Braybrook rolls back the years at the Erzberg Rodeo!

Wayne Braybrook has had a long and successful career in trials and Enduro after starting off as an apprentice at Colin Appleyard Motorcycles. This year as he neared his half century, he attacked the fearsome Erzberg Rodeo in Austria, one of the toughest events in biking!

Keighley based Braybrook had chalked up five ISDE Gold medals, won the Scott Trial, Hells Gate Extreme Enduro and many more events before concentrating on his successful RAW Enduro race and training series…. so why return to the ‘Iron Giant’

Wayne Braybrook explained:

“I’ve only ridden Erzberg once, back in 2007 as a privateer rookie and came away with fourth place but then I started building up my business and training so never gave it a second thought. Then last year I was watching the live stream on Red Bull TV and I suddenly thought, right let’s give it another crack! 
It was also the 25th Anniversary this year so that gave it a special meaning, so over winter I started training as I knew how tough it would be, and it didn’t disappoint on that front! 

The Appleyard team helped me out with a Husqvarna TE300 2 stroke which is lightweight and powerful - perfect for the nature of Erzberg. I rode a few extreme events leading up to it to get my eye back in.”

Wayne made steady progress despite a sprained ankle but then at a particularly arduous area of boulder strewn hillside named Carls Diner, disaster struck:

… “I was a bit sore after hurting my ankle but feeling OK when my leg went down a deep hole and I heard my knee ‘pop’ out” said Wayne with his typical matter-of-fact Yorkshire grit. “I struggled on for a bit but I couldn’t hold the bike up and it was getting more dangerous, so I had to stop. It was a shame to finish there but you go into the event knowing the risks.”

Having made it to Checkpoint 18Wayne’s position was calculated as 59th. It was impressive considering the quality of entry and the fact that Wayne is now 49 years old.

Husky hard Enduro specialistGraham Jarvis won the event in an incredible 2 hours 27 minutes and only 16 out of the 500 riders actually got to see the finish line! 

Photo credit - Ashley Blunt Photography