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.
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