Richie Rude Wins Final National DH Round, Toowoomba

An American swept the locals aside in the final round of the Elite Men’s Downhill at the 2015-16 Subaru National MTB Series at Jubilee Park, Toowoomba on Sunday.


2015 World Enduro Series Champion Richie Rude (USA) produced a sub 2min50second ride to defeat, home-town favourite Jared Graves (QLD) and Thomas Crimmins (NSW).

Jared Graves.
Jared Graves.


Rude, who was using the event as training for the up-coming Enduro World Series, qualified second fastest in seeding behind his former Yeti team-mate in Graves, and then produced a clean run to achieve his goal for the weekend.


“Finally beat Jared after he got me last weekend.”


 “It’s great we have a friendly rivalry but pretty happy I beat him on his home track.”


Graves, was more than two seconds faster than the American during Saturday’s seeding, but couldn’t match Rude’s effort when it counted, finishing with silver less than a second behind.


“Can’t complain I had a clean run just wasn’t fast enough, but happy especially how tricky conditions were.”


Crimmins recorded his best result of the series with a third.

Thomas Crimmins.
Thomas Crimmins.

Despite having wrapped up the series after his thrilling Thredbo run, Graeme Mudd (NSW) was still hoping to cap things off with a top of the podium placing, but would finish fifth, six seconds behind the winner.


“Had a really good series up until today. And bit bummed would’ve been nice to finish on a good note but that’s racing.”


Mudd, tho has two weeks to turn it around ahead of the 2016 Subaru Australian Championships in Bright, where he’ll come up against third ranked rider in the world South Australian Troy Brosnan.


Graeme Mudd.
Graeme Mudd.

“I guess it’s made me more keen and more aggressive with my preparation ahead of champs in a couple of weeks.”


In the Junior Men, Jackson Frew (NSW) again had the better of Remy Morton (QLD) in their battle down the hill with the GT Factory rider crossing the finish line in 2min51:05seconds more than a second ahead of his rival. 

Full results:

MTBA Announces Inaugural Enduro National Series

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is thrilled to announce the inaugural Enduro National Series in 2015.

The Gravity Enduro discipline has seen significant growth in recent years, combining the thrills and excitement of downhill with the fitness elements of cross country racing. The series is comprised of a mix of landmark events in some of Australia’s best mountain bike destinations.

Beginning in early February, the first two rounds visit the hotly-contested RockShox Enduro Challenge events in Mt Buller and Toowoomba.

Round three sees riders head to South Australia, racing with the active Inside Line Mountain Bike Club.

In round four, the action will take place in the West Australian Gravity Enduro event on the challenging trails of the popular Goat Farm mountain bike park in Perth.

The series concludes in the ACT with Canberra Off-Road Cyclists Club at Stromlo Forest Park, the home of the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships. 


“The Enduro format has really taken off in recent years and I am proud that MTBA is now able to present a truly national series of established events for all riders,” said MTBA President Russell Baker. “In addition to being a great fun part of mountain biking, having our own Australian series will provide more opportunities for our riders to experience this level of competition at home and lead to the development of more world-class Australians.”

Australia boasts the reigning Enduro World Champion and World Series Champion, Jared Graves of Toowoomba in Queensland.

Graves, known as the “swiss army knife of mountain biking” due to his cross-discipline success, rode a truly amazing season on the way to the title. Racing in the opening round, the RockShox Enduro Challenge on Jan 31-Feb 1, will see reigning Champion Jared Graves race 2013 Champion Jerome Clementz (FRA), with downhill legends Troy Brosnan (SA) and Sam Hill (WA) adding even more superstar power to an amazing weekend.

Riders competing in the series will race for over $9000 in prize money, as well as the coveted title of National Series Champion and the Green and Gold jersey.

“We’ve had significant demand for the creation of National level events in this domain, and I’m pleased that MTBA has been able to respond to this demand,” said MTBA CEO Shane Coppin. “The Series is comprised of some of the discipline’s most iconic destinations and events and riders and fans alike can look forward to fantastic Enduro action”.

The inaugural Enduro National Championships will be held in Cairns, QLD based out of iconic Palm Cove in October as a standalone event separate to the series.

More information about the Series will be be available on the Enduro Nation Series website to be launched in mid-January.

Round 1 : Rockshox Enduro Challenge – January 31 & February 1 – Mt Buller, VIC

Round 2 : Rockshox Enduro Challenge – March 7 & 8 – Toowoomba, QLD

Round 3 : SA Inside Line Enduro – May 23 & 24 – Fox Creek, SA  (online information coming soon)

Round 4 : WA Gravity Enduro – June 13 & 14 – Goat Farm MTB Park – Perth, WA (new website coming soon)

Round 5 : CORC Enduro – July 25 & 26 – Stromlo Forest Park (online information coming soon)


RockShox Enduro Challenge Powered By SRAM – Australian Dates Announced

Event Management Solutions Australia, Australia’s leading event promoters of the hugely successful SEQ Gravity Enduro Series is taking their Enduro format on a road trip this February. Starting in Mt Buller on February 1 the ROCKSHOX ENDURO CHALLENGE POWERED BY SRAM will see riders tackling a challenging series of stages with a combination of self powered and assisted liaison stages

Taking on some of the best trails that the Mt Buller resort has to offer with a minimum of 5 different competitive stages, both the technical skill and physical endurance will be tested. With the addition of live music at the finish and a full day of practice on the Saturday, it will be a full weekend of Enduro riding.

Five weeks later will see riders head to Queensland to take on the best that Toowoomba has to offer on Sunday March 8. In the backyard of EWS king pin Jared Graves, participants will be able to race on the trails that Graves trains on. Venue of recent Qld Enduro Championships and the 2104 Oceania Championships, Jubilee Park will give those visiting from out of Qld a taste of some loose and fast racing

Photos from Round Three of the SEQ Gravity Enduro, Mt Joyce 15-06-2014.

Supported by RockShox and Powered by SRAM with Giant Bicycles as exclusive bike partner there will be over $10 000 in cash and product prizes on offer for both the pinners and the punters with heaps of random draw prizes for all involved from SRAM and RockShox, plus a bike from Giant.

EMS Australia has been developing (Gravity) Enduro events since 2009, fine tuning the delivery methods, including scheduling and timing aspects of the day to ensure that riders and spectators alike are treated to an enjoyable day of Mountain Biking. Recent learnings from the Enduro World Series have enabled us to further enhance this experience.

Utilising a new touchless timing system, riders will be able to view, stage and overall times as soon as they have completed all stages.

Full details and website will be released in September.

For Sponsorship and media enquiries please do not hesitate to contact

Ian Harwood

Managing Director

Event Management Solutions Australia

[email protected]

07 3139 0397 or 0404 326 169