Teasdale masterclass at Pecanwood fest
AFTER winning the SA enduro E2 title in the last round of the Liquorland South African National Enduro championships, Maritzburg’s fastest mud rider Travis Teasdale will host a training camp at the Pecanwood Oktoberfest this weekend.
The mere R200 per person charged for the four-hour session of expert tuition in hard enduro techniques includes a festival ticket and camping, making this the best value for a wheeled event in KZN this Saturday.
After the good rains, the area has seen, things may get muddy, but Teasdale, who has been riding since he was four, has sound advice for any trainee mud riders: “When approaching a mud hole, it is all about line choice. Do not take the line that has been ridden the most. This is where most people make the mistake — the most used line is like a big magnet drawing you into it. Rather make a new line either on the left or right of the main rut. Doing this may save you minutes in a race, lots of energy and can save you from burying your bike knee deep, which is a really terrible predicament to be in — I know from firsthand experience — it is so frustrating to know that time is ticking away when you are stuck knee deep in a mud hole, especially in a special stage. Believe me you don’t want to have this happen!
“So, on the right line, approach the mud hole with confidence, keeping as much momentum as possible and keep the front end as light as you possibly can. If the hole is jumpable and you are comfortable to jump it, then that would be the best thing to do.”
After winning his national title at Heidelberg, Teasdale posted on Facebook that it’s been a year with more ups and downs than a typical enduro track.
“What a year it’s been. I’ve had my good and bad days but tried to keep my riding consistent and it’s really paid off … Super happy with my result but really couldn’t have done it without my amazing team, sponsors and of course the support I get from my friends and family,” the champ said.
In the E1 class, Dwayne Kleynhans and Scott Bouverie were both in the running for the championship on board their KTM 250 XC-F machines, but a second and third place in class, respectively, were not enough to win the title.
Kirsten Landman was determined to finish the Silver class on the podium, which is what the talented woman rider achieved on board her Brother Leader Tread KTM 200 XC-W.
She raced a consistent season with some class wins and just missed out on the win by a few points. With her enjoying the more technical riding and with another Red Bull Sea to Sky Gold finish under her belt, she is now starting to prepare for the Roof of Africa event, know as the “Mother of Hard Enduro” where she will conquer the Maluti Mountains together with her teammates from December 1 to December 3 with race headquarters in Maseru, Lesotho.
The 2016 season some talented youngsters showcasing their talent with Calvin Hume (KTM Durban) taking victory in the National High School class ahead of PE’s Max Jordaan (Auto Motorcycles KTM) and Stefan van Deventer (Alfie Cox Racing KTM). • Limited space remains for the Teasdale training day at Pecanwood Oktoberfest. To book, call Travis Teasdale Racing at 072 453 0177.
SA’s 2016 Enduro champ and Maritzburg’s fastest mud rider Travis Teasdale will be hosting a training camp at the Pecanwood Oktoberfest.
Kristen Landman shows a six pack that is the envy of all the bros in the Brother Leader Tread KTM team as she walked the track at Heidelberg.
Durban KTM racer Calvin Hume makes light of a log.
Alfie Cox KTM racer Stefan Vandeventer in action.