Day 2 Photo Recap & Results - NZ Enduro 2018

Mar 10, 2018
by Cameron Mackenzie  

With the opening day firmly in the rearview mirror, riders descended on Nydia Bay for the second and largest day of the race. What lay ahead was four incredibly technical and physical stages with big liaisons between, ensuring riders spent close to nine hours out on course. Yesterday was all about the slippery chutes and tight turns, today was all about staying up high and holding things wide open.

The Nydia Bay track traversed around the point of Duncan Bay out in the Pelorus Sound and down to Kaiuma Bay via Nydia Bay. For every long descent down into the bays lay an hour-long climb up the adjacent saddle. Riders got plenty of fair warning about the difficulty of Day 2, but likely nothing could have prepared them for the broken body, bike and spirits come the finish.

Day 2 in Numbers

35km Ridden // 1162m Climbing // 1580m Descending

Rolling to the start in style. The Ground Effects crew know how to do things properly.
Priority number 1 for many: coffee.

Getting ready to leave before the sun fully came out was a bit of a shock to the system after yesterdays 11am departure.

It wouldn't be an NZ race until gumboots of jandals were the go-to footwear.

The moisture levels are quickly reducing, but a few puddles and streams created a few surprises for riders out on track.

Matt Hunt is one of two riders out here doing battle on a hardtail this weekend and was hurting after the flat out, rough stage 1.

Only one stage in, Caleb Smith's face expressed how everyone was feeling. Buggered.

Mid-race double browns were a common sight today. After all, hydration is key.

The first stage finished in Duncan Bay, and riders were quick to Richie Goldsbury's lead and send it off the wharf before the longest climb of the day up to stage 2.

Its hard to miss Max Hides with the amount of hollering he does on trail, but despite the noise, he rides tapped enough to be sitting 16th overall in Open Mens.

A fair bit of tripoding, feet out and crashing went on for those not so confident with big commitment high-lines.

Pinkbike's own Mike Kazimer has been quietly sitting mid-pack, and today moved up to 15th in Open Men.

Richie Goldsbury was really just out there having a good time today, but still sits 6th in the overall in Masters.

Kyle Lockwood struggled to Enduro properly today.

Jamie Nicoll was at home amongst the root networks today and sits 10th after Day 2.

A broken bar was the least of Jamie Hubbard's problems. Before the day even started he snapped his drive train clean off but continued to drop into a 35km day with no drivetrain.

Anka Martin has more than enough on her plate with trying to run the event this weekend, but couldn't help but get out there and ride her home trails.

Keegan Wright took a nasty crash on stage one today and had to pull out from the rest of the days racing. But Jerome was quick to capitalize and blitzed the rest of the Pro field putting 1:12 into second placed Joe Nation.

Kieran Bennett seemed to be clawing back some places today, as you'd hope given he grew up riding these types of tracks.

Conor Macfarlane was on a blinder today! At the close of business yesterday he was sitting 6th overall and capitalized on the injuries and place shuffling to jump to 4th in the GC.

The battle between Anja Mcdonald and Mel Blomfield is shaping up nicely. The long and physical stages played to Anja's strengths today as she leapfrogged Mel in the Open Women's overall.

Mitch Ropelato's ankle seemed to be holding up today and enabled him to get back some placings.

Sam Shaw came into day 2 in 5th and left sitting in 3rd. The jack of all trades will be hungry to hold onto that placing.

Emily Slaco was unstoppable today, putting 1:18 into yesterdays leader, Harriet Harper.

Joe Nation has been riding super strong all weekend and maintained his position to Jerome. Will he be able to find 1:12 tomorrow though?


Men's Day 2 Results
1st - Jerome Clementz ( 35:11 )
2nd - Joe Nation ( 36:23 )
3rd - Samuel Shaw ( 36:27 )
4th - Conor Macfarlane ( 36:49 )
5th - Charlie Murray ( 36:51 )

Women's Day 2 Results
1st - Emily Slaco ( 43:12 )
2nd - Harriet Harper ( 44:49 )
3rd - Uriell Carlson ( 46:58 )
4th - Cati Pearson ( 47:05 )
5th - Ronja Hill-Wright ( 47:50 )

Men's Overall - After Day 2
1st - Jerome Clementz ( 49:30 )
2nd - Joe Nation ( 50:41 )
3rd - Samuel Shaw ( 51:15 )
4th - Charlie Murray ( 51:34 )
5th - Conor Macfarlane ( 51:59 )

