Stunts, tricks and smoking tyres will all be part this year’s South Coast Bike Fest with an array of talent performing their signature moves during the show that gets under way in Margate on April 26.
Bruce and Brent Le Riche
South African motorcycle trials’ champions, Bruce and Brent le Riche, will be putting on a high-impact, interactive show with a series of new tricks – including the 3,7m-high undercut ledge.
“This is a coastal event with a great track record… who wouldn’t want to perform at such a show, let alone such a dream location!?” says Brent. “KZN spectators always get right into the vibe and are always ready for some daredevil motorsports!”
Yamaha South Africa’s brand ambassador, Alfred Matamela – AKA King Donut – will put on a must-see performance burning rubber in his signature smoking style.
“Last year, I rode the Yamaha MT10, and this year spectators will get to watch me on the incredible Yamaha R1,” he says, explaining this is the bike ridden by Yamaha Moto GP racer, Maverick Vinales. “I enjoy participating in the annual South Coast Bike Fest because it’s such a great place to watch upcoming talent. It’s a festival I look forward to every year! The past experiences of performing here has been life changing and I am honoured to be able to work with such amazing people.”
The country’s top all-female biker crew will return to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest to showcase their off-road racing skills. Audiences can look forward to a high-energy performance by stunt rider, Skinny van Skalkwyk, as well as demo rides by top female riders in the motorsport’s industry.
Nicole Salt of ShredBettys, says: “The South Coast Bike Fest has been a great platform to represent women riders in South Africa and we’re looking forward to another impactful show.”
ShredBettys will be accompanied by Airworx, a company specialising in virtual reality. Visitors will get the surreal experience of riding motorbikes and surfing – all using virtual reality equipment!
Spectators will be treated to high-energy impact racing at its best as top EnduroX riders put on a quality performance.
“It has become a recurring action-packed weekend and, for three years running, we have successfully hosted the EnduroX event overlooking the amazing KZN coastline,” said Klint Mills. “With the help of Upfold Construction, we assemble a world-class EnduroX track the night before the main event – it’s insane but nothing beats the adrenaline of the impossible!
Mills said that he hopes to wow audiences with international superstars – the likes of Wade Young, Blake Gutzeit, Travis Teasdale and Kyle Flanagan – battling it out. There will be 50cc Micromini Classes, 65cc Juniors, 85cc Pro Mini, 125cc Highschool, Hobby, Experts and Pros classes.
Visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest can also look forward to:
• 6 Beachfront Boulevard-Themed Bars
• Village Market and Expo Zones
• Food Courts
• The Pals in Paradise Mass Parade (leaving from C-Bali Restaurant at St Michael’s Beach on Saturday, 28 April
• KwaXolo Biker Extreme Festival
• KwaNzimakwe Biker Extreme Festival
• Soweto Riding Academy – Learn to Ride
There will also be an official South Coast Bike Fest shuttle service for all attendees, running from The Hibiscus Mall to the venue.
Bikers and pillions wanting to access any of the bars or stages (Budweiser Beach Stage, Village Pier Rock Stage, Sunset Beach Party, Full Throttle Entertainment Zone, and Jazz Bar) must pre-register online (www.southcoastbikefest.co.za) and purchase a South Coast Bike Fest pin for R35. Bikers and pillions will need to purchase a pin each. Bikers must be accompanied by their pillion to collect the pre-purchased pin at the Sasol Garage, Margate – bike licences must be shown.