Cotswold Enduro Club at Shuckburgh Hall Sunday May 29th. Cancelled. Next event June 5th at Shuckburgh Hall.

For the grande finale visit to Shuckburgh Hall on Sunday 5th June Cotswold Enduro Club will be using the already constructed track which was built for the team event which has been cancelled this Sunday 29th May. The course features the harder shorter routes and the easy longer routes, these are signed as red routes for the hard and green routes for the easy. The track will be mostly re graded where possible but features a lot of new sections not yet used .
For more info see website. To book in call Wendy 07790 946239

Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC rd.4 at Brake Hill Farm on Sunday 29th May

The fourth round of the hugely popular Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC Championship is scheduled for Brake Hill Farm, Grafton Road Brigstock, Northants (NN14 3NB) on Sunday May 29th.

Saturday May 28th sees a Fast Eddy FED day at the venue, which has a superb mini-bike mx track and really excellent woodland sections, which lead out to a huge field section at the rear of the venue.

Brake Hill Farm is always a very popular venue with the Fast Eddy regulars, it has a great mix of terrain and is a real racers course and has experienced some terrific battles over the past couple of years.

For more information or to enter call 01543 370070 or 07889 924560 or go to fasteddyracing .com for more information.

Rock Oil Championship Round 3 Westwood. Report: Imprint Media. Images: CH Images

Westwood near Sheffield played host to the third round of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship where just short of 200 riders had an awesome track to compete on. A full week of track preparation at Westwood by the RAW crew shone through as track conditions were almost perfect.


The testing undulating woodland was complimentated by a small MX type sestion on the grass slopes just off the start.

Youth A Raw Enduro supported rider Saul Hirst made an awesome start taking the holeshot, his team mate and nearset rival in class Richie Moorhouse made life hard work by looping his bike on the uphill start.

Keeping Hirst honest Moorhouse hunted him down, in the end positions never changed with Saul Hirst taking the win from Richie Moorhouse.

Logan Wilcox a newcomer to enduro did a great job in his first non MX event to take the youth B win. Jamie Williams was runner up with Cory Cookland rounding out the top three.

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Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC rd.3 at Ashby Moto Park on Sunday 8th May

The Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship moved to Ashby Moto Park on Sunday for three hot and sticky races under a blazing sun.

Landowner Keith Staines had been busy grading the track and making improvements which were appreciated in all three of the races that ran on the day.

Bridgestone backed Charlie Chater started tyhe ball rolling with a win in the Youth race over Sam Davies and Matt Harris while Henry Yardley nailed the AM race for Youth, Sportsman, Sportsman Vets and Novice riders with Jacob James in second and Harry Edmondson third.

James Jackman confirmed that he rides at his best on a Yamaha by winning the PM race for Pro, Expert and Clubman riders. Brad Williams took second spot with Jack Ditchfield third.

Special mention to Ryan Hughes who won the Clubman class on his 18th birthday, quite a present!

Report & pics.

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Cotswold Enduro Club at Shuckburgh Hall Sunday May 8th. Slow Pete Round 2.

Shuckburgh Hall saw day long sunshine make the going hot for riders at the second round of Cotswold Enduro Club's Slow Pete Series.

No Championship or Expert riders were present but it hardly mattered as the huge Sportsman class took nearly half the field in what turned out to be two hours of terrific woodland racing.

The huge broadleaf woodland did provide some cover from the sun and the course was in perfect condition as Veteran 40+ rider Kev Freeman took the win from Veteran 50+ Keith Jenkins while Darren Bedford rode hard to secure third place.

Full report & pics.

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Holcombe Does The Double at ACU GBXC Sprint

The second weekend round of the ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship really hotted up as EWC winner Beta factory rider Steve Holcombe was joined by a newly enthused David Knight supported by Honda UK and a recovered Husqvarna Factory rider Danny McCanney, all of which added to the mix as Colwyn Bay KTM’s Brad Freeman, Sherco’s Tom Sagar and Mounter KTM’s Daryl Bolter fought for dominance in a Championship class of 18 riders.

Paul Edmondson took a huge risk opting for Selattyn as the venue for the second weekend of the Championship, the venue can be a nightmare in wet weather, but it was a risk that nearly paid off as H2O basked in bright sunshine with only a handful of hail and rain showers on Saturday. Sunday was very different with low mist and rain all day long making the event a test of determination for all riders.

