KR4 Performance was pleased to host our largest field of Arrive-n-Ride enduro riders so far this season at the Rattlesnake National Enduro. With 10 riders eager to do battle in Pennsylvania’s Sproul State Forest, KR4 was a force to be reckoned with.
A threatening forecast called for rain, and when dawn broke Sunday morning, overcast skies made the outlook bleak. Luckily the clouds broke, and the 500 competitors were enjoyed an awesome course with fantastic conditions. The riders were not the only ones in for a treat, as spectators got to see the action up close with a great grass track section in Test 1 right at the start of the day. It was quite a sight to see five riders at a time duke it out motocross-style!
XC2 Pro Lites star Nick Davis made the trip to PA for his first National Enduro of the year with KR4. We all expected Nick to do well, and he set his sights high for the day, telling us his main goal was to lay down the grass-track-rich Test 1. Nick took off like a shot and looked set to accomplish his goal before a freak seal failure caused his rear shock to fail. Undeterred, Nick pressed on and still finished a respectable 11th place in the Pro divison, blown shock and all.
KR4’s GNCC Series regulars Colin Keegan and Kurtis Palmer also attended the Rattlesnake, as the Cross Fork race site served as a hometown race. With Kurtis on Row 15 and Colin on Row 16, both riders picked up right where they left off in the GNCC series, swapping positions back and forth in the 250B division. In the end, both riders posted great scores, with Colin earning 5th position and Kurtis close behind in 7th. We look forward to Colin joining us in Colorado for Round 8 and hosting Kurtis cor the penultimate round in Indiana in September.
Brooke Cosner was back for her second National Enduro of 2014. From the very first corner of the grass test, Brooke was mixing it up with the boys and had no problem serving up her share of stone-spray sandwiches. After running as high as second, Brooke finished the day in third, marking her second podium appearance in as many tries in the NEPG series.
KR4’s enduro season veterans Jubal Brown and Brad Myers were again on hand in Cross Fork. One of the most popular stops on the Tour with 500+ riders, both Arrive-n-Ride members had their work cut out for them in stacked fields. Brad Myers was back in top form after riding himself of the mechanical gremlins that snuck up on him in Michigan. He finished 16th in 50+ A racing action. With 37 riders entered in his class, Jubal Brown had an average ride and earned a 10th in Open A. With the next round being hosted fairly close to his home, we look for a strong performance out of Jubal in Colorado.
We also welcomed back another familiar face with the return of Mike Pillar. After earning an invitation to compete for Team USA at this year’s International Six Days Enduro, Mike dusted off his trusty 2004 Honda CR125 and tore up the 200A division. With a near-record turnout of 15 riders in his division, Mike gave people something to talk about as he pinned his way to 1st in class. This prompted many spectators to say, “man, when is the last time you saw a real 125 go like that!” Mike will be joining us at the last two NEPG rounds to get some practice in before departing for the Argentinian ISDE at the end of October. Good luck Mike, we here at KR4 will be cheering you on!
Don’t forget that KR4 also offers a Bike Hauling Service for the National Enduro series. Don Whittington, Scott McCullough, Chris Bottomy all took advantage of our big KR4 trailer and had Team Manager Fred Andrews haul their bikes to Pennsylvania. Although these riders had to prep their bikes themselves, they still saved a ton of time and energy by leaving the driving and pit setup to Fred. The trio arrived the morning of the race well-rested and earned great finishes:
- Don Whittington: 3rd, 66+
- Scott McCullough: 12th, 250C
- Chris Bottomy: 15th, 200A
The next stop on KR4’s busy schedule will be the Snowshoe National Enduro in Grand Junction, Colorado on August 10th. It is going to be one heck of a haul to get all of the bikes and equipment out there, but our roster is filling up with great riders, so we can wait to get there! With spectacular Rocky Mountain views, elevations over 8000 feet, and soil and vegetation different from any other stop on the tour, this is going to be one you can’t afford to miss!