Witfontein Funduro 2020

Saturday, 26 September 2020
Western CapeGround Zero Bike Park

Details

Final Results
https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

Trailforks Route
https://www.trailfor...n-funduro-2020/

 

Start/Finish at Ground Zero. Arrive by 8:00 for an informal registration/briefing. Registrations close at 08:15. Ride out at 8:30.

 

Free entry. Riders are only requested to pay up their Hillbillies MTB Club memberships, for the use of the trails. R200 for an annual membership through www.hillbillies.co.za website, or you can pay R50 for a day pass on the day.

 

This is not an official event, it is just a bunch of riders comparing times. Health & Safety is the sole responsibility of each rider.

 

The Full Funduro will consist of 5 stages, each between 1-2km in length. Total distance is ±32km.

 

LITE category will cover the first 3 stages, which are much less technical (all blue trails). Total distance ±23km.

 

The full route will be published on Trailforks on Friday, 18th September.

 

For those who don't know what an enduro is...downhills are timed, and the uphills are mandatory but not timed. Riders are timed in stages that are primarily downhill, with neutral "transfer" stages in between.

 

It will be Strava timed, unless we find some volunteer timing marshals.

 

The route will not be formally marked/taped. Riders are advised to practice beforehand and familiarise themselves with the trails.

 

A-lines will not be taped off. Riders should scout ahead of time, and decide which features to avoid.

 

After the ride, everyone can go home for a shower. Return at about 16:00 to compare times and have a good time.

Venue

Ground Zero Bike Park, Western Cape
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Joshua Langenhoven, Sep 27 2020 06:42

First enduro race, had so much fun. Thanks so much Chris for organizing everything. Cramps from stage 3.....

Christofison, Sep 28 2020 09:50

Final Results
 
Thank you to all of the riders who took part. The 'not-a-race' obviously wouldn't have happened without any riders 1f602.png
 
Witfontein Funduro 2020 - Results.png

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Bos, Sep 28 2020 11:43

WOW...I really cant say how awesome this was. @Christofisen

 

This is real Mountain Biking! And to me as an out of towner, the experience was amplified so much more. The Videos you posted does no justice to these trails. Also, the fact that you are quite the ripper yourself hides what it really takes. 

 

Witfontein is a proper venue, and so refreshing to just plow straight down a mountain over rocks and loamy goodness using all of my bike in the process. Not switchback after switchback which has its merit, but the loamy confidence inspiring surface just made for such thrills.

  • New trails
  • New landscape to behold
  • Different soil & terrain
  • Great people
  • Great variety of trails, I honestly didn't mind stage 3. It took skill to maintain speed but was not out of place. 
  • Although not a lot of "purely death defying GNAR" I was far happier being able to go fast over the reasonably Gnarly & proper steep stuff which actually leaves one feeling better. Testament to really great trails.

 

 

I hope you got out of it what you put in ;) Because we are going to have to come back next year and make it an annual thing. 

We need more out of town (further than 100km from Cape Town) events like this. 

 

*The last photo was taken from Deidre Clute's FB. I have contacted her to find out where one can get hold of the photos and pay as there are many more awesome shots with hubbers. 


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Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Sep 28 2020 11:58

WOW...I really cant say how awesome this was. @Christofisen
 
This is real Mountain Biking! And to me as an out of towner, the experience was amplified so much more. The Videos you posted does no justice to these trails. Also, the fact that you are quite the ripper yourself hides what it really takes. 
 
Witfontein is a proper venue, and so refreshing to just plow straight down a mountain over rocks and loamy goodness using all of my bike in the process. Not switchback after switchback which has its merit, but the loamy confidence inspiring surface just made for such thrills.

  • New trails
  • New landscape to behold
  • Different soil & terrain
  • Great people
  • Great variety of trails, I honestly didn't mind stage 3. It took skill to maintain speed but was not out of place. 
  • Although not a lot of "purely death defying GNAR" I was far happier being able to go fast over the reasonably Gnarly & proper steep stuff which actually leaves one feeling better. Testament to really great trails.
 
 
I hope you got out of it what you put in ;) Because we are going to have to come back next year and make it an annual thing. 
We need more out of town (further than 100km from Cape Town) events like this. 
 
*The last photo was taken from Deidre Clute's FB. I have contacted her to find out where one can get hold of the photos and pay as there are many more awesome shots with hubbers.

That fkn smile....

Thermophage, Sep 28 2020 12:00

That fkn smile....

Tsek you TEA slacker who didn't join :(

 

:P

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Sep 28 2020 12:09

Tsek you TEA slacker who didn't join :(

 

:P

Plan earlier.... and don’t let LD happen again. 

hansolo, Sep 28 2020 12:31

WOW...I really cant say how awesome this was. @Christofisen

 

This is real Mountain Biking! And to me as an out of towner, the experience was amplified so much more. The Videos you posted does no justice to these trails. Also, the fact that you are quite the ripper yourself hides what it really takes. 

 

Witfontein is a proper venue, and so refreshing to just plow straight down a mountain over rocks and loamy goodness using all of my bike in the process. Not switchback after switchback which has its merit, but the loamy confidence inspiring surface just made for such thrills.

