Like skating on ice
This morning (day three) the action started immediately, with a rear wheel changing exercise conducted under partial cover as yet more rain and winds lashed the countryside. Then followed a slow-race across the lawns in front of the Country Trax complex.
As the rain at last eased (temporarily as it turned out) the action moved to two challenges set on the edge of the bush that borders the complex. The first test, ‘log grind’, challenged the participants to ride through two water-filled trenches, then straddle their GS across a long pole (lying on the ground) and ride its length. A test that would be tough enough on a good day, but the clay base was saturated and offered all the grip of an ice sheet. The second challenge required the riders to hold with their throttle hand one end of an attached pole that would sweep in a circle and ride feet-up for two complete rotations. Again a tough challenge anytime, but made harder when the located in a clay pit that was half submerged!
Then followed a favourite here in South Africa, the elephant turn. A 100 metre charge up to a 180º turn point followed by a race back to the finish. And after that, two laps of a course known as ‘the Star of David’ that was, much like everywhere, slicked up by the rain. Two laps without crashing and within a tight time limit was the challenge – only a handful made it.