SA’s Wade Young 2014’s Red Bull Braveman

Wade Young from South Africa is the 2014 Red Bull Braveman (RBB) Enduro race champion.

Young needed only two hours, 50 minutes and 53 seconds to finish the 15 kilometre Enduro race on a harsh track which saw most of the competitors dropping out of Saturday’s race.

He was followed by fellow South African Riaan van Niekerk, who finished the race in a time of three hours, 17 minutes and seven seconds, followed by Joumlrn Greiter from Namibia who needed four hours, 11 minutes and 40 seconds to complete the gruelling race.

Nadja Heger from Interpack, the distributors of the energy drink Red Bull which sponsored the Braveman Enduro race, described the event as “amazing”.

“The 22 riders were so brave to tackle the track, and eventually Young from South Africa took the lead and won,” she said in telephonic interview on Saturday.

According to Heger, around 500 spectators witnessed the riders going through their paces in the mountains, through ravines, over rocks and areas that often seemed impassable.

This is the second time Red Bull hosts an event of this type in Namibia after last year’s extreme Enduro.

Asked whether Namibians can look forward to a bigger and more aenturous Enduro next year, Heger said she was optimistic that there will be a Red Bull Braveman 2015 in Namibia.

Of the 22 riders only six managed to complete the route. Last year’s winner Henner Rusch had to settle for fourth place, while Ingo Waldschmidt who ended in second place last year, ended 14th, after he could only finish one lap.

Young’s first place earned him N$30 000, while Van Niekerk won N.$15 000 and Greiter, N$5 000.

– Nampa

Source : The Namibian