The 2020 State Enduro Championships went down on the weekend at one of the best riding locations in the state, Mt Joyce. With plenty of rain leading up to the event and some recent trail work earlier this year, conditions were prime for everyone that threw a leg over the bike and headed down the technical stages. The sun was shining and the weather was warm but the stoke was high and everyone was happy to be back racing at Joyce….
By Mike Branch
Photography by Set In Stone Photography
The stages for the day included Scorpion DH, Sargeants, Bovine Groove, Tunnel Vision and Black Rock. A pretty standard course for anyone that has raced at Mt Joyce and a good mix of technical trails with some more fun flowy trails like Bovine Groove and Tunnel Vision. All up that meant that most riders had to complete approximately 20 km of riding including nearly 800m of climbing, making it a decent day in the saddle. The rocks were just as prevalent as always, but the dust had diminished slightly due to some recent rain, so instead of powdery dust clouds there were just dust clouds.
Approximately 92 riders made it out the Mt Joyce for round 3 of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series and the 2020 QLD State Enduro Championships. Unfortunately there were some timing issues during the race and results were not able to be collated at Mt Joyce, meaning presentations were cancelled. The team at On The Edge Events managed to sort out the issue and results were posted in the early evening, meaning everyone knew exactly who the winners were.
The business end of the day saw Ben Forbes continue a year of domination in the elite Men’s class, taking the top spot over Ryan Leutton and Rory McKenzie. The Elite Women’s winner was Catherine O’Neill over Michelle Gane and Annelie Marquardt. Caleb Mallyon won the Expert Men, Imogen Loft the Expert Women, whilst Dan Reardon shot into first place in the Masters 1/2 Men, Rebecca Poole taking out the Masters 1/2 Women’s category.
Will Hynes won the U19 Men’s category over Sam Butler, whilst Isaiah Kelso continued his good form taking the top step in the U17 Men. Under 15 Women’s was won by Charlie Guy and Carter Sloan won the U15 Men over Mitchell Pratt. The youngest riders in the U13 category hit the trails hard with Callum Montgomery winning the male category, whilst Tilly Guy won the female category. Full race results can be found by clicking the link below.
The weekend saw the team from On The Edge Events bring racing back to Joyce and it was a welcome addition to the calendar. Despite the issues involved with timing on the day (which were rectified that evening) the event was a success and there were plenty of smiles around among the racers. The early start was a welcome change that saw riders get up the hill earlier and before the raging sun hit the trails, something Mt Joyce is well known for this late in the year.
That rounds out the Scenic Rim Series for the year, the next race of the Queensland Enduro Series heads to Garapine on the 15 of November to finish off the Series. For those of you looking for a more relaxed racing environment and a great time on the bike with your mates, the Fox Super Flow Series heads to Mt Joyce on 28 November, there’s been some changes so look out for the article later this week. As always, keep the brakes wide open and we will see you on the trails….