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Day 3 Yeti Trans NZ Enduro
13 Mar, 2015

Today riders had to face the longest and possibly hardest day of the Yeti Trans NZ Enduro and they were greeted with stunning weather and near perfect trail conditions.

 

Queenstown is well known for its famous bike park, but today the action saw riders take on the nearby mountain of Coronet Peak and its surrounding valleys instead. With infamous stages such as Rude Rock and Slip Saddle, it was a day everyone was looking forward to. But there was equally an air of nervousness among the riders, as this day included six stages, one thousand meters of climbing and three thousand meters of descending.

 

In the men’s field, it was an incredibly close race between Zac Williams (New Zealand) and Stu Dixon (Canada). Zac took impressive wins during both the opening two stages of Coronet Peak and Rude Rock/Skippers. However Stu came back strong to win the final four stages and the day honors. In the end it was just three seconds that separated the two after over six hours in the saddle and thirty five minutes of racing.

 

"It's been fun and the trails have been awesome. Zac was riding really well today and I was feeling a little uneasy on the Rude Rock stage. I get scared on all the grassy hidden side stuff. I’m not used to that in Canada, so I freak out a bit. Slip Saddle was my favorite stage of the day. I'm definitely a fan of the steeper gnarly stuff" – Stu Dickson

 

The Rude Rock stage, which continued down Pack Track then onto Skippers Canyon was a favorite of the riders today and it was also the longest stage so far with a winning time of 12.25min. This was followed by the mammoth liaison section, which sent riding climbing out from the very bottom of skippers’ canyon to the top of Zoot track.

 

In the Women’s category Raewyn Morrison continued to dominate and has extended her lead over the Second Placed, Amy Pryse-Phillips.

 

Raewyn said,  “I’m using this race as preparation to build up to round one of the Enduro World Series in Rotorua. I’m also using the chance and to explore the South Island as I haven't done much of that. I would be quite keen to get top ten overall. That's my goal for the next few days”

 

The fourth day of racing tomorrow moves to the dry, thyme infested hills around Alexandra. It will be another long day with six more stages and a bit more pedaling.

 

 

Stage 3 Results

 

  1. Stu Dickson                Canada                       35:30
  2. Zac Williams              New Zealand              35:33
  3. Mark Dunlop             New Zealand              36:58
  4. Deon Baker                Australia                     37:28
  5. Jeremiah Newman    USA                             37:31

 

Women’s

 

  1. Raewyn Morrison     New Zealand              39:35
  2. Amy Pryse-Phillips    Canada                       44:22
  3. Rachael Gurney         Great Briton               49:04
  4. April Bedford                        New Zealand              53:22
  5. Sheila Hart                 New Zealand              58:18

 

 

 

Overall Results

 

Men’s

 

  1. Stu Dickson                Canada                       1:13:25
  2. Zac Williams              New Zealand              1:15:36
  3. Deon Baker                Australia                     1:16:13
  4. Mark Dunlop             New Zealand              1:18:28
  5. Tilmann Schwab        Germany                    1:18:54

 

Women’s

 

  1. Raewyn Morrison     New Zealand              1:24:38
  2. Amy Pryse-Phillips    Canada                       1:37:45
  3. Rachael Gurney         Great Briton               1:44:49
  4. April Bedford                        New Zealand              1:58:53

Sheila Hart                 New Zealand              2:12:14

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