The Buxton Race Report – by Jason Archer

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The dark clouds that lurked around Buxton early on Sunday morning drifted away to the welcome arrival of warm spring sunshine – which not only dried out the sweeping single track in the area, but added to the jovial mood of those who arrived at race central.

Five races already run and won in the Victorian Endurance Series there were still close competitions to be found at the top of the leader board in most categories. And with the sun in the sky, the cicadas filling the air with noise and the trails drying out into perfect condition, the vibe on raceday was close to a season high.

At ten o’clock the 6 hour race kicked off with the obligatory display of outrageous wattage as hardened combatants launched into the event – who went onto to entertain the crowd at race central with some epic battles.

In the men’s teams’ category, Nick and Chris, the Burke Brothers carried a slender series lead into this event over Dan and Dom from Team Stick Insect. While used to close quarters combat with each other over the previous rounds, they had to contend with the extra firepower brought by Matt Ligtermoet and Jack Lamshed in Its Not Rocket Surgery. Adding more blows in the brawl were retro supergroup Tittlemans Crest, formed by monster racers Ashley Hayat and Duncan Murray. Lampshed and Ligtermoet were never headed, holding their lead from the get go. The Burke Brothers held on for second, while Team Stick Insect finished faster than a fast finishing Tittlemans Crest to capture third.

The women’s teams’ race was dominated by Tribal Whippets, who after a sharing a fast first lap with Hoping for a Steven Bradbury pulled away from eventual second place getters Black Sheep Cycling. With all other teams staying upright, Hoping for a Steven Bradbury had to settle for a bronze.

In Mixed Teams Adrian Jackson paired up with his partner Jo Williams to execute a race plan consisting of five consecutive laps and a quick dash off to collect their son from relatives. Jo stuck to her part of the bargain cutting another three to ensure they stayed on top. Saint Mountain, a regular super-pair of Alastair Payne and Mel Ansett were on track to shake up the established order when Al binned it at pace leaving Mel to double down and come in for second. Scared Bear and the Goat rode admirably into third and consolidated their strong position in the series overall standings.

The solo men’s category welcomed the return of Tobias Lestrell after a bout of scary illness, and while some of the crowd silently hoped he’d ease back into racing (for health’s sake) this was not to be the case. With Kevin Skidmore holding an aggregate lead in the series and with the ever threatening Shane Roberts also lapping quickly – Tobias attacked with two laps remaining to take the win with Shane rolling through into second. Mr Skidmore suffered the penalty for a long commute to and from an intense race the previous Friday and faded to fourth, leaving the rising star that is Tyla Windham the opportunity to ride onto the podium.

Kathryn Mcinerney overcame the technical course, the cicadas and the race announcer mispronouncing her name to monster the solo women’s category for her fifth win from five races this season. Less than a month after stellar podium finish at the Australian 24hr Solo MTB tiles Kate Penglase tapped out an impressive rhythm to take second and Beth Noddings stayed strong into the final minutes to round out third.

In the 40+ Category Martin Grannas found his mojo in the Buxton berms stepping away from Gavin Read in second with Chris White rolling over for a well-deserved third place.
The 40+ Mixed category had all the drama and comedy we’ve come to expect from veteran racers. Despite Mark Geary finishing with 15 seconds on the clock, it wasn’t enough to convince the other half of ‘40 is the new 20’ – David Anderson to cut another lap. It wasn’t required however, as they held a comfortable lead over second placed Stuffed Toys Division and the Lysty Lakers on the last step of the podium.

In the 3 hr mens race, some of the fastest cats on track lined up to bolt off into the forest. When the dust had settled, Murray Spink consolidated his lead in the series with a 2 minute gap back to the powerhouse that is Andrew Low, who edged John Davis by a mere 2 seconds into third place.

The 3 hr womens race saw the much anticipated return of Sydney Olympic MTB representative Anna Bayliss to local events, and it didn’t disappoint. On a borrowed bike Anna blasted out of the blocks to put a 3 minute advantage between her and Courtney Sherwell in second place. Over the course of the race Courtney was able to reel Anna back in, and timing her attack perfectly, held her nerve to record her first win of the series. The incredible Margaret Clark overtook Monica Campi to capture third place.

Ian Kelly showed his strength to overcome Bryce Young and Stuart Morgan in the 3hr 40+ solo mixed category and at the other end of the spectrum, GMBC Young Guns held off Focus Fever and the A-Sea Boys to take the Junior Pairs win.

Always one of the best races of the series, the Buxton Bootcamp not only enjoyed a massive turnout, but excellent weather and an amazing course. The overall series remains tight and with the top five results counting towards the end of year outcomes, there is still much to race for coming into December.

Big thanks go to James Cowell of the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, the  Murrinidindi Cycle Club, Fraga’s Café – Marysville, Great Divide Coffee, Ground Effect, Phatgard, the Beachworth Bakery Marysville and the Bridge Road Brewery.

