Windrock Enduro, stop two of Southeast Triple Crown went off this past weekend. Riders were challenged by five stages throughout the Coal Creek OHV park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. The course featured three shuttles assisted stages inside of Windrock Bike Park, and a pedal transfer to two stages at the cross country trail system. With a dry week leading into the race and so many tires on the dirt throughout the weekend, riders were challenged with loose, dusty conditions on trails with a steep average gradient.
Neko and Sean of Windrock Bike Park gave the trails a lot of love leading into the race and built some new sections of trail designed with the enduro race in mind. Racers found Windrock's gnarly reputation to be revamped in many ways to accommodate modern bikes and participants while keeping the core aspects that make these trails unique. The Windrock Enduro proved to be a true test for man and machine.
Riders began the day with a shuttle to the top of the Windmill Trail, where they would descend 2200 vertical feet to the base of the mountain. Windmill was the stage that received the most love leading into the race. Finding routes around some of the gnarliest downhill features on the mountain to make a stage that suited an enduro bike brought a lot of fresh dirt and added length to a trail that is so well known at Windrock.
As they dropped in on Windmill, Stages 2 and 3 at the Windrock Camp Ground could be seen off in the distance from the mountain range where the bike park is located. Mix Tape and South Side are two trails that posed more of a physical than a technical challenge to the race. Riders would pedal a short transfer between the Bike Park and Campground along an ATV trail, then climb up singletrack to stages two and three.
Back to the bike park for the final stages of the day, both Drop Out and Reach Around are blue level downhill trails that are a pleasure to ride on a trail bike. At the bottom of Drop Out, riders merged onto the bike park's main flow trail; Talladega. This section was completely rerouted over the past month to lengthen the trail and avoid the merge with the black diamond trails before the base of the mountain. Fresh berms, jumps, and a new trail crossing bridge were finished just in time for riders to practice on Saturday morning, and burned in to ride awesome by race time.
The full course made for a long day out on the bike and represented the spirit of enduro very well. With over 100 participants and no timing issues, the first shot at an enduro by Windrock Bike Park was a successful event.
All of the trail work that was driven by this event brings the park into the fall season with some well-running trails. Work continues for the bike park crew with a full schedule of trail building over the next few months. As many parks close for the season, Windrock Bike Park enters its busiest season running shuttles year round.
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible.
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