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.
A glimpse over the 2019 NZ Enduro profile.
Sven Martin on race director duties. The plans were quickly adapted to the weather conditions.
Iago Garay on Instastories tasks. Fabien Barel with the frame matching sealant.
The NZ Enduro crew adding some colors to the jungle.
NZ Enduro guarantees true riders recovery supplement every day.
Overall - After day 1
1st - Dimitri Tordo( 8:39.62 )
2nd - Brady Stone ( +7.80'')
3rd - Guy Gibbs ( +20.16'')
1st - Anja McDonald ( 0:11:53.05)
2nd - Ella Conolly ( +30.20'')
3rd - Ines Thoma ( +59.72'')
Full results here