The first race of the 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Gravity Calendar took place over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of February at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. The event formed the first KZN Regional Round sponsored once again by Greg Minnaar Cycles.
A wet midweek had riders preparing themselves for a nail-biting slip and slide, but the baking summer sun came out to play, leading to a sweltering 37 degrees by mid-race which pushed all 130 riders to their max.
This did not deter from some heated racing however with Stage 2 of the 5 stage Enduro Round 1 using sections of the iconic 2013 World Championships track. Stage 1 from last year was used again this year, filled with fantastic flowing berms, this year the state was extended with more flow factor added.
Stage 3 challenged riders with it’s steep and sharp corners, which the midweek rain had rutted, and riders were forced to seek new lines to keep the pace going. Stage 4 and Stage 5 which wrapped up the race for both the Lite and Full version wound through trees, small rocky sections, and provided a great opportunity for the race snakes to make up some valuable time with their less technical makeup.
Prizegiving was held at GM Cycles, Greg Minnaars bike shop, on the deck at The Two Wheel Inn, where the service was good and the beers were cold.
KEIRA DUNCAN 13:55 SHARJAH JONSSON 14:07 LUKE DINKEL 14:08
SABINE THIES 16:57. JULIA KOTZE 17:41 ANVIA BREDENKAMP 21:40DOWNHILL
As is customary with the Greg Minnaar Cycles Gravity Series, the Downhill followed on the Sunday, with the riders having to negotiate a very different top of the Pietermaritzburg World Cup Downhill track. Gone were the hard pack trails used for the previous events, and in their place were countless loamy, loose flat corners that snaked their way down to the signature Cloud 9, Dr Evil and Tables.
The new kid on the block was the tail end of the trail, with dips and ups, this new rollercoaster section had everyone on their toes.
This new track mix up yielded some interesting results overall forcing riders to make use of their entire skillset to make it to the bottom rubber side down.
Prize Giving was once again held on the GMC compound, and we had the Two Wheel Inn spinning as the days top performers were honored.RESULTS - ENDURO:
ELITES / OVERALL
KEIRA DUNCAN 13:55
SHARJAH JONSSON 14:07
LUKE DINKEL 14:08
MATTHEW MCCLEARY 15:08
SHAUN CHARLTON. 15:28
RORY KIRK 15:44
RESULTS - DH:
ELITES / OVERALL
CULLEN MCMASTER 3:26.00
CONNOR FINNIS 3:27.42
SHARJAH JONSSON 3:29.20
JUNIOR - MENS
KEAGAN BRAND 3:47.30
ROSS KEW 3:48.06
NATE TANNER HALL 3:48.10
SABINE THIES 4:30.89
KZN Gravity Commission would like to thank all their sponsors for the 2020 Season
Full Results for the event can be found at www.elitetiming.co.za http://www.elitetiming.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/KZN-Downhill-1.xlsxhttp://www.elitetiming.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/KZN-Enduro-1.xlsx