South African World Cup 2003
venue turned out to be an awesome site.
Not a high top end course but a more technical
one as far as drafting goes. Carrying speed
was definitely the key to success in coming
out front for the long drafting sections.
The fresh head wind made drafting very influential
on the outcome of the race. Even with the
strong winds, we still managed a top speed
of about 70km/h
Koegelber race saw a few new faces in the
gravity bike division which was a real stoke.
Some guys didn't make it to the event. but
will definitely be at he next one.
each got to do two qualifier time trials.
The top four times went to a final. The final
saw Mark Hopkins, Karl Ebel, Donovan Le Coc
and New Comer (400cc super bike rider) Glen
Hayter, on the line.
Starters orders were given.....One push and
we are GO!
and Glen get a great start while Donovan and
Karl are battling for the position, just a
whisker behind. Glen comes into the first
right hander a little hot and gets into a
huge tank slapper. Karl, committed to a brake
free line through the same right hander, finds
Glen struggling to save his crash on the very
same line. Needless to say Karl shunts Glen.
Karl meets straw, then road. (Nice Slide Karl!)
Glen road out of near disaster and was back
in the fight for lead. Some very tight drafting
to the finish, saw Mark squeak the position
on 2002 World Champion Donovan Le Cok. Leaving
Glen in Third and the fallen, 2001 Master
Class Rider, Karl in fourth.
left the last three positions based upon Qualification
time. Fifth goes to long time pro, Simon Deiner
who was listed as a Master Class rider at
the end of 2002. Sixth goes out to Steven
Hitching, and Seventh to the first event rookie,
Geoffrey "Bomba" Newmarch. We want
to thank all those who came to ride especially
the new G-Bike participants. We hope to see
you all at the next one, and good luck on
the GBA World Championships.
By: Karl Ebel
Africa World Cup
Event Results 3/4 Points
2. Donovan Le Cok
3. Glen Heyter
4. Karl Ebel
5. Simon Deiner
6. Steven Hitching
7. Geoffrey Newmarch