Ryan Hunt Springbok and Multiple SA National Motocross Champion is to take on world’s toughest Enduro event
Ryan Hunt (Alpen racing) Springbok and Multiple SA National Motocross Champion is to take on world’s toughest Enduro event in Austria this year the Erzberg Rodeo.
Riding in the famous Austrian Alpen Drill factory colours and supported by the enduro motorcycle preparation specialists ASAP Racing South Africa
Ryan Hunt is after a new challenge this year in June, he has entered the world’s toughest Enduro event, the Erzberg Rodeo in Austria. This event is said to be the toughest and most challenging of all enduro’s with the almost impossible hill climbs, over loose slate, and shale in one of Austria deepest open cast quarry mines. This is a very different type of race to what Hunt is used to and certainly out of his normal comfort zone. However, knowing what he is capable of and what he has achieved over the years and his sheer determination to achieve, he could well pull off a surprise. He has already started his extensive training program preparing himself for this huge international challenge.
South Africa’s Alfie Cox won this event in 1995 and no other SA rider has managed to win it since. We asked Alfie to comment on this event and offer some advice to Ryan, his reply was certainly not for publication. “He is out of his mind to ride this event, sure Ryan is a very capable rider, but this is very different to the toughest MX challenge he has ridden over the years. Ryan really has nothing to prove as he has already done it all, no other rider has achieved what he has over the years, he is also up against the biggest entry of riders half his age, knowing Ryan he would not listen to my advice,” said Alfie Cox
Talking to Ryan his comment was its just another race event. “I will be riding under our famous Austrian based supplier’s colours Alpen Drills a leading international supplier to our company,” said Ryan Hunt. “We are now looking for the right enduro machine, the most successful machines that have got the results over the years are the 2-stroke 250 or 300, we are currently looking at the best deal we can get for these motorcycles and are talking Guillanme Hardy at ASAP Racing in SA, who could well be riding with me and preparing the motorcycle and supplying the race support, they are specialists in the bike preparation for this sort of event,” said Hunt
Ryan Hunt who has ridden, raced and conquered many types of off road two wheeled events, has had a very successful career in claiming 12 South African Championships with over 4 decades in the motocross, starting way back in the early 1980’s. He won numerous other major SA events, regional championships, International MX and Supercross events staged in SA and abroad, he travelled and raced in the UK, Europe, and the USA, which did not go unnoticed and he was awarded his Springbok colours and received the Protea Award for his success’s in the sport. More recently he was awarded the Golden Helmet Award the Motor Sport South Africa Life time achievement award for his success in the sport.
International wins included the Master Supercross class for 3 consecutive years at the Weston Super-Mare Beach race a record in the events history as no rider has managed to win this race for 3 years running. He was an official SA team rider in the legendary Trophy Des Nations and competed in many other events in Europe and the USA. He finished 11th overall last year at International Vets event at Fairleigh Castle UK the best overall position of the SA team riders, in the same year he competed in, the World Vets event at Glen Helen California USA finishing 5th overall, back home in the same year he clinched the SA National MX3 title.