Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship. Round 3. At H2O near Oswestry. Report: Tim Tighe  Pics: Jacob Tighe

Ben Murphy blitzed the third round of the Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship last Sunday as H2O baked under the sun and riders found relief in the tough woodland sections of the course, for once, welcoming the shade. Murphy ignored the tremendous heat to put in an excellent performance that saw him a lap clear of his closest competitor by the finish.

It was a hot and dusty day at this outstanding Oswestry venue, new sections were added to the course as the MX track lay unused. The valley and woodland were the primary focus of attention and they provided more than enough for riders to go at on the hottest day of the year.

In the relative cool of the morning the youth race ran around a slightly shortened course and it was Sion Evans who grabbed the glory. The course might have been shortened but it still held some impressive hill-climbs that the youngsters were not fazed by at all, many opting for the Expert route to the top and making it lap after lap.

Evans took the overall win and topped the 85-150’s ahead of Francis Davies and Lucas Holdcroft as Jack Sandland put in a great performance to take the runner-up spot and win the 65 class from Alfie Davies and Rhys Jones.

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GBXC returns to Ratlinghope

When you watch a race for two and a half hours, see at least six different riders out in front and with 15-minutes to go still have no idea who will win, that is the mark of a great course and a bunch of talented racers.

That is just what happened at the Fast Eddy Racing Great British Cross Country series which clicked into top gear on Sunday at a venue that proved to be more than worthy of the series presence there. Ratlinghope is big and bold with real old school challenges; large hills, bogs, stream crossings and fast open terrain. The three stream crossings became harder as each rider passed through them, dragging water out onto the dry ground and helping to start ruts to form while the boggy areas became softer and more treacherous with every lap. The mud battles at the bottom of the valley were matched by the steep climbs where dust was thrown up and many riders got filled in. It was hard to believe it was the same course on the same day. Mid-point in the afternoon race the heavens opened for a short time and everything became so much harder.

Such was the mix that there were three or four different leaders just on the first lap of the 2.5hr afternoon race containing the Experts, Clubman, Veterans A and Youth A riders.

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ACU British Sprint Championship: Snow Hot in Dorset

Buildbase Honda Racing pilot Alex Snow announced his arrival at the 2017 ACU British Sprint Championship by taking the win on both days as the series kicked off in Dorset last weekend. Calm and consistent, he emerged victorious as his two closest rivals both retired with injuries by the end of Saturday.

Rogers Hill Raceway provided a cracking course with a single eight-minute Special Test that was very dry and dusty in some places and certainly benefitted from the showers throughout Saturday. The test was mainly on the MX course but dipped into a woodland area before hitting field sections scattered with tricky obstacles and log sections. Sunshine and showers made for mixed conditions on Saturday but Sunday was bright throughout the day, causuing a few dust spots on the MX track.

A full entry was encouraging for organiser Paul Edmondson with a terrific spread of talent across all classes. Many riders were trying the Sprint format for the first time and feedback suggested that it was very well received.

At the sharp end of the entry the Championship class had a terrific mix of talent with Husqvarna rider Jack Edmondson briefly back from the USA, Husqvarna Extreme rider Billy Bolt far from an extreme event and enduro convert Alex Snow looking forward to the MX part of the test with his Honda.

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Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R4. Burt, Sam, and Joe Fire Shots at Westwood. Report: Imprint Media Images: Becky’s Enduro Snaps

Westwood is a well known venue close to Sheffield which gets a fair amount of enduro riding action. In the week leading up to the event RAW Enduro graded lots of tracks and cut in some nice new loops for round 4 of the Rock Oil Championship, these changes were well received as the short but technical lap kept riders skill levels on high alert during all three races on the day.

Jamie Williams continued his run of good form in the Youth A class despite a slow start, Williams is full of confidence at the moment and he’s shaken up the Youth A standings with a bang in recent weeks. His nearest challenger on the Day was RAW Academy rider Richie Moorhouse who once again struggled to keep on Williams outright pace.

Local lad Cory Cookland was the man on form in Youth B, narrowly edging out William Cawte who made the long trip from the Isle of Man to compete in a proper enduro hare & hounds event. Sam Boyd was the final podium place rider in class staying on the same lap as the leaders after riding two laps on a flat rear tyre.

The first adult event of the day was fired into life as Phil Dodsworth took a great start from the Sportsman Vets first row. He held that lead to the end and was the only vet to complete 17 laps.

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Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship at Brakehill Farm.

The Rock Oil XC Championship roared back to life on Sunday at a dusty Brakehill Farm near Kettering.

The second round of this seasons championship had been delayed slightly but as usual there was a great uptake of places as the series got back on track.

Three races saw some terrific battles throughout the day but each race can only have one winner and it was Ben Murphy who took the afternoon race while Dan Leadbetter nailed the first adults race of the day which followed a great win by Sion Evans in the kids race.

The course had been revamped and much vegetation removed, hence the dust, but the racing was absolutely spot on. Luckily a decent breeze cleared the dust around the MX area and the woodland and field sections were not too bad at all.

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RAW Enduro Rock Oil 3 at Lee Dell. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Becky’s Enduro Snaps

The Lancashire hills were packed around Lee Dell on Sunday as the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship reached its third round and continued to see great attendance across all classes. Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook had laid on a nice open flowing track for round 3, lots of new grassland sections complimented the firm stone tracks and trails around the Lee Dell venue.
The Youth A class was one of the most exciting races of the day; Jacob Wilson took the lead on lap one and began to gap the other riders. Richie Moorhouse fluffed the Start and had lots of work to do. Jamie Williams was the rider on a mission hunting down leader Wilson. After a fast fuel stop Williams pushed hard to take the win by just under two minutes from Jacob Wilson. Richie Moorhouse grabbed third place looking tired at the flag after pushing hard. Bert Boam continues to dominate the Youth B class, although Hayden Stansfield was the most improved rider on the day taking a fine second in class. Tommy Tate was delighted with his third place finish.

The morning adult race was flagged away after a 3-minute delay to the start. RAW Academy rider Saul Hirst took the holeshot in the sportsman class and went on to win his class and the event overall. His nearest championship rival Joe Moore overcame a poor start to finish runner up.

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Cotswold Enduro Club. Slow Pete Series Opener at Shuckburgh Hall.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Easter Sunday race at Shuckburgh Hall, Northants, could not have enjoyed better weather or a more impressive course. Everything was perfect.

Shuckburgh Hall really is something special, a country estate with deer park and hundreds of acres of flowing Northamptonshire countryside makes it one of the most beautiful setting imaginable and riders are very lucky to have a landowner who is so sympathetic to off-road competition.

A large lap, five miles in length, snaked around the beautiful Shuckburgh Estate taking in three massive woodland sections with plenty of lines everywhere and smooth flowing corners with just a few boggy bits to catch the unwary.

With rain forecast to start at the midpoint of the two-hour race all eyes were on the sky but the wet stuff never materialised and riders took full advantage as lap times fell and battles developed.

A packed field without an Expert in sight saw some great racing from the more senior members of both the Veterans 40+ and 50+ groups who were first off the line at the start of the race.

