Local lads at Gold Fields

Brian White, Fordsdale, placed 8th in the over 45s class at Gold Fields Extreme, Round 2 of the Australian Hard Enduro Championships. Picture: BRIAN WHITE

The latest round of the Australian Hard Enduro Championships was staged south of Bathurst on May 11-12.

James Wager, Esk, and Brian White, Fordsdale, ventured south for the event, the Gold Fields Extreme.

White placed 8th at Gold Fields in the over 45s Bronze class.

“At the age of 53, as daft as it might sound, I’m having a crack at racing motorcycles,” he said.

White also competed in Round 1, Kosciuszko Killer, where he positioned 3rd.

He attributed his high placings to his strict training.

“Preparation started 12 months ago with a regime of cycling, gym and motorcycling on consecutive days continually,” White said.

“Cycling three days a week for generally two hour stints, climbing the biggest of hills in the district – namely Razorback Road, Fordsdale, Vogler’s Road, East Egypt and Spinach Creek.

“Motorcycling training involved at first a fair time on trials motorcycles, being an active participant in the Valley’s local Club, Western Districts Trial Club.”

With two rounds under his belt, White said he had plenty of lessons to learn from.

“I need to work on speed, endurance and learn to be less polite,” he said.

“If you’re not a little pushy in this type of racing you will be left behind.

“The races, even at the entry level that I’m competing in, are gruelling, four to six hours of unrelenting physical pain can be expected.

“Just to finish on its own is an achievement.”

Wager successfully completed both rounds in the Silver class, placing 56th at Mt Kosciuszko and 36th at Wattle Flat.

“It was a much harder track than Kosciuszko… much, much harder,” Wager said.

“It was a four hour cross country, but I didn’t back within the four hours, so I was five and a bit hours out there.

“Only about 15 or 20 riders didn’t actually finish, there were a lot that didn’t finish, they broke their bikes or wore themselves out.”

Wager said he was glad not to DNF, and to significantly improve his placing.

“I just want to keep improving, I guess, and keep working on it,” he said.

“It was little bit more comfortable this time.

Round 3, Tenterfield Terror, is in six weeks time.

“There’s a few skills I need to keep working on, and I’m going to find more bike time and get more fitness,” Wager said.