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2011 Training Wheels Enduro Results
Cody Wins Training Wheels Enduro
JCR Honda’s Quinn Cody Crushes Competition
By Erek Kudla, photo by Grumpy
Training Wheels MC is known for putting on the most technically challenging time keeping enduro of the series, utilizing speed changes, possibles and mind games through out the entire event. The 32nd running of the Ghostrider enduro lived up to every expectation of a true time keeper and with nothing more then an odometer off a 1985 XL 350 and a roll chart JCR Honda’s Quinn Cody porving once again that ‘doing it oldschool’ is the only way to go!
The first loop of the day would be dominated by two mini riders who are stuck in a year long points battle. 3 Brothers Racing’s Rafa Orendian and Z-Racing’s Sammy Bangert. The two KTM 85 racers finished only 28 seconds apart after 35 miles of twists and turns but it was Orendian who would have the upperhand. Just 13 seconds back would be first time enduro rider Thomas Lawler winning the 250 Beginner Class.
The riders that kept going onto the next loops would be led by multi time Enduro Champion Oneal/Fasst Co’s Tyler Smith who dropped only 2 seconds followed closely by past rival 3 Brother’s KTM rider Nick Hamill who dropped only 6 seconds. Other riders who posted great scores were Mid Cities Honda backed Nick Blais with only 11 seconds; Bob Roberts, Paul Shafer and Cordis Brooks all tied with 12 seconds… but Cody was way back in the pack dropping 46 seconds. “It took me a little bit to get in the flow of things again.” Said Quinn “This is only my second time doing a real time keeping enduro but it really crosses over with my Dakar racing.”
The second loop is where the riding would really heat up with Cody posting the fatest time in one of the hardest sections of the loop dropping only 1 minute and 9 seconds vaulting him into the top 3 with Fasst Co/ Enduro Engineering Backed Ryan Kudla getting into the chase dropping 1 minute and 48 seconds squeeking into 2nd overall. Both Smith and Hamill would DNF with mechanical issues before the section leaving it wide open for Blais to take the lead dropping only 1 minute and 51 seconds and staying just 3 seconds ahead of Kudla going into the final section of the event. The Expert Magnums (50+ years old) would finish their day at the final gas and it would be Desert Champion Steve Williams taking the win over #2 Enduro Magnum Don Lyons by just over a minute followed by Amateur Senior racer Steve Bishop rounding out the top 3.
The final 15 miles of the event would consist of some of the toughest time keeping of the day with several 4 mile an hour sections mixed in with faster speed averages and more technical terrain keeping every rider on their toes. Blais would lose his lead when his foot peg would sheer off halfway through the loop but would be able to stay in 3rd overall with a total time of 3:0260 after some quick trail side work and a spare bolt he kept in his fanny pack. While Cody would be out front the real battle would be between Enduro Overall and Heavy Weight points leader PDI Racing’s Brad Pace and reigning champion Kudla. Pace would need to beat Kudla to maintain his points lead but a few mistakes on the first and second loop would hurt his chances giving him 4th overall and a time of 5:0303 on the day. While he would still retain the lead it would be much much closer going into the final round.
Now it was down to just Kudla and Cody. While Kudla would have the upper hand by a few seconds and clean air on an early minute Cody would have the extra speed in the rocks he needed and a burned in trail on his later minute. Kudla would make a mistake tipping over and losing the 30 seconds he needed to keep Cody at bay and would sinish the final section with 2 minutes and 21 seconds giving him a total of 3.0220 on the day giving him the edge he needed inthe points race but not quite enough to stay in the lead. “The Crusher” Quinn Cody would finish out the final section dropping a mere 1 minute and 50 seconds giving him a final score of 2:0170 and his second enduro overall victory on the season. “I had a really really great time out there today!” excalimed Quinn “The enduro series has been awesome this year and I’m looking forward to doing the entire West Coast Regional Series next year!” Rounding out the top 5 would be Blais Racing’s Kevin Dejongh who would also take 1st overall 250 honors aboard his KTM 250 XC-W.
The Final Round of the FASST CO. Checkpoint Enduro Championship will be hosted by RHR and all the proseeds will go to benefit the Riders Helping Riders Fund. Make sure to come out and Keep Time for a Cause!!!
Also make sure to keep an eye out for the 2012 WEST CHEC Series. The 8 Round AMA Western Checkpoint Enduro Championship! More info to be anounced right were at WWW.RIDECHEC.COM!