Norco Factory Racing - EWS Round 1 Rotorua

Mar 26, 2017 at 14:15
by Thomas Gaffney  

Norco Factory Racings Sam Blenkinsop and Joe Smith take on the Whakarewarewa Forest and the seven stages of the first Enduro World Series.

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Whilst Joe seemed to get off to a good start, missing the rain on Stage 1 and 2 – taking third on the first stage – he held tight for a solid 18th place finish. He finished, 3, 25, 24, 25, 21, 28, 44.

Sam got hit with all the weather as his start times where later, a big mistake on Stage 1 left him right back in 53rd but he battled on back to finish 16th! He finished 53, 14, 33, 15, 19, 17, 26.

A tough day none the less, but no mechanicals and personal grit got the boys through with two top 20 finishes, top work!



MENTIONS: @norcobicycles / @tgphotography

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17 Comments

  • + 26
 Those new Norco Ranges look so sick.
  • + 6
 Which ones are they, Range 29ers or 650?
  • + 26
 yes
  • + 4
 Hell yes on the opening music! I used to love listening to Aerials just for the tribal ending.
  • + 1
 i thought i was the only one who noticed..hahaha
  • + 5
 The tripod edited in at 1:29 entertains me greatly!
  • + 2
 What pack is joe wearing?
  • + 2
 X straps look like they keep it from moving, which would be great. Sick of my Skyline LR sliding up my back on descents.
  • + 1
 @Boxxer1237 looks like a leatt
  • + 1
 @loganskis: That does look like how it's branded, but I don't see any such product(s) on their site. There is a pic on their site of a guy on what looks like a dirt bike with one though.
  • + 1
 @Boxxer1237 Might be a USWE?
  • + 1
 @brando251: Thank you
  • + 1
 Well done Joe! Nice to see a smile Smile
  • - 1
 in mid 2016 mountain bike trails all became tracks. i'm not sure who created the rule, but seems to be the case.
  • + 4
 the Kiwis always refer to trails as tracks Smile
  • + 2
 in mid 2016 @jamesbrant started paying attention to what people in other countries call things. no one knows why, but it seems to be true.
  • + 0
 Whakarewarewa? I dunno? What whakarewarewa with you?

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