Despite a comfortable point lead after round six of the Bank Windhoek Namibia National Enduro Series, quad bike rider Dimo Eloff does not plan to relax.
There are two rounds left in the series and although Uwe Brockmann has now won the last two rounds in the senior men quad category, Eloff holds a comfortable lead over the chasing pack with 106 points, with second place taken up by Brockmann on 77 points and Lotarion van Wyk in third (45 points). Brockmann recorded the fasted time in round six at 00:41:39 for the 30 km distance.
“I won’t relax. Even though I hold a good lead, the aim is to keep challenging myself and see how far I can go. I want to maintain my momentum,” said Eloff.
It has been a tough year balancing school work and his sport, explained the eighteen year old student, who said being a matriculant has made his schedule difficult. As a result, he has had to drop karate and is not as active in his school cricket team, the Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool.
“The season has been going very well for me. I’m pleased with my performance. I went into the last round very motivated as I train every week and that is not easy as I have to balance that with my school work,” he said.
He added, “Being in grade 12 makes it more difficult as I cannot even train as long as I often would, but I try and put in at least one hour at the gym. I do cardio, fitness training and I also focus on the muscles as that helps with cramps during a race.”
In the round five, Eloff clocked the fastest quad lap of 45 minutes 37 seconds, and although he did not win that round, it helped push his overall lead in the category as he rides towards a victory.
Getting to his point lead was not made easy by the fact that his Honda quad bike broke down in the last two rounds, which he feels prevented him from getting first place. However he says that the very first round of the year, which took place at farm Omakwara (170km east of Windhoek), was the toughest one he has experienced this season.
“That round was very tough because it was not a high speed race but a very technical one with a lot of stops, but at the same time you had to keep your pace. It was also a long race and I was very tired,” said the multi-sport athlete.
The seventh round of the Enduro series will be on 19 September 2015 at Neu-Heusis close to Windhoek, and Eloff will be hoping to extend his lead against his opponents further.
The Neu-Heusis event will also host round three of the FIM–Africa’s Southern Cross Country Regional Event, and riders from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia will complete against Namibia Riders.