CyclingNZ Home
Day 2 Yeti Trans NZ Enduro
13 Mar, 2015

Soaked trails provided extreme riding conditions on the second day of the Yeti Trans NZ Enduro at Mount Hutt. Better known for being Canterbury's major commercial ski field, the mountain also boasts some epic mountain bike tracks and as recently as last year hosted the Oceania downhill mountain bike championships.


While the weather was a huge improvement from the previous day, a full days rain had left the ground saturated and greasy. Soaking in the vast views of the Canterbury Plains the riders lined up for Stage 1, known as Diggler. This was a quick dash to the bottom of the hill that consisted of some wide-open, high-speed ridgeline riding, followed by what could accurately be described as a steep muddy rut.


Zac Williams, sitting in 3rd place going into day two said,the first stage was short and sweet and summed up what we were riding on for the day. It was really slick. Yesterday was stone based so we had some grip, but today was just really slick.


The competitors were then shuttled back to the top of the hill to the beginning of Behemoth, which made up the first Liaison Stage and Stage 2. Behemoth was steep, rocky, rutty and treacherous.Beginning with a steep chute that ended in a super tight right hand corner, it was obvious from the beginning that stage two was going to be a challenge.


Megan Rose, the Race Organizer, stated "Stage 2 today was definitely the hardest stage of the full five days, with the steep and super slippery conditions putting many riders outside of the comfort zones. Stage 1 and 3 werestill pretty gnarly but Stage 2 took the cake."


Zac Williams shared this opinion. "Stage 2 was full of steep aggressive chutes that caught a lot of people out. Probably the most technical stage of the race so far.


Stage 3 started once the racers had completed a grueling 60min, 600m climb.This was the longest stage of the day and had a mixture of different trail surfaces and conditions. It was rocky and loose at the beginning, whichbecame a slushy bog in the middle and then back to riding slick ruts in the bottom third. Asolid amount of pedaling was thrown in for good measure.



The riders left for Queenstown at the end of the day stoked with the tracks and looking forward to the sunshine and dryer conditions that the weather gods had promised.


"It was great. It was my first time here, and I will come back in a heartbeat "Zac Williams said.


"For tomorrow we are expecting a gorgeous sunny day and we are going to be up the top of coronet and it's just spectacular views up there. It's going to be the longest day with the most climbing. It's going to have everything in it from fast flow to technical to pedal." Megan Rose offered.

Latest News
fi’zi:k are to supply world-class saddles to the best of the UCI WorldTour, with Team Sky, BMC Racing Team, Movistar Team, AG2R La Mondiale and Lotto NL-Jumbo on the 2018 roster. The quality of the squads and their ambitions for the forthcoming season should make for some highly entertaining >>
fi’zi:k are delighted to announce the roster of top-level riders who will be wearing the highly praised, award-winning R1B shoes throughout the 2017 season. The hit-list of Olympic, World and National Champions includes sprinters, climbers and puncheurs from across the globe, opting for the >>
The Kenyan Riders Downunder team will make their first visit to Aotearoa in January when they line up to race in the New Zealand Cycle Classic, an elite men’s road cycling race held entirely in the Wairarapa. The Kenyan Riders Downunder (KRD) team, made up of Australian, New Zealand and >>
Latest Articles
Defending champions, Samara Sheppard and Kyle Ward were among the first to confirm their return for New Zealand’s premier mountain bike race, the Bluebridge Karapoti Classic. But with a handful of former champions and place getters lining up alongside them, the 2017 champions won’t have it all >>
fi’zi:k’s new shoe, Terra X5 promises improved comfort, performance and protection for every rider on any terrain from trails and singletrack to forest road. The new Terra X5 is adaptive; its Volume Control means improved fit through an asymmetric opening and the Boa L6 Dial B dial running >>
Team Skoda Racing " New Zealand’s leading elite cycling team - are heading to China to take on the Tour of Quanzhou Bay - internationally ranked UCI 2.2 race. The race is a new addition to the Asian UCI circuit and will be contested over 3 days - 2-4th December. The tour will consist of three >>
Rouler Cycles
2013 fizik
ISM Saddles
Morgan Blue Cleaning
ELITE Italia 190609
 Photo Gallery
Karl Murray 2010 Tour of New Caledonia Waterfront Auckland TT 2-10-10
Waterfront Auckland TT 2-10-10 Tour de Femme
Home Kiwi Riders Sports Science Beginners Articles Riders Reports Tech Corner Contact
© 2018 | Login | Design by OnfireDesign