  • New trails
  • New landscape to behold
  • Different soil & terrain
  • Great people
  • Great variety of trails, I honestly didn't mind stage 3. It took skill to maintain speed but was not out of place. 
  • Although not a lot of "purely death defying GNAR" I was far happier being able to go fast over the reasonably Gnarly & proper steep stuff which actually leaves one feeling better. Testament to really great trails.

 

 

I hope you got out of it what you put in ;) Because we are going to have to come back next year and make it an annual thing. 

We need more out of town (further than 100km from Cape Town) events like this. 

 

*The last photo was taken from Deidre Clute's FB. I have contacted her to find out where one can get hold of the photos and pay as there are many more awesome shots with hubbers. 

 

Is that a "Muishond" I spot...

Thermophage, Sep 28 2020 12:32

Is that a "Muishond" I spot...

We've taken to renaming him Huishond of late...

Jewbacca, Sep 28 2020 12:36

I am so slow.... hahahaha

 

That was awesome. Christo, you are a legend for putting that on.

 

The gees was rad. The teenage kids shreddededed so hard. It was so cool to see.

 

As Arnold once said, 'I'll be back'

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Sep 28 2020 01:21

Is that a "Huishond" I spot...

FYP

Bos, Sep 28 2020 02:57

We've taken to renaming him Huishond of late...

 I thought I saw him but disappeared out of plain sight. 

 

Some other lizzards I spotted along the way. Nice to meet you bru. I could however not keep up on the climbs. :blush:  


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Thermophage, Sep 28 2020 02:59

 I thought I saw him but disappeared out of plain sight. 

 

Some other lizzards I spotted along the way. Nice to meet you bru. I could however not keep up on the climbs. :blush:  

Hahahah Savage n I took a wrong turn at the bottom of stage 1 anyway and went the long way round...like twice too. So we missed out riding with more peeps and *** talking :) I mean that is the only reason for entering an enduro anyway :)

nox1111, Sep 28 2020 04:16

Seriously, this event had all the the makings of a legendary race.

 

Great - challenging trails, epic setting, nice start venue, lekker conversations, goeie gees and good logistics (shot Chris!).

The climb to 5 was a royal beatdown - like being bodyslammed by hulk hogan... a few times. I reckon 4 should have been the final stage with 5 moved forward to 3 and 3 to 4, meaning the last climb is not SO rough.  But really - that's just nitpicking.  By the last climb I was bleeding from my eyes and my legs had the Demogorgon visibly moving under my skin. Thanks to my riding partner Bos to keep me going and Pottie for pretending to be slightly tired...it got me to the top.

 

That rock chute was fantastic - and I don't want to ride it again this year.

Thermophage, Sep 28 2020 04:21

So what you're saying is ... the climbing was almost enough :)

We're too spoilt in CT man, only Jonkers is a killer. Well, Helderberg would have been too.I'll harass Harry about trying making the other EWC  events longer/bigger.

Christofison, Sep 28 2020 04:25

Seriously, this event had all the the makings of a legendary race.

 

Great - challenging trails, epic setting, nice start venue, lekker conversations, goeie gees and good logistics (shot Chris!).

The climb to 5 was a royal beatdown - like being bodyslammed by hulk hogan... a few times. I reckon 4 should have been the final stage with 5 moved forward to 3 and 3 to 4, meaning the last climb is not SO rough.  But really - that's just nitpicking.  By the last climb I was bleeding from my eyes and my legs had the Demogorgon visibly moving under my skin. Thanks to my riding partner Bos to keep me going and Pottie for pretending to be slightly tired...it got me to the top.

 

That rock chute was fantastic - and I don't want to ride it again this year.

Glad you guys all enjoyed it. Everyone's stoke was well worth all of the effort. Moving 5 to 3 would have meant 8km of extra transfer distance and logistical issues with the limited number of timers/the Lite category needing to include stage 3. Just get fitter for the next one  :whistling:  haha

Christofison, Sep 28 2020 04:32

WOW...I really cant say how awesome this was. @Christofisen

 

This is real Mountain Biking! And to me as an out of towner, the experience was amplified so much more. The Videos you posted does no justice to these trails. Also, the fact that you are quite the ripper yourself hides what it really takes. 

 

Witfontein is a proper venue, and so refreshing to just plow straight down a mountain over rocks and loamy goodness using all of my bike in the process. Not switchback after switchback which has its merit, but the loamy confidence inspiring surface just made for such thrills.

  • New trails
  • New landscape to behold
  • Different soil & terrain
  • Great people
  • Great variety of trails, I honestly didn't mind stage 3. It took skill to maintain speed but was not out of place. 
  • Although not a lot of "purely death defying GNAR" I was far happier being able to go fast over the reasonably Gnarly & proper steep stuff which actually leaves one feeling better. Testament to really great trails.

 

 

I hope you got out of it what you put in ;) Because we are going to have to come back next year and make it an annual thing. 

We need more out of town (further than 100km from Cape Town) events like this. 

