TIM COLEMAN WINS THE 11th WILDWOOD EXTREME - 2020 Motorcycle Event.
Coleman conquers the eleventh running of the Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro in a new knockout format to meet Covid19 rules and restrictions.
The 2020 format was a total new creation and riders had to work hard with the ruthless demand in a sprint format this year. With no rest between objects on the man-made area's arm pump was the main factor for rider error, after a very tough year on all the riders with the lack of freedom to train for the event that was almost called off the limited number of 60 riders was very close to full.
Each class had 2 Heats on a longer course (1.5km) involving the well known prologue area and a added natural terrain section that provided further demand.
Riders could not afford to drop any time in either heats with times being combined and the fastest 4 moving into the final.
The final format was the man-made area or prologue course as it's known bye many, with 2 laps to providing some great chopping and changing in all classes to decide outright winners in each class.
Riding for the Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team Tim Coleman was here to impress, taking out the Gold class win with a total time of 5min 44sec with clean wins in both heats also leading up to the final, Callum Ceglinski put in a solid second, with the desert king Ben Grabham in third, making it a Sherco 1-2-3 finish.
Silver class was won by Billy McCulloch (7min14), ahead of Ian Derwent and Max Koczak.
Bronze class was won by Ash Green, (10min02), ahead of Michael Chapman and Nathan Xerri.
Being the fist post Extreme Enduro to be held in Australia was a tough challenge and was only approved with easing of the rules one week before the event due to motorcycle riding not deemed as a professional sport that could mix riders experience. Under the changed guidelines Wildwood could operate with a total of 500 people in groups of 50, but keeping to the Covid19 Event checklist it was decided to not hoist any spectators for the event and Live stream the event to the people at home for the day. With cameras all around the course we picked up many of the challenging angles and could focus of keeping the new format running. Wildwood would normally operate over 3 hours with each rider doing a induvial timed section of the course. In the 2020 edition it was a total different feel with riders parked apart and grouped in 20's to not over crowd the course with people. With the further changes seen each rider was able to bring one support person on the day to help them if needed, after temperature checks done on every person attending the event could start adding yet again a new twist to Wildwood.
With no injuries to any riders and most bikes going home with few battle scares the event was seen as a great success from all angles as it so closely was almost called off after changing to date from the 8th to the 29th of November.
Well done to all riders who raced today. We look forward to seeing you back in 2021 in the regular format and will see a course filled with spectators to cheer the riders on to finish.
2021 event date - 7th November and apart of the National Grassroots Hard Enduro Championship.
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