With the end the iconic event the Tough One in February 2016, WOR Events organiser Steve Ireland has raised the bar with the brand new event the Tough 100. Predicted to be the next biggest classic enduro event after the tough one. Located in the stunning hills of North Wales, all types of terrain were present to challenge all classes of riders. Described by the riders as a “mini romaniacs”, the event is looking to replace and succeed it predecessor the Tough One. The 10 mile lap featured hill climbs, ravines, forests, streams, motocross and much more. It offered something for everyone and has proven very popular with both riders and spectators.
First 3 Finishers 1st Charlie Frost – 2nd Keelan Hancock – 3rd Graham Jarvis
Saturday evening hosted a 2 and a half hour, hare and hound style prologue on a 5 mile loop to determine the riders positioning at the start of the full race on the Sunday. Charlie Frost took top spot this year going into Sunday’s main event after a solid ride on the 5 mile loop.
Sunday at 10a.m saw the start of the main race. Rows of 12 were set off in 1 minute intervals into the Welsh countryside with an aim to conquer the challenging 100 miles of the tough 100. The added twist of releasing the current world number 1 rider G-Force Jarvis to hunt down the field 15 minutes after the front row made for a nail biting spectacle. With large amounts of prize money at stake for both expert and clubman riders, the level of determination to walk away on the podium was second to none.
Charlie Frost Winner of the Tough 100 2016
The spotlight however fell on the young Expert rider Charlie Frost from Bath, United Kingdom. Frost rode a flawless race showing great speed and impressive bike orientated abilities to take the win and the £500 Expert Class prize money. Hot on his heels were Husqvarna riders Keelan Hancock, who took 2nd Place and £300 Prize Money, and Ben Wibberley who came in 3rd place walking away with £300. Out if the 105 riders entered into the race, only Charlie Frost and Keelan Hancock were able to beat the world’s number 1 Graham Jarvis to the finish line all of which completed the 100 miles.
Keelan Hancock 2nd Place The Tough 100 2016
Ben Wibberley 3rd Pace Winner of The Tough 100 2016
Top spot of the Clubman class went to Sam Skyrme aboard his KTM 250EXC taking away the hefty £500 prize money. Skyrme was followed by Scott Hoskins in 2nd, walking away with £300, and Will Bridger 3rd who received £200.
Sam Skyrme Clubman Winner The Tough 100
In the Expert Vet Class, 1st place went to Juan Knight who made the long haul from the Isle of Man. Knight rode well on his Gas GaS machine throughout the race. Taking home 2nd was Darren Hughes with 10 laps also completed and in a respectable 3rd place was Dean Johnson with 6 laps completed.
Juan Knight Expert Vet Class Winner The Tough 100 2016
Club Vet: 1st Gary Morley 2nd Stephen Parry 3rd Adrian Evans Sportsman: 1st Dawson Marriott 2nd Ross Mathie 3rd Matthew Mills Sports Vet: 1st Keith Maude 2nd Andrew Mills 3rd Rob Parry Novice: 1st Matt Mcginty 2nd Mark Oakley 3rd Tom Brazier
The Rider of the Day Award went to Thomas Knight for his stunning performance from this young rider on his 85cc
Thomas Knight Rider of the Day
Overall Steve Ireland and the WOR Events team put on a great event for both riders and spectators. From the incredible 10 mile loop for the riders to the great to watch, accessible spectator aspects. There was defiantly something for everyone.
Grimbo the “Hare” chasing the “Hounds” as opposed to the Hounds chasing the Hare….
Race Report: George Rowson – Enduro Live Media Images: Garry Barnes / Brian Till – Enduro Live Media
Event Pictures: http://www.photoboxgallery.com/cwlphotography Results:
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