The event proved to be one of Fast Eddy’s finest with two excellent Special Tests, the Enduro test through woodland was proper ‘old school’ and was one of the best tests in recent memory. There was time to be gained on this test. Starting on the rolling hillside the course plunged in and out of a ravine before entering thick coniferous woodland, peppered with fallen logs.

Report & pics.

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Raw Enduro Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship Round 3. Westwood Near Tankersley Signed From Junc 36 M1. May 14th / 15th

Raw Enduro has a full weekend of Enduro action planned at Westwood near Sheffield on Saturday and Sunday May 14/15th.
Saturday May 14th sees an Enduro Pay and Play running from 10am – 3pm, no need to pre book simply turn up sign in and get your track access wristband. Course suitable for bikes from 85cc to all adult capacitys. Riders are asked to sign in on arrival, they will be issued with a track access wristband which must be worn all day. Riders must abide by the rules for the day which means strictly staying on the marked course at all times. Riders wrist bands will be checked when entering and exiting the track. Catering and Toilets on site.
Sunday May 15th will see a fuill day of Rock Oil Championship action. Youth riders are the first away at 08:30, then at 10:30 the adult Sportsman, Vets, Over 50 and Novice will be on track for their own 2 hour event. After a short break for morning results and track alterations, the more experienced PM riders will be flagged away for their 2.5 hour event.
Westwood is already been prepared and graded throughout the woodland section to ensure this event is a belter. Please park as instructed by RAW Staff to avoid anyone getting blocked in.
New for 2016 – Helmet and Body mounted cameras are not permitted, Mounted on the bike is permitted. Tear Offs are not permitted.
A new signing on procedure will see On line pre paid event entries signing on through a” fastrack” sign on System  at event control. Pay on day, and day entries will need to fill out an event entry form and go in the “Pay on Day” queue.
So if you would like to be a part of what should be an awesome weekend of Enduro action, you can enter on line via www.rawenduro.co.uk there you can pre pay your Rock Oil event entry, or for anyone who would like to pay on the day simply text name, class, AND licence number to 07802 572023. BEFORE Friday May 13th.
PLEASE NOTE Only registered club members will score championship points and receive discounted entries, Membership will be closed at the end of May, so if you intend to ride 5 events or more in 2016, doing membership will save you £10 per event. Many riders have already registered for membership against their own personal race numbers,  so non members will simply be allocated a race number for each event.
Keep up to speed through the RAW Enduro face book Group, this will have updates on all events as well as some pre event pictures to show what great shape the venue is in.
Looking forward to seeing you all on May 15th , don’t miss this one, it’s going to be a cracker!!
Sporting Regards Wayne Braybrook

Knight Dominates Extreme ravines. Report & pics by Nicky Morson

The third round of the 2016 ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship took place in the picturesque surroundings of the popular Helmsley venue in North Yorkshire last Sunday.

A great turnout of competitors to the event saw riders able to take full advantage of the perfect weather conditions. Organised by Dirt Bike Action’s John Kerwin the event attracted many of the UK’s top Hard Enduro riders.

The Pro class riders were set off at 10am to start what would prove to be a gruelling but enjoyable day for most of the field.

Honda mounted David Knight proved untouchable throughout the event, but young Geordie Billy Bolt kept him honest aboard his KTM for most of the first lap as Graham Jarvis shook off his jet-lag to stay near the front of the field.

The single track, steep cambers and climbs proved challenging. The front-runners found parts of the single line course difficult as they came up to lap some of the slower riders.

Report & pics

Cotswold Enduro Club: Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Rd2 and Club Championship at Shuckburgh Hall. April 24th

A one-week delay for the second round of Cotswold Enduro Club’s Rock Oil Hare and Hounds Championship at Shuckburgh Hall was a very smart move indeed. The ground and course had dried significantly and the venue was in pristine condition for three hours of top-notch racing.

The stately setting of Shuckburgh Hall is a favourite venue for CEC riders. The venue hosts three CEC events each season and is large enough to ensure that there are three different courses with little or no overlap. It has a huge variety of terrain and this event benefitted from a new plantation section that was added to give riders a 15-minute lap on average although winner Matt Porter managed to get around it in a shade over 11-minutes.

The course was in great shape, mainly through woodland and the plantation with a handful of field sections thrown in for good measure, although exposed roots certainly played their part as the race wore on. The woodlands were wide in places, narrow in others, which made passing tight as Ben Coleman found out to his cost. Knowing when to pass and when to wait for an open section was crucial.

