The Buxton Bootcamp was a fitting finale for the 2015 Victorian Enduro Series – with a sell out event at the Buxton MTB Park and a sunny race day! It was reported at the event that this series has been one of the biggest the series has seen in recent years – almost doubling the numbers of riders recorded in the 2013 series, resulting in roughly $9,000 worth of prize money.
The series is looking to grow into the coming years and we are already open for nominations from MTBA clubs and private promoters to hold a round in 2016 (please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are one of these).
Huge thanks to the Commonaeros for their involvement in the series and this great write up:
“The Buxton Bootcamp was once again the finale for the 2015 Victorian Enduro Series. With the success of the race in the past few years it was no surprise to see a sellout field across the 6 and 3 hour races.
Before getting into this round’s race report I must apologise for not doing a race report from Ballarat. In short, we ate rice and curry with Will Geor, talked shit with Will Geor, set up a tent for Will Geor and took podium photos of Will Geor. It was an authentic Ballarat experience. We also came 2nd.
Now that the last round is out of the way, lets get into Buxton. It was a significantly different lead up to normal for this race. Brad and I had spent the week in Tasmania to celebrate his 30th birthday, we rode bikes, drank beer, but mostly I just ate salmon. One week wasn’t enough for Brad and he stayed on for another week, so it was time for Corey Davies to step up to the plate and fill Brad’s shoes in team Commonaeros.
After the endless grief we have given Todd all year for his #teammatedoping I was pretty happy to be right end of this with Corey in the team. Given Todd was teaming up with young star Kian Lerch-McKinnon, Corey and I were going to have our work cut out and we certainly weren’t discounting the ability of any of the other teams, it was going to be ON!
Joining the ducks was definitely an option on a hot day. Pic Otto Davies
First lap duties were finally out of my hands and Corey had the instructions to stick to Kian like glue, good luck buddy. Around 40 minutes later it was Kian coming into transition with Corey not far behind, Todd and I set off and he steadily rode away from me until he was nowhere to be seen. Halfway through the lap Josh from BSS Nunawading came passed me like I was stopped, those quads of his pack some power. Starting the lap in second, finishing in third wasn’t a bad start. The next laps were much the same, although Josh caught me much later in the lap and I stayed with him until the end.
Corey chasing Adam Blazevic early. Pic Otto Davies
Knowing that the other teams were slowing at a greater rate than us kept up the morale and on our 6th lap, with the 3hr riders chasing us fast, I managed to catch and pass Todd. To say I threw down a #wattbomb would be a gross embellishment, but I did manage to get rid of Todd and give Corey a good chance of staying away. As it turned out Corey put in over a minute into Kian that lap and I started the lap with a 90 second lead, although I had no idea how far ahead I was.
This is a only sight of Kian most of us will ever see. Pic Otto Davies
This is about the point where the day took a turn. Around 10 minutes into the lap I was making my way through the the slowing riders and as I was about to pass a rider he veered off the track and collapsed onto me having a seizure. After the initial thoughts of what the F@#* is happening, it was pretty obvious this rider (Jason is his name I believe) was in a bad way and now was the time to help him and do what we could to look after a fellow rider. The next few riders stopped to help out too and Rohin Adams was soon on the scene and took care of most things. After finding the first aid lady and taking her to Jason, things were under control and an ambulance was on its way. The way everyone banded together to help out was great to see, whilst I hope to never be in the position to need this help, I know its going to be there.
To go further into riders helping each other out, Pete Keach and Cullen Hamilton are good mates of mine and both Paramedics, both Pete and Cullen stopped and helped out Hayden early in the piece and nearly 6 hours later Cullen once again helped out Jason. Kudos to these two champs and in the future lets hope they can just rock up and enjoy the ride incident free.
So I rode the rest of the lap emotionally pretty flat, this was a terrible way to finishing a ride. It went from high to low in an instant. As I finished I ran into Rohin and he told me that we would be put back up to first place, at the time I really didn’t care about the result, I just hoped that the guy I helped would be alright. (As far as I’m aware, he went to hospital and is recovering ok)
Other than the last lap this was a great race that was fought hard between the top three teams and after the dust has settled I’m pretty happy that Corey and I took the win, mainly due Corey’s form. The win put the finishing touches on our overall series win. We finished the series with 2 wins and another 3 podiums. A massive thanks to Alan and Rohin from Big Hill Events for putting on the Buxton Bootcamp and organising the series.
Teams Podium with us on top. Pic Peter Henkel
All of our racing wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the support we are given, we can’t thank enough Yarra Valley Cycles, Kona Bicycles Australia and Groupe Sportif. They enable us to use great bikes fitted with awesome parts. If you’re on your way to Buxton again, stop by YVC in Lilydale, you never know what you might leave with.
It was a bit of shame to have Brad absent for the final race and not up there on the podium for the series presentation, the two of us spend way too much time together but I love every moment of it. His ‘ZEN’ influence into our little world provides great balance. I can’t wait to do it all again with Brad next year, this year has been great fun racing with everyone and we both hope to see you all next year.
Series Podium, lets pretend Corey is Brad. Pic Peter Henkel
I trust you have enjoyed our race reports over the season if you have read this far and I’d like to thank you for your support. For us now its Gravity ‘Enduro’ season and time to get stuck into our training plans for next year. Stay tuned to our adventures on Instagram and Facebook.”
For category and lap results from the series click here
For full series results click here
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A huge thanks must be given to all our supporters, sponsors and volunteers including: James Cowell (Park Ranger at Buxton Bootcamp), the Murrindinidi Cycle Club, the Beechworth Bakery, Great Divide Coffee, The Mrs. & Co., Ground Effects, Fraga’s Cafe and Apex Massage.
We look forward to seeing you on the trails soon.
Written by Alan Tregidgo on behalf of Big Hill Events and the Victorian Enduro Series