2013 SA National Series Round 1 - Jonkershoek

Feb 11, 2013 at 8:25
by Ewald Sadie  


Jaco Veldsman

Contrasting the previous weekend's hot and dusty pre-season race, round 1 of the South African National series started off with plenty of rain. This turned the track into a bit of a slip 'n slide, leading to a number of crashes, specially during practice on Saturday. Luckily none of them lead to any serious injuries. Sunday morning brought even more rain and some thick fog, dramatically limiting visibility at the top of the track. As the race progressed though, the fog lifted and the surface became nice and tacky, leading to much quicker race times.


Wet conditions


Andrew Neethling - 1st


Johann Potgieter - 3rd

At the end of race day, top spot was claimed by Andrew Neethling, beating the rest by almost 5 seconds - a massive gap compared to last week's 0.4 seconds. Stefan Garlicki came home in second with a time of 2.22.37, only just beating Johann Potgieter by 0.05 seconds. 4th and 5th was claimed by Hayden Brown and Tiaan Odendaal respectively.


Luke le Roux


Jason Gorman


Clouds rolling in to bring some more rain for race day

Though the weekend saw a number of spills, the only serious injury was Luke le Roux, who broke his wrist and ended up having to get surgery. Luckily the medics were on hand and quickly attended to him. Get well soon dude!


James Morland


Adriaan Smit

As always, this event couldn't have happen without the sponsors and individuals who put in the hard work. Special thanks goes to:

CSA (Cycling South Africa) for sponsoring some prize money.
RedBull for providing beats and wings at the bottom road gap.
Litronics for 2 way radio's - a crucial element to any successful race.
Race organizer Hanco Binneman and the rest of the WPDH crew.


Top 5

1. Andrew Neethling - 02.17.82
2. Stefan Garlicki - 02.22.37
3. Johann Potgieter - 02.22.42
4. Hayden Brown - 02.23.78
5. Tiaan Odendaal - 02.24.18
6. Adi Van Der Merwe - 02.24.26
7. Alasdair Fey - 02.24.57
8. Duran Van Eeden - 02.29.54
9. Myles Kelsey - 02.30.52
10. Ryan Frerichs - 02.30.97

Complete results here.
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 "results and recap inside" - Finally Pinkbike, you aren't telling readers who the winners are on the front page! Much appreciated.
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 What about minnar?
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 I believe he trains overseas and doesn't use his country's nationals as training
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 Wish I was there Frown well done Andrew
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 Awesome work & race coverage! I like the 1st shot alot!
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 Sick pics Ewald! Just getting better each time! Well done Hanco!! Big Grin
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 hmmmm no female category in their national series?
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 Actually there is, all the times are from fastest to slowest. Great pics by the way.
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 Sick photos but ME WANT VIDEO
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 MUD in February! Crazy!
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