On 5-6 July 2014, TANKstore, the Bangkok based outdoor and tactical gear store, and 'Chet Khot-Pong Konsao' Natural Study and Ecotourism Center in Saraburi Province joined hands organizing the first ever MTB Enduro race in Thailand. The race was made possible thanks to Nawaphansa Yugala, the owner of TANKstore and the MTB devotee who pushes the competition to international standard by utilized the same timing system as used in the EWS by SPORTident.
New and familiar faces turned up, from both DH and XC camps. Although some of the 99 participants have tried their hand at All Mountain riding, there has never been a real Enduro competition in the country before so this first race was aiming at introducing the racing format to the local riders.
The atmosphere of the race was very friendly. Great support was received from the local bike shops. RedBull Thailand kindly supported the event with drinks and the Wing Girls made sure everyone has filled their thirst.
With the help of the commander and deputy commander who look after and take care of the Chet Khot-Pong Konsao park, the Special Stages were made up from three beautiful natural trails. The first trail was quite physical demanding, because the trail is more XC orientating. The second and third trails are very fun with some steep and technical sessions. The Liaison stages were not far but quite steep. Many riders were opting to push their bike up to save their energy for the Special Stage.
Congratulations to everyone who made it to the finished line especially the downhill riders who took all the five prizes. For those who need a bit more luck and preparation, keep up training! The next race will be organized in Khao E-To Prachinburi,11-12 Oct.