THE PUTOLINE EUROTEK EXTREME KIELDER 30/31 JULY 2016 THE TIMBER TRAIL WINDLE WIND’S HIS WAY TO TIMBER TRAIL WIN The quest for the first true single lap extreme enduro in the uk was achieved last weekend when Dirtbike Action staged the first running of extreme Kielder, a monstrous 57 mile course of bogs ditches, steep climbs and descents was plotted by Mr Kielder Mick Lawrence and his dedicated Geordie marshalling team . The great British weather wasn’t kind to the event, as Friday evening saw 2 hours of torrential rain which left all the stream crossings and drainage ditches full of water for the weekend .
The action started on Saturday afternoon with the Timber road prologue, riders got a sighting lap and 2 timed runs the combined time would give them their start time so the winner would start at 8am and subsequent riders would start individually according to the time difference on the winner irrespective of class. The combination of Timber roads , single track woodland, and stony trail made for a varied prologue , it was a pro class 1,2,3 after the 2 timed runs Dave Wood was the quickest with Joe Chambers ktm 2nd ,Luke Lusher Sherco was third, Experts Sam Ludgate Beta 4th Andrew Bisset 5th the varied ability over the prologue meant there was 28 minutes difference from the first man starting to the last . It was an early start Sunday morning with Dave Wood leading the field away at 8 am , Joe Chambers followed and quickly powered his way in to the lead and on to the bronze check in 1 hours 14m he had a 5 minute lead over expert Chris Windle who started back in 8th position next in was Dave Wood a further minute back followed by Luke Lusher in 4th as this leading group pushed on towards the silver check point the lead change several times as Joe missed a turn in the forest , Chris Windle beta was the first rider to silver check . as crews waited at the finish it was Chis Windle beta who crossed the finished first in 3 hours 24,m 50s, Luke Lusher was second 2 minutes behind , Dave wood 3rd nearly 10 minutes down on Windle’s finish time , after a nightmare of navigational errors Joe Chambers finished 4th , Sam Ludgate finished 5th overall and second in the experts class, Tommy Johnson had an excellent ride to finish 6th overall having only competed in 4 enduro events, Andrew Bisset expert finished an hour after Chris Windle in 7th Shane Tasker was the first of 2 clubman riders to finish total time of 5hrs 16m with Richard Bentham the last rider to finish in 5 hours and 22 minutes , all these riders completed the course well done it was a tough day , Alex Owen was the best of the vets getting to silver finish along with best Sportsman Matthew Boulter Event director John Kerwin said at the end “congratulations to all the riders that finished and to the riders that got to the silver and bronze points , the course was wetter than usual for the time of year which made things harder but the British weather is so unpredictable you just have to make the best of it , thanks to all the marshals who not only had to pilot their bikes around the course but helped recover many tried and stuck riders and the marshals on the check points ,we will certainly do it again next year on a fresh course” . Dirtbike Action’s next event Gisburn xc weekend 27/28 August .
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