Endura mtb series – race one wrap up

Endura MTB Series 2011

The Endura mtb series 2011 kicked off over the weekend, we found ourselves nestled into the sunny sand hills of Woodhill bike parks.

The event village was buzzing with the chatter of 130+ riders as the sun started to warm us up. The coffee was flowing as people catching up with friends and the registered riders getting there race number, free Endrua bottles which they quickly filled Horleys Replace sport drink.

Lucky for the R&R sport mechanical support, there was a few riders caught out with bits dangling of their bikes.

The Bike Barn Auckland Challenge 15/30km event was a new addition to the series. Riders from as far away as Whakatane, Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton made the excursion to ride this event.

R&R Sport Auckland XC MTB Championship

R&R Sport XC MTB Championship

As for the big guns in the R&R Sport XC Champs, it was carnage. The start saw about 80 ofAuckland’s fastest mountain bikers attempt to ride in an orderly fashion, but they soon realised that this is not to be with a few riders tasting Woodhill’s finest gravel within the first 5o metres, with several other spectacular crashes.

The course was long, longer (46.8km) than expected and several riders succumbed to the extra distance and heat. Singlespeed Sundays winner Matt Andrew was on the back wheel of Graham Norman who eventually won the race in a time of 2:33hrs. Matt Andrew and his fellow single speed riders finished there full four laps, great effort for no gears. Expert woman, Raewyn Morrison led the ladies to victory, a well earned birthday treat.

Bike Barn Auckland Challenge

Bike Barn Auckland Challenge

The Bike Barn Auckland Challenge 15/30km event was a new addition to the series. Riders from as far away as Whakatane, Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton made the excursion to ride this event.

There were plenty of smiles and cheers as 50 riders headed up the trails lead off by AucklandMTBClub handy man Andrew MacDonald who leaded the way to the 8km marker. The twist and turns of the north park of theWoodhillBikeParksorted the field out. The 15km riders hurtled down the tricky rutted and rooty down section towards the finish line with Ian McConnell blitzed the course finishing 40 minutes ahead of his closest rival, Time to enter the XC champs Ian.

The Women’s 15km was as close as it gets with Samantha Osborne peddling away to take first from Katie McConnell who was only 18 seconds behind.

The 30km riders got the best of the trails on offer with Shane Hall and Anna Dahlberg taking the victory. Sadly Andrew MacDonald could not hold the pace and dropped back seventh place.

The 30km riders got the best of the trails on offer with Shane Hall and Anna Dahlberg taking the victory. Sadly Andrew MacDonald could not hold the pace and dropped back seventh place.

You can see the results HERE

A huge thanks goes to all the sponsors,Endura Clothing, R&R sport, Bikebarn, Fat Tyre Heli Bike, MTB Skills Clinic, Nitelights, Horleys, Bryton, Bike NZ, Wallis Cycles, Nature Valley, Bundaberg Gingerbeer, Burger Fuel, Jungle Coffee, NZMTBR mag, Em’s Power Cookies, Osprey Packs and of Haydz and his team at Woodhill Bike park for the use of the forest,  It would not happen with out the support from these companies, make sure you support them.

Great work by Bart from race timing NZ, and the Coffee Guy, Thank you.

An even bigger thanks goes to the team on the day who ran the event, Grant, Warwick, Belinda, Natalie, Roy, Geoff, Mike, Greg and Hayden, Tad excellent job on marking the track.

See you all at HUNUA RANGES on the 25th of September, enter HERE

We have a big bag of lost property including a black Sony camera case, Heaps of bottle and a bottle bag, if they belong to you please email events@aucklandmtb.co.nz. The bottle will be placed in the recycling bin after 12th of September.

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