The Enduro World Series will swap New Zealand’s native forests for the Australian outback as it heads to Derby for Round No. 2, the Shimano Enduro Tasmania.
This former mining town has a growing reputation inside Australia for its trails, but this weekend’s event will mark the first international competition to race them. Three hundred riders will face seven stages over a single day, taking in 35 miles and nearly 5000 feet of climbing. The fast and flowy trails, designed by fame builder Glen Jacobs, will see racers immersed into the area’s native forest, sending it down huge slabs of rolling bedrock that typify the riding in this part of the world. Press play to learn more.
After the crazy weather in Rotorua, the series competition is wide open heading into this race. In the women’s category, it’s business as usual at the top, with Cecile Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) at the sharp end of the points table, but with last year’s second placed rider Isabeau Courdurier (SUNN) pulling out of round one due to illness, she’s slipped down the standings, and it’s Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory Enduro Team) in second and Anita Gehrig (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) in third.
Catch up on all the action from EWS Round No. 1 in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, it was an all Kiwi podium in Rotorua as Wyn Masters (GT Factory Racing) proved the mud was no match for him as he took his first EWS win. Masters was joined on the podium by Matt Walker in second and his brother Eddie Masters in third place. All three will be looking for more of the same this weekend, but they’ll face some fierce competition. Australian Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) will be hungry for a win on home soil and reigning series champion Richie Rude (Yeti Fox) will be looking to claw back points after a disappointing 21st place to start his season.
In the U21 Men watch out for young Chilean Pedro Burns, and in the U21 Women Martha Gill of the UK. In the Master’s Men it could well be another battle between Karim Amour (BH Miranda Racing Team) and reigning champ Michael Broderick, and look out for Mary McConneloug in the newly formed Master’s Women category.
Keep up with all the action with live timing, race feed and GPS tracking on enduroworldseries.com throughout the pro races on Sunday.