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Castrol Winterberg Enduro Promises Testing Route in Eastern Cape Over 180 entries are expected for the 29th Castrol Winterberg Enduro, the 2nd round of the SA National Enduro Championship for motorcycles which starts at 08:00 on Saturday 6th ...

Castrol Winterberg Enduro Promises Testing Route in Eastern Cape

Over 180 entries are expected for the 29th Castrol Winterberg Enduro, the 2nd round of the SA National Enduro Championship for motorcycles which starts at 08:00 on Saturday 6th March from the PPC hall in the Gamtoos River Valley.

According to Mike Glover of the Rover Motorcycle Club, this will be the first time in the history of the Castrol Winterberg Enduro that the competitors will cross the Gamtoos River three times during the race. And although the weather forecast predicts a clear race weekend, some rain has fallen in the area and this might make the route even more interesting for the riders.

The competitors will pass through the streets of Hankey and cross through the PPC area four times and will race through no less than 19 farms.

This will make for excellent spectating.

Riders can prepare themselves to tackle the gruelling Miss Piggy, one of the toughest mountains on the route, downhill this year.

They will also tackle the rocky Rifle Range area and the Rolling Coaster - a section that is synonymous with the Castrol Winterberg Enduro. This section of approximately six kilometers runs along the lower part of the Winterberg Range and on top of the mountain with a width of only a few meters - a real roller coaster ride.

Large numbers of entries are also expected in the classes for junior riders who will be participating on a totally different route of 40km in the Longmore Forest.

After winning the opening round of the SA National Off-road Championship for Motorcycles, the Skyoil Swazi 400 in Swaziland, Darryl Curtis (AGA LG KTM) will be highly motivated to claim his first Castrol Winterberg Enduro victory. He can expect tough competition from his former team-mate Team Shimwells Yamaha rider Jade Gutzeit, the current National Enduro Champion and winner of this event last year.

This season, Gutzeit is participating on a motorcycle with a smaller engine capacity (250cc), and has already showed that he will be a serious threat to those on the bigger machines.

Previous winner, Riaan van Niekerk (Tyrolit Cheetah KTM) is back in top form this year after fully recovering from an elbow injury and is also in line for another overall victory. Another KTM rider, Louwrens Mahoney (AGA LG KTM) who was plagued by injuries last season, has made a noticeable comeback by qualifying as the third fastest rider on the starting grid at the recent off-road event in Swaziland.

These riders will be up against the best from the coast like East Londoner, Wynand Kleynhans (Griffiths Motorsport/Carousal Honda) and Port Elizabeth riders, Mark Potgieter (Veterans), Grant May (Senior Pro), Ian Mirk (Russell Campbell/JCI Resources Kawasaki) and Richard Blandford.

In the G5 Class for riders with motorbikes older than 10 years, there are strong rumours that a 1982 Yamaha XT500 will make its appearance. It will be interesting to see if motorcycles like this can finish the Castrol Winterberg Enduro.

Documentation for the 2004 Castrol Winterberg Enduro will start at 13h00 on Friday, March 5 at the Hankey Golf Club and riders have until 21h00 to get their motorcycles pass scrutineering.

-castrolSA-

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Series Other bike
Drivers Riaan van Niekerk