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Coastweek -- Kenyan rider Ben Spinks [left] receives the winner’s trophy of the FIM Africa Central Africa Cross Country event, held at Lake Mburo National Park, West of Uganda.
Kenyan rider Ben Spinks savors FIM
Central Africa Enduro victory in Uganda 

Coastweek -- Kenyan rider Ben Spinks emerged the victorious on the FIM Africa Central Africa Cross Country event held at Lake Mburo National Park, West of Uganda, reports SAMSON ATEKA.
 

The Top Fry sponsored rider eclipsed Ugandans Craig Lentz, Nick Dames, Olivier Van Pee and others to lay his hands on the coveted title.

Notable absentee during the regional extravaganza was Ugandan speedster and star rider Maxime Van Pee who fell sick some days to the event.

Spinks was the only rider to cover 5 laps of the 25 kilometer distance in a time of 3 hours, 17 minutes and 18 seconds.

His victory now puts Kenya in the lead of the regional championship which alternations on the central African region of FIM Africa.

In what turned out to be an exhilarating podium dash, Spinks beat Ugandan Craig Latex to second position with Nick Dames and Oliver Van Pee taking third and fourth place respectively.

Craig and his compatriot riders only managed four laps within the cut off time.

 
Coastweek -- Kenyan rider Ben Spinks in action.

In an interview, Spinks who is based in Nakuru has this to say: “The route was technical in certain areas and very open in some areas which is something that I really enjoy.

“There were not a lot of open roads; it was all quite technical and tight.

“After the long drive over here, two days it took us to get here, it’s really a great feeling to go home knowing that we achieved something good here.

“I want to say a big thank you to my sponsor Top Fry and Menengai Oil.”

Rwanda’s 14-year old Henzel Hendrick finished sixth despite showing thrilling skills in the three laps he covered. Gerard Kalanzi sealed the finishers list in seventh.

Meanwhile, three riders could not survive the challenging race. Dave Cliff, Patrick Van Pee and Gabor Miller all registered DNFs.

For the first time in Uganda, an Enduro round was organized at Lake Mburo National park.

The new venue provided a picturesque view but mostly offered a new terrain to the competition.

The 25 kilometer course comprised steep slopes and rocky inclines.

FIM Central Africa Enduro Results

1.         Ben Spinks 3:17:18 (5laps) Kenya

2.         Craig Lentz 3:04:41 (4laps)

3.         Nick Dames 3:08:26 (4laps)

4.         Olivier Van Pee 3:38:05 (4laps)

5.         Ashi Young 3:08:12 (3laps)

6.         Hendrick 3:19:00(3laps) Rwanda

7.         Gerard Kalanzi 3:19:00 (2laps)

           

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