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Vin­tage En­duro Rid­ers Inc (VERi) Black­wood Vin­duro

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS - Story John O’Brien Pho­tos John O’Brien and Rod King

30 Au­gust, 2015 – Black­wood, Vic­to­ria

De­spite be­ing a tad wet­ter than the in­au­gu­ral event, the sec­ond vin­tage en­duro at Black­wood in Vic­to­ria at­tracted more en­trants. There was the usual va­ri­ety of ma­chin­ery typ­i­cally seen at VERi events, and en­trants came from as far away as SA and the ACT. In the rainy days lead­ing up to the event Club Sec­re­tary Pe­ter Drake­ford set out the 50 km course with a hand­ful of vol­un­teers, and stuck to his claim that “there are no wa­ter cross­ings, just a few pud­dles.” Con­di­tions on the day were cer­tainly chal­leng­ing, with some of th­ese so-called “pud­dles” more like lakes. At times it felt as if there was a greasy hill climb around ev­ery cor­ner, and no short­age of slip­pery logs across the track to catch out the un­wary. It was all good fun though, and the 80 rid­ers who took part had a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. As a rider I was glad that I heeded good ad­vice and fit­ted a new front tyre. Aside from some slip­ping and slid­ing, my only is­sue oc­curred when a piece of wood lodged it­self be­tween the chain and rear sprocket and dis­lodged the chain on my XT250. For­tu­nately it was an easy fix and I was soon un­der­way again. Spe­cial men­tion must go to vin­duro first timer Leigh, who com­pleted a lap on a Yamaha DT100. Leigh thor­oughly en­joyed him­self, and reck­oned that the DT was a great lit­tle per­former, though it did make hard work of some of the long hills. Most rid­ers com­pleted one or two laps of the 50km course, with a hardy hand­ful clock­ing up three – quite an achieve­ment in the tricky con­di­tions. More than one rider has pro­claimed that Black­wood is their favourite event on the VERi cal­en­dar, and the club looks for­ward to host­ing the third Black­wood Vin­duro in 2016.

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