Women's Overall - After Day 2
1st - Emily Slaco ( 1:01:44 )
2nd - Harriet Harper ( 1:03:02 )
3rd - Uriell Carlson ( 1:07:00 )
4th - Ronja Hill-Wright ( 1:08:06 )
5th - Cati Pearson ( 1:08:12 )


  • + 41
 ENVE is not going to like that broken bar picture.
  • + 11
 I guess they'll be envying all the other pictures of bars that didn't snap
  • + 5
 Prob less concerned about bars than their exploding downhill wheels.
  • + 5
 Dang, when are they going to get on top of their carbon issues.
  • + 4
 @Bigwig15: I would rather break a wheel than a bar.
  • + 1
 Connor Macfarlane racing enduro now?
  • + 24
 These carbon bars aren't all they're cracked up to be. Sorry, I just never think of these.
  • + 3
 That particular failure barred him from having a successful day.
  • + 20
 Can we get a Mike Kazimer bike check?!
  • + 2
 looks like a process
  • + 3
 @dglass: Process 153 CR/DL. Could be a long-term test?
  • + 7
 Nothing to see here, move along in an orderly fashion.
  • + 4
 Looks like he is riding the snazzy new red RockShox too...
  • + 1
 @Call-me-Dill: but looks like normal rockshox decals and not the blackbox one
  • + 11
 more photos of broken carbon bars. now is it that carbon bars are prone to breaking, or every single photo of broken bars is attributed to 'thats what happens when you over tighten brake levers'? i'm going out on a limb here and saying that i bet most pro level EWS racers have mechanics and access to torque wrenches and use them on said carbon bars.
  • + 2
 I was racing with Jamie and are good mates, yeah he did over tighten haha
  • + 2
 My local shop won't sell people carbon bars if they don't own a torque wrench...
  • + 7
 How the hell did Hubbard snap his drivetrain clean off?

Gotta see pics of this pile of cranks, chain, cassette, etc!
  • + 1
 it was just derailleur and chain
  • + 5
 Again, Top 2 AM women would be 3rd and 4th on the day in pro... and top 5 AM men would be mid top ten in PRO men... Too bad they can't switch cat's mid race to see some more competition!
  • + 5
 Cam you always KILL IT with the coverage of NZ events for us Yanks. Thanks man.
  • + 4
 ...and JC is retired. Hahaha
  • + 1
 can't imagine how hard it must be to be racing on the Nydia track....I had hard time to ride it in dry conditions....and without the stress of the timing.
  • + 1
 I feel like the total elevation climbed isn't that much. 1162m sounds like a stroll for most anyone with access to good terrain and the will to "get at it".
  • + 1
 Yes. There's a mistake in the data. Same climbing total was posted for day 1. Most everyone at this event could run a 35k/1100m course twice in a 9h day.
  • + 2
 It was about 1900m ^ @triptex:
  • + 2
 @triptex: I was racing, it’s all pretty gnarly push/hike climbs and long descents everyone was dead at the end of the day
  • + 1
 @b4odin: cheers. That makes more sense. 1900 is a solid day.
  • + 1
 I thought Keagan was racing for Devinci? Looks like his chainstays say Jekyl.
  • + 1
 That's because it's Jerome Clementz, not Keegan. Caption doesn't actually say it's Keegan. Just that he had to pull out with an injury after a crash.
  • + 1
 Yes Kazimer! Strong! Your stock as a legit bike reviewer goes up with every spot!
  • + 1
 Serious question, why does nobody wear elbow pads? fashion? i always seem to smash my elbows/forearms when i crash
  • + 1
 JC on the top of the box? No surprise. So consistent. Doesn’t wreck the bike either. P R O fessional.
  • + 1
 @MikeKazimer Whats that fork you got on there... Care to spill the beans?
  • + 1
 I lost it when you misspelled Clementz' first name as Jemore. Big Grin
  • + 2
 Go Mike kazimer hell yes
  • + 1
 Carbon bars. It with either break or break your hands using them. Tut tut
  • + 1
 What bike is Kazimer on?
  • - 1
 Looks like an Evil to me, but waiting for confirmation...
  • + 6
 Kona Process 153 is my guess
  • - 1
 Looks like a Trek.
  • + 3
 @helldriven1: Totally the 153 CR/DL
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