ENDURO21.COM RIDER OF THE YEAR 2016

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On the back of a highly impressive 2016 Hard Enduro season, Kirsten Landman deservedly gets our nod of approval for Monday’s shout out…

Graham Jarvis may have established himself as the rider to beat in this year’s Hard Enduro, but Kirsten Landman has become one to watch.

For those fixated on the sharp end of the results, Kirsten Landman is a name that may pass you by - but she’s achieving things not done before.

In the 48-year history of the Roof of Africa not one female competitor had ever completed the Gold class.

Crossing Saturday’s finish line in 31st and a time of 25 hours 58 minutes and 36 seconds, Landman put that “record” to rights.

In 2015 Kirsten also became the first woman to finish the Red Bull Sea to Sky but not content with that accomplishment she returned in 2016 determined to improve.

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Putting in another incredible ride, and improving by a massive 34 places, she reached the summit in a hat-tipping 24th.

And considering the fact that a near life-threatening injury in 2013 almost put paid to her racing career, Kirsten’s gritted determination and committed attitude to return in the successful manner she’s done - in motorcycling's toughest sport - is hugely impressive.

But based on our semi-educated guess, we’re sure she ain't done yet. 2017 will bring even bigger and better things.

The good times are only just beginning…

 

Photos: Craig Kolesky/Lukas Nazdraczew / Red Bull Content Pool