Day 3 Photo Epic & Final Results - NZ Enduro 2018

Mar 11, 2018
by Cameron Mackenzie  




After three days of crashing, cramping and physical hardship riders rolled across the line of the last stage. Never have I seen pain faces turn to grins of relief so quickly. Yesterday may have been nudging double the length of today, but the infamous Wakamarina was no walk in the park. When the day starts with a heli shuttle, you know you're about to lose some serious elevation.

Situated in the Mount Richmond forest park, Wakamarina departed from Fosters Hut and descended down the historic trail, original built and benched in 1879 at the height of the gold mining days. At that time, Wakamarina River was prospected and found to be one of the richest goldfields in New Zealand, but nowadays sits as one of the crowning jewels in New Zealand's hard backcountry trails.

Three stages lay between riders and a cold, crisp beer, but it was not going to be easy. Stage one was a rabbit run of tight, greasy off-camber chutes through some of the most beautiful beech forest in the park. Stage 2 was a flat out, 12-minute haul that lost 850m in elevation and Stage was a wild run across continuous rock gardens and bog. All in, after three days and nine stages of racing, riders spent upwards on 70 minutes on the limit.



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As the light lifted through the valley, so did the excitement as the thudding of the chopper grew louder.
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Over here thanks mate!


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Rolling in style to the top of wakamarina.

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Amongst the chaos of red and silver beech trees lay a track that was rad for riding bikes on. You'd hope riders had heavy tyres on for today.

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Mitch Currie (Fast Mitch) looked to be finishing things off in style today by drifting his way down stage 1.

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Matt Hunt was one of two hardtailers doing things extra tough this weekend. He and Odin Woods had a bit of an unspoken battle going on, but with a total race time of 1.29.00 and Odin on 1.33.00, he took the unofficial honors for the weekend.

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Not the grippiest of conditions out there today, but bloody good fun none the less.

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Mitchy from Mons was battling hard all weekend in a stacked field of fast women but rode strong and cliched 6th in Open Women.

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As stage one descended down to Devil's Creek, many streams had to be crossed.

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Anja Mcdonald knows how to ride these conditions well, and it was no surprise to see her take the top spot in Open Women this weekend.

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Amanda Pearce finished up 3rd in Open Women, but almost 10 minutes back on Anja meant Mel Blomfield had plenty of room to slip into 2nd.

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Harriet Harper took the win on Day 3, but was the winning time good enough to close the gap on Emily Slaco?

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Mike Kazimer, take a bow! Mike crashed hard up high on stage 1 and required stitches in his arm trailside, but continued to race and finished up for a solid 23rd in Open Men.

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Kieran Bennett was hunting for a good result today, but through his chances out the window when he got lost on stage 2.

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Joe Nation had a few off-trail excursions today which cost him a placing in the overall.

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Richie Goldsbury, what a man! He was one of the last riders down the hill today after when he should have been one of the first because he kept stopping to take photos of other riders. He also saved me from completely cracking halfway through stage 2 - day 2 by taking my heavy camera pack up the climb while I continued to cramp and dry wretch as I slogged up the hill.

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A face of joy?
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Or a face of pain?

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After Emily Slaco put over a minute into Harriet Harper yesterday, Harriet had a big job ahead of her to try and make it back. She came close, narrowing that margin back to 43 seconds, but had to settle for 2nd in Elite Women.

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Whisky Mike had the pace to challenge the big names all weekend, but things didn't seem to click for him.

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Between Stage 1 and Stage 2 lay a brutal 45-minute hike-a-bike. Safe to say the riders had to take their time before dropping into the mega stage.

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After KB's off-track excursions, the only thing left to do was pull up and tweak those bars.

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Charlie Murray was the only guy doing it without knee pads this weekend, but that didn't hold the free-skiing star back from climbing into 4th overall in Elite Men.

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Conor Macfarlane come 6th for Day 3, but managed to hold onto his overall spot for 5th place.

Mitch Ropelato came out swinging from the back of the pack today to take 3rd in Elite Men on todays stages.
Mitch Ropelato came out swinging from the back of the pack today to take 3rd in Elite Men on today's stages.

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With Keegan still not up to full speed after his crash yesterday, Jerome continued to extend his lead.

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Eyes on the prize, or eyes on the beer?

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Bombs away! After a hot day up high in the hills, the icy Wakamarina river was a welcomed relief.

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Jamie Nicoll was on hand post-race to help sew riders NZ Enduro badges onto their garment of choice.


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What a weekend for Sam Shaw. At the end of Day 1, he was sitting 6th overall, but over the last two days worked his way up to claim the silver today.
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Joe Nation had a few off-trail excursions today which cost him a placing in the overall.


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Your 2018 Santa Cruz NZ Enduro champs. Jerome Clementz and Emily Slaco.


