Ashcombe Ironman 2018
Images courtesy of Howie Fowler
Riders had the opportunity of riding the 4 hours as an Ironman or to team up with a fellow rider and compete as a two man team. Although cold, the weather stayed dry, and as with any winter event the Ashcombe circuit was challenging.
At the head of the Ironman field a battle raged between Dylan Baynton and Charlie Frost for both the overall and Championship win. A snapped lever 3 hours in put pay to Frost’s chances of victory but after a pitstop to change it he came back out to finish third behind the Winner Baynton and runner up Matt Kirby.
The team event was dominated by the Josh Gotts/Olly Lawer pairing who completed a whole two laps more than the next fastest team the two Max’s Venables and Hembroke. Third place overall and in the Championships class was Allyn Taylor and Julian Oakes. Unfortataley the Paget/Ferris combo who were expected to be challengers pulled out due to their new KTM TPI running lean and over heating.
Elliot Davies completed 15 laps to take the Expert Ironman win, with Josh Player second and a lap behind. In third was Tom Barlett with 13 laps.
The Expert Team class saw the win go to the Paul Taylor/Lewis Gigg pairing with an impressive 16 laps. Taking the second spot was Chris Honeywell and Gary McCoy, whilst Alan Morrison and Giles Richards were third.
The winners of the three Clubman classes in the Ironman were Guy Krumins in the E1, Marc Hockin E2, and Matthew #81 with the E3 victory.
Team winners for the Clubman were Mark Tossell/Sam Tucker E1, John Foley/Ian Fortune E2 and in the E3 class it was Jim Browing and Sam Wilson.
In the Vets classes Adrian Heard proved to be the Super Vet of the day taking the win in that class, whilst Dean Reed headed home the competition in the Vets over 4o group. Jack Twentyman put in a solid performance too to pull off the Expert over 35 victory.
In the Beginners class Nathan William Fletcher came home with the Ironman win whilst the Team Aldworth, Lee and Robert were the winners.
Another great event by Core Offroad with a good line up of riders, who all enjoyed riding at the Ashcombe venue.
Young does the Business at Twin Oaks
Sunday 26th of November saw Core Off Road host a 2.5 hour Hare and Hound race at Twin Oaks, near Bickleigh.
The championship class was away first and it was a finish for all of the riders that started! Jacob Young took the victory in this class with Rob Cross in 2nd and Dean Edwards in 3rd.
The expert class was away next and with 15 starters it was always going to be a great battle! Darren Kiff looked good in the first half of the race with the fastest lap of the race outright, however on lap 7 he dropped out of the race and left the rest fighting! Tom Smith came out triumphant with Alan Morrison and Moss Macriner rounding out the podium, 1 lap behind Smith.
The expert over 40 class was topped by Jack Twentyman, no doubt helped by his new Core Race shirt (less wind resistance than the old tattered yellow one), followed home by Gary McCoy who recently raced the final British Enduro Championship round. Adrian Francis finished in 3rd. With only one DNF, this class showed the caliber of rider who are over 40! An old school race which suited old school riders!
In the Clubman over 40’s it was a big entry of 17 riders and 12 managed to finish the tough day of riding! Ian Barnett topped the standings in this class with CORE regular Stumpy Rodriguez coming home in 2nd! Neil Ross was 3rd in this category.
The Clubman 2 stroke class was hotly contested with Freddie Box coming home victorious, followed by a stand out ride for Guy Krumins on his new KTM 125! Both were on 11 laps and George Bowerman came home in 3rd on 10 laps!
The Clubman 4 stroke class saw Michael Hayes taking the premiere award, a lap clear of Ed Mountjoy in 2nd, who in turn was 2 laps clear of Gary Jones in 3rd!
The final class away was the Sportsman/Beginner category. Charlie Sampson romped to victory in this class, one lap ahead of Carl Bennet and a further lap down, Luke Jenkin.
It was a very tough and muddy day, however everybody dug deep and for those who did their best and to those who finished, well done and CORE hope to see you at their next event! Keep your eyes peeled on the website and Facebook Page for future dates!
Report by Dan Mundell
Frosty Flies to Forest of Ashcombe Win!
Sunday the 16th July saw CORE Off Road Events host Round 6 of the South West Enduro Championship at the riders favourite venue… Ashcombe Forest! With technical climbs, thick forestry in places and stumps aplenty, the riders have plenty to think about during the race!
