Day 3 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019

Mar 10, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  

The Santa Cruz NZ Enduro 2019 is in the books and it's safe to say that it's been a helluva ride.

The third day rounded up an outstanding selection of the Marlborough regions finest and wildest trails. The organizers had planned a more gentle journey for the final day compared to the first two days. Although being around half the distance either of the previous days, riders were about to face almost the same amount of descending as the brutal second day. In order to reach the race start location, a helicopter shuttle would take the riders to the highest point of the day.

Eventually, because of the weather forecast and actual conditions on Sunday morning, with cloud cover being too low, for flight safety and evacuation reasons at 7.30 am the organizers decided to go for the wet weather plan B, which was moving the race to Justin Leov's Jentree mtb park, in Blenheim.

The Butchers Flat camping area in Wakamarina was the central location for this third journey. Riders left the jungle to experience a dramatic change of landscape and soil conditions compared to the previous days. The final stages delivered open views and fast trails with plenty of switchbacks from top to bottom.

Finally, the weather had mercy on us and kept the rain at bay for the last day. The sun found its way through the clouds providing us with warmer conditions, the riders were able to enjoy the Jentree trails with perfect grip conditions. A huge shoutout goes to former pro rider Justin Leov for the work he's doing to develop the mountain biking scene and trails in this area.

Argentinosaurus was the chosen trail for Stage 1, a track built with the generous help of two Argentinan riders who had planned five days in the area and decided to stay for two weeks to work on this descent. Stage 2 took the riders to Wonder trail, a hardpacked trail with fast and flowy sections. Today there were no surprises in the overall results, with both Ines Thoma and Dimitri Tordo assuring their positions and taking the win home.

For those interested Phil Town, the guy running the Chromag Stylus hardtail with no dropper post, ended up second to last in Amateur men category, although not everyone in that field managed to complete the whole event.

See you next year NZ Enduro. Thanks for a good time!

Butchers Flat camp atmosphere.

Regional granola and yoghurt to start the day.

Just chilling. Here for a good time.

Briefing gathering.

That kiwi fashion...

Views from the top of Argentinosaurus.

Brady Stone had an impressive weekend and placed 3rd overall. He will race EWS Rotorua in a few days in the U21 category.

Probably the sickest nose turn of the day.

Dimitri Tordo on the launch move of the unofficial French cornering maneuver.

Down to Butchers.

Wonder views.

Noga Korem had a good day and won two out of three stages.

Nelson local Anja McDonald on her way to the third step of the podium.
Queenstown local Conor MacFarlane finished 7th overall.

Max Schumann drawing shapes and leaving a rolling trail line behind.

Full spray mode right before the stage 3 finish line.

Ines Thoma, a river away from the win.

Quite a scene for a race finish.

Peaty trying to keep his feet dry.

While others went for a swim.
Iago Garay sending it to the other side.

Possibly the best post race spot in New Zealand.

Max Hides needed a truck to take home all his prizes and goodies. He even won a Santa Cruz Chamaleon frame at the riders raffle.

Ella Conolly, Ines Thoma and Anja McDonald.

Guy Gibbs, Dimitri Tordo and Brady Stone.


Overall - After day 3

Pro Men

1st. - Dimitri Tordo - 0:48:54
2nd. - Guy Gibbs - +1:28
3rd. - Brady Stone - +1:49

Pro Women

1st. - Ines Thoma - 1:02:06
2nd. - Ella Conolly - +2:26
3rd. - Anja McDonald - +4:08

Full results here.

Mentions: @kabelleira

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  • 31 0
 Hope there's a compilation of the pond jump, who made it and who didn't!!
  • 5 0
 There’s some carnage at the stream crossing on my insta story. Peaty nailed it.
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 @odinwoods: ahh man, I'm not on insta so can't view! Thanks anyways though!
  • 6 0
 I had a Dinosaurass after the race.
  • 1 0
 Big shout out to Fraser Brown too for all the work in making the area such an awesome riding spot!
  • 1 0
 Huh, even the pros walk. Feeling real good about myself.
  • 1 0
 videos from the river jump??
I really like see Iago and others...
  • 3 2
 Turner bikes ftw!
  • 1 1
  • 1 0
 Ella and Fabien! Woo!

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