Andrew Wilksch climbing the ranks

STAWELL - Young Enduro rider Andrew Wilksch is flying through the ranks after an impressive seventh place in his first off-road ride this year.

Enduro X is a track set up within a speedway that has many obstacles in place.

Enduro X competitions are generally rounds of racing where points are accumulated over multiple weeks to find a winner.

The sport is something that is always growing in popularity and is something very close to Wilksch's heart.

He has been involved in the sport for a number of years and with countless hours of work, his dedication is starting to pay off.

Wilksch travelled to Traralgon for the Victorian off-road championship where he put in an excellent performance against some tough competition.

Wilksch landed a second and a first placed finish in the E1 class while leaving him twelfth out of the Victorians.

People from outside have largely put his success down to the improvement in his fitness.

His fitness has improved since he started working with personal trainer Susan Boatfield.

"Since training with Sue, people have said to me how much my riding has improved and that I'm reaching new levels," Wilksch said.

Susan Boatfield, who owns Fitopia Gym in Stawell, has been working with Wilksch since October and has developed a specialised program in order to develop his cardio fitness, core strength and balance.

Wilksch, who suffered a broken wrist from a motorcycle accident early in the year continued his work during the healing and was guided through his training by Boatfield.

"I have loved working with this dedicated young athlete, it has been a very rewarding experience even through the challenges that this sport presents like his broken wrist," Susan Boatfield said.

Wilksch's next championship will see him travel around Australia for 12 rounds of Australian off-road competition.

The event starts this weekend and will finish around October.

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