At 11AM the flag dropped and the Championship Class were away. With a high quality pedigree of riders from ex Great Britain ISDE team member Jamie Paget, Extreme specialists Ross Hancock and Charlie Frost and local hotshot Richard Tucker, fresh off the back of racing at the British Sprint near Birmingham the day before. Unfortunately for Mr Frost he incurred a 3 minute penalty right at the start of the race for riding too fast through the pits because he forgot his transponder at the start. I think his mind was occupied with thoughts about what will happen if his nipple tape falls off during the race as he and his friends had all got their nipples pierced during the week!
At the end of the three hours it was Frost, despite his penalty, who came out on top, with Richard Tucker taking 2nd and Ross Hancock bringing the Thor Motorcycles Beta home in third. All three riders completed 13 laps! Bike number 5, Jamie Paget, incurred some issues and only managed 8 laps due to that.
Fred Adams rode a very good race to bring home the Expert victory with Josh Lineham in 2nd and Darren Kiff in 3rd. All three of these riders completed 12 very demanding laps! It was nice to see Jack Delve back racing after a year off, bringing home 12th place in the experts and rounding out 10 laps!
Ross Blackmore took a 20 second victory over Jack Twentyman in the over 35 expert class, with 11 laps completed. Chris Dodge brought home 3rd on 10 laps respectively.
In the E1 Clubman class it was young lad Jordan Brigden who picked up maximum points, one lap ahead of 2nd place Simon Trevaskis. Phillip Joyce was third.
In the E2/E3 Clubman class George Bowerman took victory from Phil Chapple and 15 seconds further back, Kye steel. All of these riders totalled 10 laps.
Father to E1 Clubman class winner, Geoff Brigden made it 2 victories for the Brigden household by completing 10 laps to win the Super Vet class ahead of Simon Thomas and Tim Edwards! Simon was also on 10 laps, and Tim on 9.
In the over 40 Veteran category Andrew Smith took victory by one lap over Stewart Jarvis and Craig Cheevers. They completed 10, 9 and 9 laps each.
Last but not least is the Sportsman / Beginner class which was topped by Guy Krumins on a very impressive 9 laps, 2 laps clear of nearest rival Matthew Hopkins and in third, Matt Woodgates. With Guy’s form at Ashcombe he could soon be moving up the ranks into the higher classes!
Well done to all those who raced and CORE hope to see you all at their next event which is a ‘Day in the Dirt’ Practise day at the awesome ‘Loopy Lurley’, with a great loop that is open from 10:00 – 16:00 and a separate timed special test if you fancy seeing who out of your riding group is the fastest! (No race license required)
Report by Dan Mundell.
Wiggins wins at Huntsham!
On Fathers Sunday, 18th June, CORE Offroad Events hosted round 5 of the 2017 South West Enduro Championship at the vast Huntsham venue.
A well marked out 17 minute lap was laid on for the riders with a lot of technical woodland , stream runs and fast flowing terrain. The fantastic weather and a big line up of racers was the perfect recipe for 3 hours of fun in 30*C!
Unfortunately, pre race favourite Richard Tucker didn’t make it away from the start with bike problems as he warmed it up. He turned it off and it simply wouldn’t start again. This was a big blow as Richard was on course to close the gap in the championship with the absence of Keelan Hancock.
Nevertheless, at 11:00 the flag dropped and the premiere class were away. Many may have now had their money on Dylan Baynton or Ricky Wiggins to take the win but after 8 laps Baynton was out of the race and Ricky, on the Wincanton Print KTM, walked away with the victory, 4 minutes ahead of nearest rival Allyn Taylor. Only Ricky and Allyn completed 11 laps in the Championship class, and it was Josh Marshall on 10 laps bringing home third place. This is Ricky’s first South West Championship win in the enduro world (after numerous victories in the SW Trials Championship) and he is starting to show everybody what he can do now!
In the Experts it was Darren King who took a very convincing 6 minute victory over Liam Skelton and very closely followed home by Patrick ‘Paddy’ Twentyman. All 3 of these expert riders completely 10 laps!
In the over 35 expert class it was Ross Blackmore who romped home to victory, sneaking in an extra lap over his rivals. Ross finished on 10 laps, and nearest rival Jack Twentyman narrowly missed the extra 10th lap as the flag went out. Paul Tossell, also on 9 laps, rounded out the top 3.
In the over 40s, Neil Ross took a commanding victory almost 8 minutes clear of 2nd placed Andrew Smith and in third, Dave Sawtell. Barnstaple man Alex Buckingham came home 11th… although I’m sure he could of ridden Super Vets!!!
In the Super Vets it was a cracking ride from Jon Tarr to round out 9 laps (missing a 10th by less than a minute!), and with a 2 minute cushion over Gary Baker with Robert Carey bringing home a great 3rd place in a 13-strong group.
