The first round of the 2019 Asia Pacific Series kicks off this weekend with the Aorere Enduro in Nelson, New Zealand.
Native Kiwi and EWS regular Rae Morrison is on the start list this weekend
A stacked field of racers will take to Nelson’s famous trails on Sunday as they battle it out to take the first round of the series. And with big names like Dave MacMillan, Rae Morrison and Cam Cole taking to the start line, you know it’s going to be a fierce battle for the podium. Featuring five stages, this one day race will feature the steep, technical terrain that the area is known for.
The local MTB Club in Nelson is one of the most active in the country, boasting 4000 members. And especially for the Aorere Enduro the club has been hard at work creating a brand new hand built grade five trail that is over five kilometres long. The trail construction has been carried out by both professional trail builders and local volunteer groups with the race’s title sponsor Specialized even putting on a community dig day earlier in the year to add the finishing touches.
Nelson is famous for its stunning views and world class trails. Pic: Sven Martin
One of the unique features of riding in Nelson is the altitude of the surrounding mountains and a variety of terrain. Just outside the city centre are hand built trails that drop over 800m, winding their way down through mist-shrouded native forest into exposed rocky outcrops before plunging into steep and loamy pine forests. All the time there are views into the high alpine peaks to one side and the deep blue Pacific ocean on the other - not that competitors will have time to take in the views this weekend.
The race will feature plenty of the steep, technical trails that Nelson is known for. Pic: Sven Martin
This Sunday’s race is the first in the three round Asia-Pacific Enduro Series, which also visits Thailand and Australia later in the year. The series, now in its second year, not only allows riders to compete to be crowned the Asia-Pacific Enduro Champion, but also earn valuable EWS Global Ranking Points which can qualify them for entry to the main EWS races in 2020.
Keep an eye on our Instagram stories this weekend to catch all the action from Nelson.