ROBBIE AND ROSS ARE BOSS – OWAIN IS THE FASTER MASTER. WOR Events Team Xtreme Enduro – Race Report and Results
The 4th Running of Steve Ireland’s popular TEAM EXTREME enduro took place last weekend at the WOR Events forestry complex near Bala in North Wales. The event is now a well established “must do” in the WOR calendar of Extreme event specials.
Images courtesy of Doc Ward Photography
A massive turn out of riders took to the start line for the 3-hr battle through an 11-mile lap of pure forest Enduro terrain. The track was plotted to perfection by Steve and his team with the mix of tough, then a break, then tough and then flowing bits all linked together to have 99% of the riders crossing the well earned chequered flag with massive grins on their faces and a huge feeling of satisfaction having completed the mission…..It was Tough for sure but achievable and enjoyable which is the most important thing. The fact the weather was unseasonably kind was also a major boost to the event.
The main thing about TEAM EXTREME is in the title, its where 2 riders get together, choose their correct class of ability, have the same race number on their bikes and they set off on the course, with the aim of scoring as many laps each to add together to make an overall score for the duo. They don’t have to ride together, just notch up the laps and see where they finish. Most laps win.. Simple.
The team that did that best at the 2018 edition was the pairing of Robbie Francom and Ross Davies, Two Young WOR lads that have come through the rankings and with a combined age of 36, they certainly have a long way ahead in the sport. They rode superbly to complete 12 laps and take the 2man A team win by 6 and a half minutes from Runners Up, Rhys Evans and Owen Jones. Again, interestingly old school WOR riders that have come up through the ranks and learned their off-road trade at WOR with Steve and his team. Evans and Jones finished on 12 laps too with a 3-minute advantage over the 3rd place pairing of Alan Griffiths and Lee Humphreys, again on 12 laps for the team.
The 2man B team which is a mixture of abilities from Sportsman to Novice was Topped on 11 laps by Chris Dent and Richard Kirkland with the runners up pairing of the upcoming Youngsters, Mitch Parkes and Haydn Tyrer scoring 10 laps to their credit. Third spot in the B’s 2man going to Steve Jones and Neil Roberts.
Darren Skillin and Lincoln Brewster as expected proved to be the team to beat in the C ‘s. The veterans. Taking the class win with a comfortable 2 lap advantage and indeed finishing a solid 3rd place overall on the day. The second place Vets team was Protect My Income’s Nigel Lynn and Anthony Foulkes with 10 laps to their score card and the pairing of Garry Parr and Neil Croston where 3rd also on 10 laps. Croston and Parr where on for a top placed result until the vastly experienced Parr forgot to fuel and cost the team at least a lap, and in return got a roasting, all in good fun from team mate, Croston.
There were also 2 solo classes, Solo Pro and solo mixed… The Solo Pro class had the events fastest riders in it. Owain Humphreys blasted from a start to finish lead to win the event out right as the quickest man there by a fair way. Humphreys blasted his way on through the challenging and gnarly terrain like a man possessed to take a near 17-minute winning margin over Runner UP, Charlie Frost.
It shows the sheer pace of Owain, to take 17 minutes from Frost who is no slouch and indeed the 2nd quickest man of the race by far, Humphreys in places was very impressive to say the least, infact getting faster towards the end of the race. Sam Winterburn rounded out the Pro Solo Top 3 with 6 laps after a couple of small offs stemmed his progress.
The elder Humphreys brother, Aled..Was in top form in the other Solo group, the mixed classes, winning it on 6 laps and finishing ahead of Newly promoted Expert Rider, Dawson Marriott by 9 minutes. 3rd spot was owned by Top Clubman rider, Jamie Williams with 6 laps to his credit and a 3-minute deficit on Marriott. Dean Johnson was top Veteran, Ashley Holt was Top Sportsman, Pete Farwell made the long Journey from Kent worthwhile with Top over 50 ride. Haydn Rainford was best Youth and Robert Blake was best Novice in the race.
The event was a cracker with lots of feedback coming in for the course design and level of the challenge. The day went off without any injuries and the WOR team deserve a big round of applause for again delivering a top-notch event.
A massive thanks as always goes to the land owners, sponsors, caterers, medics and staff but the biggest thanks to the riders that come and support the events and make them happen.
The WOR now have a very busy December with the Wulfsport Winter series rd 2 coming up, The New Timecard Enduro and the Xmas playday enduro specials. For more info on all things WOR EVENTS.. www.worevents.com/events.