In the Clubman E1 class, James Ford was the first of 21 finishers on a very respectable 9 laps! In seconds place it was 16 year old, Ryan Mundell on the Flatchat Clothing KTM. Ryan is just starting to dip his toe into the enduro world alongside his cousin and like his dad and uncles did before him! To complete 9 laps was a great result. In third was Kieran Hole who unfortunately missed a 9th lap by the time cut off, however still a very good ride for a place on the rostrum!
In the largest class in the race… the Clubman E2/E3 group, Luke Williams, a motocross rider from Somerset came home with an almost 7 minute advantage over George Bowerman in second and Ben Hampshire in third! All of these riders completed 9 laps. A quick shout out to Stefanie Jewell who came home with 8 laps to her name and 4th out of 23 in this class; a very strong ride indeed!
Last but by no means least, in the Beginners class it was Guy Krumins on a great 8 laps who took the win. His nearest competitor was Jose Cioraia on 7 laps and Kevin Norman in third who also completed 7 laps of the cracking Devonshire Circuit!
Well done to all those that raced and it is great to see a lot of new faces at these events both young and old… Trials back ground or Motocross back ground!
The next round of the SW Championship is on the 16th of July, once again hosted by CORE Off Road at the epic Ashcombe Forest, just off of the A380.
Report: Dan Mundell.
Ashcombe Ironman – 5 February 2017
Ian & Dan MUNDELL take the two man and BAWN is the Ironman.
Sunday 5th February hosted our annual 4 Hour Ironman /2 man team enduro at the brutal Ashcombe Forest, conveniently based on the roadside of the A388 just outside Exeter.
A full entry of riders showed the popularity of this format and it was great to see the level of local support. A long lap of tough but achievable challenges stood in front of the riders for a hard 4 hours.
First off were the Championship riders shortly after 10:30. Jamie Paget took the holeshot as the pack took chase. At the end of the first lap it was Paget at the front with Dan Mundell on his back wheel after sitting on the start line for a few seconds after a pathetic 4/5 kicks of the 125! At the first rider change it was Mundell out front followed by Paget and Nick Life. Simon ‘Pakky’ Comer was sat in a very respectable 4th position for team ‘Dave Racing’ as he handed his transponder over to the Ginger Ninja, Wayne Mundell. After 4 hours of racing with a few changes for the lead throughout it was the father and son pairing of 1998 Yamaha WR250Z mounted Ian and JD Racing KTM 125 mounted Dan Mundell, AKA Team ‘Dad and Lad’ who brought home the two man overall victory with 16 laps, followed by team ‘McLife’ (Nick Life and Gary McCoy) in second and team ‘Fat boys’ consisting of Jamie Paget and Mr. Turbo Shandy himself (James ‘Bud’ Benney) brought up the final step on the rostrum. Team Dave racing were 4th, ‘Im going the wrong weyyyyy’ were 5th, ‘Team Protein Water’ were 6th and Kevin Harris/Bradley Chugg were 7th. A very tough first event back into enduro for young Kev!
Rob Higgs was the only rider in the Iron Man Championship Class and after the 4 hours completed a very respectable 14 laps!
In the Experts it was team Faaaaast of Will Worden and Max Venables who completed 15 laps of the course, a lap clear of their nearest competitor in class. 2nd was Josh Lineham and Rob Rule, followed up by Ian Martin and Richard Holmes in 3rd. A quick mention goes to team MS Racing (Martin Lowe and Steve Martin) as it was Steve’s first ever enduro! Also the youngest competitor of the day (Ryan Mundell) at age 15 who also raced with his dad Stuart Mundell under the Stoked Clothing team name. Im not sure how impressed Stuart would be if I mention the fact he isn’t far off of being the oldest rider!!
In the Expert Ironman class it was Derek Bawn who took victory both in class and overall for the 4 hours ironman. Derek completed an impressive 15 laps of the course with consistency meaning he was at the front of the pack throughout. 2nd was Moss Macriner and 3rd Ben Harmon.
Jack Twentyman was the winner in the Expert Over 40 class and rounded out a very impressive 14 laps once the chequered flag fell which if he hadn’t lost his fuel can in the pits could well have been 15!! Geoff Brigden came home in 2nd with 13 laps to his name with Arnaud Didey in 3rd on 12 laps. Dave Brignall was the 4th and final finisher in the class on 11 laps.
In the clubman 2 man, Rob Taylor and Richard Maisey took the honours with 12 laps, one lap more than their nearest competitors which were Gary Taylor and Tom Pulley. The final podium position went to Nick Gulliver and Tom Ross.
