going nowhere. Unfortunately there was one serious casualty when Fox Morewood rider Travis Browning hit a soft rained on landing and flipped over the bars. Travis is spending the night in hospital getting his arm and scapula plated. NSRMTB wishes him well and invites him over for some Xbox anytime he likes while he mends up.
The week prior to the race it was clear a lot of work was done to prepare the track. Much props has to go to Gary Browning and Brian Dinkelman. Without these guys and the event sponsors (Mongoose Bikes and Greg Minnaar Racing) there would be no series. The amount of hours and labour they put in for the series does not go unnoticed.
Andrew Neethling left the warm glow of Cape Town to race the brown soup track and put on a riding clinic. He became separated from his Trek once or twice just to show you how gnarly the track was today but came away with the overall. It is worth it to stand on a muddy course with your camera just to watch the world #12 do his thing. There was a timing mishap and exact times were still being formulated when I left but I do believe it was Tim Bentley in second overall. This guy loves mud and it shows. Everyone keeps saying he should start racing in Europe, he certainly has the skills to back it up.
The world Cup Champ himself arrived with Steve Peat after competing in Sani2C to watch at the finish line for the last few runs. Prize giving was postponed until the next event which be held at the exact same location on Sunday 22nd of March.