The second round of the Scenic Rim Enduro series went down on the weekend at the Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Festival and it was an afternoon of fast and fun racing. The first gravity-fed event of the weekend, the enduro certainly served up a decent turnout, no shortage of dust and the usual Kooralbyn smile. We took a look at the details….
By Mike Branch
Photography by Jess Chirizzi
A warm spring day meant a roasting day on the trails and with the midday start it was certainly a test for the stamina of all riders on track. Nearly 90 riders headed out for the rescheduled race day and got amongst it in some trying conditions. The stages were a familiar mix and there was no shortage of fitness needed to get to the pointy end of the results list.
There was a total of five stages for the riders to conquer and six for the elite with the inclusion of Mandalorian – a stage that was later removed due to timing issues. Stages included ‘No Name’, ‘Maverick’, ‘Ironman’ into ‘O.K. Corral’, ‘Nemesis into Attack Rooster’ and ‘Copperhead’. The trail conditions were super loose and rocky, with a battle for traction ever present for the riders on course.
The business end of the day saw Rory McKenzie continue his domination and take the win in Elite Men over Alex Shadbolt and Tim Abbott. The Elite Women’s category was won by Elle De Nooyer over Sascha Mills, while Jesse Castles took the win in the Expert Men’s category.
The Veteran Men’s category saw Brodie Aitchison take the top step over Adam Aitken and Matt Donnelly, Steve Purcell took the win in Masters 3/4 Men and Rob Stone took the 50+ Men’s win. The E-bike category saw young Nathan Drescher take the top step over Chris Bond and Craig Walker.
The Junior categories again saw some super fast times with Bergen O’Neill take the U19 Men’s win over Jonathan Edwards. Isaiah Kelso won the U17 Men’s category whilst Bethani Townsend won the U17 Women’s category over Sian and Nia Townsend. U15 Men was won by Oliver Colthup and Liam Montgomery took the win in U13 Mens.
It was another great weekend on the bike and a good start to the Kooralbyn Mountain Bike Festival. A course that required stamina, plenty of cranks and no shortage of water meant that the heart rate was kept high for most of the race. Warm weather and sun basted the hill and winter was a long way from the trails for this round of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series.
The next round of the Scenic Rim Enduro Series is back at Kooralbyn in the first week of October and it’s sure to be a warm one. The last round will close out the series and it’s sure to be another great reason to get back out to Kooralbyn for some grass roots racing. As usual, keep the brakes wide open and see you on the trails….