Race Report: Rockhampton Enduro

Round four of the Queensland Enduro Series headed North to the dusty slopes of Rockhampton for a dose of rocky gnar and a sweaty loose fest on the bike. riders traveled far and wide to get their wheels on the dirt and Rocky MTB did not disappoint with an event that was smooth as silk and a course that kept the pedals spinning…

Mark Campbell blasting down the trail – Allan Reinikka Photography

Located just outside of Rockhampton, First Turkey MTB Park played host to round four of the Queensland Enduro Series. For the second year the series made it’s way the 600 km North to the regional town, with a few changes made this year to add some spice to the mix. Rocky MTB hosted the event with timing taken care of by White Lightning Events as usual, a well organized event and smooth operation led to a great day on the bike by all.

Gazza Wellman getting lofty – Allan Reinikka Photography

The course proved to be a more physical course than some with riders completing just on 29km by the end of race day. The warm conditions added to the fatigue levels and the rocky trails certainly kept people on their toes. The was no shortage of mechanical issues as the rocky and dry trails provided epic levels of looseness and some of the new trail features added to the stoke levels.


Will Hynes slamming his way to third place in U17 Men – Allan Reinikka Photography

This round saw far less riders than the other rounds of the Queensland Enduro Series and that can be mostly attributed to the long drive required to compete for many riders in the South East corner. Despite the lower numbers, the riders made the most of the conditions and there were certainly no complaints about the atmosphere on race day. The first of the regional rounds of the Queensland Enduro Series went off without a hitch and there is no doubt the series will return to the dusty trails of First Turkey MTB reserve next year.

Elite Women’s Podium, Laura Craft, Annerlie Marquardt and Angela Gillham – Allan Reinikka Photography

The business end of the day saw some local pinners slide onto some podiums and the racing was tight in most classes. Berend Boer took the top step in Elite Men, Daniel Thomasson slid into first place in Expert Men, Bobby Blinco dominated Masters 1/2 Men, local pinner Joel Robinson took the top step in Masters 3/4 Men. Laura Craft won Elite Women over Annerlie Marquardt and Angela Gillham, with Michelle Gane taking the win in Masters 3/4 Women.

Harrison Becker getting sendy – Allan Reinikka Photography

The Juniors made sure they had a decent showing again with 55 Junior competitors throwing a leg over their bikes to race for the win at First Turkey. U19 Men was taken out by Sam Butler, Ben Jenkinson won U17 Men, Rachel Dodds came first in U15 Women, Mitchel Pratt again took the win in U15 Men and Oliver Colthup won U13 Men. All and all a valiant showing from our Junior field at Rockhampton for round 4 of the series.

Annerlie Marquardt blazing her way to second place in Elite Women – llan Reinikka Photography

Another cracking round of racing bikes in the Queensland Enduro Series and another step closer to the next round. We head to Boomerang Farm for the next round of the series and it looks to be an epic race weekend with no shortage of air time. Entries open soon and we’ll keep you posted….



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