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Rock Oil Championship R3 Lee Dell Rochdale OL11 5UN

RAW Enduro are heading for the Lancashire Hills for round three of the Rock Oil Championship over the weekend of April 29th and 30th.
Lee Dell will be the venue for a true Cross Country enduro with some old favourite routes, plus some fresh new loops. Having not had a bike on it for over six months, and with the RAW ground care team planning some new features, this event should be a cracker.
Saturday sees an enduro Pay & Play session running form 9am to 1 pm for £30 per rider, no need to pre book simply turn up pay and play on a fully marked enduro track. Saturday Afternoon will be the turn of the four wheel fans as RAW4 series round 2 runs from 1.30 to 4pm.
Sunday will be the usual 3 event format with Youth riders taking to the hills at 8.30am for their 90 minute race. After that the adult Sportsman, Sportsman vets, Over 50 and Novice riders will be on track for two hours. A short break for morning race results and track alterations will then be followed by the PM race for the more experienced Expert, Expert Vets, Clubman and Clubman Vets who will be on track for a full 2.5 hour event.
Online Entries (FASTRACK Sign On) http://www.rawenduro.co.uk/events/
Or To get entered and pay on the day riders can send a text to 07802 572023. Information needed is NAME; CLASS, RACE NUMBER, AND LICENCE NUMBER or Day licence is available at a cost of £5.
2017 RAW club membership subscriptions can be taken on the day by event staff. Remember registered Club members get £10 off every race entry. http://www.rawenduro.co.uk/events/
For more info see the Raw Enduro Face book page or visit rawenduro.co.uk

RAW Challenge Series Round 1 Butts Quarry. Top Experts Entertain Crowds, relay team racing closer than ever. Images: CH-Images Report: Imprint Media

Butts Quarry played host to RAW Enduro’s opening RAW Challenge race of the 2017 season. The 4 hour race saw a great turn out in all classes both Solo Ironmen and 2 man relay teams.

A Le Mans Style start saw riders having a 5 metre dash to their bikes, Ex world and European Enduro rider Jack Rowland was the holeshot man from the expert class, paired up with MPS Racings Luke Flack for the day, the pair gave a demonstration to a packed Butts Quarry in just how to ride fast with the minimum amount of fuss.

Taking the overall win both riders had a great day out at a club enduro. Lee Sampson and Tom Weston grabbed runner up spot in class. Clubman solo honours went to Gregory Hough, Gregs 34 lap tally was impressive in the searing heat. Graham Dickinson placed second with RAW Regular Andy Williams taking third in class.

With track conditions drier than ever, the surface was very unforgiving as the hard Butts Quarry base started to tear up, most teams opted for either 30 or 40 minute stints before tagging their team mate to the take a well earned rest. Lee Pallet and Lee Stansfield were the outright winners in the Clubman class with a fine performance.

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GBXC at Westwood. Report Tim Tighe. Pics Tilde Tighe

The re-launch of the great Britain Cross Country series got off to a steady start at Westwood last Sunday around the longest course ever laid out at the venue. Saturday saw a Youth race followed by a practice day while Sunday hosted the usual Sportsman, Novice Vets B and Youth B classes in the morning and Expert Clubman, Youth A and Vets A in the afternoon.

Saturday’s Youth race was good fun and provided some great racing between Cory Cookland, Doug Lote and and John Stanley. Cory took the lead from the start and was in total command until on lap 6 he had an argument with a tree that slowed him down and needed a little pit repair giving the lead to Doug Lote for the next couple of laps. Cory managed to get back past him on the last but one lap taking the flag with about a 30 second lead from John Stanley with Lote eventually taking third. A great little battle between the first three throughout the race.

Sundays competitors had quite a challenge. Taking in virtually every available section and then some the lap was over 11 minutes for the best of the morning racers while the afternoon fast lads cut it to just over 9 minutes.

From open field sections to streambeds, ravines to quarrys with plenty of twisty woodland in between the tight and technical nature of the track gave riders no respite as the course cut up in places, especially around the water sections.

Saul Hirst and Richard Moorhouse contested the first adults race, Hirst in the Sportsman class and Moorhouse in the Youth B, with both riders clocking 10 laps as Hirst took the win with Moorhouse second and a terrific ride by the ever-improving Nick Whitehead who took third overall and second in Sportsman. Ben Martindale in fourth overall grabbed the final podium place in the Sportsman class.

Moorhouse took the Youth B win ahead of Toby Flack and Adam James with Flack managing to pull over a three-minute lead to be safe in second spot at the end of two hours of racing.

Shaun James rode a solid race to take the Vets B win ahead of Simon Nutter and Tony Gunn, all three posting nine laps. Simon Tate headed the Novice ranks by keeping over two and a half minutes between himself and second placed Sarah Thomas as Garry Peacock took third.

The afternoon race was interesting. In the Expert ranks an on-form Sam Winterburn had serious competition from Lee Sealey, Harry Edmondson, Lee Sampson, Derek Bawn and Ben Murphy who took the plunge and chose to race for once rather than pose in the paddock and pits. Murf had a terrific race and has decided to try it more often!

Straight off the start Winterburn had control and pulled a considerable gap, leading the two and a half hour race until the halfway point where Sealey suddenly mounted his challenge.

The lead switched between the two as the finish approached with Winterburn over a minute ahead at one point as Sealey pitted then charged to catch him and pull a minutes gap in the space of two laps. By the end of the race he was nearly two minutes clear and took a well deserved win. Winterburn was disappointed with second after such a great first half ride but Ben Murphy showed he still has what it takes by holding third place throughout the race.

Youth A class rider George Yardley worked his way to 10th overall at one point, a cracking achievement, but slipped to 12th overall by the end of the race although he won his class and was seven minutes clear of his closest Youth A rival James Palmer in second spot. Cole Cookland had an impressive ride to take third in class.

Ryan Armitage was in great form as he took the Clubman class win by nearlt two minutes over Vinnie Mullen in second spot. Mullen has managed to keep Tommy Grimmer at bay as the finish approached and has a minute and a half gap as the chequered flag was waived.

Chris Wagstaff took the Vets A win by nearly three minutes over John Bradford, the pair matching each other lap for lap, as David Williams took third in class a lap down on the leading pair.

Not the biggest entry for a GBXC but one that will see the series gradually build back to its former glory over the coming seasons. Westwood was in excellent shape and the course was a cracker.

The 2017 ACU British Sprint Championship

Seven weeks! That’s all you have left to get fit, fast and ready for the UK’s premier Sprint Championship.

The 2017 ACU British Sprint Championship gets underway on May 20th and 21st for two rounds of rapid action at Rogers Hill Raceway, Dorset.

This will be the first of the three weekend, six round Championship events and will be packed with both World class and British Championship riders. Fortunately they will mainly be in the Pro class, which leaves plenty of opportunities for mere mortals who have a choice of Expert, Clubman, Veterans, Youth and Sportsman classes.

Jack Edmondson will be putting in an appearance or two, finding time between his hectic GNCC schedule to represent Husqvarna UK in the pro class and he will be joined by a number of world and national champions, all competing at the highest level in this top notch event series.

Rogers Hill Raceway will feature a single Special Test, as will Bicton, which hosts rounds 3&4 of the series, both tests will be MX/Enduro types but the final weekend at Green Hall Farm will see two tests across a very large venue and the terrain will cover a multitude of types. Green Hall Farm is huge and two very long tests will be a fitting finale to the series.

