Returning for their third anniversary, once again as an EWS Gold Qualifier, the Phoenix Enduro descended on Christchurch Adventure Park for another amazing weekend of racing. The venue, located at the base of the Port Hills, is New Zealand’s first lift-assisted bike park that’s open all year round.
The race consisted of six stages, each boasting a variety of terrain and features.
With a mixture of classic bike park flow, techy loam and dusty singletrack to choose from, racers were in for a treat on all six stages. The weather played ball too and both riders and spectators enjoyed the Southern Hemisphere sun.
The turnout was great and top riders like Daniel Self came to test the mettle on the trails of Christchurch Adventure Park.
With a stacked list of entries, this was always going to be a tight race. In the Junior categories, Luke Wayman and Eliana Hulsebosch put down great performances, with both winning all but one stage. In the Masters’ categories, Simon Urquhart and Anita Goodman looked strong and took the fastest times.
In the Open Men’s category, it was Theory Global Enduro Team’s Daniel Self who took the win as well as the fastest time of the day. He was followed closely by Dan Booker in second and Ben Friel in third.
Left to right: Dan Booker, Daniel Self, Ben Friel.
In the Open Women’s field, Jenna Hastings was not hanging around and took a very convincing win. Second and third place went to Emily Wright and Leah Smith, who were separated by just five seconds at the end of the day.
Left to right: Emily Wright, Jenna Hastings, Leah Smith.
Thanks to all racers, volunteers, staff and spectators that took part, the organisers of the 2021 Phoenix Enduro are celebrating their best event to date and are already looking forward to welcoming everyone back next year!