Sam Bull and Julia Kotze confirmed their status at the top male and female Enduro racers in Gauteng currently when they secured successive wins in the men and women’s categories respectively at Round 3 of the 2021 Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED at Buffelsdrift on Saturday, 6 November.

Bull won three of the five stages to clock an overall winning time of 13:07, just six seconds quicker than Francois Theron (13:13) with Chris Pearton a distant third with a time of 14:24. Jaedon Terlouw was the top Under-23 and fourth overall in 14:33, while Dion Retief was fifth overall in 14:36 and winner of the Master’s division.

Sam Bull on his way to his second victory at Buffelsdrift and this third in the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Action Photo SA

As with Round 2 at the same venue, Kotze was once again the fastest female on all five stages and placed 16th overall in a combined time of 15:13. Lillian Baber, competing in her first Enduro, was second overall and first Youth Female in 16:17, while fastest Sub-Junior, Arielle Behr was third overall in 16:41.

“It didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped. On Stage 1 (Enduro Line 2), which I rode second, I had an issue with my drivetrain. I think I shifted in a rough section and the drivetrain jammed. So I had to get off and sort it out. I managed to push hard to the bottom from there. I wasn’t sure how much time I lost there and was a bit worried. But I had smooth, clean runs for the rest and am pleased to have taken the win,” said Bull.

Julia Kotze on her way winning the the overall women’s title for the second time at Buffelsdrift at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Action Photo SA

“I’m glad the event started an hour earlier because I suffered in the heat at Round 2. This time the air wasn’t moving much so I was sweating a lot, but on the whole I felt better this time compared to last time.

“I think the organisers did another stellar job. The timing was slick with no issues, which is great. It’s been really nice to see Gauteng support the Enduro scene and this series has been a fantastic springboard to give the discipline some momentum in the province,” added Bull.

After having punctured in the previous round, Francois Theron was back at this best as he secured second place overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Action Photo SA

“I’d say my runs were all pretty smooth on Saturday. I rode a bit too conservatively on Stage 5 (Rocks 2 Crocs), but I managed to improve my times from the previous event on all the other stages. The earlier start definitely made a difference in terms of the heat compared to the previous round,” said Kotze, who did her first Enduro event in 2018.

“I really enjoy the technical aspects of Enduro racing, which is probably why Buffelsdrift is one of my favourite venues. The Enduro trails there require quite a high level of technical ability to hit at speed,” added Kotze, who confirmed that she plans to compete in the final round of the 2021 series at Grootfontein.

Lillian Baber, competing in her first ever Enduro, won the Youth Women division and finished second overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. 

Over 100 riders competed in the event, which doubled as Round 3 of the inaugural Gauteng Province Enduro Series. The fourth and final round will take place at Grootfontein, Pretoria on Sunday, 5 December.

Sox Footwear Enduro Series, Round 3, Buffelsdrift, 6 November 2021

Leading results

Overall Men

1 Sam Bull 13:07.751

2 Francois Theron 13:13.877

3 Chris Pearton 14:24.985

4 Jaedon Terlouw 14:33.208

5 Dion Retief 14:36.574

6 Ryan van der Spuy 14:37.286

7 Eugene Kriek 14:38.572

8 Sean O’Flynn-Madden 14:39.049

9 Anru Botha 14:50.930

10 Charl van Zyl 14:57.104

Chris Pearton on his way to third place overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Action Photo SA

Nipper Boys

1 Evert Maritz 12:17.035

2 Ruben Venter 13:15.381

3 Wihan van Niekerk 14:28.015

Sprog Boys

1 Sven Etsebeth 10:15.797

2 Michael Kanis 11:17.858

3 Luke Stafford 11:37.311

Sub-Junior Boys

1 Thomas Carter-Brown 15:49.201

2 Hanro Ehlers 16:15.15

3 Joshua West 17:40.135

Youth Men

1 Divan van Straaten 15:17.152

2 Luke Kirk 15:39.679

3 Cade Badenhorst 15:59.257

Junior Men

1 Eugene Kriek 14:38.572

2 Bartel Herbst 17:00.080

3 Veshan Pillay 17:47.248

Under-23 Men

1 Jaedon Terlouw 14:33.208

2 Anru Botha 14:50.930

Elite men

1 Sam Bull 13:07.751

2 Bradon Webster 15:07.388

3 Jaco Nel 17:11.802

Sub-Veteran Men

1 Francois Theron 13:13.877

2 Chris Pearton 14:24.985

3 Charl van Zyl 14:57.104

Veteran Men

1 Ryan van der Spuy 14:37.286

2 Sean O’Flynn-Madden 14:39.049

3 Pat Morewood 14:58.516

Master Men

1 Dion Retief 14:36.574

2 Ronnie Purnell 16:26.681

3 Sean Badenhorst 16:32.983

Sport Men

1 Arno Venter 16:23.409

2 Hano Mong 22:50.476

Lite Sport Men (3 Stages)

1 Chris Stafford 10:45.802

2 John Alan Todd 12:04.933

3 Reuben Botha 12:55.999

Arielle Behr won the Sub-Junior Girls category and finished third overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Steven Kotze

Overall women

1 Julia Kotze 15:13.207

2 Lillian Baber 16:17.684

3 Arielle Behr 16:41.646

Sub-Junior Girls

1 Arielle Behr 16:41.646

Youth Women

1 Lillian Baber 16:17.684

2 Tashane Ehlers 18:23.110

Junior Women

1 Lauriesian Brett 20:09.373

Sub-Veteran Women

1 Maude Badenhorst 18:32.768

2 Victoria Rose 18:34.878

3 Madele Venter 21:04.390

Master Women

1 Hildegard Setzkorn 21:22.006

Sport Women

1 Julia Kotze 15:13.207

2 Hester Basson 23:06.924

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The remaining round of the 2021 Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED is:

Round 4: Grootfontein, Pretoria – Sunday, 5 December

Because this is an official provincial series, run by Gauteng Cycling, a Cycling South Africa Membership (licence) is required for all entrants. There is a R50 day licence option, but for riders that want to be considered for the provincial series, which carries official recognition on a regional and national racing level, a full 12-month CSA membership is required. This costs R250 for adults and R150 for Youth (under 19). This, along with the Provincial affiliation fee of R75 are both one-off payments required.

GALLERY

From left: Jaedon Terlouw, Francois Theron, Sam Bull, Chris Pearton and Dion Retief, were the top five men overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED.
From left: Tashane Ehlers, Arielle Behr, Julia Kotze, Lillian Baber and Maude Badenhorst, were the top five women overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED.
Dion Retief was in superb form, winning the Master Men’s division and finishing fifth overall at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Steven Kotze
Ryan van der Spuy claimed victory in the Veteran Men’s division at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Steven Kotze
Rewarded for their commitment to the Halloween dress-up theme, Mattie Viviers and Greg Richter (right), were declared the women and, er, men’s winners respectively.
Matteo Damilano, Zandri Strydom and Giulia Damilano pose with Clark Kent/Superman (Jeremy Timms) before the start of Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED.
Divan van Straaten won the Youth Men’s category at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Steven Kotze
Matthew Stubbs won the Grandmaster Men’s category at Round 3 of the Sox Footwear Enduro Series, presented by SHRED. | Photo: Steven Kotze
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