The Bicton Farm weekend is scheduled for July 15-16th with the final two rounds at Green Hall Farm on August 12-13th. All rounds are to count in the championship and trophies will be awarded on the day.

Entry costs remain the same as last season: £100 for the weekend, £60 for single days. Numbers are limited to 120 at each round and entries are now open and can be booked by calling 01543 370070 or 07889 924560

Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R2. Round 2 - Shots fired by contenders at Ellington Banks!
Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

Round two of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship rolled into the superb Ellington Banks near Ripon on Mothers day. After mid week heavy rain, Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook chose to run his favoured long loop course which provides some of the best enduro riding the north of England has to offer. Fast open fire roads, loamy forest fire breaks, and the tried and tested MOD sandy driver training areas proved a real hit with the massive turn out of riders on the day.
Richie Moorhouse was the man on a mission in the Youth A Class as he turned the tables on Round 1 winner Shay Page, Shay is committed to this season with RAW and is looking like taking the fight to pre season favourite Moorhouse. Third place finisher Jamie Williams is another rider who will surely take race wins once he’s used to the faster pace of youth A. Cory Cookland had a race long battle to secure the Youth B class win, just edging out Sam Boyd by literally seconds at the flag, Bert Boam continues to ride well in his first proper championship taking third place back home with him.
With Blue skies in charge for the day and the Media Drones hovering, the packed AM start area was fired into life a few minutes behind schedule. The New Apico Holeshot system was in place for the first time this season, a running table of holeshots from each round will be kept and updated, at the end of the ten round series Apico goodies will be rolled out for the fastest starter in each class, social media bragging rights are high on the list for this category!!
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The 2017 Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship. Report & pics: Tilde Tighe

The opening round of the 2017 Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC series could not have got off to a better start with great conditions, an upgraded course and a guest appearance from Yamaha’s Jamie McCanney to launch the yet another championship year into the spotlight.

Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury has received serious attention over the past few months and it was obvious just how much work had been done to the venue, especially the woods section, to turn it into one of the Fast Eddy Racing favourite locations for the coming year.

The weather in the run up to the event had been unpredictable but stayed dry, which allowed a practice day to run on Saturday and also meant that the farmer, Matt Egerton, could re-grade the course on Saturday evening ready for racing on Sunday and what a day that turned out to be.

The first round of each Rock Oil XC Championship always starts at Bicton Farm and host ‘A Lap For Joe’ in memory of Joe Edge, a young rider who lost his life doing the sport he loved. This year saw another increase in the number of riders participating in the memorial lap, which grows with each passing year, as every rider with a bike circulated slowly behind Paul Edmondson and Joe’s Dad as they led the pack around the course.

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Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship R1. Monster Turn out for Driffield. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

The eagerly awaited RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship fired back into life on the first weekend in March with an action packed Sunday Race Day.

A record number of riders paid their annual pilgrimage to the superb Driffield site. Clerk of the Course Wayne Braybrook really knows his stuff when it comes to setting the perfect track for all abilities. Round 1 of the 2017 Championship was no exception to that, a wide fast flowing track saw real close competitive racing across all classes.

New Features included the new look Metzeler Sponsored MC360 Lap scoring area, and a specific Medic Centre on site, which thankfully did very little work on the day.

Youth Riders
Race 2 Off Road rider Shay Page set his intentions for a full season of enduro racing clear to all his rivals by taking a hard fought Youth A win. RAW Academy rider Richie Moorhouse took the holeshot and the pair couldn’t afford any mistakes setting a blistering pace around the Super long Driffield lap. Shay Page eventually just nipping the win from Moorhouse. Youth A upgrade Jamie Williams was right on the pace until a puncture slowed him up in the closing stages.

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ACU British Extreme Championship Third Round: Eds Of The Valley. February 26th

Billy Bolt has finally got what he deserves, his first major Extreme win!

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Bolt took first place at the third round of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship, Eds of the Valley, in Mid Wales on Sunday.

The 12-mile course turned into what Bolt described as a 'slog fest' as heavy rain and high winds battered the Abbeycwmhir venue all day long.

Strategy was key and more than a few riders fell foul of the refuelling rules as they went for a third lap and consequently ran out around the course.

It was a proper Old School enduro with bad weather, a huge course and numerous hillclimbs that stumped many riders in both the morning and afternoon races.

Experience paid off for Juan Knight in the morning race as he took the win by a significant margin but Harry Edmondson put in a terrific ride to take second spot ahead of Mick Boam in third.

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Winter Series R3 Play & Race Butts Quarry. Hornshaw Battles for Great Clubman Win. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

The Final Winter Series Play and Race Format event was staged last Sunday at the Compact Butts Quarry Venue.

After a record number of entrants at Winter Series round 2, Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook took the decision to limit the number of competitors at Round 3 to ensure a good quality event played out for this the final combined adult classes Winter series event of the 2016/17 season.

Youth riders had a 15-minute open practice session followed by a one-hour race. RAW Enduro Academy rider Richie Moorhouse was in great form taking the Youth A win from Sam Hogg in second. Sam kept the pressure on Moorhouse right to the end. Jamie Williams has shown he’s a serious contender for Youth A honours in 2017 after moving up from Youth B.

Sam Boyd topped the Youth B class with a cool calculated ride, Bert Boam surprised lots of spectators by netting second spot with a very stylish ride. Josh Knight earned himself a great third place in class finishing just 2 minutes behind Boam.

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Cotswold Enduro Club. AMCA Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship. Pics: Tilde Tighe. Report: Tim Tighe

Matt Porter began the new season where he left off in 2016 with another definitive win at the opening round of the CEC AMCA Rock Oil H&H Championship, mounted this year on a John Lee Beta machine that never missed a beat.

Cotswold Enduro Club got its 2017 season underway in great style at Wymeswold on Sunday. A full entry, a rain-free day and nearly five miles of challenging cross-country terrain that included the excellent Wymeswold MX track saw the race run for the full three-hours, despite some concerns from organiser Pete Carter at one point but the riders were having a great time so he let it flow.

The race came as a shock to the system for many riders who hadn’t competed since last October in many cases, a full three-hours in testing conditions proved to be a real wake-up call. For mid February conditions could have been much worse. The dry day really did help to improve a greasy surface around much of the course but could do nothing to prevent several water–filled ditches from turning into mud holes.

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Jarvis Wins Cowm. ACU British Extreme Championship

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing duo of Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt tightened their grips on the 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship at Cowm Quarry on Sunday by taking the top two spots in the Pro class around the toughest course ever laid out at the venue.

Usually the steep hillclimb at the heart of the venue is the centre of attention but for the afternoon race it was quite the opposite as crowds gathered at an perilously deep hole that the Pro, Expert and Clubman riders had to negotiate and it didn’t fail to deliver the thrills and spills everyone anticipated.

It wasn’t the only new section. Site operator John Whittle had been busy over the last few months making considerable adjustments to the course and adding new rock gardens everywhere.

The start area had a very different layout with riders leaving the line, hitting a sharp right-hander, negotiating a log section at speed before entering a narrow tunnel before exiting onto the course proper. Watching over 100 Sportsman riders squeeze through in the opening race was literally getting a quart into a pint pot!

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Fast Eddy Awards Evening

What an evening! The Fast Eddy Racing Presentation Evening at the Holiday Inn Telford was the best yet.

