Day 1 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019

Mar 8, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  



Day one of the NZ Enduro 2019 is in the books and took place in the Whites Bay area, a campers and hikers paradise that hides world class trails within woods that deliver pure jungle conditions. Riders were called to overnight camping within just a few meters from the beach the night before the first day of racing.

After more than two months without experiencing the effects of rain in the Malborough region, this Friday the sky delivered all the missing water in the dry season. Trails went from dust to mud in just a few hours. Due to the intense downpour of last night and this morning, the organizers decided to cancel stage 1, shortening the original 31km menu planned. However, the two remaining stages would result in a hard enough journey for the 140 riders, thanks to the humidity conditions and the slippery dirt and numerous roots of both trails.

For most riders, the mission today was simply trying to stay on their bikes and not get caught by the buttery soil. Dimitri Tordo and Anja McDonald were the players capable to feel more comfortable with gambling conditions displayed by Mother Nature.

The weather forecast is announcing more rain for the second day of this fifth NZ Enduro edition and we're heading to Nydia bay for 35 km more of savage trails.


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


A glimpse over the 2019 NZ Enduro profile.


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Dusty trail conditions had been the daily bread for the riders in this area over the last two months.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Mark from GT Factory Racing rolling to the Whites Bay beach.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Martin Maes with the wheelie on a Thursday. You know that Wednesday is for his teammate Wyn.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
After a sunny and warm day in the Nelson area, the sky was gathering some clouds on Thursday night.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
We woke up almost flooded at the camping area. Maddog Boris representing the media squids in their element.


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


Sven Martin on race director duties. The plans were quickly adapted to the weather conditions.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Nothing escaped to the falling water today.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Half of NZ Enduro, Anka Martin, handling the riders bag to legend Steve Peat.


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


Iago Garay on Instastories tasks. Fabien Barel with the frame matching sealant.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
At the briefing time, riders reached for the tents shelter.


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


The NZ Enduro crew adding some colors to the jungle.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1



NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Anja McDonald feeling at home in proper wet conditions. Fastest woman of the day.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Wet dreams are made of this.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Stage 1 included a few pedaling sections making up for a pretty physical stage.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
This off-camber section of Stage 1 tested the balance skills.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Pedalling segment right before the first 100 meters of stage.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Today Dimitri Tordo was not really holding back. The Frenchman seems to keep the form that showed last season at the EWS.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Peaty charging on Stage 1. While playing safe today he scored a 13th overall.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Martin Maes out of one of the first corners of Stage 2.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Plenty of these views on Stage 2. Anita Gerigh in the green room.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Ella Conolly trying to find the balance on Stage 2.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
One of the few spots of Stage 2 with clear view ahead. Max Schuman playing safe.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
The Spaniard Iago Garay tackling one of the several tight corners of Stage 2. He's sitting 7th overall.


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1


NZ Enduro guarantees true riders recovery supplement every day.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Martin Maes got hit by a rock at Stage 1. Two stitches after this shot repaired the damage.

NZ ENDURO 2019 DAY 1
Jaime Nicoll's bus, a classic meeting point at the end of an NZ Enduro journey.


Results

Overall - After day 1

Pro Men
1st - Dimitri Tordo( 8:39.62 )
2nd - Brady Stone ( +7.80'')
3rd - Guy Gibbs ( +20.16'')

Pro Women
1st - Anja McDonald ( 0:11:53.05)
2nd - Ella Conolly ( +30.20'')
3rd - Ines Thoma ( +59.72'')

Full results here


MENTIONS: @kabelleira[/HR]


9 Comments

  • + 21
 That rainy racers meeting looked... in-tents.
  • + 8
 Phil Town 11:01.0 on a hardtail and no dropper post

#badass

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/nz-enduro-5-privateer-bikes.html
  • + 1
 hey pinkbike! where are the photos of this true hero?
  • + 2
 This race is not in the Nelson area, it's in the Marlborough area, different sides of the island.
  • + 1
 Martin Maes needs to practice his riding face. It doesn't match his riding capabilities.
  • + 2
 Crazy... dry for month - EWS-Racers show up and it pours down!
  • + 1
 extremly wet series
  • + 1
 Good job Guy, keep up the good work!
  • + 1
 More pictures of that bus and the inside.......

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