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  1. Locked in at Hellsend Dirt Compound is a 3-part series following The Trails Crew getting up to all kinds of good, bad and wild. Watch the boys riding dirt jumps, shredding some downhill laps and staying “almost too busy doing cool things the whole time!” These boys have all the toys and a whole heap of ideas, so jump on board as they race pit bikes, trash rally buggies and shred anything with wheels on. We’re basically quarantining in heaven! I mean, it would be nice to be racing in Europe, but this is a close second! Theo Erlangsen In the first episode, we meet the infamous builders, Justin Novella and Duran Van Eeden, who can wrestle a digger like nobody else, and were luckily quarantined on the same farm. First state of business was carving out the Corona track, an insane downhill course through the forest from top to bottom. The boys hit the building work hard and then set to work stacking clips and roosting turns. Getting the pit bike track built was a dream come true for Ike, who started his career on bikes with Moto X and was a junior national champ. For some light relief, they jumped into one of the race buggies on the farm and tried, but failed to keep all the wheels on… Episode 2 When the wind is down the boys head up to the jumps for a session, check out their usual routine and what goes down at Hellsend Dirt Compound.
  2. Ike lives in Stellenbosch, a small town just outside of Cape Town. There are miles of trails between the mountains and is one of South Africa's cycling hotspots, so there is no shortage of trails to have fun and train on. Locally he has earned himself multiple WP Championships and is the current SA U17 DH Champion and the Cup Series Champ for both last year! Not only has he been dominating in SA, his European accolades are quite substantial already. With a few IXS U13 titles under his belt and the U13 IXS Junior World Champ 2014/15 and he also managed to grab the King of Crankworx U13. Not only is Ike surrounded by amazing trails on neighbouring mountains, they have started their own bike park on the farm he lives on. Hellsend Dirt Compound is any riders dream. DH tracks, a nice long flow trail, dirt jumps from beginner table tops to advanced doubles. This means he has the ideal training ground literally on his doorstep and the best part of it is he's on it every day and still more stoked than anyone to get out and shred! If that wasn't enough to get this young sender stoked, the DarkFEST crew descends on his farm in January, so he can hang out with the big guys and get tips and has even hit the giant step up the past 2 years, which is incredible for such a young rider! Ike really has his eyes on the prize and is a force to be reckoned with, we look forward to join him on his journey. He has just left to start the season in Europe and can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve this year!
  3. Ike, what promise this guy has! Living out on a farm in Vuurberg, an hour out of Cape Town, he has a playground any 12 year old shredder could only dream of. Over the last couple of years, local building OG Bennet Nel has been carving lines into their local hill with features that progress with Ike's riding. 2016 was a successful year for Ike, he travelled to Europe to compete in the U13 World Cup, where he grabbed the top step! Ike's style reminds me of some of the top World Cup guys and girls, he has incredible bike control but doesn't mind hanging it out! Click here to view the article
  4. This off season Ike has been training with World Cup shredder and all round good guy Johann Potgieter. Ike showing me some of his new skills, 'smashing berms'. Ike would like to thank his sponsors Santa Cruz, Leatt, BOS Sport and DVO Suspension for their support in his career thus far. I can't wait to see what this guy has to show us next season, keep doing your thing dude! Video/Photos - Thomas Sandell
  5. The Contego Segment Hunter crew went international with the filming of a special edition during Crank Chaos at Afriski in Lesotho. Watch as Greg Minnaar chases grom Ike Klaassen at 3,200 metres above sea level. Click here to view the article
  6. Name - Ike Klaassen Age - 11 Hometown - Stellenbosch Sponsors - Santa Cruz, POC, DVO, Bos Sport and 6D Helmets When did you first get introduced to DH racing and when was your first official race? When I was 4 we were in Switzerland and I was riding my 16 inch bike around. My dad and I went up the ski lift and down a gravel road with a full face helmet on. I didn’t know it was called downhill but I liked it. Then when I was 8, I heard about a downhill race from a motocross friend taking place the next weekend in Jonkershoek. I took my 20 inch Scott and my motocross kit and just entered the race, after my dad and I walked the track first. At the start all the guys were quiet and when I went they all started screaming. I flew over the handle bars after 10 meters but still won the race. Since then I really love downhill. How did you find the level of racing and the DH tracks from overseas compared to South Africa? The level overseas is much higher - all the boys are fast. I like it because there are so many kids and it's nice to make friends with them. You need to have a very good run to win a race and the tracks are very steep with lots of roots. Also it rains more often so the conditions change a lot. You've been with Santa Cruz for a while now. How have they helped you to setup your custom DH bike? Will you be staying with them for 2016? Two years ago I was on a Commencal 24 inch downhill bike. The mechanics of Santa Cruz looked at the size of a small V10 with 24 inch wheels and said that it was possible so they gave me the frame to race. As I am light (29kg), DVO helped to set up the fork - thinner oil and all shims out but 1. The shock is the Vivid Air which we run at its lowest air pressure so the bike is very smooth. As I won the championship, Santa Cruz gave me a new V10 and I am now tall enough to ride 26 inch wheels. They roll much better so it is faster and it also gives me more tyre options, especially when it is wet. Which DH track (local or overseas) is your favourite and why? My favorite track in South Africa is the track at our farm (Vuurberg). It has steep sections, big berms, rocks and all sort of jumps. The best track in Europe was Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis - nice flow and a very fast ski-lift. Which pro riders do you look up to most? I look up to Loic Bruni, Troy Brosnan, Greg Minnaar, Josh Bryceland and Steve Peat. My favorite rider is Greg Minnaar because he is intelligent, sporty, has great sportsmanship and he is cool and kind. What are your plans for next year in terms of racing DH? Motocross has always been my first sport, since I've been racing from the age of 5. But if an MX National clashes next year with a downhill race, I might choose the downhill. Check out Ike's winning run in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis: Having raced MX and downhill in South Africa for 5 years the idea came to escape the winter and combine the European summer holiday with racing overseas. Ike, now only 11 years old, was born and based in Stellenbosch but has the Dutch nationality - so an easy call to start it all in Holland. The first 3 weeks were MX only and it was a great experience to practice on different tracks in Holland and Belgium. Ike managed to pull of a 6th, 5th and his very first international MX win in Venray, Holland. We then dropped the bikes and headed to the Alps. Champery (Portes du Soleil) Switzerland is MTB heaven and it was now up with the ski lift - very smooth compared to South African trucks, where you're always ready to jump out for dear life. First race was the IXS Rookies Cup in Brandnertal, Austria. Everything went wrong - rain, mud, thunderstorms, held-ups at seeding, 24 inch tires suited to the dry SA conditions, you name it. On it went to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis for the next Rookies Cup on Saturday and the big one on Sunday - the unofficial World Championship. Lots of riding the whole week, great bike-park, and this on 26 inch wheels borrowed from the local shop. Ike then went on to win the under 13 Championships. Santa Cruz South Africa
  7. 11-year-old, Dutch born, South African based, champion in the making, Ike Klaassen just came back from his 2015 Eurotrip where he became the under 13 Downhill Champion. We caught up with Ike to find out a bit more about this young pinner as he took us around his very own personal DH track, on their farm just outside Stellenbosch. Click here to view the article
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