By Anita Stewart
The sun really did shine on King’s Lynn MTB Club’s inaugural six-hour Endurance Race at Shouldham Warren.
The race was sponsored by Revel Outdoors cycle shop from Bury St Edmunds.
Some 160 riders from all over the country arrived for the enduro over a course designed by KLMTB, a fledgling club that has only been in existence for some 18 months .
KLMTB Club has previously hosted a regional round of the East’s Mud, Sweat and Gears and the 5 x 3 Series, so to take on the huge task of running an Enduro event in its first full year is testament to the incredible commitment and passion of the members.
Revel Outdoors must also be congratulated for supporting the event with prizes and their expertise. Without this partnership this event could not have happened.
There had been some rain before the event which had settled the trails down well and the course ran faster as the race progressed, as the sun began to shine.
The club itself entered some 30 riders into the event, in all but two categories
The Male Pairs was dominated by elite riders racing for Renvale RT/Revel Outdoors. It was a competitive field with lap times in the region of 26 minutes. All top three teams completed an impressive 13 laps.
The battle between the KLMTB boys was hard fought seeing them take 4th (Paul and James Ashby), 14th (Paul Asplin & Matthew Lay), 16th (Richard Cook & Mike Cubitt), 17th (Kevin Beales & Linley Gales)and 21st (Richard Hallett & Neil Thompson).
Top three: 1 Renvale RT/Revel Outdoors, 2 Sussed Out Suspension / Rock & Road, 3 Dyson Cycles.
Three brave members entered the six-hour Solo category and Roger Seals (28th), Chris Easthall (31st) and Jason Hunter (36th) battled long and hard in the heat.
The three-man Team Male category saw four KLMTB teams battle it out, each rider taking turns to complete a lap as fast as possible. The times were all close and rider change overs and team tactics could make or break a podium spot. KLMTB dominated this category.
Results: 1 KLMTB/Dyson Cycles (Alex & John Carpenter with Ian Grist), 2 KLMTB (Dave Penny, Dom Clarke & Paul Quantrill), 3 KLMTB/Smiths (Wayne Timmins, Sam Smithee & Rob Smithers), 5 Downham D (Steve Twell from KLMTB with Jack Barnes & Paul Dunne), 6 KLMTB/West Suffolk Wheelers (Mark Hollingworth, Dick Lines & Adrian Murray).
The final category was the Mixed Team, and this saw Emily Quantrill, Dan Collins and James Murphy make a formidable team against Revel Outdoors.
Over the six hours the two groups fought hard, but Lynn MTB pulled ahead and put in 12 laps to Revel Outdoors’ 11.
The club gives special thanks to Revel Outdoors. Thanks to everyone who helped, the cake makers and marshals, and all who came along to race. The club hopes to see them again next year when it promises a bigger and better event.
Photos: Bert Wilkinson