VIDEO & RACE WRAP UP- TOLB – JAN 2016
Report : Keith Williams
Pictures: WOR Media
” TOUGH ENOUGH”
“The Tough One little brother Extreme Enduro ran for the last time last Sunday at the Nantmawr Quarry and it was probably one of the best Little Brother Extremes that have ever been produced. WOR Events set out a flowing, yet technical and challenging track that offered the full house of riders a true taster of Extreme enduro and tested their strength, skill, stamina and resolve to the core. Conditions were wet on the ground although the rain kept away all day for the race leaving the quarry offering surprising levels of grip. Two races took place, catering for the different skill levels.
The Expert and Clubman race was the top billing of the day and kicked off at 1pm for a 2 hour duration. Young Ross Davies took a blistering hole shot on his little Husky 125 and left the rest of the Experts in his wake for the first quarter of the lap but Owain Humphreys on the Husqvarna 2t was the first man back to lap scoring and was out to take his title as Champion back after finishing runner up to his Younger brother in the last Tolb. Humphreys looked to make light work of the track and its obstacles as he kept in front of the chasing pack for the duration of the race and claimed another victory at this brilliant event albeit admitting at the chequered flag that he was totally knackered. Luke Lusher on the MRS 450 Sherco was not letting Owain have it all his way though as he pushed the Powerful 4t to its limits in an effort to reel in Humphreys. Lusher looked super smooth and very neat in the tight bits as he eventually closed the gap to 33 seconds come the end of the race and took the runners up spot. Lusher had to make his way past the hard charging Hancock Brothers that had travelled along way from Cornwall to again support this WOR Extreme. eventually Husky mounted Keelan Hancock secured 3rd spot a further 56 seconds down on Lusher. Ross Hancock (Sherco) and the ever smiling Brad Williams (Husky) were the only other riders to complete 13 laps with a 4th and 5th spot respectively. Some great displays of fast and skilful riding was on show from these boys.
Making the trip up from South Wales (along with a big group from that area that always support WOR’s big events) was 16 year old Ryan Cox, Cox (KTM) is certainly a name to keep an eye on as he rode with a skill and mindset much older than his years would suggest. Taking a clean and tidy overall win in the always competitive Clubman Class, Cox led from the 2 nd lap and was over 6 minutes clear of the Runner Up Ben Kirkman. Honda mounted Kirkman was himself in great form and really did deserve his podium placing with a committed and battling ride on the 250f 4t. Liam Robinson on his KTM rounded out the Clubman podium with a fine ride too as he matched the top 2 riders on 11 laps each. The podium guys were the only riders in the class to achieve those 11 laps.
Karl Greenhall is a class act in the Over 40’s and showed his experience and ability in bundles as he topped the Clubman Vets by a country mile almost a full lap ahead of Runner Up, MTB ace, Nige Page. Karl on the KTM and Page on the Husqvarna were followed home by D3 racing Boss, Neil Crayston with Greenhall on 11 laps and Page and Crayston on 10 each after 2 hours of battle.
Earlier in the day the Sportsman race had taken place with a 10am Sharp start for the riders, again over a 2 hour duration. Eddy Emery on his Husky 125 was in unstoppable form an dtook a start to finish victory in fine style as he topped the Sportsman class and the event overall by being the only rider in class to complete 9 laps. Another youngster, Sherco mounted Joe Townsend did his sponsor DCR proud with great ride to secure the Runners up spot with 8 laps to his credit and a near 4 minute advantage over third placed Brad Jones (KTM) who had made a long trip down from Scotland worthwhile with a grand ride and podium visit.
Ricky Tropman was the man to beat in the Sportsman Vets as he again was the only man in class to achieve the 9 lap mark and leave Mark Barrow and Andrew Mills battling it out for 2nd and 3rd spot. Barrow taking a 3 minute advantage over Mills come the end of the contest.
It was close stuff at the sharp end of the Youth class as the flying Rhys Davies and William Stansbie went tooth and nail for the victory. Davies taking the win in the end form the hard charging Stansbie by 26 seconds with both on 8 laps each. The bronze spot on the podium going to Vinny Wardale with a great ride after hurting his leg during the race and having to visit the podium on crutches.
Fianlly in the always well supported Novice class it was Ben Hurley as the Victor with WOR newcomer, Keith Maude taking a well earned Runners up spot and Matt Connell showing his improving skills with a well earned 3rd place. All 3 riders on 7 laps each.
The event went, as expected from the WOR Events crew, like clockwork, with enjoyment and a great atmosphere the key ingredients in this classic little event. The Tough One’s little brother may have ran its last edition as it is and at this World famous and Iconic venue but one thing is for sure it wont be forgotten in a hurry as both riders and spectators went home with smiles on their faces and a great day out was had by all.
WOR Events would like to thank, the Landowners, Sponsors, Staff, Medics, Caterers and most of all the Riders for again making these superb events happen.