Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Natal WFO Enduro Association will celebrate its 40-year anniversary when Mid Illovo Club hosts the opening round of the WFO Enduro Regional Championship on Saturday.
To mark the milestone, WFO stalwarts are invited to enter the Blast from the Past Class, receive a signature legend t-shirt and share in the camaraderie at the post-race braai.
The event – sponsored by Alfie Cox Racing, Modern Butchery and Driveshaft Parts – will not only be a celebration of the old, but also usher in the new in the form of signature climbs and alternative routes, designed to encourage riders to experience a pure enduro.
Aside from regional bragging rights at the conclusion of the six-round championship, registered riders this year stand a chance of winning R50 000 cash.
The course-setting team headed by Tian from Mid Illovo have put together a terrific track through a number of club members’ farms.
The roughly 35km course starts at the Mid Illovo Club and runs through the sugarcane leading into the real stellar sections where the first 10km is free-flowing with a few testers.
The second part of the course is very tight with technical down- and uphills and a couple of mud holes that need to be negotiated with care before heading to the third and final part of the course on clean-cut paths.
The final stretch is a fitting, flowing section back to the pits. The course, in terms of technicality, is rated 7/10, and with rain expected on the day, riders should enjoy good traction.
The new signature climbs are gold category climbs, which will test the skills of the top riders. At these hills, there will be alternative routes for the rest of the riders and, in some cases, a possible third alternative for clubman riders.
Although WFOs are technical in nature, these alternative routes will ensure that riders of all skill levels enjoy the best possible race.
Registration starts at 7am, followed by the Junior Academy Class race at 8am and the main race at 10am.
The Junior Academy Class is for junior riders on 85cc or 125cc bikes who would like to test their technical ability.
The route will be the same as that of the main classes but will make use of all alternative routes with two time bars on the route for safety control purposes.
The riders in this class are allowed to have a chaperone ride with them and all riders who complete one lap will receive a finisher medal and qualify to ride in the main race if they wish to do so.
A combination of all these exciting factors has organisers anticipating a record number of entries.
The Mid Illovo Farmers Club will be supplying a full catering service and there will be showers and toilets available.
This being the first race of the year, entries close on Friday. To enter and for more information, visit www.wforacing.co.za.