Race Report: Toowoomba Enduro

Known for it’s loose and gnarly trail network, Toowoomba was the home of the second round of the Queensland Enduro Series brought to you by White Lightning Events. Nestled high on Mt Lofty and about two hours West of Brisbane, this mountain biking destination certainly put on a good show.

Jayden Bristow hitting ‘Hot Rod’ in style – Photo Mark Kram (Kram Media)

Practice day saw no shortage of carnage as the competitors tested their metal on some new trails in the network and some good old fashioned gnar. Dry and dusty conditions made sure that traction was at a minimum with loads of loose rocks playing sniper to any carbon wheel heading within its direction. ‘Hot Rod’ and ‘Fries’ certainly delivered with the new trails posing both technical, rocky hand-built goodness and some super-flowy berms and jumps. Both trails were a hit, sometimes in more ways than one, with the off-camber section on ‘Fries’ leaving many a rider clipping the tree in the middle.

Connor Aves riding hard into third place in U19 – Photo Mark Kram (Kram Media)

The top section of ‘Frenzy’ posed a technical challenge, with the speed and steepness on the trail only matched by the loose and dusty conditions. Many a rider crashed on the infamous triple drop heading into ‘Canyanero’ and there was no shortage of hecklers to cheer on the carnage. The heckle zone on the rooty drop section on ‘Cheeseburger’ was at full tilt, the riders put on a show with awesome skill and some epic crashes. All in all it was an amazing showing of spectators with no shortage of cameras snapping some epic photos.

Shane Finnerty slotting into 4th in Masters 1/2 – Photo Mark Kram (Kram Media)

The business end of the day saw Ryan Leutton take the top step in the Elite Men’s category over Ben Forbes and Mitch Codner. Laura Craft took the elite women’s win by nearly a minute over Jessica Hoskin and Annerlie Marquardt. Cameron Carlile took out the expert men’s class, Masters 1/2 saw Bobby Blinco take the win, Greg Palmer won Masters 3/4 and Veronica Lane won the Masters 3/4 Women’s class.

Ryan Leutton pushing his way to the win – Photo Element Photo and Video
Laura Craft dominated the Elite Women’s category – Photo Element Photo and Video

One of the biggest highlights of the weekend was the sheer amount of junior riders hitting the trails and sending features on all of the stages. One hundred and ten junior riders competed in round 2 of the Queensland Enduro Series from U19 down to U13, a massive showing and proof that this sport is alive and well in the next generation.

Matt Neville keeping it pinned – Photo Mark Kram (Kram Media)

Caleb Rees won the U19 men, Ben Jenkinson won U17 Men’s, Sarah Craft dominated the U17 Women’s class by over two minutes, Mitchell Pratt won the U15 mens, Rachel Dodds came first in U15 Womens and Oliver Colthup took out the win in the U13 mens.

Spencer Rhodes squashing it – Photo Mark Kram (Kram Media)

Round 2 of the Queensland Enduro Series saw nearly 270 riders compete on a loose, dusty and technical course. The weekend went off without a hitch and was a stellar weekend for both riders and spectators. As usual Toowoomba MTB Club and White Lightning Events delivered a blockbuster round, Brakes Wide Open cannot wait to see what round three at Tamrookum delivers.


Photo Mark Kram (Kram Media)

Photography by Mark Kram (Kram Media) and Element Photo and Video

Element Photo Gallery for Round 2


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