The first enduro race of the season went down on the weekend with White Lightning’s Borderline Enduro Series at Nerang State Forest. A welcome start to the season and a decent turnout from racers of all creeds, the first round of the new Borderline Enduro Series went off like a frog in the sock. Let’s take a closer look at the race and find out what went down….
By Mike Branch
The usual course for racing at Nerang took a welcome turn and we saw some new race stages that had yet to be raced placed on the course. Finally a race that doesn’t just consist of the same old course! The new course meant some fun stages, the ability to race every stage as many times as you like kept the racing tight and the kays in the legs of most riders.
Some early rain meant most riders got a smidge wet before turning the conditions to the closest Nerang will ever get to ‘hero dirt’. The rain did mean a massive increase in humidity though and the riders were pushed into a real sweat-fest. Over 160 riders made there way to Nerang for the inaugural round of the Borderline Series and it looks set to be a great year on the bike!
The business end of the day saw Bryce Sterling take the top step in Elite Men over Aden De Jager and Joshua Button. The Elite Women’s race was won by Jessica Hoskin over Catherine O’Neill and Janine Jungfels. The Expert Men’s category was won by Teague Norbert, Taylah Morris won the Expert Women and Dean Wilson won the Hardtail category.
The Masters 1/2 saw Bobby Blinco take pole position, Jenna Slavin won the 1/2 Women’s category whilst Kelly Redmond took the win in the Women’s Masters 3/4. Michael Ronning rounded out the Men’s categories with a win in the Masters 3/4, something is certainly accustomed to. Overall there were some tight times in the Senior categories and some strong racing by all.
The Juniors again put on a show with Darcy Harris taking out the U19 Men, Nicholas Nelson won the U17 Men and Isabelle St Pierre won the U17 Women’s category. The Under 15 saw Rhys Wellings take the win in the Men’s whilst Charlotte Guy took the top step in the Women. Rounding out the Junior Category in the Under 13 was Liam Montgomery on the top step for the Men and Ella Van Haren on the to step for the Women. All and all another strong showing for the junior riders and a glipse at how strong the new breed will be on the bike.
Another great event by White Lightning Events and a great showing for what looks like a great series ahead. Race photos can be purchased for $5 each from SAMXHERBERT and click the link below to grab your awesome race shots and support this awesome local photographer!
The next round of the series heads to Kyogle, NSW, a short hop from Byron Bay and an idyllic location to kick of the Southern rounds of the series. Boomerang Farm will be the next QLD location and as always will be an excellent location to put the pedals down and get your share of air on the Bike Park trails. We look forward to getting between the tape and as always keep you Brakes Wide Open……