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So last weekend was the HP Urban Rage 2010 and I tell you what, that was an incredible event! Sadly, I missed the previous 2 years as I was training in Lesotho, but his year I was able to make it. The hype before was immense, the pictures, videos’ and stories after even better!! In my previous post I put in what the event schedule looked like so I won’t go into that, instead I’m going to quickly tell you which events I did and how they went.
On Saturday, I entered the 4 man team event with fellow Team Jeep SA athletes Brendan Davids, Ryan Ellis and Evan van der Spuy. Our initial intent was to simply use the event to get to know the course for the main individual event on Sunday…but that quickly changed. We found ourselves leading the 4 man race so we picked up the pace slightly and rode through for the win. As stoked as we were, we all were wondering whether we had spoilt our chances for the next day.
Sunday arrived and the 1st heat was off. Racing in heats of 2 people, I was paired with one of SA’s top mountain bikers, David Leiman (who had won the 2man team event with Matt Goetsch the day before). Not wanting to get into each others way (which would only slow us both down), I said to him to take the front and I’ll chase as hard as I could. Instead, he warned me that he was feeling the effects of Saturday (having ridden twice as much..and probably harder than I) and said that if I’m in front I must just keep going. Up on the 6m BMX styled starting ramp I had the inside line into the first bend so I took the lead and never looked back finishing with a 1st heat time of 5min 51sec. As a multisport athlete and not a pure breed biker I wasn’t too sure what to expect out of the event but after heat 1 I suddenly found myself in 6th place. The final which consisted of the top 10 athletes after the heats suddenly looked possible. Heat 2 was going to have to be fast. In previous years the guys were going almost a minute faster than their first heat times, although in previous years there was no enduro the day before to practice the course.
Before the second heat however, I had entered into the 2 man relay team with up and coming Jeep Multisport School star Craig Jarret. Instead of racing this event, we had decided that we would use it for more practice for our second heats and so we just rode through taking our time to try new lines and new ways of using the bikes lockout.
2pm and it was time for the second heat. Using the times from the first heat we were then sent off in seeded starts. Having placed 6th in the first heat I was up against 5th placed seeding and Jeep Team mate Ryan Ellis (who I teamed with for Joberg2C earlier this year). Ryan having had the faster seeding time (by 10sec) was given the inside line but I was ready to chase him hard and hope that by chasing him down I could jump my time up closer to his. The gate flung open and Ryan was off like a shot, quickly putting me in his dust. Having chased him for a couple hundred km in Joberg2C it was a familiar position and I wasn’t going to let him just get away. Pushing out as much power as I could (and even giving out a frustrated roar under the bridge) I could close the initial 5m gap he opened on me in the start but I did finish only 2sec behind him, improving my time by 16sec!! As it turns out, after the second heat we had held our 5th and 6th positions and we had qualified for the final!!
Now what made the final so exciting was that the course was to be extended and that meant the 10 top males and 5 top females would be racing the final through the aquarium at uShaka Marine World! A quick walk of the course (and no chance to practice it) the final began. 10th placed Brendan Davids was off first followed by 9th, 8th and so on. Now I can’t say much about what everyone else did as we were sent off 2min apart, but Luke Roberts did a fine job putting himself in the lead and nobody seemed to be able to beat his time. The last to go was 2 time winner, Philip Buys who had been dominating all weekend. Word from radio’s on the course however had given us reason to believe he may be beaten for the first time when we were told that he was having mechanical issues slowing him down. Into the last few corners he still looked pretty on target to take the lead though and then down he went. The light rain had begun to fall a little harder than when the rest of us were on course and in these more slippery conditions he lost his wheel and hit the deck. He charged in over the line though and to everyone’s amazement he had won by less than a second!! This meant the top 3 males had come over the line spaced by less that 2 seconds having raced on a course which took the winner 8min 16sec to complete! It really couldn’t have been much more exciting than that! And that pretty much sums up this amazing event! The amount of hype about this event, even now four days after has been amazing and I know that everyone who was there this year will be back next year! To Max Cluer and his incredible team, we salute you!
