Epic Trails in the Land of the Lost - Tasmania Enduro World Series

Round two of the Enduro World Series and although we're still in the Southern Hemisphere, the wild island of Tasmania offers a stark contrast to the jungles of Rotorua. With rain predicted to move in for the race, it might be more of the same come Sunday though. In the meantime, time to discover what lies ahead as the racers took to the tracks for the first time at this round.

​Photos and captions by Sven Martin

Waking up in new exotic destinations for the World Enduro Series is why most of us follow this series. Well its why I do anyway.

Compared to New Zealand there are a lot of things that can attack, kill or maim you in Australia. An eski falling out the back of a Holden Ute is almost as dangerous as this little devil.
Compared to New Zealand there are a lot of things that can attack, kill or maim you in Australia. An eski falling out the back of a Holden Ute is almost as dangerous as this little devil.
Hello there, track side during media recce.
Trout rock on stage six has been customized with a giant EWS cigarette. Not sure why. But the town and locals sure are embracing and welcoming the race.

Presenter Ric McLaughlin threads the needle on stage two.

Ryan De la Rue has been building trails here for exactly three years now. You could say he has intimate knowledge of them. Fast fit and racing this weekend. Stage one bonus gap.

Glen Jacobs of World Trail fame (not to mention Mud Cows) has played a major part in getting the Blue Derby trail system to where it is now. Top bloke.
Midday lunch break spot for the media crew on recce day. A eco lodge in the middle of the forest surrounded by trails. Not bad.
There is talk that Sam Hill did a monster gap on the track today. Just like in his DH days when everyone would whisper about some of Sam Hill's crazy sneaky one off lines.

There is talk that Sam Hill did a monster gap on the track today. Just like in his DH days when everyone would whisper about some of Sam Hill's crazy sneaky one off lines.

Matt Delorme eating someone's dust and riding
McKay Vezina holding down the Giant fort while Josh Carlson delivers his newborn addition to the family. This forest does not get old.
Isabeau Courdurier scrubs downside whips when all others could manage were Schleybletops.
No handed wheelies during liaisons for the one having the most fun out there everyday! Why not.
Oton pre hopping into the slab downside before sucking up a monster G-Out.
​The rocks on stage five claimed many wheels today.

Jerome Clementz looked fast today. The rocks on stage five claimed many wheels today.

The rocks on stage four also claimed many wheels today.

Richie Rude foot out flat out in the ferns. If it wasn't for the eucalyptus you would think we are still in New Zealand.
Adrien Dailly, once again riding lines that no one else is even coming close to considering, just like he did when he won stage six in NZ.
Last week's winner Wyn making friends wherever he goes. Legend status here!
Anita Gehrig on stage five.
Mark Scott finds a high line into the left-hander that most are missing (see the well worn inside line requiring you to square off the turn for a slow exit).

Lots of jumps out here in Derby. Cecile Ravanel lays one over with style.

Loosedog Lewis near the bottom of stage three. Looking more and more like Kirt Vories every day and that's a good thing.
Thomas Lapeyrie probably has the most on point power wheelie out of turns technique. Mark Scott and Flying Flo are right up there too.
​Every now and then the true locals would dodge a marshal and duck under the tape for their normal daily ride in the forest. This guy was killing it and I'm not joking. Pinned.

Every now and then the true locals would dodge a marshal and duck under the tape for their normal daily ride in the forest. This guy was killing it and I'm not joking. Pinned.

Wyn Masters with the yellow plate this weekend. Will he back up his big win with another top finish this weekend? The pressure is on!
I'm sure there is a story or explanation of why Max Schumann is rocking the bullet head look. I asked what happened and he simply said it's gone. Hips for days on stage four.
Joe Barnes on stage three.
Caro Gehrig flying.
The long rocky straight on stage four had riders stopped and scoping lines. I don't know why because the best way down was dead straight down the middle. Theo Galay agrees.

So many cool places just a short drive away from the venue which many of the teams have been able to visit between Rotorua and here. Wineglass Bay voted one of World's top ten beaches.

Well there you have it boys and girls, the Enduro World Series never ceases to amaze! Exotic locations, world-class trails, and some of the fastest people on two wheels are just some of the ingredients that make up this magical mix. Stay tuned for more as the action unfolds over the weekend.

Bonus fun with Sven as he samples the local terrain and avoids death the entire way:

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