Words by Mike Branch | Photos by Eduardo Knoch
Round 3 of the modified Queensland Enduro Series headed out to Kandanga on the weekend and it was the first ever Enduro race to be held at the private facility. The team from Trailblazin Bros had been working hard to get a course up and running for the race, and that hard work paid of with two days of racing on the weekend. Stellar weather and some steep and dusty trails played host to round three of the series….
Kandanga is located up near Gympie, approximately 2hrs North of Brisbane and just 45 minutes from the coastline. It played host to the latest round of the revised season and with White Lightning Events having to pull out of the series, the team at Trailblazing Bros did an epic job at getting the race up and running. Approximately 120 riders hit the trails over the 5 stage course, with no shortage of steeps, dust, jumps and features to tackle on the stages. The sun was beaming, the rain stayed away and there was plenty of dirt and dust to surf between the tape.
The course proved to be quite grueling in the heat with plenty of elevation to conquer on the steep fire 4 x 4 track to the top. Steeps were mixed with a hefty serving of powdery dirt and traction was the key to pinning down the stages without kissing the dirt. There was no shortage of drift, plenty of sweat and the first ever Enduro at the Trailblazing Bros property was done and dusted.
The business end of the day saw Ben Forbes take the top step in the Elite Men’s category over Harrison Reibelt and Rory McKenzie; Elle De Nooyer took first place in the Elite Women’s category. Caleb Mallyon won the Expert Men’s category, Andrew Fellows came first in Masters 1/2, Steven Butler won Masters 3/4 and Julie Hadzic won the Masters 3/4 Women’s category.
The Junior Field saw Will Hynes hit the top step in U19 Men’s over Sam Butler, with Kiana Botfield rounding out the U19 Women’s category. U17 Men was won by Taj Pollard, Carter Sloan took the win in U15 Men, Sacha Mills won the U15 Womens and U13 Men was won by Oliver Colthup. All in all it was a stellar day on the bike for all of the junior riders, both the men and women opened up their brakes and put down some super fast times.
The next round of the series heads to Tamrookum Mountain Bike Park on the 17-18 October. It is sure to be a challenging round with some of the most unique and technical trails anywhere in South East Queensland. Click the links below for entry and series point scores and Brakes Wide Open will keep you up to date on any changes. Happy trails and go ride your damn bike….
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