Twenty-nine of SA’s finest motorbike enduro riders were invited to the first ever Alfie Cox Invitational on Saturday, 2 April. A crowd of around 400 locals and hard enduro enthusiasts lined the course at Henderson’s Farm in uMzumbe on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast to watch the showdown. At the end of an epic day, Scott Bouverie took the win ahead of Dwayne Kleynhans, with James Hodson rounding out the podium.
“I really loved the format that we raced today – the best I’ve raced! It was so much fun!” Bouverie said after his win. “It’s really intense, with the competition and the format it really takes it out of you from the start to the finish.
The selection of hand picked riders started the first heat with the course proving to be a hit with the spectators and the riders themselves with only 20 riders making the cut for the semi-final. The competition started to take shape as initial favourite Wade Young’s chances of winning the inaugural event faded with a seized engine. Even in the absence of Young the challenge was always going to be intense for Bouverie with many quality riders competing. The gruelling 11km course and the sprint enduro format tested the participants’ technical ability and overall fitness.
Heading into the final it was evident that the course played to Bouverie’s strengths and despite an early fall, he went on to prove that he was the strongest rider of the day.
The event was the brainchild of motorsports legend Alfie Cox and he was sincerely thrilled with the results of the first event. “Today was spectacular! Usually at Enduro events the spectators don’t get the opportunity to watch the action but here they could watch from various spots and cheer the boys along the way.”
“What we saw today was epic and seeing these guys giving it their all and enjoying the course is what it’s all about. The idea is to invite the best of the best to ride the event and it has the opportunity to grow in years to come.”
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