We continue our countdown to next weekend’s Lions Outdoor and Leisure Expo at Port Shepstone Country Club with a look at Brian Capper, South Africa’s most diverse motorcycle rider, who will perform in the main arena on Saturday and Sunday.
Capper started riding motocross at the age of nine and trial biking at 11, and won his first national title at 18.
He then spent a year in America competing in their National Championships, finishing seventh overall.
In 2002, he competed in the National Off-Road Championship, and finally achieved his dream of winning the Roof of Africa.
“That year was a big one for me as I also started my Supermoto career – the best thing I’ve ever done,” he says.
In 2011, Capper decided that he had tried all the obstacles he could do on the ground, so he decided to take up a challenge in the air. The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban has an arch over the field that is 350m wide and 105m high (that’s a long way down).
Capper’s goal: To bike up the 550 steps to the top and back down the 500 steps on the other side. Keeping momentum and balance on the way up and being careful not to cause the brakes to overheat on the way down,
Capper accomplished this insane feat in style – being the first one in history to do so.
A 10-time champion in the disciplines of Supermoto and Trials, Capper competes in selected Enduro and EnduroX races both locally and internationally, and spends his “down-time” entertaining crowds with his gravity-defying Xtreme Riding Xhibitions.
“I have the best job in the world,” says Capper.