Day 2 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019

Mar 9, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  



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.

NZ Enduro day 2
Everybody is glad to have this coffee van every morning at the departure point.


NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2


The NZ crew is serious about trying to keep the stage starts weird.


NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2



NZ Enduro day 2
Stage 1 with open views of the NZ jungle.

NZ Enduro day 2
Fast and muddy corners at stage 1.

NZ Enduro day 2

NZ Enduro day 2

NZ Enduro day 2
Green on green on green...

NZ Enduro day 2
Into the darkness.

NZ Enduro day 2

NZ Enduro day 2
Anja McDonald is a happy kiwi when it rains.

NZ Enduro day 2

NZ Enduro day 2
Peaty hammering the pedals on stage 2.

NZ Enduro day 2

NZ Enduro day 2
Media squids legend, Gary Perking, rolling through slippery rocks.



NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2


For a man that comes all the way from Southern France, Dimitri Tordo looks happy in the mud.



NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2


The lunch camp set by Nydia Bay.


NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2


Riders interacting with some locals at lunch. Conor McFarlane charging fuel for the second part of the journey.


NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2


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.


NZ Enduro day 2
Liason from the lunch camp to stage 3.

NZ Enduro day 2

NZ Enduro day 2
A frequent movement on these sorts of trails.

NZ Enduro day 2
Dimitri Tordo on another great day, taking home every stage win.

NZ Enduro day 2
Noga Korem managed to score better results on every stage compared to yesterday.

NZ Enduro day 2
Nailing one great stage a day, kiwi Loui Harvey sits 8th overall.

NZ Enduro day 2
Ines Thoma, fastest woman of the day.

NZ Enduro day 2
Anita Gerigh is building up her pace towards the first EWS round.

NZ Enduro day 2
Tough day in the office for Anja McDonald, losing too much time and moving down to 3rd overall.



NZ Enduro day 2


NZ Enduro day 2


Mark Scott is putting in an intense training weekend towards the EWS season.


NZ Enduro day 2
Ella Conolly, despite an ugly crash, had a pretty consistent day and stays 2nd overall.

NZ Enduro day 2
Deep in the jungle with Ines Thoma.

NZ Enduro day 2
German Christian Textor, 6th overall, charging down stage 4.

NZ Enduro day 2
The very last few meters of stage 4.

NZ Enduro day 2
Beer meeting at the bottom of stage 4.


Results

Overall - After day 2


Pro Men
1st. Dimitri Tordo - 0:41:28
2nd. Guy Gibbs - +1:13
3rd. Brady Stone - +1:38


Pro Women
1st. Ines Thoma - 0:53:02
2nd. Ella Conolly - +2:13
3rd. Anja McDonald - +3:54




Mentions: @kabelleira



Previously:
Day 1 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019
5 Privateer Bikes From the NZ Enduro


13 Comments

  • + 27
 I want to see some pictures of the guy racing this on the chromag stylus
  • + 12
 I have to do an EWS on a DJ bike. I won’t come last and the result will be irrelevant. All that people will see will be OMG he did it on a HT with 100mm fork. Unbelievable. Except it’s not.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Saying exactly what others are thinking! Well done

Do it on a BMX... Don't sell yourself short by using a squishy fork!
  • - 2
 @Spark24: I may be crazy and despise long travel hts but I am not an idiotBig Grin
  • + 1
 Thinking the same...
  • + 3
 I’ve ridden NZ Enduro on a hardtail. It’s terrifying. Fantastic fun, but terrifying.
  • + 5
 Everyone must think that it just rains in NZ all the time. Trans NZ - pouring rain (at the start). NZ Enduro - pouring rain. EWS - probably pouring rain! Its been such a good summer in NZ until a few weeks ago.
  • + 1
 I can't imagine racing some of the sections of the Nydia Track in the wet. Kudos to whoever cleaned the creek crossings and off camber roots! Also huge shout out to Duncan at On the Track Lodge for making my Nydia Bay experience one of the best of my life. One day again!!
  • + 3
 Great content. More racing reports would be great, might inspire me to change 'someday' to 'today'.
  • + 3
 How good do those trails look!
  • + 2
 Kudos to everyone racing!! Having ridden Nydia very-slightly-moist, I would not want to race it wet.
  • + 1
 Can't believe the rain given how dry the summer has been.
  • + 2
 Superb photos.

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