2011 Lisa Hoyle
Bullet and I loaded my Can-am Outlander 400 as well as his DS450X MX into our van for the trip to Naracoorte for Round 4 of the QRASA Moto x series.
Bullet was to be competing in the Vets over 35+ class and I was supposed to use the Outlander for recovery and sweep riding work on the day to help out and showcase the product for Daniel James from South East Marine who not only sponsored the event but organised the track prep.
The track was in great condition with lots of wide sweeping corners, ski jumps and neat long down ramps.
My biggest mistake in hindsight, was probably packing my MX ride gear. I have not competed in Motox this year, but I was kind of thinking "if there was ever the perfect Motox track to take the Outlander out to play on... this is it". With the start of the first race drawing closer by the minute and a few people suggesting exactly what I was thinking, I found myself signing in and lining up on the start grid with 5 other women for race 1 of the day.
I had a great time out on the track. As expected, I was at the back of the field but it was only about having a go and more importantly pushing the boundaries for myself and the Outlander in order to help me gain more knowledge on my limitations and the Outlanders capabilities.
Thanks to X- team member Chelsea Deboo who not only flagged for Bullet and I, but who also managed to get a few great shots of me in the air!. At the end of the day, I had a great time, got a few laughs out of the crowd and still got to show the Outlander off.
My 2011 quad riding activities are sponsored by BRP Australia, 47industries, CRC, QuadSquad, Austraco, Sidchrome and Tripp Industries and I thank them sincerely for their support.
Another well run Enduro event from QRASA saw Bullet and I head up to Peake for Round 2 of the SA Enduro series. This round was held in the awesome sand dune property that is Peake.
The endurance loop at Peake is generally a shorter loop than some of the other Enduro locations, but this just makes it more interesting both on the track ( with more overtaking and being overtaken ) and in the pits area ( quick laps mean the time keepers, pit crews and spectators have their work cut out keeping up with all the action).
I was looking forward to this event, as any quad riding at Peake is good fun. Again competing in the 4x4 class, I was up against three fast quad riders so my aim was to keep riding, finish each lap safely and try to be fast enough to avoid being lapped by another 4x4 as much as possible.
There were a couple of hill climbs that I was a bit worried about after sighting lap, but I should have known that they would not be a problem on the Outlander, and me and the Quad easily cruised up the steepest hill climbs and drove through the deep sand logged corners. I was so glad I was on this bike, as plenty of quads were getting bogged in the tough sandy conditions.
After a perfect South Australian weather day on Saturday the bad weather showed up for a visit on Sunday and it rained for the first half of the race. This was great for the track as it compacted the soft sand and made the ground firmer on the hill climbs, but not so good for us riders, and as soon as the rain stopped many riders (including me) dashed into the pits to change into dry gloves and clean their goggles.
I noticed one of the 4x4 was parked up by this stage, so I was pretty excited that I was in third place. Enduros are funny like that. They are about you and your quad completing the race, pacing yourself, being fit and looking after your quad so that you don't cause any damage which may stop you from finishing the race.
Driving through the pits a couple of laps later, another 4x4 was parked up with a broken bit at the back ( technical term), so I knew I was in second as long as I kept going and treated the quad nicely.
So I kept going. I cheered on Bullet and other fellow x-team rider Chelsea DeBoo who passed me a couple of times over the course of the 3 hours on their Can-am DS450xmx's. By the end of the three hours, I finished in second place for the day and I am very happy with this outcome.
Thanks to all my sponsors: BRP Australia, Quadsquad, Austraco, CRC, Sidchrome and 47industries for their ongoing support.
Thanks to QRASA for including a 4x4 class in the series, the DeBoo's for lending me a top (Chelsea's not Trent's) and Trent for pitting for me. Also to Bullet for making sure my quad is always ready to go at these events.
The Quad Riders SA Enduro series have always been popular events with local club members as well as a few interstate riders each round.
