NZ Enduro 2018 Photo Gallery

Photos by Tony Hutcheson, Richard Goldsbury, Digby Shaw, Duncan Philpott, Boris Beyer, Cameron Mackenzie and Sven Martin.

The NZ Enduro bounced back from last year’s weather bomb to deliver a cracker weekend of fast and sunny singletrack around the Marlborough Sounds. Jo and Guy took the slow boat from Christchurch in the Ground Effect kombi. Jamie Nicoll journeyed from Nelson in his iconic old school bus - new stainless body panels freshly spray painted 'just in time'. Tony Hutcheson joined the posse after a night of nostalgia with the Datsuns and D4 in Wellington. Camping at Whites Bay, Pelorous Bridge and then finally at Butchers Flat was idyllic.

It was quite the 'family' gathering with many of our Ground Effect Revolutionaries in town. Anja McDonald and Sam Shaw scored podiums - Anja on the top step in the Amateur Women and Sam 2nd in the Pro Men behind the legendary Jerome Clementz. Richard Goldsbury casually picked up 4th in the Masters Men while Odin Woods was all form and concentration on his hard tail.  Tristan Rawlence, fresh from completing the gruelling Tour Aotearoa, enjoyed the uncharacteristic role as cheerleader and seller of raffle tickets. B-Rad kept injured bikes rolling and Nick Crocker was one of the many volunteers who helped Sven and Anka Martin ensure the NZ Enduro remains a bucket list must-do on the international event calendar. 

Day One: Whites Bay


An ominous sky at the dawn that fortunately amounted to nought. Photo: Duncan Philpott/NZ Enduro


Race briefing and blue skies. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


Jo cuts and polishes Jamie's old school bus. Photo: Digby Shaw/NZ Enduro


On a wheel and a prayer. Guy in the start gate of stage one. Photo: Cameron Mackenzie


Jamie on air points. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


Guy down low. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


Odin on his hardtail. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


Photo: Digby Shaw/NZ Enduro

 
 Sam Shaw-Thing. Photo: Richard Goldsbury

Day Two: Opouri Saddle to Kaiuma Bay via Tennyson Inlet and Nydia Bay


The Ground Effect Kombi steams towards Opouri Saddle. Photo: Duncan Philpott/NZ Enduro


  Chris Burr and Brenda Clapp inject Saturday Night Fever style at the start of stage one. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


  Emil de Vries drops in from Nydia Saddle. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


Anja skims the off-camber rocks 'n' roots. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


A rare photo of Richie in concentratiion. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


A less rare photo of Richie in flight. Photo: Duncan Philpott/NZ Enduro


Lunch - the reason for exercise - at On the Track Lodge, Nydia Bay. Photo: Sven Martin/NZ Enduro


Bikes securely tethered during lunch. Photo: Richard Goldsbury


Jamie's bus tucked up for the night at Butchers Flat. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


Bus life. Jo, Guy and Jamie take tea and chocolate. Photo: Tony Hutcheson

Day Three: Wakamarina


Helicopter fuel for the morning's uplift. Yum granola served by Sarah and Whisky Mike. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


Touch 'n' go at Fosters Clearing. Photo: Digby Shaw/NZ Enduro


Squirrel's-eye view. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


Up and gone. Photo: Duncan Philpott/NZ Enduro


Anja hoofs it down stage one to consolidate her grip on 1st place. Photos: Cameron Mackenzie & Duncan Philpott/NZ Enduro


Jamie was in a pretty cruisy-mode - but still fast enough to roll in 10th amidst the Pro Men. Photo: Boris Beyer/NZ Enduro


Odin - master of the off camber and the hard tail. Photo: Richard Goldsbury


Racing blind, Sam had a blinder on the final day - just 6 seconds behind Jerome Clementz and edging Joe Nation for 2nd place. Photo: Richard Goldsbury


Richie leads out Nate #followcamfriday Hills at the end of the final stage. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


Tristan, Jamie, Husqvarna and Jo. Photo: Richard Goldsbury


Anka awarded NZ Enduro patches on the finish line at the end of day three; Jamie stitched them on. Photos: Cameron Mackenzie & Duncan Philpott/NZ Enduro


Mel Bloomfield, Anja and Amanda Pearce's stunt double collect the swag and winners' pounamu. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


Sam, Jerome Clementz & Joe Nation. Photo: Digby Shaw/NZ Enduro


Sam a happy man. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


Until next year. The Kombi takes a photo opportunity before pinning it for home. Photo: Tony Hutcheson


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