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Faircape 2014 Downhill Race

Faircape is a pretty straightforward race…it’s straight and you go forward. But on the other hand it isn’t. When you throw in another 5 riders into your run all hitting speeds close to 100km/h things get pretty tactical and things get hairy.

P1060276 (2)Pack runs with the father in front and the rest on the hunt.

This years Faircape race saw plenty of speed and some gnarly crashes. The top speed recorded on the weekend was 102km/h, set by Murray Chandler aka. the Bearwrestler (It’s been said that Murray goes on trips deep into the woods in his native East London looking to wrestle the gnarliest creature he comes across…he is yet undefeated) On the wipeout front Nick Coetzee takes the cake. Bojan and Nick connected in the right hand corner and slammed into the hay bails at a good 90km/h. It is unclear what exact injuries Nick has but it is likely to be a fractured and/or broken arm and/or wrist and/or shoulder. And or something like that. We wish Nick a speedy recovery and hopes that he’ll be back on his board in good time. Although spectacular, it is never nice to see your mates go flying, especially at such speeds. While we’re at it, the medics deserve a mention. Baking in the sun all day, listening to guys frothing about going down hills and then being there for them when they fuck it up. What champions.

Do the right thing. Bomb a hill. Then drink some milk.Do the right thing. Bomb a hill. Then drink some milk.

What else do we have to report? Well, Decio didn’t come first (fark), he got a second. That doesn’t happen very often. Nevertheless, the Baboons are duk stoked. We love our team and our riders, no matter where they place (and 2nd ain’t bad at all) . Also Nicky T placed fourth in Junior 1. Super stoked to see this Bobbejaan shred this year. Anyway, there’s no point in giving you random results cause SAGRA has got their shit together, and within a couple of hours after the race, they’ve released the results online. Check them out here.

P1060262 (2)Some of the Riders got a bit nervous heading down the hill.

Well done to Jason Brown for winning. What a good man. Oh yes, and a FAT well done to Cash Money for taking Junior 2. Some people may know him as Joey Marcus, but his birth certificate actually says Cash Money. HBB cleaning up pretty good. Ok, now we’re done. There’s probably lots we didn’t mention, but that’s ok. It’s been a great Faircape, thanks SAGRA. Here’s some more pics.

 

Groms chilling in the shade. Keeping their noggins cool for the heats.
Groms chilling in the shade. Keeping their noggins cool for the heats.
Mike Upham looking fresh. Lid by Boardyard.
Mike Upham looking fresh. Lid by Boardyard.
Michael Jackschein lurking.
Michael Jackschein lurking.
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HB grom Misha leading the charge

 

Decio pretty far ahead of the pack.
Decio pretty far ahead of the pack.
The stark beauty of Faircape.
The stark beauty of Faircape.

much love

the Baboons

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