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2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3

The third and final round of the Dustin Rudman Invitational Enduro and Downhill MTB event of the year took place at the trusty Helderkruin Hill, with an amazing turnout of 114 riders participating. This event is fast becoming one of the most anticipated races within the Gauteng region, and starting to attract a few out of towners.

Competitors at the Dustin Rudman Invitational
Fans cheering on the riders at DRI3

Saturday consisted of a day for practice for all riders, and with the occasional raindrops, the track was extremely “grippy”. With the smiles on people’s faces you could see that everyone was just having a great time. Running a different track than the past races competitors had something different in store with faster paced runs.

Review and Results from the 3rd Round of the 2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Downhill MTB and Enduro MTB event
Dustin Rudman
Downhill MTB at its best the the Dustin Rudman Invitational

Having rained the previous night, a well-watered track was expected on Sunday’s race day, but clearly nature decided otherwise. Temperatures reaching wimpy coffee levels throughout the day, dried out the track making it loose, and made morning practice even more important for dialing in lines. With practice complete race runs commenced. First runs completed for everyone, a quick lunch break then straight to second runs. All riders itching and hoping to better their first runs and better their overall placings.

The famous Heldekruin Hill playing host to Downhill Mountain biking at the Dustin Rudman Invitational

Frank Meyer winning the Downhill MTB at the Dustin Rudman Invitation 3
Frank Meyer

Frank Meyer put down a blistering first run to keep everyone at bay and took the win in the Downhill Men category and the overall for the day with a time of (1:12.451). Beanie Thies took the Ladies Downhill win and the overall with a cracking time of (1:34.640)

Frank Meyer winning the Ladies Downhill MTB at the Dustin Rudman Invitation 3
Beanie Thies

The classic Huck-to-Flat competition, and newly added Bunny-Hop Challenge ended off the day before prizes and podiums announced. We now wait in anticipation for the next season’s Dustin Rudman Invitationals.

Huch-to-Flat at the Dustin Rudman Invitational
The Bunny-Hop Challenge at DRI3

A massive amount of love and respect goes out to Dustin Rudman for pulling off 3 amazing invitationals this year. Also to all the sponsors, and especially everyone who comes out for a great event! See you all at the next one.

Celebrations at the Dustin Rudman Invitational

2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Results

Downhill Men
1st Frank Meyer
2nd Cullen McMaster
3rd Struan McMaster
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Downhill Men Podium

Enduro Men
1st Robert Frost
2nd Alex Bramley
3rd Luke Meyer
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Enduro Men Podium

Downhill Ladies
1st Beani Thies
2nd Nikki Alvin
3rd Wendy Odendaal
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Downhill Ladies Podium

Enduro Ladies
1st Louise Kotze
2nd Henrike Wielpuctz
3rd Maude Badenhorst
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Enduro Ladies Podium

Junior Men
1st Kyle Seaward
2nd Jamie Ellis
3rd Dylan Jackson
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Junior Men Podium

Sub Vet Men (Downhill)
1st Des Ellis
2nd Callum Orbell
3rd Cory Schmitz
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Sub Vet Men Downhill Podium

Sub Vet Men (Enduro)
1st Marco Pritchard
2nd Raymond Rorich
3rd Warren Garbutt
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Sub Vet Men Enduro Podium

Vets Men
1st Craig Seward
2nd Jason hall
3rd Grant Engels
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Vets Men Podium

Masters Men
1st Alastair Brand
2nd Johan Voster
3rd Guy Wentzel
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Masters Men Podium

Hardtail
1st Richard Hornsey
2nd Keenan Goodway
3rd Anthony Edwards
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Hardtail Podium

Junior Hardtail
1st Kai Fabry
2nd Jamie Green
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Junior Hardtail Podium

Junior Ladies
1st Lauriesian Brett
2nd Tatum Seaward
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Junior Ladies Podium

Youth Men
1st Kyle Brand
2nd Alex Sweidan
3rd Michael Van Heerden
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Youth Men Podium

Sprog Boys
1st Keagan Brand
2nd Nate Hall
3rd Liam Hall
2017 Dustin Rudman Invitational Round 3 Sprog Boys Podium

Photos by Alexander Wolf Photography and Trigger Mike Photography.
Words by Mikey Allen.

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