Blake Gutzeit recorded an international race win in difficult conditions in Hamma, Germany at the weekend.
The 2019 Schlammschlacht event was determined by mud after last year’s snow. The South Harz MSC apparently has no luck with the annual enduro.
Continuous rain over night kept some riders from starting at all. Fortunately, the weather gods had insight and stopped punctually at the start of the race. Nevertheless, the conditions on the loamy track were borderline.
The conditions were all the more bitter for the club members of South Harz MSC, because they have taken care of the track in recent weeks and built some spectacular new obstacles. These should also be integrated into the Germany Hard Enduro Series track.
Despite the bad weather, the rider field was high quality, headlined by Oslo Beach star Gutzeit. South Africa’s first-ever superenduro champion battled it out with reigning Superenduro European champion Tim Apolle in two exciting E3 races.
Despite having to contend with unfamiliar conditions, Gutzeit managed to prevail against the local favourite and the rest of the field.
“Real tough conditions in Hamma today. Well done to everyone out there, it was a real battle.
It was a well-run event and I’m happy to take the win,” said Gutzeit.