The first round of the 2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational took place over the weekend (15 and 16 April) at the infamous Heldekruin Hill. The Downhill MTB and Enduro MTB has grown with popularity seeing a good number of riders enter the series.
Riders had the chance to get to grips with the course during the Saturday’s official practice. Rainfall over the summer played its part in eroding the course but Dustin and his team put in an amazing effort to prepare a perfectly contestable course.
In the premier Downhill MTB class it was our G-Form sponsored athlete, Tiaan Odendaal who dominated the field by posting an incredible time of 01:07,583, over 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place, Kelvin Purchase with a time of 01:12,752. Dustin Rudman rounded off the podium in 3rd place with a time of 01:13, 176.
“The race went really well! There was a big turnout and everyone was stoked to ride and get involved. I arrived at the track on Saturday morning for practice and by the time I arrived everything was set up and the Red Bull Van was pumping some good tunes, such a rad vibe at the event all thanks to Dustin and all the sponsors involved, it instantly gets you stoked.
From personalized number boards to free Red Bull and just so many good things going on.

The race itself on Sunday went very well and I am stoked to have won by 5 seconds setting a new all-time record for the Helderkruin track.

Big thanks to all my Sponsors”!!!!

Tiaan Odendaal, G-form sponsored downhill mountain bike athlete.


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The inaugural CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival launched over the weekend, a first of its kind in Southern Africa, with a fantastic turnout under crystal blue Maluti skies at Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho.

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Riders and exhibitors from across Lesotho and South Africa headed to the northern section of the country to test their skill and equipment on a range of courses. Situated at 3222m of altitude, this 3 day festival was not for the faint-hearted.

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The event kicked off with a hotly contested cross country eliminator, which saw Lesotho Olympian Pheteso Monese edging out fellow countrymen in the lactic acid inducing 650m sprint.

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The day’s main event saw riders effortlessly reach the trail heads with the help of the 1000m long T-Bar giving them 200m of free altitude.

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Three time downhill world champion, Greg Minnaar, claimed overall victory, winning stages 1 and 2 but was out pedaled on stage 3 by Olivier Munnik.

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In the female and junior categories, Nikki Alvin and Kayle Seaward earned themselves the win in their respective categories.

Day two of CrankChaos kicked off with a 38km Marathon Race and outride to the Escarpment overlooking South Africa 1600m below. In a brave move, Pheteso Monese attacked early and spent the day in a lone breakaway that saw him winning the Marathon.

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CrankChaos’ main event, the Downhill Eliminator pits four riders against each other, with each rider railing down a separate track .

By the time the semi-finals arrived, track conditions were perfect and riders were getting to know where and when they could push on the different tracks. In his semi-final, Greg Minnaar was beaten by mere miliimetres by Kayle Seaward in what was arguably the closest battle of the event.

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The final proved to be a tight battle between two stalwart families of gravity racing in South Africa, the Seawards and Phillogenes. Phillogene brothers Chris and Jono proved their mettle taking 1st and 3rd respectively while Craig Seaward did his clan proud by taking silver.

G-Form was at the event giving riders the chance to test and ride with G-Form’s protection wear, keeping riders protected during the event.

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The Trails Crew from Cape Town set to the course, building an epic dirt jump which escaped the wrath of the wind. Riders and spectators alike were entertained by the Crew’s incredible tricks and 360’s.

G-Form sponsored athlete Malcolm Peters doing an incredible 360 off the dirt jump.

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The inaugural event CrankChaos was a resounding success and riders are planning their involvement at next years’ CrankChaos event.

Results:

 

XCO Eliminator Results:

Men:   1st:  Pheteso Monese
2nd: Teboho Khantsi
3rd: Tumelo Makae

Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter
2nd: Phia Vermeulen
3rd: Danni Coleman

Enduro Results:

Elite:
1st-: Greg Minnaar
2nd: Christopher Pearton
3rd:  Olivier Munnik

Female:
1st:  Nikki Alvin
2nd: Larise Venter
3rd:  Phia van der Meulen

Juniors:
1st:  Kayle Seaward
2nd: Sharjah Jonson
3rd:  Jason Du Toit

DH Eliminator Results:

