The weekend saw the opening of the offical Queensland Endruo Series at Garapine and hoards of riders massed on the private property just out of Gympie. Hero dirt was had, with a small serving of mud and a large dose of flat-out fun, the season opener did not disappoint.
Located just outside of Gympie, Garapine is known for it’s history steeped in Enduro racing in Queensland. Home to Queensland’s first Enduro race, Garapine is no stranger to race plates, froth and smiling riders. The first round of the Queensland Enduro Series was held at this beautiful ride location and a week of rain leading up to the event, led to some different conditions. Known for its dust and rock, the Garapine trails were far from dusty and official practice day was more of a slide fest on some of the trails, leading to bikes caked in mud and smiles spanning from ear to ear.
As race day dawned, so did blue skies and the shining sun. Over 300 riders descended on the trail network to test their metal between the tape, some socially and some with a little bit of a more serious tone; all chasing a great day on the bike. White Lightning Events pulled off a flawless event with minimal wait times, accurate timing and a hassle free experience, something we are becoming accustomed to from this stellar outfit.
Element Photos and Video were setup in the best locations to snap some amazing action shots of the riders and their gallery is already available online here. With 300 riders came a fair portion of hecklers and supporters that provided more than the appropriate level of stoke on the trails as the riders pinned it or binned it, providing a spectacle for everyone involved.
The business end of the day saw Ryan Leutton take out the Elite Men’s category over Mitch Codner and Hayden Wright. The Elite Women’s category had no shortage of shredding with Laura Craft taking the win over Jessica Hoskin and Annelie Marquardt. Bobby Blinco took out the Masters 1/2, Greg Palmer topped the podium on the Masters 3/4, however it was Ryan Gilchrist that took out not only the win in the under 19 category, but the fastest time overall for the day.
The Enduro race season kicked off in a big way and this year looks set to be an awesome step forward for enduro mountain biking in Queensland. With more races, in more locations than ever before; Queenslanders are spoilt for choice when it comes to race fixtures. The next stop for the series is Toowoomba and entries are open now, Brakes Wide Open will see you there shredders…