Joe Nation and Rae Morrison win the Phoenix Enduro!

18 February 2019

The fourth and final stop of the EWS Continental series unfolded on Christchurch Adventure Park on Saturday with the Phoenix Enduro. 

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. 

A little over 39km and 1950m of vertical lay ahead of the riders, spread over six stages - four in the bike park and two a short pedal over to Victoria Park. It was going to be a tough ask for anyone to stop Joe Nation taking the top step - he's the local with most KOM's after all.

Helen Holyoak kicks things off in the Master Women

 

Remember these guys? Yes they really race like that

Two days of practice lapping up the sunshine and dust, followed by cold rain come race day
 

 

The first climb of the day

 

Local Finn Hawkesby-Browne taking the U21 category by more than 30 seconds.

 

Charlie Murray on the gas

 

Joe Nation dropping into a slick first stage

 

The never ending battles of a photographer - rain, wind and mud

Kieran Bennett all style on his way to fifth.

 

Simon Campbell at full chat.

 

Rae Morrison with eyes on the prize.

 

You could be mistaken for thinking these were a pan-shots, but the winds were just that wild on this exposed descent.

Charlie Murray on his way to another podium, a minute back on Joe Nation in second.

 

Nick Birkhead negotiating the rocky 'Lava Flow'

 

Rob Williams made the journey from Wales to Christchurch to keep the locals on their toes

 

Lou Harvey eyeing up the drop

 

Ben Forbes charging into ninth place

 

Max Hides sending it deep for 3rd (U21)

 

Can you guess who helped build this trail? Matthew Fairbrother and Ben Karalus


Joe bringing it home for the win!

 

Race coordinator Cam Hill stoked that all his hard work paid off!

 

Max and Guy compare their times

 

Brent Howey styling the Monster stepdown

 

Well deseved beers

 

Joe and Rae might have won the race, but they didn't win the champagne battle!

Results:

Men
1. Joe Nation: 00:24:28
2. Charlie Murray: +1:00
3. Josh McCombie +1:19

Women
1. Rae Morrison: 00:30:02
2. Jennifer Makgill +2:04
3. Rowena Fry: +2:18

Full results

Words and Photography: www.theperfectline.co.nz