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Fast Eddy Fun Weekend at Bicton. April 16-17th

Parenthood certainly seems to be suiting James Jackman. He blitzed the Fast Eddy Team and Ironman event on Sunday at Bicton with an impressive win, lapping everyone up to third spot.

A very wet venue greeted riders on Saturday for Fast Eddy’s FED day but, as usual, Bicton dried out tremendously well for Sunday’s three-hour Team and Ironman event, which attracted a great crowd.

Another huge field had been added to the course and it proved to be very popular with riders, its smooth and flowing turns were simply fun to ride.

At a bargain price of £30 per rider it is hardly surprising that riders turned out in numbers. These non-Championship fun weekends are priced competitively to give riders and extra opportunity for bike time and competition and it certainly worked at Bicton.

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RAW Enduro Rock Oil Championship. Rd2. Report: Imprint Media. Images: RAW Enduro

The second round of the RAW Enduro Rock Oil Lubricants backed hare & hounds championship headed for the Lancashire hills on April 10th. Known for its wild cold weather, Lee Dell had a surprise in store for competitors on Sunday morning. Despite heavy snowfall late Saturday afternoon making track conditions very slippery, the weather on Sunday was simply stunning.

A small but eager group of youth riders were first out on track, Richard Moorhouse was the Youth A rider on a mission, Richie loved the wet tricky conditions, he used his skills to take the win despite being pushed by RAW newcomer Robert Francombe, Roberts attendance was great to see adding more top end competition to the class. Lewis Townend finished in third place.

On to the First Adult race of the day and a short delay due to extra day entries meant a ten minute delay to the start of this race. Sportsman Vets were the first to be flagged away with the top three riders running very close all race long, the course was an open flowing design, marked out in this way by Wayne Braybrook to allow line choice when the obvious trails got cut up.

Report

RAW Challenge at Butts Quarry. Report: Imprint Media. Images: Lynne Luxon Jones

Butts Quarry was a hive of activity on April 10th where RAW Enduro launched the Brand New RAW Enduro Challenge series round 1. The new series which has never before been seen will get gradually more difficult as the series move on. Round 2 is a five hour and round 3 is a monster 6 hour challenge.

Always eager to look after our Youth riders, a small 15 strong field of mini iron kids were treated to a fantastic lap around the Butts Quarry track, conditions were to begin with slightly greasy until the warm weather began to dry the track. Henry and George Yardley who are new to RAW Enduro events were on fire from the first turn. Henry led the race from start to finish giving a faultless performance to take the youth A win.

Richie Moorhouse took runner up spot with Cole Cookland and New RAW team rider Saul Hirst battling it out for the final podium spot. George Yardley matched his brother’s win by taking the Youth B win ahead of Cory Cookland with Jack Bednarek taking third.

The main adult 4 hour event saw the quarry basin start area packed to capacity. As an added twist Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook decided to set riders off in reverse order meaning the faster riders left the start last. This was in an effort to string the field out around the small but exciting track, the theory worked and after a frantic first hour riders settled into a good rhythm.

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Fast Eddy Original. Easter Weekend at Hawkstone Park

The long Easter weekend gave plenty of opportunity to travel to Hawkstone Park for Paul Edmondson’s annual Fast Eddy Original event and riders seized the chance in no uncertain terms.

The event got off to a cracking start with a packed FED practice session on Saturday morning around a track in pristine condition. Salop Motor Club members know their business and the whole venue was in perfect order for a great weekend of racing.

Saturday afternoon saw another terrific turnout for the GBXC Sprint, a non-championship event but very well attended all the same. Topping the bill was World Champion Jamie McCanney, Yamaha’s E1 EWC Factory rider for his first competitive outing on the WR250. A long recovery from a collar-bone injury saw him on the bike at the start of March but the Fast Eddy weekend was his first competitive outing.

Spannered by Lee Edmondson the bike was in top order and Jamie looked on his game as he clocked a few laps in the practice session to bed the bike in. He was joined by the ever-improving Jack Edmondson, extreme specialist Billy Bolt and a host of top notch Pro and Expert riders. Report & pics. Galleries

ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship off to an excellent start.

When the top two Championship class riders are divided by just hundredths of a second on Special Tests, you know that this event defined the word 'competition'. Beta Factory rider Steve Holcombe and Colwyn Bay KTM’s Brad Freeman were virtually inseparable over two days of breath-taking Sprint racing at the beginning of the 2016 Sprint season. Freeman took the first day by five seconds as Holcombe fought back to take the second day by just over five seconds.

