Sam's hectic summer of racing and adventure continues with a whirlwind trip to Welly for the Karapoti, Eminem and the Wainui Enduro. The following weekend found him storming the NZ Enduro around Marlborough. Then back to Rotorua to pick up a bronze in the National XCO Champs.
Sam Shaw has been off-shore and on-the-road-hunting down the Enduro World Series as a privateer. His regular despatches from the field are wrapped up with Round 7 in Spain and the final in Italy's Finale Ligure.
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. Ground Effect Revolutionaries 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. And Richard Goldsbury casually picked up 4th in the Masters Men.
The Dodzy Memorial Enduro is an annual pilgrimage for many of NZ's top gravity riders. The 2018 edition was preceded by 'ex-tropical cyclone' Fehi smashing the Nelson coast. Saturday's practise was warm and the tracks dry(ish). Overnight rain made race-day a slippery affair.