The 66th running of Canada’s toughest offroad race, the Corduroy Enduro, has wrapped up, with winners announced for 2019.
The Corduroy Enduro runs out of Gooderham, Ontario, and is maybe the best offroad race most Americans have never heard of. In an age where hard enduro, rally raids and SCORE-style desert events get all the glory, the Cord has been running for decades with the same theme that it started with: a gritty grind through the woods.
This year’s race was a three-day blast through swamps, forests and other tricky terrain, running Sept. 20-22, with $12,000 in purse money. Evan Smith (who competes for Max Motorsports/ FXR Racing/ Husqvarna in AMA National Enduro) won the Pro Men’s class, Shelby Turner (who’s raced all over North America as well as the ISDE) won Pro Women.
Some early video footage of the event is already out on YouTube (see below), although Bellistic Films’ excellent coverage of the race is not released yet. To get a real taste of how hard the Cord is, the Bellistic coverage is the best.
Although the Cord is definitely a Canadian phenomenon, Americans have a long history of winning the race. Over the years, 31 Americans have won the Cord’s top class. The legendary John Penton won the event five times; Tom Penton, Jack Penton and Jeff Penton also won the race, with nine wins in total for the family. Not all American riders have taken it that seriously, though, as you can see below:
Despite the Penton family’s long history at the event, the Sharpless family from Toronto has them edged, with 10 wins at the Cord, including six by Blair Sharpless.
The Pro classes are the highlight, but there are amateurs and a vintage class as well. For more deets, hit up the Corduroy Enduro’s website. See you there next year?