The ACU GBXC British Sprint Championship could not have got off to a better start last weekend at Rogers Hill Raceway in Dorset. Excellent weather conditions, a superbly prepared venue and the UK’s top riders filling the Pro class with all other classes maxed out, all made for the perfect start to this ACU Championship series.

Rogers Hill Raceway was an excellent choice of venue. It provided two superb Special Tests, both within easy walking distance of the paddock, easy access for the convoys of motorhomes with great parking and terrific catering facilities. With the shadow of the ACU BEC lurking in the background the series was perhaps unfairly under scrutiny but surpassed all expectations with flying colours.

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RAW Enduro: Rock Oil Championship at Driffield. Report: Imprint Media. Images Chris Hudson

Driffield MOD driver training area is a truly iconic venue in east Yorkshire; the 650 Acre site boasts some of the best terrain available for the ultimate Enduro test. Add in the experience and of Wayne Braybrook who has the ability to create the best possible track for all ability levels, and the ingredients are all in place for an awesome event.

Sunday March 13th was no exception, early morning fog cleared to make what can only be described as the perfect racing conditions.

A massive 29 rider line up of Youths were treated to the full adult course, Saul Hirst has grown up in North Yorkshire with a love for racing motorcycles, his dreams came true on Sunday when he smashed the youth A class by taking the win over his mate and training partner Richie Moorhouse.

Local lad Toby Flack rode with lots of aggression to be the only other youth A to complete 7 laps. Youth B honours went to new RAW club member Finn Pearce, Jack Badnarek was a very close second place with another local lad James Rial earning a fine 3rd in class.

Report & pics

Cotswold Enduro Club: Slow Pete at Bicton. Report & pics by Tilde Tighe

Cotswold Enduro Club’s first ever visit to Bicton will be a memorable one for many riders. Although firmly a Fast Eddy venue, Cotswold’s Slow Pete Series opening round was scheduled for Ashby Moto Park until the weather decided otherwise. Paul Edmondson offered the use of Bicton to Pete Carter as an alternative and everything worked out well, an excellent example of promoters working together for once.

The course was re-graded following a Fast Eddy practice day on Saturday and Pete Carter added his own unique touches to the layout for Sunday’s race. Only a handful of the riders had been to Bicton before and many fell foul of its benign looks. Bicton isn’t a massive venue and doesn’t look too tough but it can be challenging in the extreme for the unwary.

The course was muddy and slippery in places initially but the sunshine and breeze saw the whole venue dry considerably by the mid point of the race, leaving perfect racing conditions. Only the woodland and a couple of mud-holes on the MX track continued to provide sticky going throughout the race.

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Yamaha Enduro Pro Tour

Yamaha’s Enduro Pro Tour certainly made a huge hit at Stourport’s Coney Green Farm last weekend as the monster rig rolled out the new 2016 Yamaha Enduro models; WR250, WR250F and WR450F.

Under the watchful eyes of Yamaha’s Off-road Marketing Director Karl Radley and fully supervised by Yamaha Off-road Experience legend Dylan Jones the bikes were handed over to two dozen eager test pilots who disappeared into the distance at this terrific venue.

The Enduro Pro Tour test days are proving to be extremely popular and as soon as the day was finished the whole shebang was heading to the continent for test days across Europe.

Check out Yamahas off-road Experience for much more info.

A lap for Joe at Bicton.

Bicton Farm once again paid host with the Joe Edge memorial where the massed ranks of all riders complete A Lap For Joe, in tribute to the young rider who lost his life two years ago.

Over 150 riders cruised around the lap, lead by an emotional Paul Edmondson, and paid fitting tribute to the Edge family.

Lauren Edge set up a stall selling homemade cakes and did a roaring trade with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance, raising over £370 on the day. A fantastic achievement for a very worthy cause.

This is always an emotional occasion but will long continue in remembrance of a cracking young rider who was part of the Fast Eddy Racing family, he may be gone but he is never forgotten.

Fast Eddy Racing Rock Oil XC Championship get underway at Bicton.

The Fast Eddy Rock Oil Championship for 2016 kicked off at Bicton today with record numbers on the start lines in every class.

Bicton was in perfect condition, surprising since the venue has spent most of the winter underwater, but the course was spot on and the ground conditions superb.

