Happy New Year to everybody.
After 8 years of running the Victorian Enduro Series Rohin Adams has handed over the baton to focus on other projects. Thanks for everything you have bought to the series Rohin.
With regards to the 2018 series we can confirm that it will be ran. Dates for your calendar are being compiled right now. 3 rounds are already confirmed. Watch this space and the facebook page for further news over the coming days.
See you on the trails!
Dont know about all of you but Narda is very tired! A very quick post to get up the PRELIMINARY results for both today’s race and the series up. If you spot something strange send us an email and we will try to fix it.
Thanks to all that came, my timing and setup / pack up teams, the Murrindindi cycle club for the course and parking marshals and of course James Cowell for his amazing track,
Buxton Boot Camp 2017 Results Round 7 Prelim
2017 Series Prelim final results
So with just 1.5 weeks until the Final 7th Round at Buxton Boot Camp we now have the updated results ready for you to do your number crunching.
We look forward to seeing you all at Buxton for the grand Finale.
The team at Big Hill Events are pretty excited about being the final round for the series again. The Buxton MTB is riding at 100% hero dirt and come 12th of November you all get to rip it! Enter now, remember this is a capped field and a great day for celebrating the amazing park that Buxton is. ENTER HERE
The Gippsland mtb club put on an amazing race once again attracting a strong field of contenders including Jason Archer the World 24 hr Masters 45-49 Champion and super respectfully 6th in the World outright! And in the Womens Kate Penglase 4th in the World! But did you spot the young kid ripping up the 3hr? Kian Lerch-Mackinnon is about to take on the World XCO Championships in Under 23 and won both the hr on Satruday and then backed it up to win the A Grade mens CX race on Sunday. Best of luck Kian.
The race in the 6hr was won with a strong show by Tyla Windham with come back king Tobias Lestrell getting 2nd and Jason Archer taking 3rd.
There were lots of battles through the fields as we now crest the past the half way point in the series. All eyes not look to Round 5 at Andy’s Trail network Blores Hill.
Results available here
Photo Credit: OGaram. More pics click here
Jason Archer here seen negotiating one of the rock gardens
A massive race as always we expect nothing less from the team at Lysterfield District Trial Riders with their Round 2 for the series.
Entries have just opened. You can get all the race information at their event website
When the going gets tough, the tough get faster.
Which is to say that the Albury Wodonga MTB Club knows how to put on a very authentic opening to the Victorian Endurance Series.
While the rain that the Bureau predicted on Saturday failed to arrive it turned up with mates on Sunday to turn an already hectic Nailcan Hill course into something truly worthy of a UCI World Cup XCO event. It was a short sharp course, with features and sections straight from a loop carved out of a German or Austrian ski resort – albeit with Eucalypts. However that challenge was accepted and those hardened competitors that made their way to Albury made light of the trying conditions and continued hammer the 6.5km course, getting faster and faster as the circuit eventually dried out into almost perfect racing spec in the afternoon.
Despite the threat of rain, a strong field assembled for the 6HR start at 10:00am. The ever consistent Kevin Skidmore overcame the slick and technical course to take the win over the improving Tyler Windham with Rod Aitken rounding out the Elite Mens podium. And in a strong showing in her new colours the ever powerful Katherine McInerney rode away from Sarah Bath and Kelly Reynolds to win the Elite Womens 6 hour race. Richard Read took the chocolates in the 6HR 40+ category, Oldschool claimed the win in the 6HR Mens Teams, and in the Mixed category Bowtthews did significantly more than enough to take the 6HR victory.
When the 3HR event kicked off the already tough course was starting to bare its teeth. Tough climbs and rocky off camber descents greeted a large contingent of racers just as the rain began to bed in. Tough creatures that mountain bikers are the lap times were still super quick and as the Albury soil drank away the precipitation, the racing got faster and faster.
None faster than Murray Spink, who beat the talented Tom Ovens and former Drapac rider Daniel Braunsteins to win the 3HR Elite Mens race.
Lisa Brydon started fast and consolidated to win the 3HR Elite Womens race over Jo-Ann Crane and Goele Schmitz, Toby Hobbs and Kylie King took out the 3HR 40+ Mens and Womens races respectively, and it was a bottles and chains battle in the 3HR Juniors with Mythirdcrash cutting 6 laps 29 seconds faster than Roast Potatoes.
As with all races in the VES the camaraderie amongst the racers was strong, but due to the weekend’s trying conditions it was truly galvanized. There were numerous examples of riders looking after one another with spare tubes, tools and notably (and most importantly) help and comfort if things went bad. If there was an event that highlights the awesomeness of the mountain biking community, it was the AWMTB event last weekend.
Thanks AWMTB – and we look forward to seeing you all at the next race in Lysterfield on May 21.
Story by Jason Archer
2017 VES is upon us!
Here at the VES headquarters we are super pleased to get the dates for 2017 out to you. You will note when looking at the calendar page that Round 4 is as of yet unannounced as Gippsland club has chosen to sit out for 2017 focusing on instead a more major event at their venue.
We are working on some options for Round 4 and hope to bring you news soon but in the mean time lets all get excited about Round 1 at Albury. Its kicking off with a 1.5 points factor round up there so book it in and get your friends and family along to make the day a big success.
Stay tuned for entries to open.
So that’s it folks, the VES is done and well was in the end dusty in parts at the final round held Sunday at Andy’s trail network at Bendigo. I could not personally make it so can only gleam from facebook that some people rode really fast and a few fell off.
Of the really fast spectrum was Tobais Lestrell winning on the day and also the 6hr Solo series for the 3rd year in a row. Great effort.
Series Results found here
Tobais Lestrell with a well deserved beer. Photo Credit – Russell baker.
More photos by Russell