With the summer heat, riders only had to climb once all the way up the Toowoomba range.
252 athletes turned up to compete in the scorching summer heat and test themselves against the elements - as well as each other - in what was an awesome day of competition. The quality of the Toowoomba terrain is high calibre and the trails are first class, with the Australian Downhill and Cross Country Nationals to be held on the same trails next weekend.
Local legend Jared Graves brought it home for Toowoomba with the fastest overall time of the day. It will be exciting to watch his journey through the 2016 Enduro World Series.
Home town hero Jared Graves was seen at the Jubilee Park event in Specialized kit for the first time.
Jared's S-Works bike.
Jared Graves comments that the Specialized bike and sponsorship is going well thus far, and he's looking forward to an injury free season.
International guests competing in the event included Cody Kelley and Richie Rude. Cody Kelley has his roots in Salt Lake City in Utah, USA and has a pedigree in downhill racing. Cody clocked the third fastest time of the day. Richie Rude from Redding, Connecticut also has a background in downhill racing. He won the DH Junior World Championships in 2013 before transitioning to Enduro and winning the EWS World Championships in 2015. He blazed through the course with the second fastest overall time of the day, trailing Graves by 33.80 seconds. It's awesome to see high profile international athletes visiting Australia to experience the local scene and show us what they are capable of.
With looks that could kill, this new Yeti team combination obviously mean business.
Richie cruises into race HQ with some style before the race.
Richie Rude comments that he was happy to get some racing under his belt after not feeling so great on the bike the last few weeks.
Cody Kelley took the corner with an interesting body position not seen from anyone else throughout the day.
The Elite Female division has grown in numbers from the 2015 series. A total of 7 competitors battled it out for the number one spot with New South Wales visitor Holly Harris taking out the top of the podium. Kylie Maduna and Angela Williams came in close behind for second and third place.
Kylie Maduna took second place on the podium with Holly Harris in first, who was visiting from New South Wales.
Angela Williams took out third place on the day.
Especially positive for the sport, this event saw many new riders push their boundaries and hone their enduro skills, building their passion and sharing the day with pro level athletes. It was a great event for the whole family and encouraging to see an ever increasing number of spectators enjoying the high octane energy of the sport and the community that surrounds it.
Round 2 of the SRAM Enduro Series takes place at Carapine on the 3rd April 2016.
Holly Harris on top podium enjoying a moment of champagne popping which seemed to be a first for her.
Cody required a little help from Jared while the rest of the crew had it down to an art.