Red Bull Braveman ignites Elisenheim
Interpack hosted the legendary Red Bull Braveman at Farm Elisenheim last weekend.
Nineteen of the 32 riders that entered from South Africa, Cambodia, Zambia and Namibia managed to finish the race.
Brett Swanepoel (Yamaha), Travis Teasdale (KTM SA) and Dwayne Kleynhans (KTM SA) were able to secure the best gold class starting positions at the prologue on Friday, and had officials, teammates and spectators clapping and cheering, when they all crossed the finish line in the main race in a three-way tie, clocking a race time of 08:04:18, including a 60 minute time penalty, due to riding outside of the marked route.
Namibian rider Jörn Greiter finished fourth in the gold class, only 21minutes behind the first three finishers. This was a remarkable achievement, as most of the Namibian riders are not professionals.
The last rider in the gold class, Louw Schmidt, came in after 9 ½ hours, which included a penalty. Louw mentioned that the Red Bull Braveman was the toughest metre by metre race he has ever ridden.
In the silver class, only four out of 13 riders, who raced the prologue on Friday, were able to finish the main race on Saturday.
Kirsten Landmann (KTM SA), winner of the silver class in 2015, was placed second this year, after going on the wrong route at the start and receiving a 60-minute time penalty.
According to Landmann, the Red Bull Braveman took extreme to a new level, with the heat, dry terrain and extreme loop getting the better of her. Nevertheless, she pushed through from starting at the back of the pack, after a disappointing prologue run.
Her South African mate, Darren Gray, finished in first place with a race time of 4:45:37.
Namibian riders CorneVisser and Günther Gladis were placed third and fourth, respectively, and will represent Namibia at the Roof of Africa in November.
The bronze class saw nine finishers, with RJ Visser clocking the best time of 2:21:55.
Visser managed to secure a good starting position at the prologue and shared the final podium with fellow Namibian riders, Martin Diekmann and Gerald Heiser.
The extreme heat and very loose and slippery mountain inclines made it extra difficult for all the riders.
Additionally, all classes had to navigate with GPS, which was definitely a challenge for many.
Interpack Chief Executive Officer Jacques Coetzer, said the event was a massive success and exceeded any expectations they had.
“We are tremendously proud of all our riders and even prouder that one of our own was able to secure fourth place in gold class. This is an outstanding achievement,” Coetzer said.