NZ Enduro Day Two, Shared Sufferings - Photos and Video

Mar 11, 2017 at 9:18
by Anka Martin  

Shared sufferings make for good memories! No one remembers one out of a hundred perfect days when it's dry and but from here forth everyone will remember day two of the 2017 NZ Enduro. The stats don’t tell the full story. 35 KM with 1125m climbing and 1600m descending might not sound like much but this is South Island, 100% natural walking trails so the going is tough and slow. It's generally a two sandwich ride kind of day. (Although this time the riders were treated to a hearty KIWI BBQ of tuna, venison and veg burgers at a midpoint eco lodge.)


A shuttle drop-off into stage one set the scene for what to expect in the days riding. Densely vegetated old bridal track, vines, palms, ferns and pungas galore grabbing at riders bars given half a chance. Exposure, off camber and wet roots and rocks pretty much summed up the day.


NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two

Nydia with all its wild and natural obstacles and technicalities is already one of the toughest tracks to master at speed in the bone dry. In the wet its simply treacherous. As a race organiser you dream of perfect blue skies and smooth sailing, waking up to this morning had me on my nerves and somewhat disappointed that the visiting racers wouldn’t be able to experience Nydia in all its glory but my worries were quickly put at ease when I witnessed racers crossing the line after stage one and four. Not one unhappy or upset rider after over five hours in the extreme elements soaked to the bone and covered in mud. It was high fives and stories from the trenches. A day forever etched in memories and sometimes skin.


Sadly today in the Pro Men's Justin Leov had to pull out after injuring his hand during a high-speed crash in yesterday's stage two. With a podium spot up for grabs a few riders stepped up to the plate. Today it was Mark Scott. Winning three of the four stages and a second in the other. Enough to bump him up to second on the overall after two days of racing. Damien Oton still holds onto the lead with consistent days riding and Kiwi rider Joe Nation riding blind has eeked in front of Jerome Clementz by one second into third.

In the women's, Ines Thoma takes two stage wins and Claire and Bex a stage a piece. There is less than two seconds separating Thoma and Hassenfratz making for an exciting finish tomorrow. Mel Blomfield leads the Open Women's, Jonny Waghorn the Master's men and Byron Scott the Open Men.

NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
what a legend you are Anka Martin. Organizing taking care of everything and riding in the hardest conditions just to be sure everything works well and everybody is happy.
What a legend you are Anka Martin. Organizing, taking care of everything and riding in the hardest conditions just to be sure everything works well and everybody is happy.

NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
actually it couldnt got more wet and muddy today
Actually it couldn't have got more wet and muddy today!

Tomorrow sees the racers take on the legendary fern-clad Wakamarina trail, although it less treacherous and intimidating than today's stages it does have hundreds of wet slippery rooty turns anything can happen.

NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
You dont have to be old to know how to grill tasty burgers
You don't have to be old to know how to grill tasty burgers!

NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
NZ Enduro Day Two
R-Dog please come to all events...doesnt matter if slopestyle enduro or downhill. we need more riders like you maddog award for best vibe of the weekend audio
R-Dog please come to all events... doesn't matter if it's slopestyle, enduro or downhill. We need more riders like you! Maddog award for best vibe of the weekend!

Results Day 2.

Images: Duncan Philpott, Gary Perkin, Boris Beyer, Digby Shaw.


MENTIONS: @digr




30 Comments

  • 41 1
 Ratboy racing in high-top vans is everything i love about mountain biking
  • 8 1
 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!
  • 8 0
 Still not sure if I dodged a bullet or missed something special this year. Nydia bay can be tough enough in the dry.
  • 7 0
 Was a looong day for all involved. I went home last night after fixing bikes into the night.... gonna take a week to dry out all my kit.
  • 2 0
 Woot!

Were you mechaniking for the Santa Cruz team?
  • 1 0
 @KiwiXC: For everyone, but I saw a lot of Cedric and the SC team came and hung out in my workshop on the monday before the race, was pretty cool. I'm on the spanners for the Ibis team at the EWS round in rotos too.
  • 9 1
 Reminds me of summer.
  • 2 1
 I hear ya! Me too!
  • 7 0
 Props on the photography - especially the face + mud shots and the shins.
  • 4 0
 Nydia Bay is sketchy as even in the dry, must have been death on a stick out there yesterday!
  • 3 0
 Nelson got 20mm of rain yesterday and are looking at twice that today.
  • 3 0
 Is it a coincidence that only those wearing Ground Effect jackets (or garbage bags) look happy?!?

Love my Storm Trooper on proper wet days.
  • 3 0
 Man, I swear that if Justin Leov didn't have shit luck then he'd have no luck at all!!! Sending healing vibes to you Justin!
  • 4 0
 Scenery looks like something from Predator 1 movie Smile
  • 2 0
 get to da choppa
  • 2 1
 Ya those burger paddies look weird...definitely not ground beef. looks like Spam, or Spork..some kind of corned beef. I bet it tasted like heaven after that days ride!!
  • 4 0
 Just good ole minced beef. You'd be hard pressed (ha, a pun!) to find Spam in NZ. And isn't a spork a spoon and fork thing? What the hell is Spork?
  • 3 0
 People don't really eat spam or spork or ground beef in New Zealand. They have mince but it is more minced meat as opposed to ground up cow bit they have in the usa
  • 1 0
 @handynzl: Your right! I don't think Spork is a real thing....but if Spam is a thing, then Spork should be too! Haha!! Never seen minced and pressed hamburger meat in Canada.....but its making me hungry!
  • 1 0
 Ummm...it said they were veggie burgers. So yeah, they would look weird
  • 1 0
 Is Jesse Melamed riding the new RM Altitude prototype? Didn't look like a Slayer or the 2016 Altitude...
  • 1 0
 He's been in NZ for a month on that bike....
  • 1 0
 yeah I saw him at the DME on it, just wasn't sure what it was.
  • 2 0
 I like the pizza rosting cooking gloves .....
  • 1 0
 It warms my heart seeing that hardtail sitting there in a sea of full suspension bikes.
  • 2 1
 That cheese burger looks sketchy but I still want to eat it. So weird...
  • 4 1
 The burgers I had in NZ were definitely stranger than what we think of as burgers here, but they were always awesome!
  • 1 0
 those patties were veggie burgers, according to the text
  • 1 0
 r dog, cheers
  • 1 0
 Great Photos!

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