Locally sponsored riders in the Insect Science, Kings of Neon team, raced superbly during the grueling three-day Magoeba Trek event this past weekend. The race was held from the 19th until the 21st of August.
Alan Gordon showed his class in the men’s solo category, earning top spot in the general classification followed by Jan Montshioa and Wian van den Bergh in second and third spots respectively.
The Kings of Neon men’s teams also had a solid weekend, taking both the first and third places in the men’s 70km race division. Arno du Toit and Keagan Bontekoning led the pack with the team of Pieter du Toit and Rudi Koen from Imbuko Type Dev in second and CP van Wyk and Herman Fourie from Insect Science followed in third.
“This weekend was another spectacular Magoeba Trek, and the podium was proudly painted yellow!” said an ecstatic Alan Gordon afterwards.
Mountain bike races can be very unforgiving towards the riders and their equipment as Insect Science stalwart Gordon experienced on the first day. In the lead on the first day’s 70km route for solo men riders, Gordon’s mountain bike incurred severe damage about 25km from the finish.
He managed to get going again but only with a single gear at his disposal, making it very difficult to peddle along and in the process lost ample time enroute.
“Thank you for everyone’s support and every person who offered their bikes to me. After losing a lot of time with the mechanical calamity on the first day, I had to claw back about 18 minutes on the second day’s ride and some more time on the final day to be able to take first place overall in the solo category”, said Gordon after his amazing fight back.