At the tip of the South Island of New Zealand, In the middle of nowhere, 8km north of Blenheim, lays the venue for the Start of the 2018 NZ Enduro; Whites Bay. Early Friday morning, 140 riders from 10 countries descended on the secluded campsite ready to do battle for three days on some of the toughest trails in the Tasman.
Now in its fourth year, NZ Enduro has quickly developed a reputation as New Zealand's most physical enduro race. With the Malborough regions top-shelf trails on offer, riders aren't going to have an easy time. With a week of foul weather leading into the event also, Mother Nature made sure the difficulty was to be turned up to 11.
Ahead of them lay two very opposite trails. Stage 1 was a 10-ish minute behemoth, littered with unrelenting clusters of beech tree roots, jagged rocks, and steep chutes, whilst Stage 2 was a short and not so sweet slippery concoction of off-chamber, fresh native sections and tight, twisting turns. Day one in numbers: 18km - 1162m Climbing - 1162m Descending.
Expect a few cold ones to go down well tonight, but not too many. Riders have a 35km day ahead of them tomorrow.
Overall - After day 1
1st - Keegan Wright ( 0:14:11.00 )
2nd - Joe Nation ( 0:14:17.00 )
3rd - Jerome Clementz ( 0:14:19.00 )
4th - Charlie Murray ( 0:14:44.00 )
5th - Samuel Shaw ( 0:14:48.00 )
1st - Harriet Harper ( 0:18:12.00 )
2nd - Emily Slaco ( 0:18:32.00 )
3rd - Uriell Carlson ( 0:20:02.00 )
4th - Ronja Hill-Wright ( 0:20:16.00 )
5th - Cati Pearson ( 0:21:07.00 )