THE DIARY – GETZEN RODEO
GetzenRodeo is our last major Extreme Enduro of 2014. So here’s a bumper edition pictorial look back at just about everything that went down in Germany…
The fifth edition of the GetzenRodeo will long be remembered as a great one. The weather was perfect. Spectators came in their thousands. The racing was awesome. The beer tent, well, there’s not too much we remember about that!
Parts of the track were gnarly, seriously gnarley. This is the hill that send Jonny Walker (and many others) crashing to the ground. Although the track wasn’t long, it had more than enough sections that made life seriously challenging for the riders.
Down it in the qualifying race. Up it in the final!
They make fork lift trucks… obviously.
If you’ve never heard of a Simson, Google it. NB: It’s not the same as Bart’s surname – there’s no ‘P’.
GetzenRodeo is run down the road from where the 2012 ISDE was held. Everyone who came along to watch the race had a real interest in what was going on. Extreme Enduro’s top riders were treated like royalty by their adoring fans.
One of the most committed home ‘mods’ you’re ever likely to see. Our guess is some riders knew they were going to do some serious damage to their bikes.
Jonny Walker wears blue tights under his race pants. They match the colour of his eyes. Aaahhhh.
Simple. Effective. Appropirate.
This is Graham Jarvis’ ‘game face’.
The procedure for the start was simple. Some music would play, at the end of which a canon would fire signalling the start of the race. Only things didn’t play out that way. Some dick set off a very loud fire cracker and the race was on.
Some people crashed going up the hills…
When we say there were thousands of spectators we mean it.
Cameraphones at the ready folks. There wasn’t much to separate Walker & Jarvis early on in the main race. Jarvis found the form that wasn’t with him at Extreme Lagares and got the hammer down soon after this photo was taken. Jonny ran into a few cooling issue, which put an end to his hopes of challenging Grimbo.
Manni Lettenbichler – Letti’s son – is a seriousy tough 16-year-old. He finished a few laps short of the top six but again showed that when he’s got a few years experience under his belt he’s going to be leading the ‘next generation’ charge.
Home favourite Marcus Kehr finished ninth in the main event. Or first in the ‘I’m not a former trials rider’ competition.
Jan Peters wasn’t the only rider to give GetzenRodeo 2014 the thumbs up.
Remember the guy who made his own exhaust guard?
Ben Hemingway claimed fifth. His brother Dan ate shit in the qualifying race. Lucky not to have busted anything, he wasn’t too worried he sat out the final, despite claiming the 12th and final qualifying spot.
Letti hauled ass during the qualifying race to place second behind Jonny. He then held off Alfredo Gomez in the main event to secure a well-deserved third.
Getting busy with the fizzy.
Sadly there isn’t a GetzenRodeo in 2015. But GetzenRodeo 2016 is already in our diary…
These guys and girls literally got the party started. They rocked.
2014 Extreme Enduro European Cup winner Jonny Walker (with his ‘let’s party’ face)
Yes that is Graham Jarvis, and yes he was awarded a bolwer hat. Note also that the winners were awarded pancake making saucepans. Gotta love it.
Everything became a little blurry during the after party!