I am currently in Knysna where I will be starting the PE2Plett with young Jurgens Uys (Team PSG) Saturday until Tuesday. I am sending a quick report on my experience at the York Enduro experience last weekend.
The York Enduro is a corporate event that invites 20 pro riders from South Africa to come partake in a charity event that they organise for all their clients. York is based in Sabie and put simply they supply the whole of Southern Africa with plywood.
The corporates bid on the riders and you then ride with a group of 4 guys from the respective companies. I rode with a young team of York employees. Other companies that were there were; Avis, Alexanders Forbes, RBS, PWC, to name a few.
The teams are all on very different fitness but that is not the point of the event. The aim is to ride with these guys, exchange knowledge on all fronts and enjoy the amazing trails. The three day event consist of 40km stages and each stage has 3/4 special stages of about 10min downhill segments and two hill climbs over the three days.
I took the new SWIFT Carbon dual suspension prototype for it's comfort and speed and because it is a great marketing opportunity.
You start with your team, basically pushing and pulling them up the climbs haha, and then when you reach the special stages the pro rider goes down first to race the clock for prize money and then waits for the rest at the bottom. At the finish (every day on a different location in the forests) you have lunch with everyone and wait for the last team before the pro's race each other on specially made tracks.
Day 0 was a downhill event fpr the pros only, day two a once off lap race, day three a dual slalom eliminator and on the last day there was a XC race. All these events had quite a lot of prize money up for grabs so the racing was hot up front.
Over the 4 days I had a few podiums and lots of fun. We rode for 15 hours in total with 17 flat box 10min efforts over the 4 days and about 40 30sec laps on the dual slalom course. Needles to say I was quite tired on Monday.
Overall it was a great event and even better to meet big corporates that are really interested in the sport of mountain biking.
PE2Plett (For PSG)
Seweweeks Classic (solo)
Cape Pioneer Trek (Team Fairview with Lourens Luus)