Giving it Gears with South Africa’s Top Female Enduro Racer – Kirsten Landman

The much awaited third episode of Red Bull’s Giving It Gears features professional off-road and hard enduro rider, Kirsten Landman.

The comedic motorsport series, hosted by Jason and Nick Goliath, continues to document their journey as they travel the country in a minibus taxi in search of elite athletes and adrenaline-pumping challenges. This time, the duo’s adventure will launch them full-throttle into the sun-scorched Atlantis dunes as they attempt to recruit the best of the best to join their Red Bull Box Cart race team.

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Landman grew up on dirt bikes starting at the age of eight and launched her professional career at the age of 22. Just last month, Landman took on the toughest challenge of her life, as she competed in the most difficult class of the Dakar rally, the original category known as Malle Moto. The race required riders to repair and maintain their own bikes after hours of racing each day, battling against the elements of intense cold and heat. Through grit, skill, and sheer determination, she finished the gruelling race in 67 hours, 37 minutes, and eight seconds.

In Jason’s search for the perfect partner for the Box Race, he knew he needed someone who’s had their mettle repeatedly tried and tested and came out on top. “Working with Kirsten Landman is like working with Clark Kent and you had no idea he has superpowers,” he jokes. “She is humble, unassuming, and when you see her do what she does, she can only be described as a superhero.” But, to earn the respect of the dune-crusher, he’ll first need to prove himself in a 1-on-1 race across the cape sands.

“Jason trying to beat Kirsten in the dunes was wonderful, because he believed in himself, but everyone knew it was never going to happen…SHAME,” says Nick Goliath. Landman took the opportunity to make the most of her off-road-to-box-cart switcheroo, recalling the experience as filled with “lots of laughs and memories banked for a lifetime! It was something I always wanted to do, and I loved every second of it.” The Goliath brothers highlighted how Landman was living proof that it's not about how you fall, but how you get up that matters - an invaluable quality for a hard enduro racer.

The only thing longer than Landman’s track record is perhaps her endurance races themselves. The rally-racer has already made history as the first female to finish races such as Red Bull Romantics, Red Bull Sea to Sky, Red Bull Megawatt 111, Red Bull Braveman, the Roof of Africa, and in 2020, she was the first African woman to finish the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

To catch Landman in her element and Goliath out of his, as they hurtle through Cape Town in a hilarious Red Bull box cart race, stream the latest episode of Giving It Gears on Red Bull TV on 24 February 2023 here: