Bendigo MTB Offers weekend warriors a chance to prove their metal

Excitement: MTB racing gets the heart pumping. Photo: Steve Blake - Akuna Digital Imaging Bendigo

Excitement: MTB racing gets the heart pumping. Photo: Steve Blake - Akuna Digital Imaging Bendigo

The Bendigo Mountain Bike Club is hosting the third round of the Victorian State Enduro series on Sunday May 24th. Bendigo Cycles of 52 Edward Street, is the major sponsor of this 6 hour test of endurance.

The Enduro series is run by Mountain Bike Clubs throughout the state and is available to riders of all skill and fitness levels. From the Solo “hard nuts” to the “weekend warriors” 2, 3, 4 person teams, these endurance events are for everyone catering for all levels of riding ability – former world cup competitors, Commonwealth Games MTB riders compete on the same track at the same time as the “humble mtb rider.”

What attracts so many to ride round and round, solo or in a team, for six hours on nine kilometres of track? You’ll find a different answer from every rider! Motivation for competing ranges from the challenge to complete the next lap faster than the last, hit one less tree, stay in front of another competitor on the hill or to simply enjoy the camaraderie on the track or at the Race Centre. The Bendigo MTB Club wants you to come out, watch the fun and cheer on our locals – better still get a team together from your work place, your social club or your family and friends – join the riders who have already discovered what a great day’s adventure it is.

The Bendigo 6 Hr Enduro will start at Cavagna’s Rd in Sedgwick at 10.00am. Transition will be at the Cavagna’s Rd site and teams will ride until 4.00pm.

What can you expect of the course?

It is achievable for riders with a reasonable level of fitness and skill, maybe not for the complete novice. There are some sections where inexperienced MTB riders may be challenged! but these sections will be clearly marked. Each lap of the course will take an average of 25-40 minutes to complete before returning to the transition area. (9km, approx. 70% single track / 30% bush tracks)

The race starts with 1 km of open fast-flowing paddock winding through a maze of competitor’s tents alongside the track. Riders then head up the paddock over Weiner’s Track into new single trail in the state forest for 1km before an undulating climb on single trails. Next is the 4km of downhill single trail which all the riders enjoy before a short fire road climb into 2km of single trail with some short climbs. This brings you to 1km of fast fire roads and downhill (a real hoot) before turning into the Cavagna’s Rd club track – 4.5km of single trail, including wide easily ridden bridges, numerous bermed up corners leading to 1km downhill into the transition area.

The transition area is the entertainment hub of the event. Riders gather between laps to swap yarns and try to psych out the opposition with tales of how fit and fast they are feeling! There are toilets, a first aid tent, food, coffee and drinking water on site along with some mechanical support and a professional photographer who roams the course shooting the riders when they least expect it. Many competitors chose to camp onsite on Saturday night at a cost of $5.00.

The race course will be marked out and open to pre-ride on Saturday from 3 pm until 5 pm and Sunday from 8am until race start

The Bendigo MTB Club presents cash prizes for fastest solo rider – male and female, fastest lap time and overall winning team. There are product giveaways throughout the event and prizes given to place getters in the various categories.

Entries are open – see the club website for details.

What do I need to bring?
Each rider must have the following equipment whilst on the course:

  • serviceable mountain bike
  • Australian Standards certified cycling helmet
  • water bottles (Camelbacks allowed)
  • MTBA full licence or alternatively a day licence can be issued for $15. (This licence covers you, your fellow competitors and the event with insurance.)

Support crew!

Individual competitors are advised to have a support crew, and someone to drive them home. You will need to set up your transition area, as well as supplying your team mate/s with food and drinks.

Happy trials God willing

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