Wyn Masters and Sam Blenkinsop used their GoPro to capture the Kataore trail in Rotorua the other day. Coincidentally, the EWS just announced the stage locations for the first race of 2015 and Kataore is Stage 1. Grab the bug spray, press play, watch your head and get your enduro on!
Official EWS Stage Info
The first round of the 2015 Enduro World Series is upon us - and the course for the Giant Toa Enduro can finally be revealed.
The new season will certainly get off to an atmospheric start - with riders heading out through the steam clouds of the Te Puia’s world-famous Pohutu Geyser as the sun rises behind them.
From there they’ll head out to the Whakarewarewa Forest, where they face a long day in the saddle as they tackle some of the area’s most iconic trails.
The one day race will take in seven stages over nearly 60km and feature over 1700m of climbing and 1800m of technical descents. The last stage of the day will drop into the Skyline Rotorua Mountain Bike Gravity Park, where a packed crowd will be waiting to welcome home some of the biggest names in the sport.
Neil Gellatly, the Giant Toa Enduro organiser said: “This route showcases the best trails we have here in Rotorua. The Whakarewarewa Forest is home to some of New Zealand’s most iconic singletrack, so it’s incredible to welcome the world’s best mountain bikers to them.
“It’s been really great to see the way the community here have embraced this event - Saturday’s race is going to be spectacular and I hope lots of people come along to watch and enjoy the action.”
Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, added: “I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the 2015 season than here in New Zealand. The trails here are fantastic and Neil and his team have put together an incredible course that is a lot of fun but will still challenge the riders.”
The course maps are downloadable from http://www.enduroworldseries.com/downloads/new-zealand/EWS%20Whaka%20competitors%20map.pdf The maps are also available on the TrailMapps:Rotorua App - please note you will have to refresh the app after 8pm for the EWS maps to appear. *
*Please note stage four will now finish at the beginning of G Rock and stage 5 will finish before Dammit Janet.
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