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Elite Women's Podium

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Elite Men's Podium



Final Results


Men's Day 3 Results
1st - Jerome Clementz ( 22:03 )
2nd - Samuel Shaw ( 22:10 )
3rd - Mitch Ropelato ( 22:13 )
4th - Charlie Murray ( 22:33 )
5th - Joe Nation ( 22:45 )

Women's Day 3 Results
1st - Harriet Harper ( 27:46 )
2nd - Emily Slaco ( 28:20 )
3rd - Uriell Carlson ( 29:45 )
4th - Cati Pearson ( 31:22 )
5th - Ronja Hill-Wright ( 32:03 )



Men's Overall
1st - Jerome Clementz ( 1:11:33 )
2nd - Samuel Shaw ( 1:13:24 )
3rd - Joe Nation ( 1:13.25 )
4th - Charlie Murray ( 1:14:07 )
5th - Conor Macfarlane ( 1:15:28 )

Women's Overall
1st - Emily Slaco ( 1:30:04 )
2nd - Harriet Harper ( 1:30:47 )
3rd - Uriell Carlson ( 1:36:44 )
4th - Ronja Hill-Wright ( 1:39:33 )
5th - Cati Pearson ( 1:40:08 )


Full Results


Mentions: @cameronmackenzie



35 Comments

  • + 24
 That water really doesn't look deep enough to be bombing.
  • + 10
 that's just training for long days on the saddle
  • + 1
 buddy in the background looks 1/2 excited about it
  • + 1
 hahaha dude they are mountain bikers they dont give a shit, they probably had worst crashes
  • + 7
 Can't imagine how you'd get down the Wakamarina on a hardtail, those guys deserve hero cookies for doing that ! Bravo, bravo, bravo.....you guys are legends.
  • + 3
 Cheers bro! Wink Racing Nydia makes Whaka feel smooth as though!
  • + 1
 Done it a couple of times, and remember saying to myself - "when will this bloody track end!"
  • + 1
 @b4odin: sure would, it's got me f*cked how you can race you guys did it. I struggle in a fs, let alone a ht. Legends!
  • + 6
 Way to go Mitch!! Its gonna be a great season for you this year man, I can feel it!!
  • + 1
 x2, so stoked to see mitch killing it.
  • + 3
 Good coverage Cam, Just a shame there wasn't more info on the other categories and winners of those. Can't have it all I guess, but as other have said over the weekend - look at the times of the top 5 am of Men and women - outstanding!!
  • + 2
 I did spontaneous look on this trail one afternoon exactly one year ago. Ascending on 26 HT to Richmond Mts. only to found out that it's too good and too steep to go back... So I ended doing wakamarina trail and then going back around mountains thru Havelock (almost 100km) finishing at deep night. But still one of best trips in NZ.
  • + 5
 @Mikekazimer nice work! Was it more difficult than you thought it would be? And what bike did you ride?
  • + 4
 Looks like he's on the new process 153DL
  • + 5
 Thanks, @cassonwd. It was definitely challenging - the stages were long, with tons of roots, off-camber sections, and plenty of slippery rocks for good measure.

Overall, it was an amazing experience - it’s a very well run event, with a great mix of terrain over the three days of racing.

Oh, and @sixstringsteve is correct - I was on a Kona Process 153.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: Awesome man. Looked like it from the pics but they never do it proper justice. NZ is high on my riding bucket list!
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: What are your thoughts on the bike? I might be throwing Kona all of my money this spring for one of those
  • + 2
 @YoungGun13: I'm no @mikekazimer, and I don't race enduro, but I got to ride a couple Process 153s at the Sedona MTB fest. It was at the top of my want-list before the event, but now I have zero interest in it. It's a super stiff chassis, has some good geo numbers, but it didn't do it for me. It climbed like a tank. The shock didn't bob one bit, even on sprinting climbs, but it just felt extremely sluggish on the ups and flats. It was hands-down my least favorite climber I've ridden. It was pretty stout and planted on the descents. I'd much rather have a nomad, evil wreckoning, hightower LT, Norco Sight, bronson, HD4, or Spot Rollik. It felt burly for sure, and it could take a solid hit, but it was a pretty dead feeling. I hope you get a chance to ride one.
  • + 1
 @sixstringsteve: I've got the non-DL version of the carbon Process and I'd tend to agree about the dead feeling. The stock shock is horrible on mine (looking to replace it soon). I think that is to blame for the lack of a lively ride. The Process DL I rode with the Super Deluxe felt way better. The Deluxe RT belongs in the bin. I'm hoping a different shock makes the bike more lively and playful.
  • + 1
 @mrtoodles: I guess I'd rather it feel dead than bob like crazy. Best of luck finding the perfect shock for it.
  • + 1
 Loved the coverage of this race! I've got to get back and enter this event....All stages in this event were trails i used to ride and crash a lot on back in the 90's! LOL!!
  • + 1
 Man sitting here at my desk at work, oggeling these amazing photos fills me with joy and not a small amount of envy...Thanks PB amazing stuff!
  • + 2
 This event looks sooooo good !

Great coverage

Dam, now I have to work when I want to go ride Smile
  • + 3
 27.5 Wheels, Represent!
  • - 1
 Hahah 29 ain't dead... yet~! lmao #IndianNotTheArrow
  • + 2
 Heli drops, who pays for that? Or is my new frame gonna cost me an $500?
  • + 2
 its a $300+ entry fee
  • + 1
 Jamie Nicoll sewing- benefits of a Waldorf education!
  • + 1
 Not a bad retirement vacation for Clementz
  • + 1
 What happened to Keegan Wright?
  • + 1
 Blackbox Lyrik I think yes
  • + 1
 I so want to do this next year! Looks brilliant.
  • + 1
 Great shots man, makes me want to ride those trails!
  • + 1
 Never will.....
  • - 3
 Some people don't use FaceBook, so when you post results there I feel discriminated against.

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