The weekend saw the 2019 Queensland Enduro Series come to a head with round 7 of the series hitting Kooralbyn. A location steeped in mountain bike history in the late 90s, Kooralbyn has risen from the dead over the last year thanks to the efforts of Kooralbyn Valley MTB Club and On The Edge Events. The hard work has paid off, new trails and resurrected old trails paved the way for the finale of the 2019 Enduro Series. Brakes Wide Open was there for a front row seat of the show….
A rainy few days leading up to the last race of the series had many a racer concerned about the conditions, with the morning of practice day leading to ‘peanut butter’ like dirt clagging up the wheels of more than one rider. By early afternoon the weather had began to clear and the once claggy dirt turned into grippy hero dirt for the afternoon session of practice. Race day saw nothing but sunshine and temperatures in the mid twenties, the trails were a little drier and race conditions couldn’t be better.
Mitch Codner stole the show in the Elite men over Ryan Leutton but it was Harry Reibelt that would take the overall for the season. A year of tight racing in the elite category kept things interesting but Harry would take the win by 790 points, with the rest of the top 5 being separated by only 130 points after a season of racing.
The elite women was once again taken out by Laura Craft, sealing her domination of the category for the 2019 season, Annerlie Marquardt stood in second place for the race and the season. The expert men category was won by Lachie Stevens over Jake Evans, leading to the overall series title for Jake over Matt Donnelly.
Overall it was another epic race weekend by On The Edge Events, Kooralbyn Mountain biking and White Lightning Events. It looks like Kooralbyn may a fixture in the series and it is always good to have new venues to ride. This round wrapped up one of the biggest Enduro Series in Queensland’s race history and all events ran well with great co-ordination timing and hosting by all parties involved. Next race up is State Championships at Garapine on 27 October, 2019. Hopefully we will see you there between the tape….