A memorial lap for Joe Edge attracted every rider at the venue and followed the Youth race which saw George Yardley take a hard-earned but well-deserved win.

Not to be outdone, older brother Henry Yardley went on to take the win in the first Adults race of the day, a race that was dominated by the growing number of very quick Youth 13-16 riders in the Fast Eddy line up.

Training in Spain seems to suit Jack Edmondson. His speed was incredible and he was lapping backmarkers by the second lap, needless to say, he went on to take the win in the second Adults race. Full report & pics.
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Cotswold Enduro Club Rock Oil H&H at Wymeswold

The Cotswold Enduro Club AMCA/Rock Oil Hare and Hounds Championship got off to a brilliant start at Wymeswold on Sunday with over 130 entries and a six mile course dotted with proper 'old school' challenges for three hours of tough but enjoyable racing.

Matt Porter pushed his new Yamaha WR250 to the max to take the win in great style and continued where he left off last season.

It was tough and the toughest spot was the water filled ditch that caught out most riders at one stage or another, no one survived without getting soaked but the marshals did show some sympathy at the two hour mark by cutting it from the course.

Full report and pics.

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ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship: Walker wins Cowm

Jonny Walker took a well-deserved victory at Cowm Quarry on Sunday in the second round of the ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship as Knighter lead, then fell back to third only to charge again up to second overtaking Paul Bolton who had passed him at one point.

Keelan Hancock took the Expert class win with James Jackson winning the Clubman class.

The extreme event was equally matched by the weather, which thankfully stayed dry but howling winds tore across the hilltops making riding tricky in places.

Juan Knight blitzed the morning race, riding in the veteran class while Youth class rider Tom Widd rode to ninth overall and top Youth spot. Liam Robinson nailed the Sportsman class win.

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Raw Enduro Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship Round 1. Driffield East Yorkshire March 13th YO25 9HD

Raw Enduro is delighted to announce that the Awesome 650 acre Driffield site has been confirmed for the first big event of the 2016 season. Those of you who attended RAW Enduro’s first event at the venue last year will remember the fantastic atmosphere which surrounded the day.

Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook will be working harder than ever to make sure this first championship event provides the perfect track for all abilities to have a great day out. The 2015 event saw no less than 24 Experts take to the start line; all other classes were also full to capacity. Driffield always delivers great competition, the shear nature of the open going means riders can be watched by teams, family, and friends, as they do their best on what should be a challenging yet fun to ride track.

Camping is available from Saturday 12 noon; concrete hard standing paddock for up to 500 vehicles means no struggle to get on site. Sunday the action starts with the Youth class at 8:30am. Adult AM classes will be starting at 10:30am, then at around 1:15 the faster PM boys will be flagged away. Colin Appleyard Motorcycles will have the latest Husqvarna range on display; catering and toilets will be on site throughout the event.
New for 2016: Helmet and Body mounted cameras are not permitted, Mounted on the bike is permitted.

A new signing on procedure will see On line pre paid entries signing on through a” fastrack” sign on System at event control. Pay on day, and day entries will need to fill out an event entry form and go in the “Pay on Day” queue. So if you would like to be a part of what should be an awesome day of Enduro action, you can enter on line via www.rawenduro.co.uk there you can pre pay your event entry, or for anyone who would like to pay on the day simply send a text message to 07802 572023 confirming rider name, class, licence number, and race number. There is no surcharge for pay on day entries.
PLEASE NOTE Only registered club members will score championship points and receive discounted entries, if you intend to ride 5 events or more in 2016 membership will save you £10 per event. Many riders have already registered for membership against their own personal race numbers, so non members will simply be allocated a race number for each event.
Keep up to speed through the RAW Enduro face book page, this will have updates on the event as well as some pre event pictures to show what great shape the venue is in. Looking forward to seeing you all on March 13th, don’t miss this one, it’s going to be a cracker!!
Sporting Regards Wayne Braybrook.

