|Posted on November 17, 2017 at 3:40 AM|
The annual KZN & Gauteng Ladies & Juniors off-road day took place at Killarney 4x4 & Wild West Enduro Track, where 250 ladies & junior riders got together for some thrills and spills. The event was organized and hosted by Shredbettys and sponsored by Motorsport South Africa & Federation of International Motorcycling Africa.
Some of South Africa’s top lady riders, Lanza vd Mescht, Elize Olivier, Megan Jonker, Tiegan Reed, Kayla Raaf & Rebecca James were there on the days to coach the girls of all ages and riding levels. Other coaches including multiple MX Champ Brett Redman and Multiple Gold Roof of Africa Rider Brett Waddles were also on hand to coach the juniors and ladies. The day catered for Enduro and Motocross riders with a morning skills sessions focusing on things like picking up your bike at different angles, pivot turns, cornering, mx starts, turning your bike around in small spaces, downhills, up hills, getting over obstacles, weighting the pegs on off cambers etc etc. Once the morning skills lesson was over, the ladies were taken on outrides where they could hone their newly taught skills and put them into practice with the coaches and marshalls on hand to help out and give pointers along the way.
The purpose of the event was to introduce new ladies and juniors to the sport and to supply the riders with an ongoing support structure by introducing them to fellow lady riders and off-road groups like Shredbettys. This is a fun & informative riding day to develop riding skills among lady & junior riders, as well as to enable the growth of women participating in Motorsport. A Medic was on standby to take care of any injuries but happy to report no one gave him a visit.
The day ended off with a prize giving session where the ladies were totally spoilt with all the gifts from sponsors consisting of all the things they would need to ride or look good doing it in!
The day was enjoyed by the whole family with riders jumping into the pool kit and all and enjoying the venue facilities like the slide into the pool and the jungle gyms, there was something for everyone and Redbull was there with their Music Truck keeping the good vibes going.
Generous Prizes were sponsored by the following awesome Companies:
KTM Durban, KTM Alfie Cox Racing, Fox Racing South Africa, Startline, Gasoline Alley, Rollin Dirty, Redbull, Sherco, BikeWorx, Graphix Lab, Motorsport South Africa, Batt Holdings, Angel Security, Karlien Fouche, Dirtbike Fanatics, Media Worx, P.A. Baines, Liqui Moly South Africa, Hyde Guards, XRAMP, X LUBE, Dirty230 Divas, Regal Coatings.
KTM Durban & Sherco South Africa had demo bikes for both newbies and experts to try out, be it for their first time or to upgrade to a faster bigger bike. KTM Durban also had their mechanic on hand to sort out any issues and help with bike setup making sure everyone got to ride on the day.
For more info on ladies off-road riding and exciting trips or competitions, go to www.shredbettys.co.za or keep up to date with everything on www.facebook.com/shredbettys1
Some feedback received from the Ladies:
Melanie Taylor: Dear Nicole, Lanz and Shred Betty Team, as well as all other Assistants and Stake Holders. What an amazing day. I loved every moment. I have acquired some new learning techniques which I will practise at home as often as I can. Thank you Lanz for your patience, it made the effort all more worth while. The sense of achievement that I have taken from yesterday and brought home with me, have done wonders for my confidence and general morale. (I'm still scared of falling...lol... but the fear is a little less) But hey... I rocked a river crossing....twice!! I look forward to participating in any other similar events. Even if its just a simple morning of learning a few more tricks, would be amazing.’Any way, this email serves as a shout out to you all for the epic day which I have named my own personal "Roof of Shongweni..." Thank you again!
Kerry-Jane Coleman: Best Day Ever! Cannot wait for the next, sign me up for everything!!!!!
Teresa Da Silva: Thanks for a great day! I learnt so much and made many new friends.
David Solomons: Such a great well organized event promoting ladies and riding. Awesome to be there and watch every one having so much fun, well done to all who were involved. Great turn out also.
Elizabeth Bam: My girl had a ball I had a ball thanks guys awesome event
Mark Debbi Payn: An absolutely awesome day with awesome people. Thanks a mil ladies and gents, we all had a blast. Till we meet again....
Darell Smith: You ladies are awesome.. thanks to all the Bettys for a great day..well done
Tiegan Reed: Honestly had such a fun day today at Wild West with the Shred Betty's Each and every lady did amazing! Everyone is so talented and kind, loved the vibe and loved the people So keen for future events Thank you Nicole Salt & Lanza Van Der Mescht, as well as everyone else for such a lovely day
KD Smith: What an awesome day at the ShredBettys woman's training day... learned so much and had a blast riding with the ladies.. thanks to all for the awesome prizes I really had alot of fun.. I definatly need a bigger bike for enduro now love you all
megan35: MSA and Shredbettys Giving back. Such a privilege to train the little ones in the sport. Thanks @shredbettys it was a fun day.
kim_opperman: Another cool ladies day, learnt so much! thanks to @shredbettys !
tyrelsmith197: What a great day at @shredbettys womans training fun day..had so much fun and walked away with awesome prizes..learned positioning,cornering and braking and had alot of fun riding with everyone.
Christine Roux: Thanks ladies for an awesome day, I feel like crying tears of joy as I always ride with my husband and it’s usually so much pressure, but today I learnt so much and made so many new friends, thank you so much for this day it means the world to me.
Adel Peironi: It was a great day and I learnt how to corner properly today, can’t wait to shave time off my laps at the next GXCC
Tahra Holloway: What a great day, information overload but in a good way, I have lots to practice, feeling pumped! Thank you to everyone that contributed to such a well organized event, was great seeing the awesome camaraderie and enjoyment with all of the ladies out there.
Tamy: Thanks to all involved and for the awesome prizes, really had an awesome day, thanks guys
Karlien Fouche: My daughter Carle says thank you so much, she really enjoyed the training day. She described the outride as fun and the group spirit should get credit for this one, I cant remember when last she mentioned an outride as fun, she normally refers to them as boring so thank you for getting her back out there and looking after her. Also thanks to skinny for the wheelie class
Santel Thank you to everyone involved, I don’t miss these days for anything, it’s always a great day riding with everyone and we learn new things each year to improve our racing. Our advanced class was awesome this year, amazing to see it grow!