Whitley Boxing Day Enduro

Not sure what possessed me to think “Hmm Boxing Day enduro? Yes, I’m going to do that this year”… But anyway, here we are!

So, the morning of the 27th December we had an early start and with the drizzle outside it was a challenge just to get out of bed! But we got on the road for the 2-hour journey to Ashdown Motocross track in Oxfordshire and the weather didn’t get any better. 

On arrival we pulled into somewhere resembling a collection of ponds rather than a car park but found a shallowish spot to park up and thought, “what are we doing here?”. Despite this we were not going to give up now so on we went to sign on and get to scrutineering ready for the 10am start.

The start was a traditional Le Man start and having only done 2 hare and hounds in the past neither having this style of start I had no clue what that was. For anyone else in the same boat it’s where you have to run to your bike along with everyone else in your class before jumping on and heading off – not the best running I have to admit in full kit and having to squeeze between all the bikes that were lined up in front of mine but a laugh all the same! 

And we were off starting on the Motocross track somewhere I don’t have much experience with and then cutting off into the trees where I am more at home. It was slick to say the least with tree roots and logs along the way it was a constant battle to keep the bike upright, one of which I did not win! And at this point I’d like to say a big thank you to all the marshal’s and other riders that gave me a hand countless times throughout the day, without you I think I’d still be stuck on a hill in Oxfordshire. 

The course was a great mix of fast motocross sections paired with the more technical woodland and some hellish rooty hill climbs, some of which caused queues to build up where people were getting stuck. Not being the most competitive or confident I patiently awaited my turn then along came Freestyle teammate Ben Wibberley (championship class) passing the queue of bikes to show us all how it’s done with of course more championship and expert class riders making quick work of the obstacle ahead.

The first lap seemed long and after going through the gates and riding towards the pits I considered pulling in, where there was quite a number of riders who had decided to but I didn’t need to yet and I wanted to get another lap in. 

My second lap seemed to go slightly better knowing what I was riding into and getting the first lap freshness out of the way I was definitely warmed up by this point. I decided to pit after the 2nd lap where I switched to a clean, dry set of gloves and had a bite to eat to try to find some more energy. It was tough going and I thought twice about going back out but after a little encouragement from the boss, Colin, I dug deep and headed back out with just less than an hour to go till the finish.

The track was now in the worst condition of the day, rutted and slipperier than ever. This paired with my complete exhaustion made for a challenging, long last lap. I regretted my glove change as I’d gone from my trusty Leatt gloves to some Fox legion ones which did not stay clean and dry for long and had absolutely no grip once muddy as opposed to the Leatt Nanogrip palm which I am now a true believer of! Due to my lack of energy and strength at this point I kept making mistakes causing me to drop the bike taking it out of me even more when I couldn’t grip with my gloves to pick the thing up or at times even stand on the slippery, chalky terrain. 

I struggled around the hellish track until finally reaching the finish at 3hrs 40mins which yes meant that last lap took me a very, very long time! But I was just happy to have finished! 

Holly loving the mud and Joes expert filming skills.

Thank you, Whitley MMC, for putting on a memorable race, it was a great track which I’d love to come back to ride sometime in the dry! It was brilliantly organised and as mentioned earlier massive thanks to the marshals for their helping hands and words of encouragement! 

Overall, out of 210 riders I came in at 144th which I know does not sound impressive, but I am pretty happy with that. 

Congratulations to teammate Ben who got 2nd overall! I think your spot as No.1 Freestyle team rider is safe for now… 

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Welcome to the Freestyle Ambassador programme for 2022! We love to support local riders, racing is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion, a lifestyle, a dream!

Freestyle Ambassador Programme

Welcome to the Freestyle Ambassador programme for 2022! We love to support local riders, racing is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion, a lifestyle, a dream! Whether you are an experienced rider, working during the week to get yourself onto that start line at the weekends, or a young rising star at the start of your journey to the top, we are here to help.

The Freestyle ambassador programme offers up to ten riders per year the chance to join our team and get access to a wealth of knowledge and experience alongside in store discounts, invites to events, rider training opportunities, the exclusive Freestyle graphics for your bike and kit and much more.

The amount of support you will receive is very much down to you… Think, how can you help us? Being a sponsored rider these days is not as simple as putting a sticker on your bike and getting free stuff. Personality, character and enthusiasm are just as important as race results and a good social media presence is easily equal to having a presence in the race paddock. Can you bring customers into our showrooms? Can you increase our online presence? Can you fly the Freestyle flag in a positive light? If you think the answer to these questions is yes or even if you think that you would like to give it your best efforts and find out, then the Freestyle ambassador programme could just be for you.

All selected riders will receive:

  • Freestyle race team graphics for their bike.
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Examples of what previous ambassadors have done for us:

  • Detailed race reports with photos.
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