Apart from the dozens of awards presented by Paul Edmondson, James Jackman, Jack Edmondson and Lee Sealey, the auction organised by Lee Eddy and Claudette Chater raised over £2300, which will be donated to the local Air Ambulance

Several top named riders had contributed items to the auction including Jonny Walker, Graham Jarvis, Billy Bolt, Nathan Watson, Steve Holcombe, Jamie Lewis, Paul Bolton and Fast Eddy himself, with many other items donated as raffle prizes.

Brilliant! Big thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction but Fast Eddy's 1996 ISDE top took the highest bid! Still got it Paul Edmondson!

For the first time, a disco was included in the evening’s entertainment and it was worth every penny as Rich Cookland and Mick Boam will agree with.

A cracking evening, shame we have to wait 12 months to the next one.

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Double Top for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at Tong

The 2017 ACU Fast Eddy British Extreme Enduro Championship opening round at Tong certainly lived up to its billing by providing the toughest and longest course ever built at the venue but it was a course that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Graham Jarvis bonded with as he put in a masterclass to take the first win of this Championship series.

Teammate Billy Bolt backed him up in second place with a much more mature and determined ride than last year's frantic display while Eurotek KTM's Paul Bolton returned from injury to take a well-deserved third spot.

The entry was massive in both races. The early rain made the course tough in places but, as ever, Tong supplied a great spectacle.

David Knight, riding for Eurotek KTM, crashed hard on the opening lap and injured his shoulder, his race was over before it really started but Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Danny McCanney put in a great performance for fifth spot, just behind Keelan Hancock in fourth.

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For more information go to www.fasteddyracing.com

Enduroland: Mud, Sweat & Gears at Deepdale

Enduroland’s 2017 season got off to the best possible start with a full entry, great weather conditions and an excellent venue.

The Mud, Sweat & Gears event was in memory of Nik Fisk, a great friend and long-time supporter of Enduroland. It was held at the superb Deepdale venue, which was in great shape despite heavy rain throughout New Years Day. Aylesbury Husqvarna supported the event along with Acerbis

The sand based quarry had just a couple of wet patches to start with but as racing progressed the course improved to near perfect condition. The quarry floor and start straight were tricky to start with but improved throughout the day, as did the tight and technical woodland section and the hill sections linking the two areas.

A terrific turnout of young riders saw over 40 take to the start line for the first race of the day and despite the initial tricky conditions the youngsters were soon banging in fast laps around a slightly shorter course than the adults, the woodland section and tricky hills were not included in this race but it was plenty tough enough, especially for 50cc Auto riders and some 65cc’ers.

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Keith & Eddy’s Xmas XC at Ashby Moto Park

The annual pilgrimage to Ashby Moto Park just after the Christmas festivities dust has barely settled was a chance for a laid back outing for two XC races and an early finish then off to the pub!

Keith Staines and Paul Edmondson run this small event for the dedicated few who are missing getting muddy on a regular basis although the track was in pretty good shape and even the woods were not too difficult compared to other years.

The day started with a one-hour Youth race that was won by Jack Sandland, who battled his way through to the lead position and tackled the two new huge mounds in the centre of the MX track with ease, much to the surprise of dad Kev.

Tradition dictates that there is always a slight delay before the start of the adult’s race. This is to accommodate site owner Keith Staines who is never prepared and also likes to make an entrance, although he spent quite some time taping his trousers around his waist, unable to find any traditional bailing twine long enough to do the job, he did eventually make the start, unrecognisable in a new shirt and helmet.

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Fast Eddy Racing Winter Series Final Round.

A last-minute venue change paid dividends for the fourth and final round of Fast Eddy’s Winter Championship on Sunday.

Moving from a saturated Hilton Park to Bicton Farm the event enjoyed almost perfect conditions as the track improved lap after lap for the six moto-duro races throughout the day. A slightly shorter course than usual made for some really close racing as both the open fields and woodland section dried out quickly to provide plenty of grip.

The plan was for two 45 minute youth races, two 50-minute outings for the Novice, Sportsman and Vets B with the same for the Experts, Clubman and Vets A. It worked really well and ran bang on time except for a slight delay waiting for the oversleeping Cookland crew at the start of the day.

The youth riders started proceedings and Adam James was on fire right from the moment the start flag dropped.

He never put a wheel wrong at the front of the SW85cc class and thoroughly deserved his victory in both the first and second youth races taking to impressive wins. Cory Cookland was also on form and took two second places, battling hard throughout each race, while Lewis Hurdsman nailed two third places.

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Raw Enduro Play and Race Day Winter Series Moves into 2017

RAW Enduro continue their Winter events campaign with round two of the Play and race series at Ellington Banks near Ripon on January 8th. This popular northern all weather venue will see a little bit of everything thrown into the mix for round two.

Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook is going to include some HARD enduro loops which are OPTIONAL, and if ridden well will save time around the lap. Add in Hard Standing paddock and a great course, which stands any weather, and you have a great winter event from RAW Enduro.
First on track Sunday morning at 8.30am are the youth classes who will get 30 minutes practice, then at 9:15am the Youth 1 Hour race will be flagged away. After that at 10:30 all adults will get a one hour practice session followed at 11:45 by a 1.5 Hour race.

The paddock is situated around two miles from Ripon centre, sat Nav Postcode of HG4 3JZ gets you on the right road, Ellington Banks training area is well signed from the main road near Sutton Grange.

ALL Litter MUST be taken home, please don’t just drop it on the ground in the paddock or as you leave the area. Please book in early so we can give our caterers an idea of how many riders to expect on the day.

To get entered riders can send a text to 07802 572023. Information needed is NAME, CLASS, RACE NUMBER, AND LICENCE NUMBER or Day licence is available at a cost of £5. Online Entries www.rawenduro.co.uk 2017 RAW club membership subscriptions can be taken on the day by event staff.
For more info see the Raw Enduro Face book page or visit rawenduro.co.uk

Wild Westwood. 2017 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship Final Round. Report: Tim Tighe. Pics: Tilde Tighe, Jack Fleming.

As the year draws to a close the long-awaited finale of the 2016 BEEC arrived at Westwood near Sheffield to provide a surprising conclusion to this outstanding series, one where the Experts outshone the Pros for once to provide a nail-biting finish over the final few laps.

Always eager to provide great value for money, Paul Edmondson added a night race just for fun once the extreme championship had been settled and it proved to be hugely popular with both the riders and onlookers who witnessed the hundreds of small lights bobbing about in the Westwood woodland.

At midday the start flag dropped and the final two race-filled hours of the championship began around a course that looked fairly straightforward but proved to be anything but as the race progressed.

Tight, technical woodland filled with bomb-holes and streams, fallen logs and rock outcrops bought the race into sharp focus for riders right from the start as the inevitable log jams dotted the early part of the course, allowing the fast boys to gain ground while lesser riders toiled with their machines over slippery logs.

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The 2017 ACU Eddys X-treme Championship: ENTRIES OPEN FOR TONG ON JANUARY 15TH

The 2017 ACU Eddy’s X-treme Championship has officially opened its entries for the first round on January 15th.

With a fantastic five-round Championship series planned for 2017, riders will get a taste of extreme venues from the North to the Welsh borders and experience many different terrains and even styles of events that will provide a full championship which will cater for Sportsman riders all the way to Pro’s and some of the World’s best.