Men:   1st:  Chris Philogene
2nd: Craig Seaward
3rd: Jonothan Philogene

Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter
2nd: Nikki Alvin
3rd:  Phia Van der Meulen

Kids:1st:   Ike Klaasen
2nd: Nate Hall
3rd:  Liam Hall

Marathon Results:

Elite:
1st:   Phetetso Monese
2nd:  Frans Nel
3rd:  Tumelo Makae

 

  • CrankChaos Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283245545362373/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resort.afriski/
  • Website: http://www.crankchaos.com/
  • Afriski Website: http://www.afriski.net/

Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky


G-Form, a leader in athletic impact protection, welcomed Bill Hamid, of D.C. United in Major League Soccer and the U.S. Men’s National team, as the brand’s newest ambassador for soccer.

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Hamid has been the first choice goalkeeper at D.C. United since 2010, when he broke Tim Howard’s record for the youngest goalkeeper to win a game in the MLS. Hamid continued to improve and earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors for the MLS in 2014 along with being a finalist in 2015. He is regularly called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team and has made two appearances for the senior team, keeping a clean sheet in his debut.

In January 2016, Hamid reported to the U.S. National Team despite an injury to his knee that occurred in training. His worst fears were realized when doctors discovered a tear in his meniscus. Hamid was out six months and missed the first 12 games of the 2016 MLS season. Upon return, Hamid was determined to explore injury prevention.

“Goalkeeper training is intense and involves a lot of repetition that takes a toll on your body” said Hamid. “The G-Form shorts, shirts and shin guards couldn’t be more ideal for me. I’m thrilled to be a part of the G-Form team and I’m proud to represent a brand I believe in.”

“We are very excited to have Bill Hamid join our growing list of professional athletes,” said Michael De Leon, VP global marketing, G-Form. “He is a tremendous athlete and the first goalkeeper to join our team. To have someone in his position, that takes impacts several times every single day, want to use our products is the best endorsement we could ever get. This is an ideal partnership and we are looking forward to seeing Bill accomplish everything he wants to in the game while wearing G-Form.”



Dookie Downhill is a Downhill Skateboarding and Luge competition hosted by First Nature on the infamous Hillclimb Drive in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg. In 2016 the event will be held on 6 and 7 August in combination with an event at Steepways on 9 August.

At #DookieDownhill there are only two racing categories: Downhill Skateboard and Street Luge. There will be no separate categories for Juniors, masters or ladies but rather all age groups will race together in one category. Juniors and ladies will be awarded points for their specific categories based on where they place in the open category.

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Johannesburg – 10 August 2016 – Africa’s one and only Slopestyle event, the Xperia Winter Whip Snowboard and Ski Jam, took place Saturday, 6 August 2016 at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho. The event, which is organised annually by LW Mag, brings together Snowboarders and Skiers from all around South Africa and Lesotho to compete and promote snow sports on the continent. This year’s event also saw a riders from the United States and Canada participating.

Course Preview

Heavy snowfall a week prior to the competition gave the Kapoko Park crew the opportunity to build the biggest Winter Whip slopestyle course to date. The course consisted of five platforms with the first three providing a mix of rail, stair and box features. The fourth platform introduced the first big kicker and Ugandan Up Rail, with the final platform, dubbed by the judges as the Xperia Modey Booter, comprising of the biggest kicker on course and undoubtedly the biggest kicker in the competition’s three-year history.

As always, the Open Men division was highly contested and featured progressive riding from all competitors. Vishaylin Mahadeo progressed throughout the jam, hitting the whole park and leaving a good overall impression on the judges to see him take 3rd for his first podium finish. The 2nd place step went to Jason Lammers, 2014 winner and 2015 runner up, who was as competitive as ever with solid runs that included big amplitude and awesome transfers. First time entrant, Storm Andrews wowed the judges with great use of the park, as well as a 180 on to 180 off the butter box and big grabs over the kickers to secure his place on the top step and take home the Club Med prize consisting of an all-inclusive snow holiday for two to Club Med Val Thorens in France.

