Mt Buller, one of Australia's iconic mountain biking destinations held the inaugural Rockshox Enduro Challenge powered by Sram in crisp summer conditions on the first weekend in February. An unprecedented race format in Australia, the event and series are modelled off the Enduro World Series, and certainly represented the epic nature of the renowned events. Spread over six stages, and multiple gruelling liaison linking trails, even top riders were visibly feeling it during what would be their first major enduro race for 2015.
As many riders had arrived a couple of days before the event, most had done a hard day's riding around the entire course in the days leading up to the event, giving themselve an opportunity to recover from practice. With 6 stages to practice and race, transitioning downhillers were in a new element with far more trail to recall and execute come race day. While the trails were typically less intense than downhill, mistakes that lost momentum were as costly as ever.
Saturday evening held the 'Prologue' race, which would determine seeding for riders based on their times on the short Village Run - the final stage of the Sunday's event.
Cool temperatures and bluebird skies made for ideal racing conditions on Sunday, and after a short rider briefing the trails were alive.
With the first round done and dusted, riders look forward to the next Australian Rockshox Enduro
Challenge held in Toowoomba, QLD on March 8th.
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