Nelson mountainbike riders have ridden their home advantage to the winning stage as the Aorere Enduro event wraps up in Nelson. The event had a start list of 186 riders from across seven categories, which included 20 international competitors along with 60 from Nelson, all of which took place in the event, which showed off Nelson’s mix of long and physical trails. As the first round of the 2019 EWS Asia Pacific Continental Enduro Series, the results from the Enduro count toward overall placings, although it is a standalone event in its own right.
The event was first meant to be hosted by the Nelson Mountain Bike Club in February, but was ultimately postponed due to a high fire risk and forest fires which had been affecting the region. With the October date chosen to minimise the chance of another postponement, organisers are reflecting on a successful first host as they look to secure more international events in the future. Mel Schroder, NMTBC president, told reporters that they were happy with the outcome, in terms of both the weather and interest from the public and competitors.
Race day on offered a chance of riders to learn the trails, with a single stage on the 4.1km Aorere trail that took them through the Sharlands. The riders found more challenge on day 2, where four final stages took place on the Te Ara Koa, Top Dog/Hotbox, Matai/Rimu, and Smasher trails, with Enduro officials overseeing the events.
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