The Riverbed Rodeo is a new event on the 2012 National Enduro championship calendar that will test both amateurs and veterans when they head to the Eastern Cape this weekend. The 2012 season-opener will be staged in the Qolora River estuary at the edge of the Wild Coast with New Zealander Chris Birch again headlining the show. The KTM rider has returned to South Africa for another season of racing and will defend his title in the senior class against William Gillit, Scott Bouverie and Dom Mantle. Yamaha and KTM will again be strongly represented, the latter especially by Dakar finalist and enduro specialist Darryl Curtis while former champ Jade Gutzeit, defending E2 champ Marc Torlage and Master Class title holder Denzil Torlage will also form part of the field. RIDERS MOVING UPThree of the 2011 junior national off-road competitors - Wade Young, Blake Gutzeit and Michael Pentecost (all Yamaha) - have been promoted to the senior series and will compete in the E2 class. The race will consist of two loops: a 25-km Loop A that includes a gnarly special stage and Loop B will be 36km long, including an MX test. Competitors in the E1 and E2 classes will have to complete Loop A four times and Loop B twice, while entrants in the other classes will do the number of loops according to their class requirements.The race will start at 9am on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Qolora Mouth where the service park and finish will also be situated.