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The legend that is Contermanskloof Mainline

With more than 20mm of rain falling the night before, it was always going to be an ever changing track of slippery rocks and sketchy moments. A quick and nasty patch of rain came along halfway through practice, making sure everything stayed nice and clogged up.

With our local pro riders racing overseas, and the winter showing its teeth, the field was smaller than expected, but the racing was good nevertheless.

1. Theo Erlangsen 02:12.183

2. Adriaan Smit 02:16.363

3. Duran Van Eeden 02:17.821

4. Roman Kumpers 02:21.412

5. Myles Kelsey 02:22.521

6. Timothy Godfrey 02:25.160

7. Jacques Prins 02:25.854

8. Jaco Veldsman 02:26.700

9. Francois Du Toit 02:27.013

10. Graig Roades-Harrison 02:28.917

Check out the full results here.

Thanks to all our sponsors involved, Leatt, Dial'd Bikes, Red Bull, Paarl media Group, Mondi, DCP, Giant. Thanks to Tygess Medics who always make sure we are safe. Thanks to Greville from Great-Time for doing the timing in the cold and windy conditions. Thanks to Robert Starke and the Starke family for the opportunity to have another race on the farm!

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Last minute (wet) lube application

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Spectators trying to stay warm

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The type of surface that awaited the riders

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Think peanut butter like mud making traction rather interesting

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Sebastian Petersen taking on the road gap despite the loose, muddy run in

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Contermanskloof Mainline

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Jason du Toit in the switchbacks

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These guys always seem to come out when it rains

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Deep, pedal bashing ruts throughout the top section of the track

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Andries Starke successfully dealing with the ruts

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Adriaan Smit hitting the road gap on his way to 2nd position

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Dark skies about to unleash

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And then the rain came

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The finish line area looking rather grim

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Brief but intense rainstorm

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But it wasn't long for the sun to shine down again on the finish line

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Theo Ngubane absolutely covered in mud

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Jacques Prins dropping into the gulley

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Jonty Neethling was on a flyer until he punctured close to the bottom of his run

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The infamous Contermanskloof rock garden - also referred to as the ice garden - with 3 (maybe 4) line options through there

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Myles Kelsey trying to figure out which line will work for him...

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...and committing to one

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Duran van Eeden styling over the hip on his way to 3rd

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Theo Erlangsen, the king of Contermanskloof, on his way to the finish line and WP DH Champion

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DH WP Champs 2014 Men's podium

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Words and images: Ewald Sadie