Vishaylin Mahadeo

Vishaylin Mahadeo

 

Jason Lemmers

Jason Lemmers

 

Storm Andrews

Storm Andrews

 

The Ski division saw a number of new entrants this year, but it was JTK again who dominated the field. Huge Backflips, Frontflips and a Misty 720 safeguarded his win and title once again. Tredoux Willemse and Christiaan Willemse battled it out for the final two podium positions, both with great rail lines and 180 attempts. When it came down to the points it was Tredoux who finished in 2nd ahead of Christiaan in 3rd.

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JTK

 

One of main reasons for holding an event like this is to showcase progression, and bring new blood into the sport. This year’s Junior division saw the most amount of entries since the start of the competition in 2014, proving that snow sports in Africa is heading in the right direction.

Alex Steven, a first time entrant, put on a great performance Boardsliding the Flat to Down box and hitting the big gaps to finish in 3rd. Last year’s winner, Erin Nel, was riding better than ever before with style on the rails and big jumps, as well as hitting the Ugandan Up Rail to claim 2nd. 13 year old, Ethan Terblanche blew away the field by nailing Frontside 360’s and Backflips over the kickers, which saw him take a dominant win. “We were so impressed with Ethan’s riding that we also scored him in the Pro Men division, where he placed with an impressive 5th place,” says Xperia Winter Whip organiser, Ryan van der Spuy.

 

Ethan Terblanche

Ethan Terblanche

 

In the Ladies division it was multiple title-holder, Mawa Jekot that walked away with the overall win. Jekot played it safe in the beginning with solid and steezy runs, but mixed things up during the end of the jam by hitting to the more technical rails showing progression in her riding. 11 year old, Erin Nel stepped up to enter the Ladies division this year and it paid off, her stylish and solid riding saw her finish in a respectable 2nd place. Tayla De Beer hit some solid big gaps to take home a well-deserved 3rd place in her first competition.

Mawa Jekot

Mawa Jekot

 

Erin Nel

Erin Nel

 

Tayla De Beer

Tayla De Beer

 

The Pro Men division was just insane this year with hugely competitive runs from the division’s top scorers. Dean Van Greunen put down some huge runs, which included Front and Backflip combos and stylish Frontside and Backside 360’s, but his rail game let him down in the points and he finished in 3rd place. It was a race for first between Luke Dutton and Andrew Le Roux. Dutton’s style was rock-solid with Front Lips down the Handrail, a Frontflip onto the Butter Box, huge airs and two attempts at a Double Frontflip over the Xperia Modey Booter. Le Roux impressed the judges by doing a Regular run and then doing the same run Switch. He also had Frontside 720 Indy grabs, Cab 540’s and Frontside 360’s with grabs on lock. When it came down to the points, Dutton had to settle for 2nd and Le Roux that took home 1st. Last year’s Pro Men division winner, Liam Roy finished in 4th, attempting huge Double Backflips, unfortunately just not able to land them.

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Dean Van Greunen

 

Luke Dutton

Luke Dutton

 

Andrew Le Roux

Andrew Le Roux

 

Le Roux’s win also sees him take the Club Med prize consisting of an all-inclusive snow holiday for two to Club Med Val Thorens in France.

To finish off the day, the Method Madness presented by Red Bull took place off the bottom kicker. Method Madness was a half hour jam session to see who could pull off the biggest, steeziest Method grab. It was a good run for the win between Matthew Amoretti, Dale Andrews, Wesley Schallen, Luke Dutton and Dean Van Greunen, but it was Van Greunen who claimed victory and took home the R5,000.00 cash prize.

Dean Van Greunen Method Madness

Dean Van Greunen Method Madness

 

2016 Xperia Winter Whip Results

Open Men:

1st Storm Andrews

2nd Jason Lammers

3rd Vishaylin Mahadeo

Podium Open Men

 

Ski:

1st JTK

2nd Tredoux Willemse

3rd Christiaan Willemse

 

Podium Ski

 

Junior:

1st Ethan Terblanche

2nd Erin Nel

3rd Alex Steven

Podium Junior

Ladies:

1st Mawa Jekot

2nd Erin Nel

3rd Tayla De Beer

Podium Ladies

 

Pro Men:

1st Andrew Le Roux

2nd Luke Dutton

3rd Dean van Greunen

Podium Pro Men

 

Ryan van der Spuy commented, “This year’s event was better than ever and we cannot thank all those involved enough – from the athletes who continue to share their passion for the sport, to the judges who gave their time to score each run, the media who have helped spread the word, the medics onsite, Kapoko Park crew and Afriski Resort who provided us with a top grade course and facilities, the spectators and our incredible sponsors. We have received such great support from our sponsors this year; Sony Mobile, Club Med, Red Bull, Skullcandy, Neff, Ogio and Jägermeister, all of whom helped to make the 2016 Xperia Winter Whip a great success”.

