Young secures victory at the Roof of Africa

20 November 2017

Wade Young has raced into the record books as the winner of the 50th edition of the Roof of Africa – the 'Mother of Hard Enduro'.

Signing off on the 2017 Hard Enduro World Series in style, Wade Young claimed his third victory in the race, leading home fellow countryman Travis Teasdale in second, with Graham Jarvis third.

"To get back on the top of the hard enduro podium and do it at home in the 50th edition of the Roof of Africa is very special".Wade Young

With a one-minute cushion starting the third and final day of racing, Young had a virtual grasp on victory. But with a determined Teasdale hot on his heels and the ever-threatening Jarvis not too far behind, it wouldn’t be an easy ride to the top step of the podium.

Hungry for his debut Hard Enduro win, Teasdale came out swinging like he’d done during the previous two days, battling back and forth with Young. Timing it right, Young made his attack on one of the penultimate climbs and broke Teasdale to ride home for the win.

“It’s been a tough three days of hard racing,” continued Young. “Travis kept me honest all week. I managed to break him on one of the climbs and kept it together until the end.

“Everyone is riding so strong right now, you really need to bring your A-Game to the races if you want even a sniff of a top five result.”

As one of the standout performers in this year’s race, Teasdale made it known that he’s ready to run with Hard Enduro’s top talent. Never afraid to lead the pack, he pushed the pace throughout three tough days and claimed a debut Hard Enduro podium result.

But credit to Wade, he’s rode incredible. Today there was one pass I struggled a bit with and I think Wade broke me there.Travis Teasdale

“But all the training has paid off and to get on the podium for the last race of the year is more than I originally hoped for.

“I’ve a lot of respect for Wade, he’s one of the best in the world and it was cool to ride at the front of the field with him.

Hoping for a fifth Roof of Africa win in the 50th edition of the race, Jarvis didn’t achieve the winning result he’d hoped for. Faced with a pair of fast South Africans and a course equally as fast, he had to be content with third overall. But that result was more than enough to end his 2017 season as champion of the Hard Enduro World Series.

“With the riding so fast it was tough to catch the leaders. They had a big lead and were just better than me on the open fast stuff this year.

“I enjoyed it. It’s always nice to be on the podium and with consistent wins this year ending 2017 as the overall champion is the icing on the cake.”

Shadowing Jarvis across the finish line, Blake Gutzeit finished just two minutes off the podium in fourth overall. Carrying a wrist injury throughout the race, Alfredo Gómez was unable to replicate his runner-up result of 2016 but did enough for fifth overall.

Creating her own piece of history, Sandra Gómez brought her Husqvarna home in 30th overall to become the highest ever female finisher of the race.

Finishing nine places further back, but over two hours behind her rival, Kirsten Landman crossed the finish line in 39th.