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Hoare Defies Gravity
The opening round of the 2021 ACU Extreme Enduro Championship took place at Helmsley on the 2nd May.
The driest Spring since records began showed that Yorkshire has a softer side and 240 riders responded to the gentle whisper of the cool breeze blowing across the moors. The sky was bright and clear.
There were a couple of absentees from the Pro class who were already in Portugal preparing for the WESS opening round at Lagares.
The newly formed Jarvis Husqvarna team was represented by Junior World Champion Will Hoare, Jono Richardson, Sam Winterburn and Tteodor Kabakchev from Bulgaria.
At 31 km Ravines is the UKs longest British Extreme Enduro Championship lap with 9 check points per lap plus the finish,
The schedule called for 2 laps for Championship, Expert, Elite Vets and 1 lap for Clubman Sportsmen Vets Youth.
The first riders were flagged away at 9am. Sam Winterburn was quickest of the line before Will Hoare took the lead ahead of Jack Spencer and Joe Deakin.
Will Hoare completed the first lap in an incredible 1 hr 11 minutes and he maintained the pace to win. Jono Richardson pushed Will hard and he was a worthy runner up. Teordor Kabakchev was 3rd completed an all Jarvis Husky podium.
Lee Sampson topped the Expert podium. Mitch Brightmore was runner up and Ricky Wiggins was 3rd.
Jarvis Husqvarna veteran Grant Churchward was the Best Elite Vet ahead of Mark Jackson, Matty Temple and Harold Crawford.
Jack Winn won the Clubman class and the John Allen trophy for best Clubman from the North East Centre. Richard Hawes was 2nd and Shane Tasker 3rd.
The youth riders had a slightly easier day and they finished at check 7 with Ash Brightmore taking the class win - 2 minute ahead of Cynan Jones with Bert Boam in 3rd. All the youth riders did exceptionally well on a tough and demanding course.