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.
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 )