An ‘all-new’ entry system has been put in place for the new season with riders who pre-enter and pre-pay for the first round automatically retaining their race number and entry details for the remaining four rounds where they will be able to pay on the day. This option is only for riders who pre-enter round 1, at Tong.

Paperwork will be completed for the rider for all other rounds and Fast Eddy Racing will only require and email or a phone call to either enter or let us know if they cannot make it for the next round. This has been set up to make paperwork easier for both the riders and the organiser for this prestigious ACU British Championship series.

Entries are on a first-come-first-served basis and will close when full or by December 24th 2016. There is no price increase from the 2017 season. For more information and entry details please go to www.fasteddyracing.com. To enter by email contact fasteddyracing@hotmail.com or call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560.

RAW Enduro Play & Race day

Raw Enduro Play and Race Day Winter Series dates Confirmed.

  • Round 1 December 11th Carlton Grange YO62 5HH
  • Round 2 January 8th Venue TBC
  • Round 3 February 19th Butts Quarry S45 0HW

RAW Enduro start their 2016 Winter Series events program when they roll into the market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire on Sunday December 11th. Originally the date was secured for a HARD Enduro, however due to circumstancies beyond the clubs control the original planned event has had to be cancelled.

Not an organisation to simply sit back and do nothing, event Director Wayne Braybrook quickly rallied the troops to make sure the clubs Carlton Grange venue was prepared ready to run a Winter Play & Race fixture on the same date.
Carlton Grange is a superb traditional woodland Enduro course, the ground which has a good solid base offers an all weather ride. The woodland will be fully graded so it’s in great shape ready for riders to have one last ride out before the festive season kicks in.

First on track Sunday morning at 8.30am are the youth classes who will get 30 minutes practice, then at 9:15am the Youth 1 Hour race will be flagged away. After that at 10:30 All adults will get a one hour practice session followed at 11:45 by a 1.5 Hour race.
The paddock is situated half a mile above Carlton village, accessed opposite the fuel station on the road out of Helmsley towards Pickering. All competitors PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY through the village and respect the residents, they are very cooperative and as such we should respect the area they live in.
ALL Litter MUST be taken home, please don’t just drop it on the ground in the paddock or as you leave the area.
To get entered riders can send a text to 07802 572023. Information needed is NAME, CLASS, RACE NUMBER, AND LICENCE NUMBER or Day licence is available at a cost of £5.
2017 RAW club membership subscriptions can be taken on the day by event staff.
For more info see the Raw Enduro Face book page or visit rawenduro.co.uk

Enduroland Timber X

LAST CHANCE SALOON. Enduroland has had a slow response to this years Timber X indoor event which it is putting down to it being 2 rounds over one weekend so in order to try and make this fabulous indoor event work they have changed the schedule:

The event will now be just Round One. with Round 2 now taking place in March 2017, so 2 rounds both to count .

WE STILL REQUIRE ALL ENTRIES IN NOW BY THE 30TH NOVEMBER 2016 . Its up to you guys now ! Saturday 17th December 2016 Round One Timber X Youth Race Series and general Timber X practice Kids indoor practice only session - 9-12.

For kids and youth that want to try it £30 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) In class sessions. Auto-65cc-85cc SW-85cc BW Any youth who havent previously booked for the race can then enter to race on the day after trying the track -subject to min entries for the race already being booked (please note this will be an additional £25 on the day)

Kids/Youth Race & Practice package Includes all the Round one races as per original schedule & the morning extended practice 12-4 £50 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) 4pm Youth Presentations for 2016 season and Timber X awards round one Adult novice practice only package .

For any riders/racers not doing the Sunday Race who just want to try the indoor track PLUS Sportsman/Novice riders racing Sunday in the Sportsman/Novice class only ! 4-8pm £35 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) So just one day for Youth Round One but other options for other riders ! Sunday 18th December Adult Timber X Round One 10am Practice in class order .

Followed by new race day format with more races included . Entry £65 early bird (book by 23rd November 2016) 2016 Adult presentation and Timber x Round one awards # The NEW schedule will still need to be at MAX entries by the new cut off date of 30TH NOVEMBER 2016 ## Any current bookings will be sorted/moved or refunded as required. Spectator fees and camping will remain as per original schedule .This goes to the venue and not the club !

Enduroland Remembrance Day at Q1. Winter Series.

Remembrance Day events tend to polarise opinion, whether they should be running or not but when done right they can be a fitting tribute of remembrance and show the respect deserved by such a significant day.

Nigel Wheatley  ran his annual Enduroland Remembrance Day quarry event at Q1 and with Tilde Tighe playing the Last Post, Andrew Perring reading the immortal words that accompany the ceremony and all riders and spectators observing two-minutes of silence the event could not have been more poignant.

Well done to all involved

P.S. Luke Flack won in great style 

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Spectacular Sunday at Bicton for Fast Eddy Winter Chasmpionship third round

Round three of the Fast Eddy Winter Championship saw some terrific racing at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury on Sunday.

Six races around a fast and flowing course saw the Moto-duro format at its very best, especially when newly crowned European Enduro Champion Brad Freeman put in an appearance and dominated the field in both of his races.
Lee Sealey and Ben Murphy had an outstanding battle in the final race of the day for second and third spots.

In the other adults race it was David Williams who was firmly in charge throughout both of his races as he rode smoothly and quickly to post two wins. Shaun James had a great ride in the opening race to take second with Frankie White-Edwards third while Nick Whitehead got it together to take second in the next race as Sean Taylor followed him home.

In the Youth races it was Sion Hughes who did the double although Jamie Williams put up a really tough battle trying to catch the leader. Scott Draper took third although the second race saw an impressive comeback from Cory Cookland to grab third after DNFing the opening race

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The 2017 British Extreme Enduro Championship. Dates and Venues announced.

Extreme enduro fans get your diaries out!

The dates and venues for the 2017 British Extreme Enduro Championship have just been released and the series now has five events spread across eight months.

Paul Edmondson’s reputation for putting on top-notch events, especially extreme enduros, has seen the popularity of both extreme and hard Enduro rise sharply over the last few years and the four rounds of the 2016 British Extreme Enduro Championship were all extremely well attended so the coming season now holds five very different challenges and locations.

The championship kicks off with Eddy’s Xtreme at Tong on January 15th. This foundation stone of the series always packs in riders and spectators and is a cracking venue to start the ball rolling.

Just over three weeks later the venue is Cowm Quarry for Eddys Xtreme Cowm on February 5th. The open and flowing rock-strewn quarry has proved to be more than up to the task over the past few years and is in complete contrast to the tight and wooded Tong venue.

Next up is a new event and new venue to the series. Set in Mid Wales the Eds Of The Valley event will be the third round on February 26th, which can be classified as a hard enduro in the Welsh forests and has the hallmarks of being as big hit with ‘old school enduro’ fans.

John Kerwin’s Extreme Ravines, running on April 23rd, is a Northern favourite and really pulls in riders and crowds for a great atmosphere. As the fourth round it will possibly be significant in deciding the final outcome of the championship.

The series culminates with the H2O Extreme Classic on August 19th. This seasons first running of the Extreme Classic saw H2O prove itself as a proper extreme venue with challenges that tested the very best riders and gave the crowds a real treat with the mix of woodland, streams, rocks and ravines providing plenty of entertainment.

