Over 300 riders explored the ‘wilder side’ of Clarens this weekend. The 2019 KTM Adventure Rally was hosted at the Golden Gate Resort from 5-8 September and proved to be one of the most memorable editions yet.
For the first time in history riders were given the opportunity to experience the Golden Gate National Park on their motorcycles. True to the spirit of adventure that the weekend evoked, the route traversed the untouched heart of Golden Gate where spectators included herds of wildebeest and other roaming antelope.Three routes were created to cater for riders of different experience and skill levels. The Green route comprised of mostly open dirt roads that straddled the line between South Africa and Lesotho. The Red route was that next step-up with sections of technical riding but left enough time to soak in the Maluti mountain scenery. The Orange route was not for the faint-hearted and tested both man and machine. Riders faced everything from daunting downhills and gnarly climbs to exceptionally technical terrain.
Pillions were mostly treated to a taste of the action on the Green and Red route – many of which were wives that used the opportunity to spend some time in the saddle with their husbands.Adding an extra element of excitement was the Ultimate Race. Over the course of the weekend riders faced various challenges in an effort to win the ‘ultimate prize’ – an all-inclusive trip to Morocco for the 2020 Merzouga Rally, with a fully-kitted out KTM 790 Adventure R.
After fighting tooth and nail for what is surely every adventure-seekers dream, the top two contenders were Keegan Eich and Cayle Dormehl.
“Epic! That’s the one word that comes to my mind summarising this weekend’s KTM Adventure Rally. There’s nothing more exciting than spending a weekend with like-minded people, exploring breath-taking South African landscapes on a motorcycle and sharing in on the day’s war stories over a hearty dinner in the evening. This event lived up to the KTM spirit like no other and I can’t wait for 2020 to come for the next edition of this truly special event,” said KTM South Africa’s Managing Director Franziska Brandl.
“After months of planning and countless trips down to Clarens we were able to deliver and execute the most successful KTM Adventure Rally to date,” said KTM South Africa’s Managing Director Riaan Neveling.
After three years with the South African brand, Riaan Neveling was offered the opportunity to step into the position of Marketing Manager Street at KTM Global Marketing in Austria.
Neveling’s passion for the brand started through racing. He was given the opportunity to take up the role of Marketing Manager in 2016, and went on to deliver world-class events, host international journalists and launch products both locally and internationally.
He will now be succeeded by Cross Country rider Louwrens Mahoney, who currently races for the Brother Leader Tread KTM team. As a six-time national champion, Mahoney has successfully represented KTM South Africa in both the National Cross Country and Enduro Championship.He is also no stranger to events management having served as the race director of the popular GXCC Racing Series for the past four years. Mahoney will officially step into the position as Marketing Manager starting from September 2019.
KTM South Africa’s Managing Director Franziska Brandl commented about the changes, “It’s been an exciting three years with Riaan being part of our orange KTM family. We have launched several products, hosted incredible events and grown the KTM brand from strength to strength. Whilst it will be big shoes to fill, I have no doubt that Louwrens will continue on the same path and we are exciting for him to take on an even bigger role within KTM South Africa.”(Left) KTM South Africa's new marketing manager Louwrens Mahoney with previous marketing manager Riaan Neveling (right).
Robertson, Western Cape, 24 August 2019
The Proudly Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha team attended the fifth round of the MSA National Enduro series hosted by the CSMX Enduro Racing club, with the intention of increasing valuable points in E1, E2 and the Masters Championship.
Kyle Flanagan, “This race was probably the most physically demanding races of the SA Enduro Series this year, The terrain was really in your face all the time with little to no time to catch your breath and then there was the intense heat as well. Glad to have walked away with the win and extend my points lead even though I suffered from dehydration on the final lap.” Kyle won the E2 Category on his YZ250X and the overall for the day and is currently leading the E2 championship.Lloyd Kirk came into the fifth round with not much time on the bike after suffering a knee injury and round 4. “First lap I suffered from bad arm pump and just struggled to get going. By the end of Lap 1 I had finally found my rhythm and started to pick up the pace. By the middle of the 3rd lap I could feel my that I was not fit enough as my body started to cramp badly and felt very drained from the heat”. Lloyd placed a respectable 3rd for the day in the E1 category and is currently 2nd in the championship.
Bruce May had a good day out on his YZ250FX. “The Robertson terrain really suits my riding style and I’m comfortable in the Robertson sand. I knew I had to push hard in the first section make some headway and avoid the dust” Bruce placed 1st overall for the day in the Masters category and increased his championship lead.Denzil “The General” Torlage had a great ride aboard his YZ250X. “The course was very physical with some large step-down sections that almost caught me out a few times. I am really happy to walk away with a podium finish” Denzil finished the day off in 3rd place in the Masters category.
Well done to the entire CSMX team and Altus de Wet for hosting a great National Enduro and Regional event. Thank-you must be said to all sponsors for their support: Bidvest, AMP, Shoei, Acerbis, RK Chains, Progrip, Yamalube, GYTR, PSP Racing, Metzeler Carbontech and Hayward Suspension.
Images courtesy of Lindsey-jane Droomer