The second round of the Asia-Pacific Enduro Series gets underway in Tasmania, Australia this weekend in conjunction with the Maydena Enduro Fest.
This is the first time that Maydena Bike Park has hosted a round of the Asia-Pacific Series
Taking place in Maydena Mountain Bike Park in Tasmania’s rugged south west, this purpose built enduro venue offers 62 trails ranging from extremely technical single track, through to bike park-style jump trails. And this weekend some of the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest names will be tackling them in a one day, five stage race.
Reigning Series Champion Rowena Fry will be looking to retain her crown on home soil
In the women’s competition expect a fierce battle between last year’s Asia-Pacific Series Champion and Tasmania local Rowena Fry and Rachel Hore, who had two top five finishes in the series last year. Current series leader Rae Morrison (Liv Cycling) is not on the start list as she was due to be competing at the now postponed opening round of the Enduro World Series in Colombia.
Keegan Wright is the highest ranked man on the start list
Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) took top honours at the season opener in Rotorua, New Zealand, but won’t be making the journey to Tasmania this weekend. Instead it’s another Kiwi who will start the race as the hot favourite, Unior Devinci Racing’s Keegan Wright. Wright is no stranger to Tasmania - he placed fifth when the EWS visited Derby last year but he’ll be looking to claim the top step of the podium this time around.
It’s going to be a big day in the saddle for all the riders, Rhys Ellis, General Manager of the Maydena Bike Park, said: “Known for its steep and technical terrain, Maydena Bike Park will be testing riders strength and skill in Round Two of the Asia-Pacific Enduro Series. With over 2000m of descent and 1200m of climbing, racers will receive two shuttles to assist with the huge elevation.
“After a successful National Championships event in November 2019, we are excited to partner with the Asia-Pacific Series to showcase another part of Tasmania and it’s amazing wilderness. Our goal is to have the race-course showcase our wide variety of trails and make the most of the 820m elevation in the park.”