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2011 Prospectors Enduro Results and Race Report
There has been an infusion of new energy into the AMA District 37 Enduro Championship. Last week was round three of the series, the Prospectors Gold Rush Enduro. The club really stepped up this year with a three loop event that had plenty of challenging terrain and a true old school 24mph speed average for the entire event.
Just before the start I was talking to JCR Honda rider Quinn Cody. He was showing me his manual timekeeping equipment and telling me how he hoped to overall one of these races without a computer. Sure enough it was his day to win. Here is the race report by Erek Kudla from the RideChec website
With only a stock odometer/clock off a 1985 XL 350 and a rollchart JCR Honda’s Quinn Cody has proven once again that he is capable of anything. He is now able to add an Overall Victory at a truly “oldschool” Enduro running in true “oldschool” time-keeping fashion to stellar finishes at Baja, Dakar, Erzberg and Vegas to Reno.
The Prospectors MC’s 56th Annual Gold Rush Enduro is one of the longest running Enduro’s in the US and this year they kept their reputation up. 95 Miles of epic terrain at an even 24 mph the entire way had riders on their toes and just behind the clock all day long. On the first loop it was 60+ Expert Dick Cressy taking the overall win dropping only 3 minutes and change, a full 2 minutes ahead of 60+ Experts Ty Holmes and Art More.
At the end of the 1st loop all the A riders had only been scored early so it was still anyones game. All eyes were on T.O. Powersports/FASST CO backed Ryan Kudla who took the last win, the 3 Bros KTM of ISDE Medalist Nick Hamill, the FASST CO/Kenda Backed KTM of ISDE Medalist Chilly White, Vet Pro MXer Ryan Dudek, the MidCities Honda of past Enduro Champion Nick Blais and of course “The Crusher” – Quinn Cody – who is known for his speed in the rocks and his out right endurance when it comes to technical riding.
While the speeds would stay exactly the same for the second loop the terrain would change drastically. Not only did the trail get tighter and rockier but the rain started to bear down on the riders just a little bit more. “I ended up dropping a point on the second loop because I slide down the wet rocks and wedged myself against a huge boulder” said Kudla who was one of 7 riders to only drop 1 on the second loop. Jeff Clements had the best Score of the loop gaining only 1:0054 while Cody would earn 1:0060, Kudla would get 1:0065, Nick Hamill a 1:0070 and Nick Blais a 1:0071.
Heavy Weight Novice Thomas Moore was nearly flawless on the 1st and second loops staying just ahead of Multi Time Mag/Sen Champion Kevin Hasten through each check. Moore would take the overall win 2 full minutes ahead of 250 Mag Experts Hasten and Cory Timms.
With the top riders so close you could throw a lasso around them it would all be decided on the 3rd loop. Again the speeds would stay right at 24 and you guessed it, the terrain got even tougher and wetter and the rain got harder still. Kudla would be the first of the top riders out on the course which both had its advantages and disadvantages. While he wouldn’t have to worry about any bottle necks in the ridiculously tight sections he would be forced to try to follow a rain-soaked course with NO tracks to follow. At one point he was almost completely lost at the top of a wind blown hill and spent a good amount of time finding the course and falling out of his rhythm. He wouldn’t find it soon enough as the final check was just a few miles later and he would earn 6:0340 making his total 8:043 dropping him to 6th overall.
Chilly White was one of the next riders on the course leaving on minute 21 and rode nearly flawlessly. He was able to 0 the first check and only earn 5:0309 but his 2 points from the 2nd loop kept him in 5th overall with 7:0451. Vet Motocrosser Ryan Dudek was able to do very well aboard his Husaberg and earn the 3rd fastest time on the final check but wasn’t paying attention early on and gained 1 point on the 1st check of the loop putting him in 4th overall with 7:0392. Nick Hamill also had an amazing ride posting a top time of 5:0321 earning a total of 6:0420 and grabbing 3rd overall and the top 250 Expert position as well.
It was down to the Honda’s of Blais and Cody, Midcities vs. JCR, X vs. R… While Blais would have an epic ride it wouldn’t be so easy for Cody. “I came into this wash way to hot and the front end just dug and I flipped over the bars” Admitted Cody “I picked up the bike and I had broken off my roll chart. I kind of think that’s why I rode so well after that… I had no reason to look down or even worry about it.” After all was said and done Blais would drop 5:0227 giving him second overall and Cody would take the win dropping an astonishing 3:0188 proving that he is on a completely nother level then some of the fastest enduro riders in the west! “I’d just like to thank the Postel’s. They convinced me to come out here to get some riding in, plus the bike never made it to me in Baja so its good to get a win.”