 

*The last photo was taken from Deidre Clute's FB. I have contacted her to find out where one can get hold of the photos and pay as there are many more awesome shots with hubbers. 

We're stoked that we had the opportunity to share our loam with so many 'Witfontein virgins'.

Here's a link to Deidre Cloete's Facebook page, where she shares pretty much all the photos she takes: https://www.facebook.com/dkachelhoffer She doesn't sell them, for some reason.

nox1111, Sep 28 2020 04:32

So what you're saying is ... the climbing was almost enough :)

We're too spoilt in CT man, only Jonkers is a killer. Well, Helderberg would have been too.I'll harass Harry about trying making the other EWC  events longer/bigger.

Helderberg is only 550m-ish from Hanger to the tower... I would have to do this 3 times in one go to re-ride Saturday...

Once you have a kid or two, you don't have that kind of time anymore. dadbod and dadfitness is a real thing.

Thermophage, Sep 28 2020 04:34

Helderberg is only 550m-ish from Hanger to the tower... I would have to do this 3 times in one go to re-ride Saturday...

Once you have a kid or two, you don't have that kind of time anymore. dadbod and dadfitness is a real thing

pfffft, having a kid is no excuse. Otherwise the dirt roadents out Tygerberg side couldn't train for their 1300m climbing on Wines2Whales  ;)

Bos, Sep 28 2020 04:56

We're stoked that we had the opportunity to share our loam with so many 'Witfontein virgins'.

Here's a link to Deidre Cloete's Facebook page, where she shares pretty much all the photos she takes: https://www.facebook.com/dkachelhoffer She doesn't sell them, for some reason.

Not a complete Virgin. but you can put me in there :P 

Silly thing is the last ride there I did ACDC, which is where I took a wrong turn! If you check Deidre's pics, you'll see everyone came down that rock step, then there's Bos, who comes from the left  :lol:

 

Yes, Deidre just asked which Photos I'd want copies of. You should ask Nick to do a proper race review with some of her photos on here so it lives for years to come. 

Jewbacca, Sep 28 2020 05:59

Don't worry Bos, I practiced it on Friday evening in the wet, got it smooth, then took 2 wrong turns and a tumble in the 25m section on ACDC! hahaha

 

Some fun pictures... To be fair the climbing was pretty easy going. 

 

It is good gradient to effort gain and the gradient gain is well worth it. The different nature of the every stage was perfect. 

 

Stage 3 was killer. 

 

I love steeps so 4 and 5 had me jizzing all over my pants. I'd ride that top section from Cross to road all day if it was a local Cape Trail.

Bos, Sep 28 2020 10:08

  :clap: Don't worry Bos, I practiced it on Friday evening in the wet, got it smooth, then took 2 wrong turns and a tumble in the 25m section on ACDC! hahaha :clap:

 

Some fun pictures... To be fair the climbing was pretty easy going. 

 

It is good gradient to effort gain and the gradient gain is well worth it. The different nature of the every stage was perfect. 

 

Stage 3 was killer. 

 

I love steeps so 4 and 5 had me jizzing all over my pants. I'd ride that top section from Cross to road all day if it was a local Cape Trail.

 

I cant imagine the pretty words coming out of your mouth at that stage  :D

I was just k@k sleg and thats the reason for my pain on the climbs, but I knew exactly what I was in for. Wouldnt have missed those downs for nothing though. 

 

I quite enjoyed S3, I enjoyed how it was not so obvious or easy to maintain speed, and then there was the dropoff. As you said though, "Cross downhill South". Those young guys ahead of us warned us to keep a look out for a steep bit as we pass the pilon. I was like, what steep bit..and then baaaah!!! :lol:  :lol:

I absolutely loved it. 

 

Walking up to S2, when the guys came rattling passed that top hike a bike section was also pretty intimidating. I was like, no way I'm going that fast! :D

Christofison, Sep 29 2020 02:05

Here are all the photos from the day, courtesy of Deidre Cloete. High(er) resolution than the Faceook images.
https://drive.google...hyB?usp=sharing

Press Office, Oct 01 2020 07:03

With the Enduro Western Cape series being disrupted this year due to COVID, local trail rider, architectural professional, husband and father, Chris Barrett decided to take things into his own hands.



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Christofison, Oct 01 2020 08:38

Thank you Nick. Sickest day I've had on the bike in a long time. So stoked that we were able to make the whole thing happen. Bringing an event to our locals is one thing, but seeing guys from our of town so stoked on our trails, just makes the effort all the more worthwhile.

Thermophage, Oct 01 2020 08:50

What a super rad event. And the trails, wow the trails. Best in the WC except if Status Quo was there as well (and some sneaky off radar stuff). So glad we make a plan to go there at least once a year, but honestly it should be far more.

Also, at R200 a year for Hillbillies membership...I just bought a years membership. If you look at how much time and dedication has gone into that network over the years (even when I still lived there in 2011), all who entered should be considering a years membership as a donation :) It's half the cost of a single EWC event :)

Oh man, did I mention how good the trails were?! A-lines that gave you an actual advantage too! Sooooo good :)