10. ADAC Classic Gelandefahrt Rund Um Die MZ-Stadt Zschopau
The 10th edition of the classic enduro was held in memory of Werner Salevsky, former member of the MZ team, 6 times ISDT team winner, European champion, 250cc, 4 times DDR champion etc... Werner died age 51 in a car crash in the UK in 1991 when prospecting the British MZ importer.
Friday evening after a 10 hours ride, my friend Yves and I arrived on the old marketplace of Zschopau.
The marketplace in the middle of the MZ town of Zschopau is also the camping area and it looked like we were the last ones to arrive.
Vintage bikes were all over the place and even the former MZ and Simson Factory vans found there way back to the event.
Immediately Hans and Ingrid Theis invited us for diner, and we had a nice chat and some beers with the other Enduro-senioren.
Than we took the little 125 Hercules to the parc-ferme were it stayed overnight between the MZ's, Simsons and the SWM's of our Dutch friends who invaded the Zschopau event with at least 15 riders.
We met Jaap and Jeff Lanting and Yves our French friend who rode 1600Km all alone the ride this event Germany
Sunday morning at 09.11h I started together with Dutchman Eddy Wolbers on a 1974 Zundapp and Lower Gernot on his own build Lower Sachs for 3 laps of 47km in the German forest around Zschopau with 2 special tests, 1 trial test and 1 acceleration test each lap.
The route was fantastic, with a lot of steep hills, narrow tracks between the trees, and some muddy parts.
I did not take any risks in the special tests and did my trial test with zero points.
In the last lap I missed the steep hill at the end of the first special test, when I was trying to take the narrow right turn in second gear.
I had to push the bike up the hill and lost a lot of seconds, luckily for me I wasn't the only one who struggled in this part of the test and I managed to end the race on 3th place in my class after former Zundapp rider Friedrich Hieronymus on a 175 Hercules and Dutchman Freddie van der Laan on a 125 Monark.
A shame that we could not stay for the awards.
We missed the homage of Hans Lipple who rode his last Zschopau enduro but we had to leave for a long drive home again and preparing the bike for the next event and most important of all : I had to be at home on sunday, because I had to do a bike-trip with my wife Marleen !
Congratulations to the team of MSC MZ ZSCHOPAU we will be back next year.
Thanks again to the club of Zschopau for this lovely weekend !
Bye, bye till the next time !
Thanks to Leo Keller, Steffen Schollbach and Yves for the photos !