Look forward to seeing you all at the final race of the year at the Bendigo 6 Hour!

Full results can be found over at: http://www.bighillevents.com.au/buxton_bootcamp/bootcamp_results.html

 

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Ballarat puts on a good show

From all accounts the Ballarat round was a great day of riding. Ok so it got a bit cold and then a bit wet but when it comes to Mountian Biking that’s all part of the fun.  We can’t all go having society thinking we are tough because we mountain bike and then only expect to ride in perfect weather.  Or we had better all move north!

If you are looking for the round results see this LINK

Series results will be up soon, just awaiting on the official nod from the club as they iron out a few glitches.

The next round “The Buxton Boot Camp” is fast approaching.  We urge you to get your entry in as the filed is limited to 350 and has reached capacity nearly every year.  With only 2 races to go in the series why not lock it in.  Entry Link Here.  Event Website Here

 

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Thanks to Otto Davies for his great photos.  To see more there are some galleries shared in the VES facebook page

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So if you love Ballart, which well we all know you do!  You should totally come up and enter on the day.  This round carries 1.5 points. Track is mint and Candian Forest is a great location.  Lets not forget how damn good Ballart club is at running excellent races.

Get on it boys and girls.  #VES

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Full steam ahead for Ballarat VES round

Ballarat Mountain Bike Club is all set to host round 5 of the VES in Candian Regional Park this Sunday. On Sunday 9th Oct, They held a club race and the course was bone dry apart from 1-2 soft patches that they will work on during the week.

They now have catering organised:
– Beam me up coffee on site all day
– Wendouree Rotary BBQ from 8:30am to 2pm selling bacon and egg rolls for breakfast and traditional bbq for lunch.
2pm to 4:30pm the club will sell hot pies

For parking, They have some parks available inside Pax Hill and these will fill quite quickly. Once Pax Hill is full they will ask competitors to park in Simpson St.

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Bendigo becomes the new round 7

After the wash out Bendigo have released a new date and now become the final round of the series.  Entries will re open soon.

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Bendigo is first round to be postponed in the history of the VES

Having ridden a road loop around the Central Victorian area this morning and seen all the flooded paddocks, flowing rivers and ground water running down the roads it was clearly a good idea of the Bendigo club to postpone their Round.   This was a tough decision by the club and we appreciate all of your patience with this.  As soon as more news on a new date becomes available we will share it and stay tuned for entry information on the Ballarat Round set for Sunday 16th October at Canadian Forest.

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Blores Hill Round 4 Results

Congratulations to all who competed last weekend at the 4th round of the 2016 Series.  The round results can be found –>HERE<–

Seems like some good battles unfolded.
We have been sent a race report by Bourke Brothers, the winning team who also pulled off the impressive task of getting 1 lap extra on all the competition.  Have a read –>HERE<–

Series results will be uploaded as soon as we get it formatted.  We are aware of the Round 3 results having a few issues and this has been corrected and will be all fixed in the next upload.  Stay tuned.

Check out our facebook gallery with images provided with thank by Otto Davies

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With 1 week until Round 4 Series results are now online up to date

Who is ready for Round 4 next weekend at Blores Hill to be hosted by Gipplsand MTB club. ?  For all the round information and entry link visit the club website
But for now the excitement is in the Series Results now online

2016 VES Series Results Following Round 3

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Solo rider Shaun and Tobais Lestrell take it to the teams at Alubry

What a battle unfolded at the Albury 6hr in the Solo category with Canberra rider Shaun Lewis taking it to the 24hr specialist Tobais Lestrell in what was described as a ding dong battle.  Tobais in his post race report said that he just could not hold Shaun down the descents and making up the time on every climb eventual took its toll.  But not by much. At the end of the day the two were still on the lead lap covering 125kms and split by under 50 seconds.  Wow!  That’s almost a sprint in 6hr terms.  They actually came 3rd and 2nd overall with only the Torq Merida and MarathonMTB.com teams beating them.

The results for the round can be found –>HERE<—

And check out this facebook Album with photos taken by the talented Otto Davies on the day.  Otto has become the unofficial photographer of the Victorian Mountain bike scene so if you see him out there be sure to say hi and thank him for his great snaps.

Feel free to send any race reports or action snaps through to us.

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Round 2 was a massive success!

The LDTR put on an amazing show for round 2 with 450+ riders taking part and nothing but great comments and photos coming in.   Thanks for everybody for being apart of it.

If you click on the Results page you will find the results and the much anticipated Series results after Round 2 are now up!

So time to turn our attention to Round 3 at Albury on Sun 19th June.  This round is also the first of the 1.5 points factor rounds so you dont want to miss this opportunity.

All of the round info and a link to the entry page can be found here

Photo Credit: Otto Davies

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