For Immediate Release:
Epic conditions and a fantastic race course greeted the KR4 Arrive-n-Ride team in the picturesque Upper Peninsula of Michigan for Round 6 of the 2014 National Enduro Series. The Loose Moose is known for its sandy soil, winding trails, and huge “moon rocks” that appear out of nowhere. The U.P. Sandstormers are renowned for having one of the best stops on the tour, and they did not disappoint this year with almost 80 miles of prime singletrack.
KR4 welcomed some new faces to our NEPG team to join season-regulars Jubal Brown and Brad Myers. Fresh off of her Snowshoe Mountain GNCC podium, KR4’s WXC superstar Brooke Cosner decided to try her hand at Enduro racing with her first attempt at an NEPG event. Eager to continue their battle from Snowshoe, Sarah Baldwin called up KR4 and rented a bike to contest the Loose Moose.
Brooke Cosner and Sarah Baldwin picked up right where they left off in West Virginia, with each of them pushing hard to put in some great times. The Loose Moose was Brooke’s first enduro, and she rode with Open A competitor Jubal Brown to learn the tricks of the trade. She may have needed to learn a few secrets with the format, but Brooke’s speed was no issue - she was flying! Sarah finished the day a strong 2nd on her leased Arrive-n-Ride KTM 250, and Brooke was right behind in 3rd position in the Womens A/B class.
When asked about her day, Brooke was all smiles and said, “I had an awesome time for my first time ever doing an enduro! It was an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to do the next one!”
We are very proud of Brooke and her inaugural National Enduro ride, and we look forward to having her back at Round 7 in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania.
Jubal Brown was very excited to rejoin the NEPG tour after having to miss the previous round in Virginia to compete in the International Six Days Enduro Qualifier in Idaho. Jubal took a little while to get going and started the day off with a 7th in class in Test 1, but he finally got warmed up and started to find a flow on the twisty course.
In Test 5, riders had to face giant “moon rock” formations that suddenly arose out of nowhere. The rocks were super slick and gave many competitors issues, but Jubal was able to put some of his trials experience to good use and laid down a 2nd in that test. By the end of the day, Jubal earned a season-best 3rd in Open A and 10th A Overall, just 14 seconds out of 2nd.
The Loose Moose was awesome today! The course was a blast, and the conditions don’t get much better at an enduro. The first five tests were super fun, but the last test was brutal! The slimy black dirt and abundant slick rocks were like nothing else on the course; it was like being in another state. I am stoked on my finish today but those few seconds are haunting me a little. I tangled with a slower rider in the last test and that was the difference, but it was still a great day and I can’t wait until PA.
- Jubal Brown
Brad Myers had endured a busy week! After surviving the treacherous conditions at the Snowshoe Mountain GNCC the weekend before, Brad had a full week at work before joining us again in Michigan a few short days later. Unfortunately, Brad suffered a tough day with intermittent bike problems. Team Manager Fred Andrews suspected a broken reed or a stuck float needle, but with the clock ticking there was no time for repair.
Brad soldiered on the best he could and still finished the day with a respectable 10th place finish in the A 50+ division. Brad was in good spirits at the end of the day, having much enjoyed the epic race course. We are sure he will come out swinging at the next round!
My race today was good even with the bike troubles. The KR4 crew is the best and makes you feel like a factory team rider. It is much easier for me to focus on my job and still be able to race with the Arrive-n-Ride Program.
- Brad Myers
With Round 6 in the books, we here at KR4 have a few weeks to prepare for our home race in Cross Fork, PA. The upcoming Rattlesnake Enduro is sure to be a good one, with ups, downs, and lots of rocks waiting to challenge the competitors. Come and check it out!