Wade Young has made it five wins at the Roof of Africa Hard Enduro with victory in the 2019 event ahead of Scott Bouverie and Kyle Flanagan – Jarvis finishes fourth.
Although the chasing riders managed to make up a couple of minutes on day two at the 2019 Roof Of Africa, Wade Young was never really troubled for victory after a dominant day one.
With a total race time over two days of 13h16’08”, Young crossed the Thaba Bosiu finish line more than 20 minutes ahead of Scott Bouverie with Kyle Flanagan a further 1’10” adrift completing a South African podium.
“I had an awesome day yesterday and built a nice lead so all I had to do today was maintain it,” explained Young at the finish. “I made sure I stayed out of sight of the chasing pack and really had some fun on the bike…the route was awesome and very well marked which made navigation easy. So happy to win my fifth Roof!”
2019 Roof of Africa Gold Class results:
Having notched up his fifth Motul Roof of Africa victory (and his third in a row), Young has cemented second place in the all-time Roof of Africa hall of fame ahead of Graham Jarvis (four victories) but getting closer to the legendary Alfie Cox, who has nine.
Riding in the colours of iconic Motul Roof competitor, Alfie Cox, the Silver Category was won by Ryan Pelser in what was probably the most intriguing duel of the day with a gap of just two seconds coming into day two.
During a day-long tussle however, Pelser managed to extend the lead to eight minutes at one point, ultimately winning by five. “Dwain and I rode together for the early part of the race and at the first big climb I managed to pull a gap on him.” Explained Pelser. “I pushed hard to the DSP and when I realised I was eight minutes clear of him I knew I just had to keep a steady pace and keep it safe on the way home,” said Pelser. “This is my second Roof in Silver and I’m so happy with the win!” Third place in Silver went to Roof veteran Bruce May.
In the Bronze Category, Austin Stuart increased his day one advantage of 20 minutes to a full 35 minutes: “I achieved what I set out to do in my first ever Roof by winning it. I rode at a steady pace and I really enjoyed the more technical climbs today; I loved today’s route,” explained the Bloemfontein-based teenager. He then laid down a marker for 2020 by stating, “Next year I’ll be taking on Silver!” Second place in the Bronze Category went to Steven Carr with Richard Moore taking the third and final podium email@example.com