Enduroland Timber X rd.2. Report by Enduroland. Pics by Steve Buck

From what was an event looking to fall by the wayside Timber X has been received with mixed feeling. The aim of the Enduroland Team was to bring an indoor event that would suit all abilities not extreme. Not mx but a happy medium to give the 'Joe average' rider their own 'world championship ' and we think it delivered in every aspect.
Sundays 2016 event was to be round two of a three round championship but with entries slow until late in the day at both the December and January event it was decided to make December the 2015 event and January the 2016 event so two standalone races. Making way for a new 2017 three rounds with all to count starting in December this year.
Riders starting arriving from far afield on Saturday afternoon including the Isle of Arran and Liverpool for the event with great camping paddock and hook up available making use of the venue owners nearby village pub for some refreshment.
The track team couldn't actually start the main build until late Saturday at around 7pm .with the days equestrian event cleared.the Andrews Bowen pro wax surface was harrowed and watered before being flat rolled with the Bomag.
In came the timber with all hands on deck to set out the reversed course from December and the always big build of the Timber tabletop and bridge.loose logs .8ft and 4ft single and double jumps and full light matrix sections.
the last banners got stapled in place at around 2.30am Sunday morning. Report

ACU British Extreme Enduro Championship: Knighter Nails It!

Torrential overnight rain did little to dampen enthusiasm for the opening round of the ACU Fast Eddy British Extreme Championship on Sunday. Record rider numbers were matched by record crowds at Parkwood Offroad in Tong near Bradford, who witness an outstanding display by David Knight on his way to taking his sixth win at the venue.

Mick Boam was unrivalled in the morning race and although there was no Jarvis or Bolton in the afternoon race there were plenty of competitors willing to give the big Manxman a run for his money.

New boy Billy Bolt rattled a few cages as he took a very different line off the start and took the holeshot, emerging ahead of Knight but order was soon restored as Jonno Richardson took second and Ben Hemmingway third with Bolt slipping to fourth in the final stages.
A brilliant day of racing and dry weather all day long once riders were on the course. Full report and pics.
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Fast Eddy Ashby Motopark Christmas Blowout on December 27th.

Smiffy Superb at Ashby

Veteran rider Ady Smith shrugged off the effects of his Boxing Day Wild and Wooly mud-encrusted outing to take the win at Ashby on Sunday. His legs held out as he was on the pegs for most of the two-hour race, lapping every rider in the field. Not bad for an old un!

A collaboration between Fast Eddy and Keith Staines saw Ashby Moto Park buzzing with activity on Sunday for an event that provided plenty of high quality entertainment and equally good racing.

Torrential overnight rain meant that some of the water features had to be drained a little otherwise the Youth riders on 65’s would have disappeared from view but in the main the woodchip course did its job and provided an excellent racing surface, although where the woodchip ended the mud took over and tested the grit of most riders.

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Rock Solid Rd.2 at Q1 Sunday DECEMBER 13TH

The second round of Enduroland's Rock Solid series, a quarry based technical set of events, took place at Q2 near Banbury on Sunday.

Despite the torrential rain leading up to the event the venue was in excellent shape although the parking was a bit sticky in places but it was well worth the drive to experience a terrific event that was won by Veteran Lee Allis Smith, who eventually chased down initial leader Jason Bowen and also managed to fend off a strong challenge from second placed Josh Buckley.

The course ran in reverse to the opening event a few weeks ago and looked to be much tougher although some riders reckoned it was easier. There were plenty of minor incidents, small crashes and riders struggling to get up short but tough hills but Q2 once again proved to be a fantastic winter venue.
Full report & pics.

Many riders used the event as preparation for this coming weekends Timber X indoor race which will be equally as tough but considerably drier.

For more info on Timber X go to www.enduroland.co.uk

Lee Dell Hard Enduro. RAW Enduro

Amidst the wettest weather conditions the UK has seen for many years, RAW Enduro against all odds managed to run one of the best events of the 2015 season. Wayne Braybrook had to draw on all his past event experience as a rider to make the call to run. His, and the RAW Enduro crews dedication, proved that they are able to provide on schedule events even in the most adverse weather conditions.

There was a great turn out of riders in each of the 5 adult classes. The course had been designed to test riders of all ability, catering for Experts through to Novice in one event is no mean feat. The challenge was to run the top expert rider as close as possible to 2 hours, at that point the flag goes out and all riders still on a live lap get just one hour to make it to the finish.

The strategy formulated by Clerk of the course Wayne Braybrook shows his ability to control Enduro events to perfection, Nathan Ball was the winning expert in a time of one 1 hour 55 minutes, Nathan Ball romped his Silkolene supported KTM to a solid first RAW Enduro win.

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Enduroland Rock Solid at Q1

Events on Remembrance Sunday are somewhat unusual but Enduroland's Rock Solid event at Q1 near Banbury showed the greatest respect with a two minute silence and the Last Post played on trumpet before the start of the race. It was very moving.