Entries open just after the final round of this seasons championship is completed at Westwood on December 3-4th.

For more information call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560. More info is available at fasteddyracing.com or email fasteddyracing@hotmail.com to secure your place.

Enduroland Scrambles at Seals Hill Farm.

The Scramble proved a big hit with all concerned . The Club took a bit of a risk with its new Scramble format aimed at both enduro and mx riders alike and it paid off.

An outstanding 6 races took place over the bumpy field and hill of dreams at Chacombe with the feedback being absolutely outstanding . The track was set for around 8-10 minute laps with the clock cutting off at 20 minutes-all riders in after this time received minimum points but not a dnf .

The flag was dropped at 30 minute intervals with one minute splits between each class/group so there was no real let up over the 3 hours and 6 races .

'It was my most enjoyable event as a race director in a long time'- Boss 'You should patent it -it was excellent' -Ross Dover "Just brilliant' -Alan King And so the comments went on throughout the morning with the weather also playing a huge part in the proceedings.

Points got scored for each race per class with 30pts for the win,followed by 25pts 2nd.24pts 3rd,23pts 4th and so on.with all points to count towards the overall top 3 in each class . All results are at racesplitter as usual and became live on the day after each race timed out .

Elite . After an epic crash in Race 1 the battle was on for Luke Gorse going into the final race with Dan Boam taking 3 wins and leading up to Race 6 .The winner was to be decided on the final race and Luke Gorse took the win. Race 6 decided it by just 1 point ! In the Clubman Plus -our expert class,again some close action with club regular Josh Buckley taking the win and overall first rider home in Race 1.Aston Day then stamped his mark on the event taking all but one of the remaining 5 races .Aaron Bloomfield winning Race 2. Our only 85cc Bw rider was Archie Date obviously taking max points .nice one for entering Archie. In the ladies Rachel Smith had a Race 1 adventure over the bars on the infinity jump which ruled her out for the following races leaving Hayley Rilings to take the ladies win . We hope you'll return soon Rachel. The Youth 12-16 class had some fast youngsters and James Palmer revelled in the new race format taking 6 wins from 6 starts closely followed by George Yardley . All three remaining riders had just 1 point splits for 3rd,4th and 5th .James Dover eventually taking 3rd . The Vets are always close at our XC racing and the scramble was no different with Tom Griffiths and Mick Belcher swapping wins and Tom coming out the winner eventually with 4 out of the 6 to take it .Jason Frieberg took a well deserved 3rd place overall. On to the more 'experienced' guys and the Masters .Taking a win from Race 1 and two 2nds in Race 2 & 3 Chris Day decided to take Boss's advice and use the final log section to overtake a fellow rider -and subsequently had a rather massive off ,ending his day.We did say it was an ideal place to leap into the lead however Chris took the chance but didnt land his impressive leap as well as expected .get well soon mate. Again close racing with a fast field of 'experienced' racers. Joe Beard took the overall followed by Keith Patstone and following a recount we have a joint 3rd place of Greg Frieberg and James French .both on 131pts . The last race counts in the event of a tie however awards went out on the day so James French will also be given a 3rd place award .well done fellas . Last but not least the Sportsman . With some big crashes in these races we wish all the riders a speedy recovery and hope you are not to 'Scrambled' namely the Sinclairs and our own Gary Curtis . Great racing here with Adam Carter shining through to take the overall through a packed field.

Great fun and good fast action so look out for more in the not to distant future . A big thank you to all the riders that came and gave it a go and as always to the staff.medical and catering without whom these events wouldnt happen. Innovation in racing from Enduroland .

RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship Round 8 Finale. William Hoare Takes the final win in a Talent packed Expert Class.
Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

The Finale to an awesome year of RAW Enduro competition was held at the superb Driffield Training area last Sunday.

In its first year with Lubricants Giant Rock Oil as headline sponsor, the RAW Enduro Hare & Hounds Championship has seen riders battle through highs and lows, as well as providing some of the best races on the most thought out courses which RAW Enduro have to offer. Wayne Braybrook has provided a platform for events in the north of England to run from which are second to none.
In a fantastic line up of Youth riders, RAW Enduro team riders Saul Hirst and Richie Moorhouse had a winner takes all race ahead of them. Hirst had the better of Moorhouse at this event and his larger 125cc bike certainly gave him the advantage over the Driffield lap.

Taking the win and championship was a great end to his first competitive racing season. Richie Moorhouse was pleased to place runner up having given his all, Race 2 rider Archie Wakefield held onto a credible final podium place. Jamie Williams a trials covert in his first year of enduro action dominated the Youth B and took the championship.

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Fast Eddy Racing Winter Championship. Second round. At Hilton Park. Wolverhampton. WV11 2BE.

The second round of the Fast Eddy Racing Winter Championship saw a new venue in use; Hilton Moto Parc near Wolverhampton.

It provided a very different set of challenges to the usual 'countryside' courses. Just over half of the course was sand based MX but very carefully marked out so it wasn't just flat out MX racing, while the other half of the course made excellent use of the surrounding woodlands.

The 90-minute Youth race started the day and a new rider to the Fast Eddy series, Ryan Mundell (related to Dan Mundell but nowhere near as mad!) absolutely blitzed all opposition, leading from start to finish. Mitch Parkes made a welcome return and took a solid second place with Cory Cookland riding exceptionally well on his SW85 to take third overall.

The adults race started then was stopped following an injury to Jacob James off the start. We wish him a speedy recovery. Once racing resumed there was a mix of front runners initially; Sam Nunn, Ben Murphy, Jack Ditchfield and Henry Yardley but the tough course took its toll and Jack Ditchfield took the hard-fought win with Nunn second and brother Max Ditchfield third.

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Rock Oil Championship Round 7 Ripon. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

Ellington Banks training area at Ripon hosted round 7 of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Hare & Hounds championship, the north Yorkshire venue was in perfect condition for race day, and once again clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook paid attention to detail when planning a completely fresh new course to test all riders.

A fantastic line up of youth riders saw Jamie Williams take a strong win in youth B, Christina Palmer make the long journey from Scotland and open everyone’s eyes placing runner up on her Rock Oil supported KTM65, and Sam Boyd was third on 10 laps. RAW team rider Saul Hirst got the job done in youth A despite pressure in the closing stages from Richard Moorhouse, Archie Wakefield was on great form on his Race 2 Off Road KTM taking a fine third place trophy home.

With lots of day entries due to the almost summer weather conditions, the efficient RAW sign on staff had all day entries in the system ready to go 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. Neil Myers took a great start in the sportsman vets, he was unchallenged all race despite riding the last 3 laps with a flat tyre. Darren Kendal was the man in form taking a surprise runner up place in class with Andy Kirby taking third place just ahead of Mark Vardy who was having a rare ride out for fun.

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Fast Eddy Winter Championship at Bicton Farm

With the regular season done and dusted the Fast Eddy crew launched straight into the winter series of events last Sunday. Heavy rain throughout Saturday didn’t bode well for the opening round of Fast Eddy’s Winter Championship at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury but by Sunday morning the course was in pristine condition and the event turned out to be one of the best ever at this favourite Fast Eddy Racing venue.

