Photo Epic presented by ODI
Total stage domination would be the theme of the day in the men's race as Martin Maes made it a clean sweep of all stages on the way to the top of the podium. While Isabeau Courdurier put her demons of past Rotorua results to rest with an emotional win to kick off her 2019 season.
The overnight rain made a few bits of the track slick but did nothing to slow things down in the forest, and if anything conditions on some stages were made better. After years of rain at this venue, it was a welcome change to see the weather not play a factor in the results.
Behind the front runners, the remaining podium positions shifted for much of the race eventually settling down as riders headed into the final stage of the day. For the men, it would be Keegan Wright and Florian Nicolai in second and third. While for the women we saw some new faces with Morgane Charre, and Bex Baraona flanking Isabeau. Further down the leader board were lots of other fresh faces, proving that for 2019 anything can happen before the series reaches its climax in 6 months time.
Next week things will pick right up again as the series returns to Tasmania for a back to back round. It will be interesting to see if the riders carry the momentum of Rotorua forward and begin to feel the pressure of new expectations.Previously:
• Final Results: EWS Rotorua 2019
• Course Preview: Blown Out - EWS Rotorua 2019
• Practice Photo Epic: Racers Ready - EWS Rotorua 2019
• Video: Sam Hill POV - EWS Rotorua 2019
• Video: Course Preview - EWS Rotorua 2019