My Uncle was a Royal Marine Commando who charged up one of the Normandy beaches on D Day and I asked what he thought about running events on Remembrance Sunday: 'That's what we fought for! So we can do what we want when we want. As long as the two-minute silence is observed,
I don't see anything wrong with it!'

Good enough.

Rock Solid once again proved to be superb. It can be seen as a 'Beginners Introduction to Hard Enduro', very technical but nothing too hard to act as a real stopper but with the intense feeling of a hard enduro.

Charlie Frost was on top of his game and grabbed the lead from the start, staying ahead of the chasing pack for two hours to eventually take the win.
Report and pics.

Enduro Extreme Indoor. November 1st.

If this was simply a shakedown for the FIM Super Enduro then God only knows what the real thing will be like! Maybe nobody had told Taddy Blazusiak, Jonny Walker and David Knight that it was supposed to be a warm-up event because the way they were going at it was as if it were the final round of a World Championship. The Extreme Enduro Indoor ticked all the boxes for organiser Paul Edmondson and for each and every rider at the event. The course was fast and fantastic, a real racers course just as Fast Eddy had envisaged with three distinct sections; MX, Supercross and Endurocross.

With bikes on the track from 10.00am until nearly 6.00pm there was plenty to watch but all eyes were glued on Knight, Walker and Blazusiak and the battle was on even in practice, way before the timed qualifying hot lap, which was very intense.

Walker romped home with ease in the first race with Taddy second and Knighter third. Taddy was set to go for the win in the second but within a few yards of the start he was on the deck and out of the running as Walker won again, followed by Knighter with Taddy down in seventh.

The final race was the best of the day as Knight took an early lead but was overtaken by Taddy and Jonny and this pair lunged for the finish line with Taddy just taking the win by two seconds as Knight took third.

An epic event! Report and pics.

Cotswold Enduro Club Slow Pete at Wymeswold. 25.10.15

Cotswold Enduro Club's final event of the season finished on a terrific high as the full entry packed the start line at Wymeswold once again. Although the club ran there just two weeks ago, it was a very different layout and very different conditions with rain on Satuday making the going 'interesting' in places and the inclusion of the central tunnel on the MX track required a careful approach and no throttle, as many riders learned to their cost.

The race was won by Expert Jamie wainwright although the Slow Pete Series excludes Pro championship and Expert riders so in effect the top Slow Pete rider was over 40 veteran Kev Freeman who had a great race despite a pathetic low speed off on the first lap which he claims was just practice for later in the race!

Full report and pics.

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Fast Eddy Winter Series at Bicton. 25.10.15

The second round of Fast Eddy Racing's Winter Series ran at Bicton Farm near Shrewsbury on Sunday and turned out to be a cracker despite rain on and off on Saturday.

The 90 minute youth race was won by George Yardley who took to the front as soon as the flag dropped and never looked back, taking a superb win in slippery conditions early on.

The course dried considerably throughout the day and a familiar face was in the line up as the adult race got underway. Lewis Belfield was back in action following a long layoff but he had lost none of his speed as he battled with Jack Ditchfield throughout the race, eventually taking the win in superb coinditions as the course improved lap after lap.

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Enduroland Lucas Oil XC final at Wymeswold. 25.10.15

The final round of the Lucas oil XC Championship was held alongside the CEC Slow Pete at Wymeswold on Sunday.

For many riders it was a novel experience to be on a start line of over 170 riders as the two groups were mixed but shared classes but it didn't deter Dan Boam who shone throughout the race and revelled in the testing conditions and whoop-filled fields.

Wymeswold provided an excellent course with an average lap taking around 14-15 minutes for the faster riders.

Parts of the course were significantly trickier than many riders were accustomed to but within a few laps riders were into the groove.

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Cotswold Enduro Club Rock Oil H&H Final at Wymeswold. 11.10.15

Cotswold Enduro Club's last minute change of venue for the final round of the 2015 Rock Oil Hare & Hounds Championship paid dividends as the new venue, Wymeswold MX track, was in perfect condition and provided a very close finish to many classes.

Matt Porter was again unbeatable but this time out he was on a Leisure Trail First MX KTM 250F which handled like adream around the 5.1 mile course which was tight and twisty in places to say the least.

Cotswold guru Pete Carter eked out every available yard at the venue and ventured across the farm track into the surrounding fields, full of whoops and bomb holes. The MX track and surrounding land provided plenty of action, fast and technical, for a superb end to a terrific series.

