Race Report: Kooralbyn Enduro

Round 2 of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series out at Kooralbyn saw a crowd of riders battle it out on a much improved course, in far better conditions than the 38 degrees of blazing sun that was round 1 of the series. Kooralbyn may have just made it’s way onto the gravity scene again this year after a long stint away, but already the trails are being built making each round better than the next. We headed out for round two of the series at Kooralbyn to check it out….

Round two of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series saw riders return to Kooralbyn despite the team at On The Edge Events scheduling Mt Joyce, unfortunately as we are all aware by now, Mt Joyce and SEQ Water have been unreliable with all scheduled races this year being moved to different locations. That meant more rubber hitting the trails at Kooralbyn again and a slight change in the schedule bringing it forward a week to fit in between races.

The team at On The Edge Events had been working hard to get the trails ready for the race, with many changes made to the course from round one. This meant a less pedally course with less climbing and better, more flowy stages. There were a few features to keep the riders on their toes and no shortage of sniper rocks, loose dirt and off camber trails to take out a few riders here and there. All in all in was a much improved course, with no shortage of fun, flow and stoke to be had. White Lightning Events were there as always to take care of the timing, seamless results with live timing was available as usual.

Garry Wellman looking focused – Photo Set in Stone Photography

The business end of the day saw the We the Riders team take the whole podium in expert men with Lachie Stevens taking the win over Sam Shillingford and Michael Cooper. Open Men was taken out by Jonathan Hewett, Open Womens was won by Allegra Battiato, Veteran Men’s saw Bobby Blinco take the win over John Dollison and Brent Warbrooke. Masters Men saw Garry Wellman take the win, Fiona Langfeldt won Masters Women by the largest time difference of the day.

Bobby Blinco fast as always – Photo Set in Stone Photography

The Juniors again showed they had the speed with Alex Shadbolt not only taking out U19 Mens, but also posting the fastest time of the day by any rider. Travis Kirwan took the win in U17 Men, Harvey Kirby took the top step in U15 Men and U13 Men was won by Liam Winkcup. Overall a great weekend on the bike for the junior field with the youngest rider being only ten years old, the future of this sport is always in the juniors.

Fastest man of the day, Alex Shadbolt – Photo Set in Stone Photography

It was great weekend with some awesome stages, the few changes that had been undertaken from the last race were all received positively and the team at On The Edge Events did a great job. Rumour has it that the downhill track raced during the SEQDH round will be included in the Kooralbyn round of the Queensland Enduro Series. Things are definitely progressing at Kooralbyn in a positive way, Brakes Wide Open looks forward to getting sideways at the next race at Kooralbyn in October.



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