Whilst your still cleaning the You Yangs grit from your teeth the results are now live and Series results will hopefully come soon.
Are you going to Round 4? Entries are now open for the Blores Hill Event at Gippsland. Enter Here
Did you know you were among the company of a WORLD CHAMPION?
Yesterday, just weeks after his win at the Wembo World 24hr Solo champs in his ‘older’ Man category tough nut Jason Archer took the win in the 40+ Category. His fellow World Champs hitters also competing in the series were either still sunning themselvs in Italy or finding it hard to drag themselves onto the bike just yet (sensibility so some may say) But not Mr Archer. Is it because his Ginger??
Here is what his Facebook post said
“Good times yesterday racing the Crazy 6hr at the You Yangs hosted by GMBC who did another cracking job. Ridiculous amounts of pedalling done and just under 160kms for the day. Top job by old mate Jason Archer for taking the win and huge respect to Richard Read on 3rd, poor bloke hasn’t got his own class so has to race with the young pups. Massive shout out to Tyla Windham who gave it the berries for the overall solo win, so good to see your progress mate. Shotz sports nutrition kept me going all day, they are the bomb. Can’t wait for the next one!”
Photo was stolen from facebook via Ogram’s insta account so Kudos to the happy snapper for this rad shot.
Have you entered yet? Want more info – Read the Race pack here
Entries are open but they are closing on Thursday Night at Midnight. Dont wait on it!
We will make you wait no longer! Series results after 2 rounds are now in.
See them here
Round 3 is now just 2 weeks away and entries are open and filing.
The CRAZY 6 at the You Yangs is one for the KM counters with its flat fast course always seeing some pretty big figures and high average speeds.
With their separate 3hr and 6hr event courses this is a very unique event to the series.
Get your entry in and we will see you there
Thanks to all the trail ferries who went out on Saturday to ensure that next weekends race course is going to be premium. The club is predicting HERO DIRT and well, we agree. Entries closing this week so be sure to get yours in. Enter Here
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