Video: Beached As Bro

Apr 2, 2015 at 9:20
by The Nomads  
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The Nomads, Chris Johnston and Dylan Wolsky race the three day Santa Cruz NZ Enduro in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Featuring first hand experience and interviews from riders during this unique New Zealand adventure! Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays.


Day 1 NZ Enduro starter Briefing
Riders meet at Whites Bay for registration and race briefing. Organiser Ian Goldschmidt gives the competitors a run down of the day and let's riders self seed.

Whites Bay Day 1 NZ Enduro
The perfect spot to finish up a days racing. Riders hung out at the beach for a swim and body surf before heading back to their accommodations.


NZ Enduro Day 2

An early start to catch a shuttle to the top of Nydia Bay trail. These trails are predominately hiking trails so the riding is very technical and had a few unrideable sections. It was very challenging to race them, the saying 'Slow is fast' was definitely the best way to tackle these technical trails. Many riders found their limits and found themselves off the side of the track tangled in the thick vegetation.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Nydia Bay trail has some incredible views overlooking the Marlborough Sounds.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Even the liaisons proved a challenge to ride, with plenty of roots and rocks to hop over.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Team Santa Cruz - Chris Johnston, Dylan Wolsky and Iago Garay

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Entering Nydia Bay.

NZ Enduro Day Two Lunch
Definitely one of the best lunches we have had on any bike ride. The Nydia Bay lodge made a BBQ lunch for all the riders consisting of grilled Tuna and venison burgers with all the fixings and salads to match.

Day two lunch NZ Enduro Nydia Bay
Bike parking at Nydia bay lodge.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro

The NZ Enduro is not an all inclusive event, so competitors organised their own accommodation, transport and meals. We cooked our own meals most nights. Havelock local and Bluemoon backpackers owner Shane showed us some spots where we could pick our own fresh fruit.

Day Nydia Bay NZ Enduro
We were warned about this particular corner and section of trail in Nydia Bay at race briefing.


Helicopter Drop day three NZ Enduro
Day three was the day everybody was most excited for. What a way to start a day of racing!

Day three NZ Enduro Heli Drop
The weather couldn't have been much better for the helicopters to fly. Riders were rewarded with some unreal views on the way to the top of the Wakamarina track.

Helicopter Drops Riders to the top on day three of the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
A sniper landing spot between the trees for the chopper. Stage 1 starts here!

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Stage 2 was one of the best trails we've ever ridden. It dropped 700+ meters through the ferns. Good flow and perfect dirt.

Fresh water top up
Sven Martin stopping for a water refill.

Doom Creek
Jerome Clementz on the final stage of the race passing by Doom Creek.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Crossing the Wakamarina River.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Cleaning up and cooling off in the crystal clear waters of Wakamarina River.

SantaCruz Bronsons
The Santa Cruz Bronson's all cleaned up and ready for their next adventure!

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
NZ doesn't have any predators as such but there's plenty of wildlife.

NZ Enduro After Party
Riders converged on the rural canvas town pub for prize giving. Jamie Nicoll takes the win in the open men and Anne Caroline Chausson for the open women.

The Nomads Race the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro
Until next time! Thanks New Zealand!

MENTIONS: @ENVE, @raceface


  • 20 2
 Bartender: "Hello there, what would you like to drink sir"

"Hmm, I'll take two green Bronson's on the rocks please"

That pic will make anyone ENVEous.
  • 17 4
 aww shut, you're beached as!
you're heaps beached.
soooooo beached...
want a chup bru?
i only eat plinktuns...
  • 5 1
 Now that's what biking is about! Will definitely be making the trip to nz soon!
  • 4 0
 who ya gonna call??? GHOSTBUSTERS!!!!
  • 3 1
 All these guys that just duked it out against one another now having a blast ripping up some trails together, so cool!!
  • 3 0
 Oh yea, our shuttle is a chopper. Freakin Epic
  • 1 0
 That's what enduro should be like! Go for a ride with your buddies and have fun on your bike! Competition is relatively trivial
  • 2 0
 Good times. Got to get myself to NZ.
  • 3 2
 pretty awesome to see Midwest USA made 1Up racks on that helicopter. awesome lookin trails as well.
  • 2 1
 Yeah. Some really nice trails there
  • 1 0
 Mint looking trails!! Got to get there...
  • 2 3
 Hella beached as bru

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