The Clubman Iron Man top award went to Matthew Dark on 13 laps, followed by Lee Blackmore and 16 year old Jordan Brigden both also on 13 laps.
Clubman Over 40 2 man team victory went to ‘The Staggs’ (ADY and ANDY) on a cracking 12 laps. They were followed home by Richard Lennard and Simon Padley (118 combined) and the pairing of Gary Willett & Martin Parr (Back to the future). Both teams completed 10 laps.
In the Ironman Clubman Over 40 Class Jim Hawkins rode his Beta to a fantastic victory with 12 laps completed, followed by Neil Ross on a cracking 11 laps and Steve Rogers on 10 laps in third.
The last (and by no means least) class to mention is the Beginner/Sportsman Category. The 2 man team winners were Derek Basham and Pete Rogers on 10 laps (the only pair to reach double digits in terms of laps), followed by brothers Ross Rowe and Liam Rowe on 9 laps, and Honda pairing Kieran Palfrey and Jack Bushin in 3rd.
In the Ironman Sportsman class it was Jack Blacker in first on 10 laps, Joseph Laurence in 2nd on 9 laps and Guy Krumins in 3rd on 8 laps. 4th Place went to Alex Stevens who attended one of Core Off Road’s training schools at Ashcombe last year and is now getting some great results. Perhaps a podium next time?
Hope to see you all at the next one.
(thanks to Dan for writing this race report, excellent once again)
Rnd 5 SW Enduro Championship – Ashcombe
Josh has Gotts the win in the bag!
Sunday 31st July saw Core Off Road head to one of their favoured venues, Ashcombe Forest on the side on the A30, for a round of the South West Enduro Championship that they hosted.
At 11AM the flag dropped and the highly competitive Championship class roared up the fire break and dived into the forest for their first lap. Max Hembroke lead them away aboard his Beta!
It was TM mounted Josh Gotts who has been travelling all around the globe this year competing in the Enduro GP World Championship who stormed to a commanding victory, completing 16 laps. Second to Gotts was Keelan Hancock who managed a very respectable 15 laps. Bradley King brought home the final place on the rostrum aboard his Kawasaki Mx bike, and there looked to be a battle for 2nd developing until King had a big off before his 2nd fuel stop, after which he settled for 3rd.
In the Expert class it was Rob Jago who took top spot on his little KTM 125 with a 20 second advantage over Paul Taylor and Rob Rule who were separated by just 4 seconds! The top three of the experts all did 13 laps.
In the expert over 35 category Jack Twentyman rode a fantastic three hours to take victory by over 5 minutes in his class. A time that would have taken the win in the Expert class! Steve Jose brought his Beta home in 2nd place on 13 laps and Scott Medland took third.
In the clubman class, the overall win went to Josh Linehan (e2), from 2nd placed Moss Macriner (e3), and third placed Joe Leeming (e2).
Clubman e1 victory went to Zennor Medlyn on 12 laps, from David Brignall and Mark Piddington.
E2 class of the clubman went to overall clubman winner Josh Linehan, from Joe Leeming and Terry Pooley.
The E3 class went to Moss Macriner, from Lee Blackmore and Rory Sherlock.
Clubman Over 40 class went to Jim Hawkins on his Beta 2 stroke, rounding out 13 laps of the circuit, from 2nd placed Chris Williams and 3rd placed Simon Thomas (both on 12 laps).
Last but certainly not least is the biggest class entry of the event: the Sportsman Category. Top of the pile was Tim Woodhouse on 11 laps, 2nd was Andrew Sterling and 3rd went to Craig Cheevers.
Well done to all who competed! The CORE team hope you enjoyed the event, and hope to see you at the next one!
Words by Dan Mundell
Rnd 4 SW Enduro Championship – Huntsham
Hancock ‘Keels’ the deal!
Sunday the 19th of June saw the 4th round of the South West Championship head to Huntsham, Devon for a 3 hour hare and hound hosted by CORE Off Road Events.
At 11am the flag dropped and it was Keelan Hancock aboard the St Blazey Mx Husqvarna who took the holeshot and lead for the opening three laps.
Chasing hard was Bristol based Charlie Frost on the Wayne Mounter KTM 300 who eventually took the lead away from Hancock and began to set a good pace, edging away from the pack! Charlie went on to set the fastest lap of the race on lap 5, some 26 seconds faster than the next quickest rider!
Towards the closing stages, Keelan seemed to have a burst of speed and caught Frost, re taking the lead and pulling away by about 30 seconds until on the final lap disaster struck for Frost when he ran out of fuel and was seen pushing his bike back towards the finish to still claim 2nd position!
