Siblings make successful switch to enduro racing
CYCLING: Brother and sister Henry and Bridie White have taken quickly to enduro mountain biking this racing season.
After attending three professional Enduro meetings during the 2016 SRAM Enduro Series in Queensland, the avid mountain bikers have continued to improve, with Bridie finishing a strong third in her Under 15 class at Toowoomba and clinch the Under 15 Series crown in the process.
The siblings have excelled at classic cross country riding in recent seasons, with enduro having more obstacles and jumps.
Their father Mark said he was proud to see both children take to the discipline as quickly as they did.
"They like it a lot more. It's a bit more of a social way to ride but it still is fairly competitive," he said.
"The tracks are a lot more fun than your typical cross country track. There is a bit more technical difficulty and obstacles in the track.
"An enduro will have five different stages, but you have to ride between each stage. A race might go for three hours, but you will only be timed to about 20 minutes."
Henry did not have the same success as his sister, but still performed admirably in the Under 15 division, finishing 11th for the series.
Last weekend's racing at Toowoomba, the fifth and final round of the SRAM series, was also the Queensland round of the National Enduro Series.
It means Bridie now has a national series bronze medal to her name.
"She is pretty rapt, it is a big win for her," her father said.
"For a girl her age I think she is doing really well.
"There is a lot of technical things in an enduro track. You come across rock gardens, logs, jumps and doubles. There is a lot going on."
Both teenagers will now set up for a series closer to home with the North Coast Enduro Series kicking off at Kempsey on August 7.
Mark will look to pick up enduro riding for the series.
The Clarence Valley's round for the North Coast series will be held in October at a venue yet to be determined.