|Posted on November 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM|
The Brother Leader Tread KTM team are about to go to war at the 50th edition of the Roof of Africa.
The orange squad is comprised of front runners in the race for the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ title, and will present fierce competition to event favourites Graham Jarvis (ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING ) and Alfredo Gomez (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).
Scott Bouverie is a rider that stands out from the others. He has an array of hard enduro stories that he has gathered over the last few years, which are held together by a consistent thread of grit and perseverance.
“I know how to navigate through Lesotho very well, and seem to be used to riding this terrain over long periods of time,” said Bouverie.
He is certainly more familiar with Lesotho than most riders, and has even shared a hut with locals when he got stuck out in the mountains during the 2009 Roof of Africa.
The rider has had his fair share of challenges in his pursuit of the esteemed title. After achieving his first Roof of Africa podium position in 2013, a long list of injuries kept him out the game for almost three years.
While he admits to thinking that it could be the end of his career at a stage, Bouverie stuck his testing season out to make a massive comeback at last year’s event.
The local enduro hero proved to be South Africa’s best when once again he took his place on the prestigious Roof of Africa podium.
Bouverie is looking to use his valuable experience to step things up a notch this year:
“I plan to push as hard as possible and minimise my mistakes. It’s a long event and I need to be in contention the entire time if I want a real shot at taking the title,” he said.
He plans to maximise the strength of his consistent riding style, and added, “I have a lot of bike control and technical skills, which help me save energy and ride with less effort. The rocks are very tiring if you try to attack them all day.”
Travis Teasdale will be hot on his heels, however. The rider has risen to stardom over the last year, and boasts both international and local success.
“I’ve trained really hard for this event. The international experience I had this year made me very familiar with the pace and ability of the rides who will be competing at the Roof, and I know what it will take to beat the best,” said Teasdale.
He finds great confidence in his 2017 Erzbergrodeo’s Red Bull Hare Scramble success where he placed tenth in the Gold Class.
The 2017 E1 runner up, Dwayne Kleynhans, is just as excited to conquer the mountains of Lesotho and has put in all the hard work and preparation for a top finish at this year’s event.
Bouverie, Teasdale and Kleynhans will race the 2017 Roof of Africa onboard KTM’s recently launched fuel injected 2-stroke TPI models.
Kirsten Landman, as always, is set to steal the spotlight. She is the only woman in Roof of Africa history to have finished the gruelling Gold route.
The Queen of the Mountains had another great finish in the Silver class at Romaniacs this year, and also took the Silver class title in the 2017 National Enduro Series.
As she gears up for glory at the 2017 MOTUL Roof of Africa, she comments, “I made the decision to ride a KTM Freeride 250 R this year, and I'm really confident about that. I have no problem taking on the technical stuff in Lesotho, but the riding in between like lowlands and down hills intimidate me a bit. I've been putting in the effort though, and I'm going to give it my all. This is my terrain, and I want to do my best,” said Landman.
Published by: ZCMC Media
Picture Caption: The orange onslaught
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