Sunshine throughout the day saw the well-tendered track produce excellent racing and it was hard to believe that this was the start of a winter championship series. In a change to the normal schedule, the adult race started the day with the youth race starting around lunchtime. There was a slight delay to proceedings as the Yardley camp experimented with red diesel in Henry and George’s bikes. There was a significant saving on cost but performance suffered to say the least. Once the mistake was rectified and the smoke cleared racing began.

Another significant change was the absence of a Youth class. This saw several youth riders entered in the Clubman ranks and Henry Yardley in the Experts. Their results are testament to just how fast the Youth class riders are and the quality of the up-and-coming riders in the Fast Eddy stable.

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Rock Oil XC Championship final round at Brake Hill Farm. Report: Tim Tighe. Pics: Tilde Tighe/www.foto-x.co.uk

The regular Fast Eddy Racing season ended with a bang at Brake Hill Farm, Northants, last weekend. Saturday’s Husqvarna Demo-day, combined with a FED practice day, saw the venue packed to near capacity as riders enjoyed the cracking course laid out by the Fast Eddy crew.

Sunday was a slightly more nervous affair as many of the class titles were up for grabs at the final round of the 2016 Rock Oil XC Championship. Virtually all the regulars were out in force and they were joined by plenty of new faces that could see just how good the venue was.

Overnight rain forced a slight delay to the start of racing on Sunday, Fast Eddy’s lap inspection saw him return with tyres caked in mud but with the sun shining and a slight breeze the course was improving as each minute passed so a 30-minute delay proved to be a very smart move. By the third lap the ground was absolutely perfect.

Brake Hill Farm has an excellent MX track, combined with flowing woodland sections and a large undulating field section that gave riders a course that was simply a pleasure to ride.

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Eddy's Xtreme Enduro. The ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship. Final round announced.

The 2016 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship is three quarters done. Just when you thought it was safe to put your bike away approaching Christmas, Fast Eddy has confirmed the final Eddy’s Xtreme Enduro of the season, round four of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship.

Westwood near Sheffield is the venue. A light bulb clicked on in Eddy’s head at the recent ACU GBXC Sprint at Westwood when he realized just what a cracking extreme venue the place is and the variety of tough sections it has to offer.

The Grand Finale is on December 3-4th. Westwood is the perfect spot to end the series with a bang, and there certainly will be a big bang as the format makes a distinct change with a two-hour afternoon race followed by a one-hour evening race where the woodland will be floodlit.

Times from both races will be combined to give an overall winner. To celebrate this final round of a superb championship series there is a marquee and hog roast planned, in addition to all the usual facilities.
Watch this space because there is plenty more to come about this event.

Entries open on 1st November and you can secure your spot by calling
01543 370070 or 07889 924560 after that date.

Rock Oil Championship Round 6 Lee Dell Rochdale. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH-Images

As the Indian summer weather continued to grace Lancashire with its presence, despite the heavy thunderstorms that the UK experienced during the week, the hill top venue of Lee Dell was in great shape after a nice six month rest since the last event there.

Wayne Braybrook crammed in extra hours to ensure his job as clerk of the course provided the very best track for this a vitally important Rock Oil Championship enduro. The super long lap around the reservoir headland meant that he could make the course really wide fast and flowing, viewing for spectators is awesome at Lee Dell, meters from the start the hillside gives a safe birds eye view of over half the course.

A small but talent packed Youth event ran over a slightly shortened course, Saul Hirst was once again the man in form as he begins to get to grips with his Appleyard Husqvarna 125, his training partner Richie Moorhouse, a self confessed lover of Lee Dell couldn’t match Hirst’s pace on the day, riding a big wheel 85 now shows a slight disadvantage for the lad from North Yorkshire. Jack Winn took his Race 2 off road KTM to a solid third in class. Jamie Williams overcame a damaged throttle to take the Youth B class win.

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ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship. Final Rounds September 3-4th.

The final ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship weekend of the season saw the Fast Eddy entourage head north to Westwood near Sheffield to a pure woodland course that was tight and technical, which certainly suited Brad Freeman as he took six out of the seven test wins on Saturday and ten out of ten on Sunday

Westwood provided yet another different challenge as the series reached completion, something Paul Edmondson has strived for all season long.

The opening rounds at Rogers Hill Raceway really suited the speed merchants, while round two at H2O was big and flowing and had a great mix of MX and woodland terrain. The third round at Ashby Moto Park was tight but flowed well through a small woodland and MX course.

Westwood was made for technical riders with just second and third gears necessary for most around the six-minute test.

Twisting through the trees the course encompassed a terrific stream section, quarry bowl and several snaking loops up and down tricky hillsides where the thinking riders took their time walking the test to spot hidden lines to save a few seconds here and there.

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Cotswold Enduro Club. Rock Oil H&H at Tyn Twll.

Tyn Twll, or Berwyn Leisure as it is also known, is a valley in North Wales that has some size to it, from meandering stream in the valley floor to the mountains on either side, it is big and steep, covered in ferns and grass, dotted with rocks and has tracks running in every direction.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil H&H course last weekend was nine miles in length with a lap of around 20 minutes, even for the fastest rider, which was, of course, Matt Porter who did manage a 19 minute lap first off with no traffic ahead of him.

The course went to the top of both mountains and back, climbing steadily across slopes but one downhill in particular caused many riders to ask themselves why they were there. It was a very steep descent with a rut in the centre and the best idea was to stay out of the rut. If you dismounted then it was a long walk to the bottom of the slope as re-mounting was nigh on impossible. Many riders lowered the pressure in their rear wheels to cope with the grass sections but many paid dearly as they suffered punctures on the rocky tracks. The valley floor provided an MX section and two stream crossings over bridges, which also caught out more than a few riders who hit the gas too early and spun out in spectacular fashion.

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Rock Oil Xc at Green Hall Farm . Jack Cad Nails It!

The pen-ultimate round of the Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship saw a new name at the top of the results sheet. Jack Cadwallader nailed the overall win in what proved to be a tough, uncompromising, muddy and testing race on Sunday.
Green Hall Farm, Llanfillin, is on the large side with terrain to match its size. Everything is big, especially the climbs, so following several downpours on Saturday night the venue was on the slippy side as much of the course was across fields and through woodland that didn’t have a flat or level spot anywhere.

In an effort to try and get some lines appearing the adult racers went first for once to give the youth racers a slightly easier time later on in the day. It worked a treat!
Just after 11.00am the Experts left the start line into a short U turn before heading into the great outdoors and almost immediately disappearing into the woods. The first section was tough but it did little to prepare riders for the large climb in the second section where only a dozen riders made the summit at the first attempt. With some riders turning around a coming back down the hill as others powered up it the course became sketchy so Paul Edmondson sensibly cut the section, much to the relief of most riders.

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Walker Wins H2O Classic

Factory KTM Extreme rider Jonny Walker rocketed back onto the Hard Enduro scene with a terrific win at Fast Eddy’s new extreme venue, H2O near Oswestry. Coming back from injury Walker showed no signs that he had ever been away from the sport as he dominated the two and a half hour race ahead of Paul Bolton and Billy Bolt, lapping virtually the entire field of riders in the process.

H2O has been used in many guises but never before had riders seen it as an extreme venue and there was plenty of choice for sections. The huge motocross track was untouched as the course concentrated solely on the large woodland hillside and the steep-sided valley adjacent to it.

