The 20 participants of Honda Quest 2017 set off from the Namibian capital of Windhoek on Tuesday 5 September heading for Spitzkoppe, along a scenic 350km route of mostly gravel roads that gave everyone the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twins on which they will compete for the next 11 days and 2500km.
While the excitement was palpable, there was also a sense of unease among the competitors, as no-one knew who their team mate would be. For some this could be a make or break situation, as the personality types in each of the ten two-person teams could play a huge role in the days to come, determining the outcome of Honda Quest.
Finally, the organisers instructed everyone to assemble around the campfire and informed them who their team mate would be. From now on they would have to rely on one another, even if they’d only briefly met at Honda Quest Boot Camp barely a month ago.
How will they get along with one another? How will they manage their different strengths and weaknesses? How will they handle conflict? How will they cope with adversity? These questions will no doubt will be answered over the course of the following few days.
The ten teams for Honda Quest 2017 are:
Team 1: Johannes Haasbroek and Gerrit Visser
Team 2: Cornelius Nelson and Angus Welch
Team 3: Clinton Pienaar and Andries Haasbroek
Team 4: Charl du Plessis and Barbara Muszynski
Team 5: Glenn Koch and Grant Pentelow
Team 6: Andrew Johnstone and Phillip Groenewald
Team 7: Frederik Dreyer and Marcel Vladar
Team 8: Charl Potgieter and Hennie van Heerden
Team 9: Pieter Lourens and Francois Ebersohn
Team 10: Gerrit du Toit and Kobus Myburgh
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