Stop 1 of the 2018 Dustin Rudman Invitational Downhill MTB race took place at the infamous Heldekruin Hill, and in honour of Ryan Heukelman. After the off-season, a lot of time and effort was put into the course preparing it for race day, and resulted in a fun, fast and competitive track.
The DRI brings with it a vibe like no other race. Stoke levels were high all weekend long as riders from around the country gathered to compete the two day event. On Saturday’s practice riders were met with a perfectly groomed and damp track, thanks to the rain earlier in the week. Competitors had the day to practice sections of the course and dial in their runs in preparation for the race.
Sunday’s race day had arrived. The track had dried up and was well worn in from the previous day’s practice. All categories had two race runs to put down, with the fastest of the two counting as their overall. By the time the second race runs took to the start the track had become rough and loose, but this did not slow down race run times. Riders put in their all in the hopes of bettering their first run times.
In the end it was Kiera Duncan who put down the fastest time of the day of 1:10,255. He was followed by Frank Meyer with and extremely close time of 1:10,272 – and impressive run by Frank after a hard crash in his first race run. Rob Frost came in with the third fastest time of the day with 1:11,960.
In the Women’s division Steffanie Grossmann was fastest with a time of 1:30,405. She was followed by Louise Kotze with a time of 1:33,738 and Nikki Alvin with a time of 1:35,881.
A massive shout-out goes to Dustin Rudman and team for putting this incredible event together, as well as the parters that make it possible; Red Bull, International Trade (Spank and WTB), Afriski, Rapid Studio, Dewbro Cycles, Ride with Zeal, Ballistic Bike Armour, Netnikes, Send-It, Dirt Merchant, Dirt Nurse, Dirt Lab, Quick Response Services and Joburg Parks.
2018 Dustin Rudman Invitational Stop 1 – Top 5
1st Kiera Duncan – 1:10,255
2nd Frank Meyer – 1:10,272
3rd Rob Frost – 1:11,960
4th Dirk Van Schalkwyk – 01:12.647
5th Kelvin Purchase – 01:13.585
1st Steffanie Grossmann – 1:30,405
2nd Louise Kotze – 1:33,738
3rd Nikki Alvin – 1:35,881
4th Tasmin Johnston – 01:42.696
5th Robin Stewart – 01:42.909
Photos by Amanda Swanepoel Photgraphy.