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2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1

The first round of the 2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational took place over the weekend (15 and 16 April) at the infamous Heldekruin Hill. The Downhill MTB and Enduro MTB has grown with popularity seeing a good number of riders enter the series.

Results from the Dustin Rudman Invitational Downhill MTB and Enduro MTB series

Riders had the chance to get to grips with the course during the Saturday’s official practice. Rainfall over the summer played its part in eroding the course but Dustin and his team put in an amazing effort to prepare a perfectly contestable course.

Results from Round 1 of the 2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational

Featuring rock gardens, berms, jumps, new sections and the daunting river gap, riders had to ensure a perfect run in order to get podium position times. Riders had two runs each with their fastest run counting toward the overall results.

Downhill MTB at its best at the Dustin Rudman Invitational

In the premier Downhill MTB class it was Tiaan Odendaal who dominated the field by posting an incredible time of 01:07,583, over 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place, Kelvin Purchase with a time of 01:12,752. Dustin Rudman rounded off the podium in 3rd place with a time of 01:13, 176.

Kelvin Purchare racing his way to 2nd place in the Downhill MTB division at the Dustin Rudman Invitational

The Enduro MTB class was won by Brad Purchase who posted a time of 01:12,662, the seconds fastest time of the day. David Hogan finished in a close 2nd with a time of 01:12,704 and John-Michael Du Preez finished in 3rd with a time of 01:14,423.

Enduro MTB at its best at the Dustin Rudman Invitational

The weekend was finished off the the crowd favorite, Huck to Flat competition. Nikki Alvin was the only lady to huck the river gap and claimed the victory for her awesome achievement.

Huck to Flat at the Dustin Rudman Invitational

Another great weekend of riding and racing in the books, thanks to Dustin Rudman, his team and the sponsors involved for making it happen; Afriski, G-Form, VonZipper, Shreddtech, Spank, Ride with Zeal, Rapid Studio, Gravity Hub, Bun & Bunnee, The Trailhead and TrailTech Cycles. A big shout-out also got to Great-Time for the timing system and Quick Response Service for ensuring the medics on hand.
We can’t wait for the next round, taking place on the 5th and 6th August.

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational – Round 1 Results

Downhill MTB
1st Tiaan Odendaal
2nd Kelvin Purchase
3rd Dustin Rudman

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Downhill MTB Podium

Enduro MTB
1st Brad Purchase
2nd David Hogan
3rd John-Michael Du Preez

Sub Vets
1st Marcel Meier
2nd Cyril Spence
3rd Justin Steyn

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Sub Vets Podium

Downhill MTB Ladies
1st Nikki Alvin
2nd Wendy Odendaal

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Downhill MTB Ladies Podium

Enduro MTB Ladies
1st Elja van Urk
2nd Louise Kotze
3rd Maude Badenhorst

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Enduro MTB Ladies Podium

Hardtail
1st Rob Frost
2nd Richard Hornsey
3rd Jonathan Waring

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Hardtail Podium

Vets
1st Craig Seaward
2nd Grant Eagles
3rd Jason Jenkinson

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Vets Podium

Masters
1st Desmond Purchase
2nd Mark Minter
3rd Rudolf Engelmann

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Masters Podium

Junior Men
1st Liam du Plessis
2nd Ricardo Noemdoe
3rd Tristan Whitter

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Junior Men Podium

Youth Men
1st Kayle Seaward
2nd Jamie Ellis
3rd Dylan van Tonder

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Youth Men Podium

Sprogs
1st Duncan Spence
2nd Riley Filen

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 1 Sprogs Podium

Photos by Alexander Wolf Photography

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