Round two of the Enduro World Series sets sail southwest from Rotorua, New Zeland and makes land on another island: Derby, Tasmania. This is a magical place and a favorite among both racers and the media, it's also home of the EWS 2017 Trail of the Year.
The terrain here is widely varied, with tracks running the gamut from flowy park to giant rock slabs and big, chunder-filled rock gardens. It has a bit of everything and it's all superbly made. Last time we were here the skies opened up and it biblically rained on race day, everyone is hoping for better conditions this time around.
After a spot of flu wreaked havoc for many riders in Rotorua, including Sam Hill, it will be interesting to see who has recovered and who is still feeling the effects of the nasty bug this weekend. Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier head into round two with the lead, but we expect there could be some tighter times here in Tasmania. We are looking at a six-stage race with 2000m of elevation and a total distance of 44 kilometers. Take a look at the stages and all that the welcoming small town of Derby has to offer.