EVENT: NZ ENDURO
POLYGON UR RIDER JAMIE NICOLL WINS!
Jamie Nicoll of Polygon UR wins NZ Enduro with his consistent performance throughout the 3 days of race, beating fan-favourites like Jerome Clementz and Damien Oton. Way to go! Read on for the details!
NZ Enduro is the latest Mountain Bike Enduro Race to hit New Zealand. It is a 3 day, 9 stage enduro following the World Series format. Held on the 13th, 14th and 15th March 2015, the event is based in sunny Marlborough and will include stages on the best all mountain trails in the upper south Island. Day one starts from the Mount Roberson Loop track (700m) out of Whites bay. Day two from Nydia Bay including timed stages off Opuri saddle (520m), Nydia Saddle (347m), Kaiuma saddle (387m). Day three moves to the Wakamarina track and includes an incredible helicopter shuttle to Fosters Hut on the Wakamarina with 3 timed stages with approximately 1200m of single track decent. The race saw a mix of some of the world’s and New Zealand’s best riders, racing in the beautiful late summer weather.
( Santa Cruz is the title sponsor for NZ Enduro 2015)
( Jamie Nicoll shredding it)
Stage One was a welcome favourite at Whites Bay outside of Blenheim, but before a fast and technical forest descent, a 600 metre climb steep climb stood before riders. At the top of the climb riders were asked to self-seed before the start. This lead to a game of cat and mouse as riders line up for their start positions.
After day one Jamie was in 3rd and Damien Oton (Devinci – Alltricks) was in the hot seat.
Day two of the NZ Enduro started bright and early at the Duncan Bay end of the Nydia Bay track. Day two was a full blown day of racing over four difficult stages with over 30km of riding and around 1400 metres of descending. By stage four most riders were feeling beaten up and tired, but were happy to know that the fourth stage was going to be the shortest and least technical.
Jamie was able to take advantage of mistakes made by both Damien Oton and Jerome Clementz (Cannondale) to take the lead.
Day three started with a helicopter ride to Fosters Hut at 1160 meters overlooking Marlborough’s stunning Wairau Valley. The first stage started at the helicopter landing and was a steep technical ride down mostly bench cut trails littered with rock debris. Jerome Clementz took stage one with a time of 7.21. Clementz and Oton were fast on the last day of racing but it was not enough to make up for the mistakes they made on the second day of racing. Jamie rode fast and consistent and was able to finish the three days of racing with the win.
MORE ABOUT JAMIE NICOLL
("I decided to do everything to become a professional rider")
Birth Date: 21 November 1979
Height & Weight: 1.79m and 80kg
From: Nelson, New Zealand
Achievements so far:
5th European Enduro Series #2
1st Mountain Of Hell, France
3rd EWS Crankworx Whistler, Canada
All information by Polygon Bikes Team