South African Wade Young has won his second Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro after successfully defending his 2017 crown with the 2018 victory last weekend at Tullamarine in Victoria.
In its 9th year the 2018 Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro course delivered the most brutal track so far with 162 riders taking on the challenge for the main event, a strong crowd of 1500 lined the rugged hills to take in all the drama.
The tight and gruelling track made it very difficult to pass which forced riders to choose their actions carefully and on what object or area to make their moves.
Some of the new area‰Ûªs that were the most demanding were the Force Accessories Staircase, Cambodia Motorcycle tours Fender Bender Hill, Honda Rock Wall Climb, Liqui Moly Oil Rock Garden and the Peter Stevens Log Climb each chewing riders valuable energy.
A shortened prologue track meant there was no rest and with little space between each man-made obstacle which highlighted the skill of Kiwi Hamish Macdonald
who took the win in 1min 41seconds ahead of Australian Ruben Chadwick
and Wade Young
With the Prologue out of the way and starting grids set for the main event it was Chadwick who got the jump over Young on the opening 12km lap.
Chadwick impressed as he held off the World number 1 for just over half of the first lap before the defending champion took the lead and pushed forward.
While Young had control of the race with a ten minute lead, Aussie Wade Ibrahim
slogged away in second, unaware of his position until he finished the event and placings were announced.
Due to an injured rider the event was cut short by 30 minutes seeing the Gold class riders finish cut back to 3 hours, the same as the Silver and Bronze class. This left Young with his second win in a row ahead of Wade Ibrahim and Tim Coleman. Former winner Mitch Harper finished fourth ahead of prologue winner Hamish Macdonald.
"I new it was a 4-hour race and I made sure I rode as smooth as possible, the track was much tougher than last year and I really enjoyed it" Young said.
For the first time ever the 2018 event was streamed which enabled people from all over the World to follow the day. Promoters have already confirmed the 2019 event which will take place on the 10th of November 2019.
Prologue top 5:
1 Hamish Macdonald (NZ) 1min:41.16
2 Ruben Chadwick (AUS) 1min:43.83
3 Wade Young (NSA) 1min:44.94
4 Tim Coleman (AUS) 1min:45.98
5 Wade Ibrahim (AUS) 1min:48.26
Top 10 Gold Class:
1. Wade Young - 2h:51.52 - 6 Laps - Best lap 26:15.30
2. Wade Ibrahim - 3h:01.54 - 6 Laps Best lap 28:08.64
3. Tim Coleman - 3h:08.29 - 6 Laps Best lap 28:00.95
4. Mitch Harper - 3h:23.26 - 6 Laps Best lap 27:43.73
5. Hamish Macdonald - 3h:16.10 - 6 Laps Best lap 27:20.10
6. Ruben Chadwick - 3h:26.09 - 6 Laps Best lap 28:25.96
7. Robert Nowak - 2h:53.50 - 5 Laps Best lap 29:14.21
8. Chris Perry - 2h:55.25 - 5 Laps Best lap 31:02.91
9. Jake Whitaker - 2h:58.32 - 5 Laps Best lap 32:58.40
10. Anthony Solar - 3h:01.32 - 5 Laps Best lap 30:14.19
‰Û¢ Silver Plus Winner: Mark Clements
‰Û¢ Silver Winner: Harrison Tetley
‰Û¢ Bronze Winner: Lachlan Smith
Full event Results can be found at: www.wildwoodrockextreme.com