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Fast Eddy Hawkstone Weekend

Paul Edmondson's jewel in the crown, The Fast Eddy Original at Hawkstone Park, could not have been better last weekend. Plenty of races, packed with riders, a cracking atmosphere and sunshine all weekend long made this the highlight of the Fast Eddy season so far. The fact that the big hill was in for both of Sunday's adult races was simply the cherry on the cake.

Saturday was packed with a FED Day and GBXC Sprint with two special tests while Sunday kicked off with a Rock Oil XC Youth race, followed by the Steady Eddy and culminated in the biggie - The Fast Eddy Original on Sunday afternoon.

Sam Nunn was victorious in Sundays opener although Cole Cookland put up an amazing challenge while Brad Lilburn and Ben Clark swapped places at the front of the Steady Eddy race with Lilburn eventually taking the win.

The Original looked done and dusted when Jack Eddy took to the front but a mechanical problem put him out with just 45 minutes remaining as the ever-present Daryl Bolter took the win.

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Cotswold Enduro at Rockfield.

By Vanessa Tighe

Cotswold Enduro Club's 2-man Extreme series saw round 4 packed out at the superb Rockfield venue near Monmouth on Sunday.

This large and flowing venue had fast and open field sections dotted with woodland breaks which gave an excellent balance to the course and held up really well for the four hour duration of the event.

Teams and Ironman riders alike enjoyed sunshine all day long as battle commenced over a course designed to test the fast and the technical amongst the large entry.

Jack Penhaligon nailed the ironman win and took first overall, one of only two riders to clock up 20 laps, second placed Derry Milling being the other rider. Brendan Griffiths joined the leading pair to make it an Ironman 1-2-3 as the Francombes won the team challenge.

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Cotswold Enduro Club at Ashby. 13.09.15

Cotswold Enduro Club's last minute change of venue to Ashby Moto Park was a great move. One that ensured a full capacity on the start line and plenty of competition throughout a tough three-hour race.

The Rock Oil H&H event combined with a Slow Pete and Club Championship race, all rolled into one, proved to be a tough contest with everything from the MX track, plantation section (both very dry) to the woods which held water and plenty of muddy rutted sections just to make things interesting.

It took some planning but Pete Carter managed to get over a 10-minute lap out of this cracking venue.

Matt Porter took the honours around a course which was totally reversed to the usual Ashby set-up.

Reversing the course was a brilliant move by Pete Carter, even Jack Staines (son of the site operator) who possibly has more laps of the venue under his belt than anyone else on the planet said it was the best course he had ever ridden there.

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Endurofest VIII. @ Chacombe

Enduroland’s annual extravaganza of off-road fun, Endurofest, ran superbly across three days at Seals Hill Farm, Chacombe, in Oxfordshire last weekend. Quads, bikes and mopeds all had their shot at glory and once again this laid back celebration of all things enduro was a roaring success.

A last-minute move to this most trusted venue proved to be the right decision. It’s miles of fields, large woodlands, hills and natural whoops, plus an excellent paddock gave riders all the right ingredients for an excellent weekend of racing and fun with a beer tent and marquee conveniently situated near to all the campers that filled the paddock area.

Master showman Nigel Wheatley had gone all out to provide maximum entertainment literally from the moment riders started arriving at the venue.

First up was the second showing of the Gumbull Moped race, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Trust in memory of Kev Bull. The field of riders had grown in size significantly since the first race a few weeks back. Mopeds of all description, and a few beyond description, lined up for the 30 mad minutes of fun around a short field circuit that had many mopeds struggling for grip. Of particular interest was the pairing of Matt Darch and Andy Wood. Report & pics

Fast Eddy Rock Oil XC rd 8 at Ashby Moto Park

With it all to play for across most classes the final round of the 2015 Rock Oil XC Championship was action-packed from start to finish at Ashby Moto Park on Sunday.

Three races, full of drama, twists and turns certainly didn't go as expected but the rain held off until the final race finished allowing all riders to really enjoy a tough Ashby outing with a superb woodland section near the bottom of the course.

Cole Cookland grabbed the win in the opening race, for Youth riders, while newcomer Ryan Hughes showed gritty determination to claw his way to the front and take the win in the first adult race.

Ben Murphy rounded off the season with a win in the second adult race, giving a masterclass in smoothness which did tribute to his enduro-x commentary on Saturday everning.

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