Celebrations went on late into the night at the Gondola Café with resident DJ Black Sparrow and a live performance from The Snowcones.

Photo credit: Jason May and Shawn Van Zyl


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 Lesotho welcomes back Africa’s top Snowboarders and Skiers for Xperia Winter Whip 2016

The Xperia Winter Whip, presented by LW Mag has stamped its name on snow and snow sports in Africa. Following from the success of the previous snow competitions held at the Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho in 2014 and 2015, the organisers are proud to announce that this action sports event is back for its third season this year.

This year’s event, which again partners with Sony Mobile, will take place on Saturday, 6 August and will be hosted by the Kingdom of Lesotho at the Afriski slope. The jam-style Snowboarding and Skiing competition brings together some of the continent’s best athletes, and provides a fun-filled weekend for those participating, as well as those supporting.

The competition categories include; Pro Mens, Amateur Mens, Ladies, Juniors and Ski. Competitors will have a newly designed and laid out Kapoko Park course that consists of rails, kickers and boxes. Judges will be taking technicality, style and use of course into consideration when awarding points. Podium finishers stand in line to win cash and prizes from the various sponsors. Two lucky winners will take home an all expenses paid trip for two to Club Med Val Thorens in France from Club Med. Red Bull will also be giving away a R5,000 specialty award on the day.

Xperia Winter Whip organiser, Ryan van der Spuy says, “We are excited to be back for our third year and to showcase Africa’s top snowboarding and skiing talent. Thanks to our partners; Sony Mobile, Club Med, Red Bull, Jägermeister, Skullcandy, Neff and Ogio, we are ready to host the best event to date.”

Celebrations will continue throughout the day and into the evening with Afriski’s resident DJ and the band, The Snowcones, who will be playing at the after party at the resort’s Gondola Café.

Check out last year’s Winter Whip crowns champs here

Xperia Winter Whip After-Movie

Check out the official After-Movie from the 2015 Xperia Winter Whip Snowboard and Ski Jam. Get a glimpse into the action that took place at Afriski’s Kapoko Park.


Enduro mountain biking enthusiasts took to Karkloof’s  trails on Saturday, getting the 2016 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival underway with a bang and setting the tone for Sunday’s second day.

Saturday afternoon’s STIHL Karkloof Enduro was a dry, dusty affair but the change in course location and fresh trails worked a treat as Tiaan Odendaal claimed his third consecutive title at the event at a time of 11:48.

Odendaal charged out the blocks on the testing, technical opening stage and as the subsequent runs got smoother so he got quicker as he powered his way to four stage victories and the overall crown.

“It was really great to get a clear win this year and I was really happy with the gap I opened up over the rest of the guys,” said Odendaal. “While I wasn’t focusing on winning my third title coming into the race, it was also cool to win three in a row.”

“I actually worked quite hard for this win and was pretty broken at the end so it was quite a satisfying result.

A big thanks to Brian Bentley for his assistance with a bike and then also to Hylton Turvey and the guys her at Karkloof, the tracks were phenomenal and I’ve never ridden anything so good.

“Stage one was quite difficult to get a rhythm with all the rocky, technical sections but stage two was then really fast flowing with all the berms and jumps and that put me in a bit of a happy zone which I looked to stay in until the end,” he added.

Well done Tiaan, here’s to many more titles.   Tiaan Odendaal claimed his third consecutive win at the Sappi karkloof Enduro race

 

Tiaan Odendaal claimed his third consecutive win at the Sappi Karkloof Enduro race

 

Tiaan Odendaal claimed his third consecutive win in the Sappi Karkloof Enduro race

Tiaan takes the win