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Mountain Massacre 2017


Up close and personal
Powasol Eventing and all involved live up to the promise!


Powasol Eventing was proud to bring Mountain Massacre 2017 to you, featuring the support of the Estcourt, Enersdale Farmers Asso and proud locals.


[one_half]What made this event?
Passion, Excitement, dedication and time
Thank you Geoff Richmond and Germaine Goldstone aka #DrEvil

The Growth and Development of people is the HIGHEST form of LEADERSHIP. Help us develop the next stage of champions? [/one_half][one_half_last]Why the change of venue?
Closer, safer to get to, awesome riding, no major road crossings
FRESH

When you want to SUCCEED as much as you want to BREATHE then you will become SUCCESSFUL[/one_half_last]


MOUNTAIN MASSACRE 2017 – everyone who lined up on the start line was a WINNER! Arriving two weeks before to a brand new venue with new people to work with is always stressful, lots goes through your mind. It starts with “I hope we don’t over stay our welcome”.

Arriving at Enersdale Sale Yard was daunting for Brett Redman, Powasol Track Director, a sense of “Holly Cow” crossed his mind when he saw what appears to be the simple things……the GRASS!! Elephant Grass as high as his head is sections of the unknown creates a sense of immediate panic, especially when the event is 2 weeks away.

Nonetheless, Geoff Richmond our contact and ‘lifesaver’ had a plan; he introduced us to Mr Majola, a local small businessman in Estcourt who had the services that we desperately needed – three Brushcutter operators with machines. Man o Man these guys could operate. Cutting on average of 10-12 Kilometres of grass a day, 3-4 metre wide track is not for the fainthearted trust me. These guys from 7am to 4pm everyday followed our Orange markers and cut some amazing track under the watchful eyes of both Brett and Chance Botes. What appeared to be an impossible task ended perfectly; the track was world class as per some rider feedback.

 

Proudly driven by Ford Stanger

Riders started arriving from 5:30am from all parts of the country, some from as far as Nelspruit, Gauteng and Richards Bay, a long haul to come attempt the #Massacre, an event in its third year started at Four Rivers Adventure with Adrian Fourie aka Satan which then progressed to The Nest Resort up the road and now in its glory at the Enersdale Sale Yard on the LosKop Road near Estcourt.

Riders close to Durban or Pinetown had the option of entering early at RBS Yamaha on the Wednesday afternoon from 4pm-6pm then from the Outriders Clubhouse from 6:30pm to late or at KTM Durban on Thursday Evening from 6pm-8pm. Besides for the helping with flow on race day, it helps stores engage with riders and open their doors to some last minute shopping. The main attraction at RBS being the new JUST1 Helmets on display and at KTM the latest range of Powasol products.

The sun came up over the escarpment and the amazing Screen Graphic Africa pits awaited riders, family, crew and spectators. Sponsors flapping in a mild wind and the sound of bikes being revved for last minute checks and balances. Aaaa it’s here, the start of what we have worked so hard for – Round Two of the Powasol Big5 Xtreme Series is here!!

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NEW SPONSORS:We welcome three new sponsors to the mix. BDNS is the new Bronze Class sponsor for the balance of the 2017 season, Network Collections have sponsored the ladies and offered FREE entries to any lady that enters a Powasol Big5 Xtreme event. Then last but not least JUST1Helmets imported by Henderson Racing Products has backed us with the latest 2017 model Just1Helmet.

As always riders line up under the KTM Durban Arch and down the Screen Graphics Africa start shoot in order of their last position from South Coast Extreme. Well that’s if they entered on time that is. Late entries start at the back of each batch. This is why we urge riders to enter early and pay later if they like. At least this way they are seeded on the start line correctly.

The Gold front row was made up of William Slater (BP Quarry DTB Husqvarna), Chris Barnes (Perry Bikes), Kyle Purchase (Alfie Cox Motul Racing), Matt Green (Liqui Moly Husqvarna), William Gillitt (Liquorland KTM Durban) and Hayden Louw (HMW Engineering/Alfie Cox Racing) and towards the back of the Gold Class lay patiently the #111 of Brett Swanepoel (Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing).

A 20-second gap between rows saw 15 Gold riders take off into the tight BP Signs/13th Floor bunted Enduro Special before crossing the Old Railway Bridge. Then they were off on a perfectly prepared and marked Bronze track cut to perfecting and well marked every 20 metres. Rides being spoilt with some of the most amazing river sections and tight technical Galley sections. Until the Gold / Silver split.

A 2-minute gap and the 39 Silver riders took off in pursuit of the back end Gold riders. The struggles began at the foot of “Legless” a mere switch back section which would remove Silver and Gold riders from their comfort zone. This is where the race started, this is where it began to test the fitness, skill and performance of the riders.

Between Bronze, Junior 85cc. 65cc, ladies and PeeWee we added another 71 riders to the track.

Mountain Massacre, said to be one of the best races on the calendar, came out guns blazing with awesome terrain, beautiful scenery and an exciting finish. All riders from Peewee to Gold experiencing the unexpected. A long day for some with Gold Finishers William Gillitt and Hayden Louw coming home at 7H45pm in the dark with one light. An amazing achievement.

It was awesome to see the finishers no matter the class come home battered and bruised with determination in their eyes. Riders had to dig deep.

Next up is Round 1 of the Powasol EnduroX Series. Get your entries in;
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