CHALLENGE: Gladstone locals Gavin Ware and Simon Van Someren are hoping to test themselves on the big stage of extreme enduro racing, competing in the Mt Damper Extreme Enduro in New Zealand on March 28.
CHALLENGE: Gladstone locals Gavin Ware and Simon Van Someren are hoping to test themselves on the big stage of extreme enduro racing, competing in the Mt Damper Extreme Enduro in New Zealand on March 28. Paul Braven

Riders ready for ultimate test of endurance

SIMON Van Someren and Gavin Ware eat, sleep and breathe extreme enduro motorcycle riding.

Van Someren and Ware are gearing up for the ultimate test of endurance - the Mt Damper Extreme Enduro race in New Zealand.

The pair left Gladstone at 6 this morning ahead of the six-hour, 47km race on Saturday in Taranaki.

Van Someren said it would be a race against the fittest.

"It's not designed so everyone can finish it," he said.

"Some races only 20 people finish out of 500. It's extremely physical but we are stoked to be going."

He said his goal is to finish in the top 5, while Ware said top 10 would be a bonus.

"The course is all man-made and natural obstacles," Ware said.

"It's rock faces, logs waterfalls and hills. We are seeing how much we can push ourselves because it breaks a lot of people."

The two mates have been training in the hilly creeks of Beecher, in similar conditions to the famous Roof of Africa race.

Van Someren has been riding motorbikes since he was a kid while Ware said his love of enduro riding had grown over the years.

"I have mustered cattle and then I got into motorbikes," he said.

"When I heard about Simmo doing enduro, I thought I had to meet this dude.

"We liked what each other were thinking and we started riding wherever we could find extreme sections in Gladstone."

Extreme enduro racing is popular in Europe but not so much in Australia.

If you are over 18 and want to give the sport a go, send a Facebook message to Just Right Motorcycle Coaching.



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