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.
Remember these guys? Yes they really race like that
The never ending battles of a photographer - rain, wind and mud
You could be mistaken for thinking these were a pan-shots, but the winds were just that wild on this exposed descent.
Can you guess who helped build this trail? Matthew Fairbrother and Ben Karalus
Joe and Rae might have won the race, but they didn't win the champagne battle!
1. Joe Nation: 00:24:28
2. Charlie Murray: +1:00
3. Josh McCombie +1:19
1. Rae Morrison: 00:30:02
2. Jennifer Makgill +2:04
3. Rowena Fry: +2:18