Tuesday, 29 May 2012 20:37

Shelburne Kids Enduro is a Smash Success Again!

Posted by  Suzanne Howie
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From World Enduro Canada - For Immediate Release – May 28, 2012

Round #1 of the World Enduro Canada Mini Enduro series took place this past weekend at the fourth annual “Shelburne Kids Enduro”. Perfect weather greeted 35 excited kids for a day of “World Championship format” enduro competition. Three ability classes were evenly represented by kids ages 5 – 14. We saw some first time racers enjoy their introduction to organized competition as well as some seriously fast kids battling for top spot in the “A” class.

ONkids12The competition itself has remained the same as prior years as a four lap event with three special tests on each lap; Enduro Test, Extreme Test, and Motocross Test. The riders are electronically scored in each test by transponder making for the rider’s overall position being the sum of twelve separate special tests.

The WEC timing crew headed by the highly skilled Stephen Abel had accurate results posted immediately after the race. It should be noted that the electronic enduro timekeeping system and format is exactly the same used in the WEC Canadian Enduro Championship. It still is impressive to see a twelve special test enduro scored in moment with results posted online immediately after the event. Hat’s off to Stephen Abel’s experience and skill for such amazing work.

Complete results can be viewed by going to: http://www.moto-tally.com/WEC/Kids/Results.aspx

ONkids14In the premier “A” class we saw Kyle Bichard narrowly edge out the very impressive Chad Morin. Kyle is a regular in the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship were he is a common fixture at the top of the podium. Chad is a regular Motocrosser who had his first taste of special test enduro competition and I believe he is hooked. Filling out the “A” podium was Calvin Campitelli who had brother Cole right behind in fourth.

An even tighter battle took place in the “B” class where Hunter Godmere took first place a mere 8 seconds ahead of Jake Baker. Hunter had a large family contingent with other family members placing very well the day’s event. Jake appears well on his way following in the footsteps of his well known and very fast off road racing father. Chase Godmere rounded out the podium in third by just a handful of seconds after the twelve special tests.

“C” class is where we find a number of new riders or riders new to the racing world. You certainly wouldn’t know itONkids15 by seeing the brilliance of Like Smith taking a convincing win. Billy Tighe showed that he means business and has a great racing career ahead of him with a solid second in class. No Shelburne Kids Enduro would be complete without seeing a member of the Subotincic Family on the podium. This year we saw the youngest of the three brothers, Milo Subotincic take third in his first time competing at the event.

After the race was completed WEC’s Trevor Wideman worked all afternoon at the BBQ grilling up burgers, sausages and hot dogs for all riders and their families. Linda Wiesner had a large spread of food with multiple salads as well as frozen treats that cooled down some hard working kids.

WEC would like to thank the many families that came out for a day of competition that is dedicated solely to our young riders. After four years of youth focused enduro competition it is great to see the familiar faces and returning families.

ONkids16Round #2 of the WEC Mini Enduro series moves to Guelph in August. Keep watching www.worldendurocanada.com for event details directions as we get closer to the event. There is definitely a good crop of future superstar off-road racers in this group and many of them will be vying for Championship honours in the series. With two rounds to go it’s still anyone’s guess who will be declared the fastest enduro racers in the province in our three separate classes.

Spread the word… kids deserve to race enduro!

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