Riders had to put their wet weather handling skills to the ultimate test as Sudbury Motorcycle Club’s Extreme Enduro lived up to its name on Sunday.
Despite heavy rain days before, the event took place at Foxborough Quarry in Sible Hedingham, Essex with very muddy conditions.
Unfortunately, the field the club rented for car parking was flooded. However, they obtained a smaller piece of land for cars only while the 4x4 vehicles were sent up a muddy track to the course, but regrettably, from the club’s perspective, several cars had to be turned away when their field was full.
Of the entry of 50, 44 riders started and at 15 seconds intervals, the four classes began by running down a hill to their bikes on the starting line.
Riding in the Pro Class, Jamie Roper (Sudbury) soon took the lead but was being chased by Charlie Frost (Somerset) riding in the Expert Class. Throughout the two hours they were neck-and-neck with the lead changing constantly.
As the conditions deteriorated it was Frost, who rides in British Championship Extreme Enduros, who took the Supreme Champion win by competing 12 laps to Roper’s 11.
All the riders struggled around the course and the many marshals were on hand to haul them up the steep muddy climbs. But, even then, they still struggled on the flat ground over the many logs, telegraph poles, concrete stairway and the long slab climb.
Jamie Roper was the winner of the Pro Class on 11 laps while Ben Wibberley (Sidcup) was second (10 laps), Sam Toy (Sudbury) managed nine laps, while Chris Hockey (Sudbury) was fourth (eight laps) and Ian Parker fifth (seven laps).
The winner of the Expert Class, Charlie Frost, outrode his fellow class riders with his 12 completed laps as the next two riders only completed seven laps, with Brendon Mayers (Halstead) in second place pushing Jack Berry into third place by 13 minutes. Alex Rampton and Kelvin Vant (both Sudbury) completed six laps. It was Rampton who took fourth place to Vant’s fifth by 57 seconds.
Two more riders tied on five laps, with Ryan McDonnell taking sixth place from fellow Sudbury member Phil Roper (seventh) by nine minutes, while Jez Moss (Sudbury) took eighth place with four laps and Paul Belton, on three laps, finished ninth.
The Clubman Class was also closely contested, with Brian Till taking first place on seven laps and Joe Till second on six laps. Both of these riders travelled from northern England.