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Giba Gravity Enduro

[image] 26 February 2016

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The Giba Gravity Enduro supported by Fox SA, Red Bull and Rush Sports was an awesome way to celebrate the parks 7th birthday!

The event reached it's capacity at 150 entries which made for a great atmosphere during and after the event. With the four timed downhill stages making use of some of the parks best trails as well as some trails that are usually reserved for uphill climbs the stage was set for all out action.

From tight twisting switchbacks, rock drop offs, roots and narrow twisting trails that wrapped themselves around steep valley sides, the riders were put to the test as they raced at their their fastest manageable pace.

With the help of Nigel Hicks & Dave Drummond along with the parks trail manager Jethro Nyandeni a big effort was made to accommodate as many riders as possible. There were even a few chickens runs and alternative lines available making the race fun for everyone.

With Gravity Enduro testing technical ability and speed, it is always interesting to see who will come up tops, a cross country rideror a down hiller... this time around the top spot was taken by Tiaan Odendaal, one of the leading DH riders in the country. Fastest female was taken by Tamryn Taylor, making them Giba's fastest single track riders!

As the event is there to celebrate Giba's birthday weekend, it is more about giving back to the rider and this was done in style. Besides the plethora of lucky draw prizes on hand by Fox and Rush Sports, riders were treated to gourmet burgers, soft drinks, Red Bull and plenty of cold draft beer. What better way to finish a day of fun riding and friendly banter.

AMA Rider came to the party and launched there new Trail Tag system in KZN with the event, which involved a wristband that the rider had to tag in and out of each stage with. Tagging is the riders responsibility and allows the riders to head off on each stage when it suits them. Results were available live and riders were seen checking their results in between stages on their cell phones. We are sure that this new Trail Tag system will become common all over SA, especially with parks like Giba planning to make use of the readers and tags as part of recreational riding in the park.

Final results can be seen at http://www.trailtag.co.za

Prizes were awarded to top three men and woman only and are as follows:

Name Surname SS1 SS2 SS3 SS4 Total

TOP 3 Men Overall

Tiaan Odendaal 00:05:29 00:04:56 00:05:00 00:06:03 00:21:28
Paul Simon 00:05:27 00:04:52 00:05:03 00:06:08 00:21:30
Carl Calverley 00:05:48 00:04:50 00:05:16 00:06:11 00:22:05

TOP 3 Woman Overall

Tamryn Taylor 00:06:21 00:05:37 00:05:53 00:07:05 00:24:56
Michelle Speirs 00:06:59 00:06:21 00:06:34 00:07:42 00:27:36
Lauren Hoyer 00:07:04 00:06:59 00:07:05 00:08:09 00:29:17

1 comment(s)

This is hands down the best race I've ever done!!!! Was incredibly fun!!! Big up to the guys who organised it, a job very well done!!!

Can't wait to do more events like this :)

Honestly probably the most fun I've ever had on a bicycle