The Asia-Pacific Enduro Series will draw to a close this weekend in the South Island of New Zealand, at the Phoenix Enduro.
Hosted by the Christchurch Adventure Park on the outskirts of the city, the event will mark the final race of the series’ first season.
Unfortunately, round three, the Aorere Enduro, which was due to take place in Nelson, New Zealand last weekend, had to be cancelled due to a large forest fire in the Nelson Tasman region. It’s a situation Christchurch Adventure Park can relate to, having themselves suffered a devastating fire in 2017, just two months after they opened, with the park reopening in December 2017.
But this weekend all eyes will be on the clock, with some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most talented riders taking to the start line as they race to be crowned the first Asia-Pacific Enduro Champions.
In the women’s competition series leader Australia’s Rowena Fry faces tough competition in the form of Kiwi rider Rae Morrison (Giant Factory Off Road Team). After back to back wins at the first two rounds in Australia, Tasmanian native Rowena will be sure to be pushing hard to stave off Rae.
Joe Nation (Pole Enduro Race Team) can breathe a sigh of relief that series leader and reigning EWS Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) isn’t on the start list, leaving hometown hero Nation the hot favourite. However, with talent like Ben Forbes and Loui Harvey to contend with, he won’t be able to cruise through Saturday’s race.
With six stages taking place over a single day, competitors are in for a big day of racing, and the Park’s chairlifts will being some welcome respite between the physical stages.
A spokesperson for the EWS said: "The Asia-Pacific series has been great for demonstrating the dept of talent in that region, and it's great to see how many riders have attended in it's first year.
"The Christchurch Adventure Park is home to some pretty outstanding trails and I'm looking forward to see who can tame this weekend for the last race of the series."