Teas­dale mas­ter­class at Pe­can­wood fest

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

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.

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