Looking back at The Bezhoek Extreme 2019

With the 2nd Edition of The Bezhoek Extreme behind us event we reflect back on a successful weekend. However instead of giving you our account of the weekend we thought it would be best to share the experience of one of our Extreme participants. With a gruelling 94km Ultra marathon and a fast but challenging 46km Half Marathon behind him MTB Veteran and Marketing guy Sean Badenhorst shared his experience with us.

A challenge like no other

“On Saturday I completed one of my hardest days on a bicycle… Stage 1 of the The Bezhoek Extreme 2019 MTB Challenge was long, but not super long (94km) and had a reasonable amount of ascent (1988m). The weather was mild and dry. So what made it tough then?

The steep gradients and the terrain. Rocky, rough and loose in varying degrees; unpredictable slopes in varying degrees… I haven’t been so completely challenged on a mountain bike since the early 1990s when our bikes were simple and race routes were rugged. Two days later and my shoulder, neck, back and leg muscles are still aching from the intensity of the effort. We need more events with routes like this, but unfortunately they’re not attractive to the masses. Kudos to everyone involved in the The Bezhoek Extreme 2019 MTB Challenge for investing in good old fashioned ‘tough’. Oh, I took just over 6 hours to complete Stage 1. And Stage 2, on Sunday, was 45km that was more forgiving, but not easy. Congrats to all that finished! The organisation was superb. I will be back next year for certain!”

Sean Badenhorst in action at The Bezhoek Extreme 2019

Race review by Sean Badenhorst
Photo Credits to Black Tulip Visuals

 

See what Ben Melt Swanepoel had to say…

Ben Melt Swanepoel from Team Garmin MTB leading the bunch at The Bezhoek Extreme 2019

 

From the desk of the Race Director…

Image: Bezuidenhoutshoek Farm – Anton Geyser

Click here to download Final Results_2019

 

Podium Results

Extreme Men (94km | 46km)
1st – Nicol Carstens (Imbuko Giant) in 6:19
2nd – Alan Gordon (Insect Science) in 6:29
3rd – Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) in 6:37

Extreme Ladies (94km | 46km)
1st – Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) in 7:34
2nd – Yolandi du Toit (Team Garmin) in 8:37
3rd – Heila Meintjies (Mopani Pharmacy) in 9:48

Warrior Men (68km | 46km)
1st – Alain Slabbert (LCC) in 5:25
2nd – Waldo Verster in 6:27
3rd – Andre vd Berg (Middelburg Cycling) in 7:24

Warrior Ladies (68km | 46km)
1st – Thiesa Janse v Rensburg (Middelburg Cycling) in 7:15
2nd – Nontobeko Beauty Ngobese in 8:26
3rd – Natali Delaney in 10:35

Challenge Men (50km | 46km)
1st – Jaedon Terlouw (LCC) in 4:40
2nd – Philip Morkel in 4:56
3rd – Victor Frazao in 6:09

Challenge Ladies (50km | 46km)
1st – Karlien Trumpelmann (MacSteel) in 7:13
2nd – Sheila Burrough (MacSteel) in 7:21
3rd – Bianca Kock (Middelburg Cycling) in 7:36[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]