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.
Tobais Lestrell with a well deserved beer. Photo Credit – Russell baker.
We are down to less than 2 weeks until the last round in the 2016 Series to be held at Bendigo.
If you have not entered yet for this amazing round, do so now by following this link.
For those wanting to do their last minute calculations in the series points tally you can see the results on our Series Points page.
Looking for photos from Buxton – Check out James Taylor Photography for the amazing collection
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
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
Thanks to Otto Davies for his great photos. To see more there are some galleries shared in the VES facebook page
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
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.