Maydena hosts first EWS Gold Qualifier this weekend

05 March 2021

The first EWS Gold Qualifier of the year kicks off this weekend in Tasmania with Enduro Fest in Maydena Bike Park.

A stacked field of riders will take on the park’s biggest course to date, taking in over 3000m of descent over eight stages and two days of racing. The course promises to take in the very best of the Park’s 70 plus trails that weave through the area’s stunning temperate rainforest. 

Shelly Flood will start the race as the favourite in the women’s competition

In the women’s race all eyes will be on Shelly Flood, who will be the last woman to roll off the start line. Flood took the win last time she raced Enduro Fest in 2020, but she’ll face stiff competition from Rachel Hore, who’ll be feeling confident after her win at the Victorian Tour Falls Creek Qualifier in Victoria last month. 

Connor Fearon is the man to beat this weekend

In the men’s competition Connor Fearon (Kona Factory Racing) will take to the start line as the top ranked rider, but there’ll be some very fast riders chasing him down the hill - including Nukeproof’s latest signing Dan Booker. Maydena local Booker is also the Park’ head trail builder so expect his line choice to be on point. Giant Factory’s Off-Road Team’s Josh Carlson will also be taking the start and is always a podium threat when gets between the tape. 

Maydena Bike Park has over 70 trails amongst 2500 acres of Tasmanian rainforest

Race Director Simon French said: “Riders can expect a massive two days of racing, beginning with an enormous Queen Stage which descends the park’s full 820 vertical metres.  The race course is incredibly diverse, and takes in a range of different terrain and soil types across the park’s 2,500 acre estate.”

This weekend’s race marks the first EWS Gold Qualifier of the season, offering up EWS Global Ranking Points close to home so riders can qualify to race in the main EWS races, with the top three in each category guaranteed entry. 

 

For more information on this weekend’s race head here

Further information on the EWS Qualifying structure is available here.