The annual Rocky Mountain Rocky Forest Fest took place this past weekend at the Garden Route Trial Park, just outside Knysna. With a variety of not-so-serious events taking place during the course of the weekend, with the idea of getting riders a chance to test out some Rocky Mountain bikes, the main feature was the first ever timed Garden Route Trail Park Enduro.
With 30 riders taking part in the Enduro, the vibe was very relaxed and saw only a few riders attack the 7 stages. As predicted though, Matt Lombardi took a convincing win with some exceptionally fast and aggressive riding, ahead of 2nd place Chris Nixon. Justin Novella rounded off the top 3 men's podium. Ladies top honours went to Gina Nixon, with Michelle Witteveen and Antoinette Geyer following in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Top 3 Men:
Matt Lombardi - 20:09
Chris Nixon - 20:31
Justin Novella - 20:57
Top 3 Women:
Gina Nixon - 23:39
Michelle Witteveen - 27:11
Antoinette Geyer - 34:35
The Rocky Mountain Forest Fest, is a festival of fun single track riding. We had a night riding experience on the Thursday evening - what an experience pinning it through the thick forest at night. Thursday and Friday gave people the opportunity to demo the 2016 Rocky Mountain bikes while experiencing single track heaven. Saturday was the first timed Enduro at the trail park, the event went of flawlessly with a total of 7 stages including a warm up pump track stage. The Enduro was a mix of trail riding from steep fast descends to tricky twitchy forest riding and one stage offering a series of massive jumps and tables followed by swooping berms. Besides the riding, the trail park cafe kept people fuelled up with great coffee, croissants, pancakes and cake. There was a great vibe and word has spread already for next years rocky mountain forest fest at the garden route trail park.
Martin Prest | Hullabaloo
The Rocky Mountain bike team is in town and has taken over the Garden Route Trail Park.
Bikes getting setup for test riders about to take on the trails.
Rob getting rider registration underway.
Rob briefing the small field of racers on the 7 stage Enduro that lies ahead.
Stage 1 consisted of a quick lap around the pump track, before heading out on liaison 2.
Farm owner, trail builder and race organizer, Rob Dormehl, developed his own timing system specifically for Enduro events - and it seemed to work pretty well. Could this be the solution to all our timing woes?
Pre-race interview with the anticipated winner, Matt Lombardi.
Prizes! From handlebars, to apparel to nutrition.