GRAHAM JARVIS PROVES WHY HE IS NUMBER ONE AT ROOF OF AFRICA 2013. PROUDLY SPONSORED BY MONSTER ENERGY
PHOTO CREDIT: NICK MUZIK
Cold and wet conditions greeted competitors on the final day of the 2013 Roof of Africa over the weekend in Lesotho. With more that ten riders failing to make it to the finish on Friday and spending the night in the Mountains, it was going to prove to be another extremely challenging day for all the riders.Chris Birch, Graham Jarvis, Blake Gudzeit and Altus De Wet were all penalized three minutes over night for failing to report to DSP 2 on Friday, but Birch and Jarvis still held a substantial lead over the rest of the field and lead out the morning’s start just seconds apart. It was evident right from the beginning that Jarvis was on a mission as he began to reel in Birch coming down Bushman’s Pass. Conditions were so bad that the Clerk of the Course decided to remove the first major pass of the day but next up was Mokopu Pass, in the race for the first time, and Birch and Jarvis arrived together. Reports filtered back to race headquarters that by the summit of Mokopu, Graham Jarvis had put 25 minutes into Birch. Ben Hemingway was feeling the strains of Friday’s efforts and was passed by Scott Bouverie and Blake Gudzeit, who were locked in a battle to be the first South African across the line.
Graham Jarvis is a master of wet and slippery conditions and this became more and more evident through the morning. Approaching the final ascent of Bushman’s Pass, Jarvis was over 50 minutes ahead of Birch and romped home to and emphatic on his
Husqvarna. Gudzeit and Bouverie were at it, wheel to wheel, the whole day and provided a dramatic finish in front of the enthusiastic crowd, scattered across the pass.Only 24 riders were able to finish the Gold Class and it looked like, once again, there will be riders stuck in the dark and forced to spend the night in the Mountains.
Results for the final day:
1. Graham Jarvis – 6h35m37
2. Blake Gudzeit – 7h33m06
3. Scott Bouverie – 7h33m29
4. Chris Birch – 7h34m41
5. Ben Hemingway – 8h00m01
6. Kenny Gilbert – 8h24m55
7. Altus De Wet – 8h41m50
8. Dan Hemingway – 8h57m18
9. James Hodson – 8h58m03
10. Bronson Louw – 9h11m28
1 Graham Jarvis
2. Chris Birch
3. Scott Bouverie
The victorious Graham Jarvis even remarked in his acceptance speech that it is so great to see Monster Energy on board as a major sponsor of such a prestigious event. Monster Energy looks forward to growing the profile and supporting the The Roof Of Africa in the future.
The Roof Of Africa is in the top five for hardest enduro events in the world and the sheer determination and power of the riders has proven that only hardest in the world can come through unscathed. There was even a situation where one of the Japanese riders, competing for the first time, spent the night in the mountains at the event and was found the by the townspeople and escorted to the nearest village in Lesotho to make sure he had a safe and comfortable night.
After first hearing Rise Against was due to play at RAMfest we were more than excited to see them live. The months ticked by and I must admit my excitement waned a little, until about a week before the event. The excitement grew everyday, the best part knowing that I’d also have the privilege to cover this event and take some photos of Bring Me the Horizon and of course Rise Against.
I got there just after Low Profile had played, not planned, but just that’s when I could get there, tried to sign in with my media pass, oh dear name not on the list, a quick chat to the organisers and that was soon cleared up and I had my elusive media pass, ready to capture the evening.
I was relatively impressed with the turn out, Durban is synonymous with poor crowd turnout and well this was one of the better supported local rock events I have been too, I’d still like to see that crowd double by next year, it really would make Durban more attractive to event organisers and artists for that matter.
First band I got to see was Pestroy and as could be expected, they were awesome, couldn’t fault them and they certainly had the crowd going, I really should have turned the camera around and taken some photos of the crowd going nuts so early on in the night. Definitely seemed to have a solid following here amongst the Durban crowd.
Excitement growing as we talk amongst friends and have a few beers, thank goodness they didn’t have a separate cordoned off area for the bar. Glad to be able to have a beer in the crowd something I missed at a few earlier Wavehouse events that have happened over the years. Nice and much needed improvement.
Following a short break Bring Me the Horizon came to the stage, I cant say I had heard much of their music before but I did do a little youtube re-con before the event to get a taste of what they had to offer. Straight into their set, crowd going crazy, they made the mark and sounded insane. Brought back memories of old Burn back in the day, moshing in the crowd and having R1 shooters. From what I could tell they followed the same Set-list as JHB. Saw a few people get up and trying to get some crowd surfing going, heard some guy fell on his nut but soon rejoined the madness holding his head.
Another interlude, time to reflect on BMTH, not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed them and what they brought to RAMfest 2013. I found the time to go check out the Monster Energy area, grabbed myself a monster and relaxed with a few other guests, everyone very upbeat after the BMTH set.
Headed back down to the event area, Monster in hand just in time for the start of Rise Against’s show. Downed the monster and rushed into the photographers area. What an opportunity (Thanks Ramfest) Getting to take photos of one of my all time favourite bands (cheesy I know). They came on starting off with Chamber the Cartridge, if my memory serves me correctly. Blown away, they sounded epic live. 3 song limit was up (this is all we are allowed up front to take photos of the international artists). Now I was torn, I really wanted to get in the thick of the crowd, but had all my camera gear. Well I didn’t get in the middle of it all but wasn’t any less satisfied by the whole event. Rise against, went off and came back on for their first encore, acoustic in hand, Soldier of war and Swing Life Away filled the area, and as expected, you could hear the crowd singing along. Another 4 songs and that was it, ending off with Saviour, I believe… the music went off and the lights came on. The crowd still going wild as Tim McIlrath raised his red Gibson above his head, with the crowds hands in the air and that was it, The night was done. An amazing experience, one that I didn’t want to end, a thought echoed by many event goers that night.