SA nationals DH 2012 round 1

Feb 13, 2012 at 0:26
by Ewald Sadie  

Contermanskloof hosted round 1 of the SA national DH series for 2012 this weekend. There was a good turnout and riders from all over the country made their way to Cape Town for the weekend. With a bit of a break from the intense summer heat, everybody enjoyed sub 30 temperatures and a nice cool breeze, though it added a good couple of seconds to the race times. The track was it same old self though - very loose and dusty.

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Adriaan Smit

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Brad Purchase

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Tiaan Odendaal

Saturday's practice was slow to get going but in the end the shuttles did the job and everybody put in a couple of runs. Race day had a couple of tricks up its sleeve with both Stefan Garlicki and Andrew Neethling getting punctures on their seeding runs. Johann Potgieter was able to avoid the sharp rocks though and put in the fastest qualifying for the day. During the race run, he continued to pin it and took the honours with a time of 2:07:46, 1.16 seconds faster than Needles. The podium was rounded of with Garlicki in third, continuing the domination by these three riders.

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Theo Erlangsen

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Julian de Marigny

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Dustin Rudman

Apart from a couple of minor crashes and punctures, the only big crash of the day went to Alex Mancini, breaking his shoulder in 3 places. We hope to see you back on the bike soon buddy.

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Andrew Neethling

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Elite men's podium

Top 10 overall:
Johann Potgieter - 2.07.46
Andrew Neethling - 2.08.62
Stefan Garlicki - 2.11.90
Tiaan Odendaal - 2.12.17
Jonty Neethling - 2.12.21
Adi van der Merwe - 2.15.22
Travis Browning - 2.15.56
Darryn Stow - 2.16.06
Dane Olsen - 2.16.61
Gary Barnard - 2.18.18

Well done to all involved with organizing the race and to everybody turning up on the day. A good first round to the series indeed.
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6 Comments

  • + 1
 Great photos - your lighting is awesome. I was shooting at the rock garden when Alex crashed. Frown Got quite a spectacular sequence though... Will try post tonight.
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  • + 2
 Andrew doesn't look too pleased with 2nd place!
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  • + 1
 Congrats Pottie! Well deserved win there! Some seriously sick shots as always Ewald! Smile
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  • + 1
 Nice one pottie!!! thanx ES
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  • + 1
 nice write up and photos!
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