September, 2018

Round 3

Orange State Enduro

The 42nd Annual Orange State Enduro once again took place at the Croom Motorcycle Park and was co-sanctioned with the Florida Trail Riders. It was a hot one with temperatures in the 90s and plenty of humidity. The unseasonably hot conditions were taxing for riders. Staying hydrated was important. Water was available at every reset, but riders were still cramping and faded as the day wore on.

But sometimes you have take the bad with the good. Trail conditions were excellent this year for the sandy Florida trails. It rained earlier in the week, resulting in great traction and only a hint of dust late in the day. The ‘hero’ dirt made it easy to rip around the sandy trails all day. The Suncoast Trail Blazers also added a large amount of new trail for a total of roughly 60 miles of racing.

The opening test went through new areas of the park. The new trail was surprisingly technical, with a ton of log crossings and a handful of palmetto bush sections to top it off. The second test may have been the most fun all day with plenty of flowing trails and limited whoops. However, the notorious Croom whoops eventually made their appearance in some of the middle sections. The sixth and final test avoided most of the big whoops and provided a nice relief from the more physical middle sections.

Garrett Edmisten and Scott Gawler battled for the overall, but mistakes by Gawler allowed Edmisten to take the win at 32 points to Gawler’s 36. Clay Lyons on a Husky finished out the overall podium in 3rd place.  Alex Lugar put in a solid ride, winning 250A while also taking Overall A. Charles Mann from B 200 won Overall B, dropping 66 points. Lastly, Stuart Dioken from Open C dropped 77 points to win Overall C.

More photos are listed below. Or check out the links to access some photos available on-line. Mariah of Mariah Lacy photography took some great photos of the log crossing in the ravine, as well as Will Eckhardt, through out the day.