Asia-Pacific Round Two results!

16 March 2020

The second round of the 2020 Asia-Pacific Enduro Series got underway in some wild conditions in Tasmania, Australia last weekend. 

Taking place in Maydena Bike Park, Australia’s biggest enduro-focused trail network, the event took in the absolute best of the park’s 60 descending trails. With an elevation drop of over 820m, racers were treated to some massive race and liaison stages, showing off the stunning rainforest in the area.

Heavy rain the day before the event, and gloomy conditions on race day made for some interesting racing conditions as riders contended with a full top-to-bottom race. For many riders, the aim of the game on stage one was staying upright, though the elites still set blistering times with local favourite, Dan Booker stopping the clock under 12 minutes

On day two the sun made a very welcome appearance, warming up spectators and drying out the race courses. The drying trails made for highly-variable race conditions, with racers battling through a huge day of racing. Stage two saw Dan Booker take the win in the elite men, and Shelly Flood (Kona Factory Team) continue her dominance in the elite women. The second stage greeted riders with a wild ride down the infamous King Brown, where seemingly endless steep turns kept everyone on their toes. In Stage three riders contended with arguably the most technical race course of the event, through some of the park’s steepest, most technical trails. Wet conditions made for some interesting racing, with Dan Booker and Shelly Flood again taking out the elite men and women’s stages respectively. 

Stage four headed out to the park’s lower Wilderness Trail, Outer Limits. A longer format stage, the race took in some epic rainforest scenery. What this stage lacked in technicality, slick sections made up for and kept racers on their toes. Thomas Booth and Shelley Flood took out the elite men and women’s win on this one. The fifth and final stage was a fun, fast and technical end to the day. Still a mammoth 400m vertical descent, the stage was one of the shortest in the event. The stage wins for elite men and women went to Rhys Ellis and Rachel Hore respectively. 

Following a massive two days of racing and liaison stages, with nearly 3000m of vertical descending, Dan Booker and Shelly Flood were unbeatable. In the U21 Category it was Sam Walsh and Taylah Sherriff who clinched the win in their respective categories while Cain Branston won the Master category. 

Following his win in Maydena Dan Booker now leads the Asia-Pacific rankings ahead of Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) in second and Rhys Ellis in third. Shelly Flood (Kona Factory Team) leads the women’s standings,with Rae Morrison (Liv Racing in second and Rachel Hoare in third. 

Full results from Round two in Maydena are here.

Asia-Pacific Enduro Series Rankings are here.