The country’s best enduro, motocross, trials and fun riders will get crowds revved up on Sunday, 30 April at the South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 being hosted at the coastal town of Margate.
The four-day biking action will culminate on Sunday with non-stop performances by the Powasol team who will be hosting the first round of the epic Powasol EnduroX Series at the Margate Fishing Pier venue. The unbelievable track will be constructed by legendary South African MX star, Brett Redman, who promises a series of never-before-seen obstacles all set against the South Coast shoreline.
“The South Coast EnduroX is the first of its kind in South Africa as this event has never been held at a beach setting,” said Managing Director of Powasol SA, Commentator and Event Director, Klint Mills. “We are building a man-made track with sand, rocks, logs, as well as wooden obstacles and scaffolding. You can’t imagine this kind of racing unless you’ve experienced it!”
Mills said that a host of professionals will be on the starting line, but the event will also cater for intermediate and fun riders.
“We will also be hosting the first ever Pro-Mini Class,” continued Mills. “The best of the best 65cc and 85cc kids will get to race sections of the track, getting the full race experience with thousands of spectators, load music and obstacles.
“Under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa, this promises to be an electric experience for riders and spectators, and I would like to give special thanks to all our sponsors for making this happen.”
Big-name riders including former Roof of Africa winner Wade Young (Sherco Factory Rider), Kyle Flanagan (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha), Blake Gutzeit (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha), Scott Bouverie (Brother Leadertread KTM), Piwe Zulu (KTM Durban Powasol Racing) and Kirsten Landman (Brother Leader Tread KTM) will be participating in this action-packed event where every motorbike – from an 85cc to a 500cc – will take to the track sometime between 7am and 3pm.
“We are very excited to see this event take place on our picturesque beachfront,” said Justin Mackrory, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, owners of the #SCBF2017. “Enduro racing is reported to be one of the fastest growing sports in the world which brings fantastic added exposure to our piece of paradise. We look forward to seeing this event being a huge success and encourage riders and visitors not to miss it.”
Representing the South Coast will be local rider, Blake Gutzeit, who has followed in brother, Jade’s, tracks, and has been riding since the age of three. Gutzeit has raced in all the major extreme enduros including Erzberg, Romaniacs, Sea2sky and the Roof of Africa, achieving top 10s and 5s in all. He is currently leading the SuperEnduro Junior World Championship, having won two rounds so far.
“I love the freedom of riding,” said the smooth rider. “If you’re having a really bad day, a ride really clears your head and focuses you. I love that I get to ride my bike every day and I am so privileged to be able to call it my job.”
Commenting on the upcoming #SCBF2017, Gutzeit asked ‘What’s not to love about a festival of bikes?!’ “I’m really excited about the event as I’ve seen the venue and I know Klint Mills and his Powasol team will put on a great track. It will be something spectacular to see, I promise you that.”
Another South Coast rider to watch out for is Wade Young, who has been involved with motorbikes for the past 12 years. Young has competed in numerous events, taking the top Hellsgate title in Italy last year and placing third in the same 2017 event, the 2016 Romaniacs and the 2017 Alesdrem contest in France.
“I’m really looking forward to the bike fest,” said Young. “I’m sure there will be a lot of spectators and great riders which will make for some good racing.”
Coming in from Matatiele is rising star, Noah Maartens, a Powasol brand ambassador who participated in his first competition – the Stonybrook Fun Ride – on his Yamaha TTR 50 at the age of five. In 2011 he started racing in all KZN regional XC events on his KTM 65 and, by 2013, he had won all five national offroads – including the Junior Roof of Africa in 2013 – becoming the unofficial South African 65 offroad champion. He has managed to remain in the top three position since then and will be competing in the Junior Roof of Africa in September, forming part of the T Bone Junior Enduro Series.
“I sleep, eat and dream bikes,” said the enthusiastic rider. “It is not just about winning but rather how you win and lose.”
The unofficial world number one extreme enduro female rider, Kirsten Landman, will also be participating in the Powasol EnduroX Series.
