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Photo of Broc Hepler courtesy of MAMS Photography
The Lost in Lodi Enduro in Shade, OH, on April 10 saw 146 competitors from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia to as far as Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont and New Jersey covering approximately 55 ground miles. Every year, the event proceeds benefit the Richland Area Volunteer Fire Department.
Pennsylvania’s Broc Hepler captured the Overall win aboard his Factory Gas Gas EC250, dropping only 15 points despite terribly muddy conditions. Ohio weather has been none too cooperative for enduros this year, as there were snow flurries the day before the race. That hasn’t stopped the Appalachian Championship Enduro Series competitors.
“I thought the trail was really fun,” Hepler said. “Even though some of the sections were short, it seemed very long with the tough conditions. Early on, we had some frozen terrain and later we had deep mud holes. I knew I dropped some time early in the race by making some mistakes, so I made a push at the end with some better line choices. It is great to show what the new bike is capable of after a stick took out my radiator hose at Round 1.”
Robbie Jenks captured the second place spot aboard his Wheelsports KTM, just one point behind Hepler. Rounding out the podium was Factory Gas Gas’ East Coast Racing Manager Johnny Barber who dropped 20 points.
Aboard his KTM 300XC, Jason Jarvis of Guysville, OH, took the Overall A win, dropping 24 points. He competed in the 30+ A class.
“The trails where great,” Jarvis said. “Everything was really good about the whole enduro. I would like to thank my dad and the Jarvis family and my boy, Carson. I’d also like to thank SCR and GMR. Thanks to the Lost in Lodi Enduro crew for the work that they put into the enduro.”
40+ A competitor Gary Johnson narrowly missed the Overall A award, dropping 25 points. Billy Weaver of the 250 A class followed 1 point behind Johnson.
Stephen Graves, a 30+ B rider of Westerville, OH, secured the Overall B trophy. Graves dropped 28 points. Open B rider Zach Thomas finished 4 points behind Graves, while Craig Hormel of the 30+ B class dropped 37 points.
View detailed results at https://aces-races.com/2016-results.
The next round of ACES, the Little Raccoon Classic Enduro, is scheduled for June 5 in Wellston, OH. The event is hosted by the Appalachian Dirt Riders.