Dipping briefly into the valley off the start the course continued on to an open field section before the tough stuff really began as the woodland section approached. Once into the woods the twisty track plummeted straight downhill before U-turning back towards the top of the hillside and into the large rocks. Surviving the rocks, it continued on to a series of logs that increased in difficulty and finished with a flourish over a waist-high monster although there was a longer easy route for riders not in possession of exceptional skills.

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Cotswold Enduro Club at Llansillin. Rock Oil H&H Championship plus Slow Pete series.

Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil H&H Championship rolled into Llansillin last Sunday to what can only be described as Monster Mountain. The venue is dominated by one very large outcrop reaching into the far distance with tracks zig-zagging down the side of it which riders attacked with great care throughout Sunday’s three hour race.

Matt Porter made it look easy as he took the overall win but it was far from easy for most riders.

The gulley to get to the top of the mountain had two routes, steep grassy banks or wet stone lined river bed and if riders thought that was the hard bit then they had a shock coming, the downhills were harder than the uphills in most cases.

The sheer scale of the venue and where that track went was daunting just looking from the bottom of the course, it increased in hardness as the altitude increased!

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RAW Challenge Iron Man Series R3 Driffield. East Coast Survival…. RAW Style! Report: Imprint Media – Images: CH-Images

The Final round of the RAW Challenge Series was held at the superb Driffield MOD training area in east Yorkshire, a return to the long lap saw average lap times around 15 minutes which was perfect for the 6 hour gruelling event, this was the final test for competitors wanting to scratch their name on the first running of this popular combination of events.

The brainchild of Wayne Braybrook an ex Hard Enduro winner, who wanted to create something which, until now hasn’t been done, was to have a series of events which got gradually harder in race distance, 4,5 and 6 hours in the saddle to see who had the character to survive.

At precisely 10.30am the packed start line was unleashed onto one of Driffield’s Gravel roads once used for MOD truck testing, this filtered riders into the first large woodland. Ben Hamilton got his Husqvarna TX300 off the line first to lead the Expert pack away with series leader Brad Lilburn, Alex Owen and Husqvarna Factory Technician Damo Butler jostling for positions. Clubman holeshot bragging rights went to Ian Shannon partnering his son Doltan on their Colin Appleyard Husqvarna’s, Wayne Braybrook forgot to tell Shannon senior the bike he was using for the event had MX engine settings in, the words “I’ve never started so fast in all my life” were ringing around the pits at the first team handover! Report & pics

Ben Murphy Rocks H2O

H2O once again proved to be a formidable place to race on Sunday for the sixth round of the Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship.

The massive lap saw a new layout with several new sections that gave the adult racers around a 15 minute laptime (Pro and Expert were slightly quicker) and some really hard challenges up some of the steeper slopes.

Ben Murphy was on form in the Pro class and nailed the adult race with an outstanding ride that saw him finish nearly three and a half minutes clear of second placed Tim Forman.

Sam Davies absolutely slaughtered the opposition in the Youth race, winning by an impressive margin over Charlie Chater who had more than his share of bad luck with George Yardley having a great ride to third spot despite being on a small wheeler.

A fantasic event at a superb venue that held up really well, despite some light rain throughout the main race. It was long, technical and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Fast Eddy Freestyle Bikes Husqvarna Test Days

Fast Eddy Racing, in association with Freestyle Bikes, Mid-Wales Husqvarna dealer are pleased to announce the first chance for UK riders to test the all-new 2017 range of Enduro machines.

With a complete new look and design and recent success of Graham Jarvis winning The Erzberg Rodeo on the new model, these machines are set to raise the standard again in the off-road world and are already proved successful in the Enduro World Championship.

The Husqvarna Enduro range of machines will be getting plenty of exposure over the coming months as Fast Eddy Racing’s Paul Edmondson and Freestyle Husqvarna’s Wynn Hughes, both former Enduro champions, have teamed up to provide riders with the opportunity to try out the latest Husqvarna range at H2O, postcode SY10 7PA. Also, Freestyle and Wynn have committed to supporting all up and coming Fast Eddy events

The course will feature the whole of the massive H2O complex, including the large woodland section and also a Special Test type track that will give riders a proper chance to try these bikes in conditions they are designed for.

The bonus for riders that do attend will be the fact that both Paul and Wynn will be available all day to answer questions and talk with riders and public about the new range.

Fast Eddy however, will be getting a ‘heads-up’ as he will be attending the World launch which takes place this week in Sweden.

The test day will run from 10.00am until 5.00pm, and takes place alongside the ever-popular and value for money FED day. To book your place please contact Wynn at Freestyle Bikes on 01686 807888. Cost is £30 to test two bikes of your choice so call Freestyle to book in and take advantage of this great offer.

Raw Enduro Rock Oil Championship Round 4. Norwood Teversal. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Matt Rudd Photography

The Iconic Norwood Teversal played host to round 4 of the Raw Enduro Rock Oil backed championship on Sunday July 3rd.

Norwood has a reputation for creating a love hate relationship with riders, if the ground is saturated then conditions are always tough which some riders love, equally as the ground dries out its one of the best Hare & Hounds tracks in the north of England. Sunday was no exception as heavy rain for two hours on Saturday afternoon made conditions tough for the youth race and the first half of the first adult event. By the time the PM race kick started into life conditions were perfect which is always luck of the draw at Norwood.

RAW Enduro Rider Saul Hirst was on fire in the Youth A Class taking the win from Cole Cookland who really did keep the pressure on Hirst. Jack Winn made the long journey from the north east worthwhile taking his Race 2 Off Road supported KTM to a great 3rd in class.

Cory Cookland was the victor in the Youth B class, Cory just managed to grab the extra lap on his rivals. Jamie Williams took runner up place with local lass Jaysi Austin showing how much her MX skills are improving her riding in third place.

A newer faster signing on procedure for day entries now means race start delays are a thing of the past at RAW Enduro, at 10:30 prompt Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook delivered the safety briefing and best advice for a competitive race to the packed start line. Report.

Team St.George ISDE annoucement.

TEAM ST GEORGE WILL BE COMPETING AT THE ISDE IN SPAIN LATER THIS YEAR, THE TEAM HAS BEEN SELECTED AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FOLLOWING RIDERS WILL BE REPRESENTING THE CLUB IN THIS EVENT. FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY. Click here for details

Rock Oil XC Championship Rd.5. Sunday 26th June at Castle Caerienion

Freestyle Husqvarna’s Joe Wootton returned to XC racing on Sunday with an emphatic victory at the fifth round of the Rock Oil XC Championship. Following his third place at the Welsh 2 Day Enduro earlier in the week Joe rode steadily to the front of the pack within a lap then turned up the gas to win by over four minutes as the two-hour race reached its conclusion.

Organised by Fast Eddy Racing the event was held at Castle Caerienion in mid Wales, an MX venue noted for its dust on occasions but not this time.

Heavy overnight rain saw the course in great shape although initially it was a little slippy for the opening Youth race, which began at 9.00am. Fast Eddy had made a few changes to the course to accommodate the younger riders, some of the MX track was cut or adjusted as even a four-times World Champion thought it was tricky in places following his early morning course check.

The course wasn’t solely MX based, far from it. A quarry section and massive field section plus several places where the MX infield came into play made for a really interesting and challenging course with the MX course running backwards for a change.

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