This year, Round 1 was held on a new track on a property near Tintinara in S.A. Run by QRASA. Bushy's Enduro had three classes up for grabs Ironman, Teams and the new 4x4 class.
I was pretty happy to have a separate class which I could run my new Outlander 400 in, so I was really looking forward to the event.
With sighting lap on offer on both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, I decided on Saturday afternoon, and at that stage the track was pretty rough, very scrubby, really narrow and had some pretty hard hill climbs. Considering all that, I still find the llight weight four wheel drive Outlander more comfortable and easier on my body to ride.
Five 4x4's were entered for the race Sunday morning, but with problems in the sighting lap on Saturday for one entrant, we were down to four on the starting line. I was happy to start toward the back of the pack as the boys in front were most likely to prove too fast for me.
Leaving one minute apart, we all headed off for lap one of the 3 hour Enduro. My main concern was not the open scrub or the steep climbs, but the downhill sections which played havoc with my height phobia. In one lap I was screaming the whole way down the hill. I shouldn't though, the 4x4 down hill engine breaking is so stable and easy, i really do have to cut down on the screaming.
Into lap one; I came across another 4x4 entrant with engine trouble. Knowing he was going to limp it back, fix it and head out again, I had to think strategically and decided to push it a bit and see if I could get as far in front of him as I could. This would mean, because he started 1 minute ahead of me, if I could keep in front of him for as long as possible and even if he caught me again later in the race, if I could keep within 1 minute of him for the last lap or two, I could steal another place.
I was seriously busting for a wee (yeah... drink heaps of water they said... you'll burn it up... you dont want to dehydrate), I kept going and pushed myself for lap two and three.
Coming in to refuel for lap 4 (yes... maybe a toilet stop as well) I found out that I was pretty safely in third place, so I headed back out for my fourth lap of the 24 kilometre loop with three thoughts:-
And that's what happened. My Outlander performed brilliantly and we made it back after the 3 hour mark in one piece and pretty pleased to have come in third place in the 4x4 class.
Thanks to all my sponsors, what is essentially still my all rounder farm quad at home, looked and sounded sweet on race day !
Well, after deciding to take a more relaxed approach to quad riding for 2011, I yet again somehow found myself on the starting line for the annual Thumbpump 300 ATV Festival in Pinnaroo, South Australia.
This event is not only a fantastic opportunity for riders to show off their skills and levels of endurance but also an excellent forum for showcasing quads, quad related products and increasing sponsor awareness.
Choosing to ride the Can-am Outlander 400 this year, I was very excited about proving to the competition and public that quad riding is for everyone and every quad type. So, with an open mind and an Outlander full of fuel, I jumped on board and completed one of the country's most gruelling quad endurance events.
I must say, I had a blast! Although I was not able to finish the race in the top three, I did finish the race and I had one of the most enjoyable rides of my quad career. Whoo Hoooo ?
The Outlander easily tackled the terrain and whoops while offering me a very comfortable seat on the few occasions I got to sit down. Obviously, a much heavier quad than my DS450xmx, I was very impressed with how the Outlander performed and I am so pleased that I completed the event on this quad.
Bullet and I also used the event to experiment with what some onlookers considered to be unusual tire choices. Running Fury Eco's 25 x 10 x 12" 4ply's on the back and (rare to find) Fury sand Tyre 25x8x12" 4ply tyres on the front, supplied by Chris and Andy from Austraco, these tyre choices performed superbly in one of the toughest races in Australia without a single puncture.
Congratulations to all the competitors who entered the event and deepest gratitude to Mick and Tiff of 47industries for yet again putting together a professional, safe and welcoming event for the quad riders of Australia (and that rowdy bunch from Tasmania!)
My 2011 quad riding activities are sponsored again in 2011 by BRP Australia, 47industries, CRC, QuadSquad, Austraco, Sidchrome and Tripp Industries and I thank them sincerely for their continued support they offer me and their continual dedication to the sport of quad riding.