Day two saw the weather forecast staying true to its word with riders waking up to rain and misty conditions. Today racers covered 35km of brutal mountain biking, including 1162m of climbing and 1580m of descending spread across four stages.
Stage 1 drove the riders towards Duncan bay where the liaison to stage 2 saw racers riding next to the bay, delivering amazing views. Stage 2 marked the descent to the awesomeness of Nydia Bay, where the riders could stop at the lunch camp and have some warm food and drinks. From there, the liaison to stage 3 took the riders on a narrow singletrack ascent up to where they would descend to Kaiuma bay. On their way, riders tackled a mix of some of the most demanding trails with big roots with drops and tricky rocks.
The riders battled through the tough conditions, with intense rain in the morning and high humidity in the jungle. Unfortunately, Martin Maes pulled out of the race due to a cut on his leg from day one and is looking to recover before heading to EWS Rotorua in a few days. Ines Thoma won all stages today and moved up to the overall lead in the women's field. Her teammate Dimitri Tordo again set the fastest times on every stage and maintains the top spot.
The NZ crew is serious about trying to keep the stage starts weird.
For a man that comes all the way from Southern France, Dimitri Tordo looks happy in the mud.
The lunch camp set by Nydia Bay.
Riders interacting with some locals at lunch. Conor McFarlane charging fuel for the second part of the journey.
The bike wash point located at the lunch camp was pretty convenient considering the weather conditions of the day. Part of Santa Cruz gang hanging out at lunch.
Mark Scott is putting in an intense training weekend towards the EWS season. Results
Overall - After day 2
1st. Dimitri Tordo - 0:41:28
2nd. Guy Gibbs - +1:13
3rd. Brady Stone - +1:38
1st. Ines Thoma - 0:53:02
2nd. Ella Conolly - +2:13
3rd. Anja McDonald - +3:54
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