If you missed out…check out this awesome YouTube video of this years event too:
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It’s time for the 3rd Hewlett Packard URBAN RAGE MTB Assault Race presented by Jeep Apparel on 11th & 12th December.
New for 2010
An exciting introduction this year is the two day format to allow participants to make maximum use of the purpose built course. Saturday’s events include the new ENDURO open to individuals and teams of 2 or 4. The ever popular Kitty Cat Race, especially for the youngsters (U10) offers value for money give-aways and a day of entertainment for parents and children in conjunction with uShaka Marine World. The ENDURO caters for individuals over a two hour format and teams over a four hour format and will be the perfect opportunity for the competitive riders to get in tune with the course ahead of Sunday’s all-out racing for the grand Super-Cat title.
In the afternoon look out for the all new URBAN JUMP ‘Expression Session’ in which those who dare will jump off a ramp into the canal. Entrants will be provided with a standard BMX to perform the jump. The top five voted by the public and side-line judges will qualify for the final jump-off and grand prize.
Sunday sees the Teams of 2 (Cool Cats) and Individuals (Alley Cats) competing in a heat format to qualify for the finals. This is a high energy, very spectator friendly event with easy access points throughout the course. Rider’s can expect a course similar to last year which comprised nearly forty obstacles over the 2km route. There will be some minor logistical changes and a few surprises thrown in, including some more water obstacles and technical sections as well as a new start area.
The prestige and unique nature of the Urban Rage appeals to a wide spectrum of cycling disciplines and is the only format in which the downhill, cross-country and marathon mountain bikers, BMX’s and even the odd (daring) road rider, can get together and compete against each other on the same stage. So mark it down in your diaries – it is going to be unplayable…You could not find a better way to end off your cycling calendar than this event.
Dates: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th
Venue: uShaka Marine World, Durban Point Waterfront
Program of Events
|EVENTS||CATEGORY||ENTRY FEE||LIMITED TO||REGISTRATION||START TIMES||PRIZES||P/GIVING|
|SAT 11 DEC|
|KIDDIES RACE||Kids U10||R 100 *||na||06h30 – 07h30||07h30 – 08h00|
|ENDURO||Individual (2hr)||R 120||40||08h00 – 09h30||10h00 – 12h00||Top 3 M, W||14h20|
|ENDURO||Teams of 2 (4hr)||R 200||80 teams||08h00 – 09h30||10h00 – 14h00||Top 3 M, W, X||14h20|
|ENDURO||Teams of 4 (4hr)||R 400||30 teams||08h00 – 09h30||10h00 – 14h00||Top 3 overall||14h30|
|URBAN JUMP||Open||R 50||na||14h30 – 15h00||15h00 – 16h30||Best dressed !||16h30|
|SUN 12 DEC|
|ALLEY CATS||Individual – Heat 1||R 150 (R120)||120||08h00 – 09h30||10h00 – 12h00||na|
|COOL CATS||Teams of 2||R 300 (R240)||80 teams||08h00 – 09h30||12h00 – 14h00||Top 3 M, W, X||18h00|
|ALLEY CATS||Individual – Heat 2||na||120||na||14h20||na|
|SUPER CATS||Individual – Finals||na||10 M / 5 W||na||17h20||1st 5M / 1st 3W||18h00|
FREE ENTRY to uShaka Marine World to ALL entrants – valued at R180
FREE HP Urban Rage t-shirts to the first 500 entries.
The route and obstacles will be revealed on the website on Friday the 3rd of December.
Kitty Cats Race
ABOUT THE KITTY CAT RACE: The route will start at RAYZ KID’S WORLD and finish at the Standard Bank Dolphin Stadium and take the riders in and around the Wet and Wild and Seaworld sections of uShaka Marine World. SAFETY is paramount; there will be uShaka Marine World marshals all around the Kitty Cat course, making sure the kids are safe and sound from the start to the finish. Moms and Dads are welcome to walk alongside their kids throughout the course.