Ross Hancock rounded out the top 3 in the premiere class with 10 laps, narrowly missing out on getting onto the 11th lap like his brother, Keelan, and competitor, Charlie, did.
In the expert class, Sherco mounted Hayden Maller from Gloucester romped his way to victory, completing 10 laps, over James AKA Bud Benney on the Marsh Mx/Dirt Punk WR250. Gary McCoy brought home the final place on the rostrum.
Garry Baker took victory in the Expert Over 35 class, rounding out 9 laps where all his competitors could only manage 8 or less. Scott Medlyn was 2nd and Steven Powell 3rd.
In the clubman class, it was Josh Noon taking the flag in the E1 category and the Lapford Lad also took the overall clubman class victory aboard his brand spanking new KTM 125 EXC! 2nd E1 was young lad Jordan Brigden and 3rd Zennor Medlyn.
Clubman E2 saw Joe Leeming take home the win aboard his new (but old) KTM 300xc. (If you get it… You get it… If not, check Facebook!!) 2nd place went to Terry Pooley and 3rd to Phillip Chapple.
The E3 division of the Clubman category went to Ben Dyer, followed by Jonathan Noble and Jed Treleaven.
Clubman Over 40 went to Chris Williams on 8 laps, just two seconds shy of Josh Noon. A great ride! 2nd went to Jon Hinkley and 3rd to Paul Downing.
Last but by no means least, the Sportsman class was topped by Ian Barnett on 7 laps. Clive Hunt was one lap down on Barnett and took 2nd position and 10 minutes further back, also on 6 laps was David Burley in 3rd.
All in all a great day of racing and a real ‘Hare and Hound’ style course with a long lap so the riders don’t get dizzy! More than 20 minutes per lap for the majority!
Well done to all who competed and Core Offroad & The South West Championship hope to see you at their next events. 31 July is a date for the diary… 3 hour Hare and Hound at Ashcombe, another round of the South West Championship hosted by Core!
Thanks to Dan Mundell for excellent write up.
Lurley Huntsham Enduro Sprint – 20 March 2016
An excellent days racing had by all. Track conditions were just about perfect, everyone seemed to love both it and the new format. The dual start system worked really well and added an extra element of excitement to the races as each rider was paired up with a rider with the closest lap time to their own from the previous lap. Some fast and furious racing resulted.
Congratulations to Jamie Padget for taking the overall win from Keelan Hancock (just!). Only 4.6 seconds seperated them, after 9 laps of pretty intense racing. They put on a great show!
An even closer finish in the Sportsman class with Marc Hockin taking the win from Tom Ross in another hard fought battle. The two of them finally only seperated by a few hundredths of a second at the flag!
Clubman over 40s saw Stumpy take the overall with Rob Richards and Michael Harlow following him home for 2nd and 3rd.
Clubman class also pretty close with James Kiff, Sam Wilso and Nick Gulliver taking the 1 2 3 split by just over a minute and a half after 9 pretty intense laps of racing.
Mike Rowe took the expert win from Julian Oakes and Darren Kiff and with only three entrants in the over 40s experts Jeremy Box, Jim Browning and Chris Doidge each managed to get themselves into podium positions.
(All details on results page)
Enduro X – Weston Wake Park (2 December 2015)
Thanks to all who came and supported our final race of the year at Weston Wake Park. Despite very trying conditions and the first severe gales of the winter we managed to pull off a a very successful day. This is largely down to the dedication of our marshals team who we cannot thank enough.
The day got underway at 9.30 am with our first ever youth race, the young guns were keen to show the adults what they could do in very trying conditions especially with little wheels! Overall winners were Stanley Earle 85 b/w, Harry Ridgeway 85 s/w and Ben Zeale on his 65.
As soon as the last youth rider was through we were underway with the adult sighting lap, not something we had planned to do, but as a result of the high wind blowing down track markings all over the place we thought it would be best.
Looking at the class of rider we had in the championship group the quality of our events and the effort we put into building you fantastic tracks is clearly starting to spread. Starting off in the championship class we had local hero and professional goon Charlie Frost contending with international and national champions Jack Edmondson and Dan Mundell along with many other well established and respected riders.
The track held up well throughout the day and as time went on some of the less confident riders found their feet and were taking the shorter hard route over the logs and tyre jumps and then across the waterlogged field (lake!) saving them valuable seconds over their competitors.
Overall winners were Dan Mundell – Championship, Bud Benney – Expert, Grant Churchwood – Expert 40 +, Matt Jones – Clubman, Gavin Bailey – Clubman 40 +, Mark Piddington – Sportsman.
As a team we really enjoyed putting this event on and hope you enjoyed riding it too….see you all in the New Year.
Full results on our results page.