A stacked field of pros lined up on some of New Zealand’s most iconic trails at the Mammoth Enduro presented by Santa Cruz.
Nelson lived up to its reputation as the sunniest spot in the South Island, treating the riders to dry trails and some prime dirt at the second Kiwi Qualifier race of the year.
Eddie Masters on his way to the win in Nelson. Pic: Digby Shaw
In the men’s competition it was none other than Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) who took the win in a stacked field, with Mark Scott (Santa Cruz X SRAM) nearly a minute behind him in second place and Cole Lucas (Ibis Enduro Team) just three second back in third.
The men's podium in Nelson. Pic: Digby Shaw
The women's podium - watch out for these names when the series returns to Nelson in 2021. Pic: Digby Shaw
Louise Kelly put down an incredible performance to take the win in the women’s race by an impressive four minutes, ahead of Nicole Mesmen in second and Emma Bateup in third. In the U21 Women Brooke Robertson put on a dominant performance to win comfortably, with Eve Smith in second and Zoe Nathan in third.
Brady Stone already has a UCI Rainbow Jersey to his name after being part of the winning U21 New Zealand Team in Italy last year. Pic: Digby Shaw
U21 Men winner Brady Stone (Theory Global Enduro Team) not only won his category but also put down the fastest time of the day - beating Masters’ time by an impressive eight seconds - cementing his reputation as a rising star of the sport. Tasman De Leeuw took the second spot on the podium and Jamie Bartlett rounded it out in third.
Derek Winwood won Master Men ahead of Paul Jennings in second and Barrie Wallington in third.
The Mammoth Enduro is an EWS Qualifier event, allowing entrants to score Global Ranking Points to qualify for the 2021 Enduro World Series races - especially important for the Nelson riding community who will host the first round of the series in April 2021.