NZ Enduro Day One, Soaking up the Sun - Video and Photos

Mar 10, 2017 at 9:24
by Anka Martin  

The sun rose over a bunch of happy campers at Whites Bay this morning. Whites Bay was the location for day one of the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro, a picturesque campsite situated at the beginning of the World Famous Marlborough Sounds known for its wine, beaches, boating, fishing and mountain biking.


NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One

One hundred and forty riders from 17 nations picked up their rego packs stuffed full with an amazing array of useful items provided by the event partner sponsors. After a forty minute climb the riders were ready to drop into stage one - Double Eagle. It is the only man-made track of the three days riding and a Marlborough MTB club maintained DH track. Steep fast, flowy with some jump and drop options. Riders had to control their speeds, there were many surprising corners that caught more than a handful of riders out. It comes as no surprise then that nearby Blenheim local pro EWS racer Justin Leov took the stage win with Damien Oton and Craig Evans in second and third. In the Pro women's It was Ines Thoma in first, Bex Barona in second and Claire Hassenfratz in third.

NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One

After another hot hour and thirty minute climb and push riders reached the top of Stage two. Compared to the short three minute stage one, this was a bit of a lung buster; 500m descent in eleven minutes with a mix of blindingly fast tight native forest single track, a few tech rock ridges and a big old climb to keep you honest near the end of the stage. Despite his bike only arriving late last night, Damien Oton had a great stage finishing eight seconds up on Christchurch based Joe Nation with Jerome Clementz in third. In the Pro women’s it was once again Ines Thoma in first and switching it up it was Bex in second and Claire in third.

NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One

Riders then coasted down to the beach where a cold MOA beer and locally sourced wild game sausage sizzle put on by the Marlborough MTB club awaited them. With an impending storm on the horizon for the next few days, riders lapped up the sun while comparing race stories crashes and near misses.

NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One
NZ Enduro Day One

Tomorrow the riders will be skirting the Marlborough Sounds on a 35 KM point to point adventure ride with four natural but extremely technical and slippery stages. They will break for a KIWI BBQ at an Eco lodge situated on beautiful Nydia Bay, only reached by boat bike or foot.

Pro Womens Leader: Ines Thoma

Pro Mens leader: Damien Oton

Full results here.

Video by Steelcity Media / Flat White Productions

Images: Duncan Philpott / NZ Enduro


MENTIONS: @housemartin / @digr



29 Comments

  • 21 0
 Where's the hardtail man?
  • 18 2
 R-Dog is my spirit human.
  • 4 1
 R-Dog embodies the spirit of Enduro
  • 1 0
 Hey racers! Heading to the North Island for the EWS in a fortnight? Stop by for Wellington's Enduro First Enduro next Saturday - putting Enduro First! Satirically themed, but serious racing, it's round three of the Welly Enduro Series and only $25, or $35 non-members. Check it out www.facebook.com/events/692643567573150 and enter on wmtbc.org.nz/event-2478927. It's OK if you don't know who Winston Peters is!
  • 5 2
 sweet pics. audio editing needs some work
  • 2 0
 they´ve should put a real size picture of a naked woman in that turn... then everybody would slow down...
  • 2 0
 Where do you get one of those NZ Enduro shirts?
  • 2 0
 Yea Wookie is killing it!!
  • 3 0
 Great photos and video.
  • 1 0
 Dammit making me homesick! Good choice with the MOA, no double brown eh...
  • 1 0
 beats the Speights at the Trans NZ!
  • 1 0
 @KiwiXC: Nothing wrong with a Speights after a long day's riding.
  • 1 0
 @KiwiXC: Dunno what chilly bin you were dipping into, but we were drinking Monteiths Pale ale all Trans. Good drop that!
  • 2 0
 its -30 in calgary..god im jelous
  • 4 2
 Wait, Bryceland in 15? since when does he do enduro?
  • 3 1
 he's on a hightower 29er....
  • 3 1
 @Lagr1980: that's not the rat, is Sir Josh
  • 1 0
 He left World Cup this year.
  • 2 0
 Hmmm I wonder why we aren't seeing any photo's of Jesse Melamed....
  • 2 0
 Fat Freddy's drop. Excellent choice
  • 1 0
 Yeah yeah yeah! Do it for the love of music!
  • 1 0
 So sick! Stuck in -15 and snow. Green with envy!
  • 1 0
 Yeah...go hard Dharco Garigal Gorillaz on tour!!
  • 2 0
 Doube Eagle is so 2x12
  • 1 0
 Dude with the sandwhich on his bike definitely slams beer !!!
  • 1 0
 Trail looks lit.
  • 1 0
 looks like fun
  • 1 1
 "Holy f*ckballs" - Marco Osborne
  • 1 3
 I had to.

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