By PHILIP CHANDLER
Amongst a sizeable Whakatipu contingent, five local motorcycle riders achieved top-five placings in the very challenging Nutbuster Hard Enduro held recently at Oxford, in North Canterbury.
Former motocross and supercross pro Scott Columb finished fourth in the gold category, and was one of only five riders in a field of about 250 to complete four laps.
Sam Robbie, 21, won the silver category, with Ryan Fennell and Martyn Dunnett placing fourth and fifth, respectively, while Sam’s dad Ben finished fourth in the bronze category.
Columb says ‘‘of all the disciplines of motorcycling, hard enduro is probably the most popular or the fastest-growing style of racing, and it’s called hard enduro just because they make it hard and challenging — it’s tough on the body and the bike’’.
He was riding with the front bunch for a while, ‘‘and made a mistake as probably everybody did that day — it was pretty tricky because there was a lot of torrential rain’’.
Columb took 7 hours 40 minutes to complete his laps.
The following day, after a long drive, he competed in Mosgiel, near Dunedin, in the fourth round of the southern motocross series, in which he’s leading in both the vet and MX
The final round’s being held in Balclutha on Saturday.