Electric Enduro at Ashdown Farm, Oxfordshire
Electric Enduro at Ashdown Farm, Oxfordshire // 20th May 2023
The Brushless Electric Enduro event held at Ashdown Farm in Oxfordshire presented a formidable challenge for all participants. Despite dry and warm weather conditions on the race day, the lingering effects of torrential rain from previous days resulted in sections of the track becoming incredibly slippery. Additionally, the course layout designed by the Brushless team was the longest and most demanding they had ever created, featuring split sections for Pegs and Pedals.
Many riders encountered mechanical issues, range limitations, or physical obstacles that hindered their progress throughout the race. And with staggered checkpoints throughout the course, many riders also missed crucial markers for completion.
The technical and slippery sections of the track provided an opportunity for riders with advanced technical skills to gain a significant advantage over their competitors. Notable performances came from Rick Gardener on the Talaria R, Connor Ward on the Pohlbock eBock 2, and Terry Griffiths on the SEM Venom, who set the fastest lap times in their respective classes. Remarkably, Terry's lap time on the SEM eBike surpassed that of 85% of competitors on throttle-powered eMotos, despite having almost half the power (and pedals!).
We would like to express our gratitude to SPORTident for their efficient timekeeping service, ensuring accurate recording of the participants' performances. We also extend our appreciation to Toadpit Medical for providing essential medical support throughout the event and to Grubs Up for their catering services, ensuring the well-being and nourishment of all riders throughout the entirety of the event.
The Electric Enduro at Ashdown Farm was a test of skill, endurance, and adaptability. The riders showcased their determination and resilience in the face of challenging track conditions, and their performances will be remembered as a testament to their passion for the sport and their unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of electric-powered off-road racing.