“My dad grew up riding bikes for fun and, growing up, I was close to my cousins who rode,” explained Landman. “At the age of eight my dad got me my first bike and I’ve been riding ever since.”
Landman has been making serious headway for women in the riding community. In 2014 she placed 23rd in the silver class for the Roof of Africa and was the first female finisher unassisted. The following year at the Redbull Sea to Sky, Landman placed 56th overall, becoming the first woman in history to finish in a gold class at any extreme hard enduro event. That same year she was the only female competitor in the Redbull Braveman where she placed first overall in the silver class, and 32nd overall in the silver class for Roof of Africa being the first female finisher.
Her historical achievements continued in 2016, with Landman the first woman to finish in the expert class for King of the Hill; compete in the Alfie Cox Rebull Invitational Extreme Enduro; finish the Redbull Romaniacs in silver class and finish the Roof of Africa in the gold class, unassisted. She also placed fourth in the FIM Super Enduro World Series in Prague and second overall at the South African National Enduro Championship, among many others.
“Riding is my absolute favourite thing to do,” she said. “The places we ride, the scenery we get to see and the experiences we go through. Our motorbikes can go just about anywhere, even places not accessible by foot so to be able to be outdoors, riding my motorbike in the most beautiful settings is what I love most.”
Looking to the #SCBF2017, Landman said she is excited about the format of racing. “We don’t normally have races like this. The fact that there will be spectators so we can showcase our sport, as well as racing, is great.”
KTM Durban will be sponsoring a bike and kit for another South Coast local, Piwe Zulu, who hails from the Gamalakhe Township outside of Port Shepstone.
“My love for motorbikes started when I bought an offroad magazine,” recalled Zulu who notes his signature move as the ‘pop wheelie’. “By 2011, I had bought my first bike.”
Although he has only been riding for six years, Zulu has competed in the Matat2Pont as well as the South Coast Xtreme Enduro and the Powasol Enduro Cross in Pietermaritzburg.
“I love to be on the bike, especially for the technical sections and uphills,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the variety of motorcycles, incredible Powasol EnduroX track and spectators on the day. I’m so grateful to Powasol Xtreme Events and KTM Durban for the sponsorship and wouldn’t have made it this far without support from friends and family.”
Calvin Brophy, dealer principal at KTM Durban, said festivals such as #SCBF2017 allow people to come together and share their love of motorcycles. “These days everyone is so busy with no time on their hands to do the things they love. Festivals give people the chance to engage with the sport and hobby they love. Everywhere I have travelled on a bike, whenever I get there I am greeted warmly and people want to hear about my travels. I have never had the same experience when travelling by car. So many people love motorcycles, and festivals like this just allow them to engage with the brands they are loyal to. KTM is more than a brand, it is a lifestyle.”
To witness this high-octane action, pre-register online for free access to the #freefunseeker tickets. Ticket holders will have access to a variety of dealership decks, a Classic Bike Museum, Mardi Gras Market, Village Square Trading area and Pop Up Food Village. The event site also gives visitors the option of 8 festival bars, 12 food trucks as well as onsite eateries and pubs.
In addition, the #freefunseeker pass provides access to the Village Pier Rock Stage where South African musicians the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Hinds Brothers and Phil Moffet, among others, will perform crowd favourites. Invest in the #fuelyourfun tickets for another level of musical entertainment at the Carling Main Beach Stage. Here, South Africa’s biggest musical acts, including Koos Kombuis, Jack Parow, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Gangs of Ballet, Jack Hammer Band, Fokofpolisiekar, Tender Mavundla, Prime Circle and Freshly Ground, and more, will rock the four-day festival.
All bikes are welcome at the South Coast Bike Fest and entrance to the four-day event is free provided pre-registration for the #freefunseeker tickets is completed at www.quicket.co.za. Tickets to the #fuelyourfun Carling Main Beach Stage are also available at www.quicket.co.za at a cost of R130 per day or R200 for the cocktail bar day pass. For a VIP four-day pass the cost is R360. Children under 12 enter free.
For more information, visit the website at www.southcoastbikefest.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) April 13, 2017