Stage two of the 2016 QLD Enduro Series was held at Garapine in the beautiful Mary Valley. The day provided spectators and competitors alike with a healthy dose of thrills and spills under a stunning blue sky.
After inspecting the course and being briefed on the day ahead, the riders set off to challenge themselves on the five tracks set in the steep slopes of the birthplace of Australian Enduro.
A record number of competitors for an Enduro event in Australia weaved their way through the difficult terrain. The stage sold out with 300 athletes racing, showing a growing interest in the discipline and a maturing of the sport. The first event, held at the same venue back in 2009, introduced 60 plus people to Enduro. To see it come back to Garapine with this much enthusiasm is testament to the quality of the racing and the enjoyment that riders get out of competing in the sport.
The Return to Garapine
The day also heralded in the return of Garapine as a competitive venue. It was closed for a while but new owners have breathed life back into it and locals have built and improved on the tracks. Riders enjoyed rocky downhill sections, sweeping switchbacks and some epic air time. Spectators watched as competitors kicked up dust on the slippery corners in the Queensland heat. While riders completed the stage in various shades of dirty, one thing that united everyone was a big smile at the end of the day.
The next round will be held on the 5th of June, 2016 at Mt Joyce.
Website and Results: www.emsaustralia.net.au/events/sram-enduro-series
Event gallery: http://www.elementphotovideo.com.au/gallery/events/sram-enduro-series-2016/