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RESULTS: Enduro World Series Rotorua, 2019

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Five stages with plenty of pedaling and some of the finest singletrack found anywhere on earth is what racers faced during the first Enduro World Series of 2019. Many of the racers have been in New Zealand for some time, training and testing, but finally, after a long winter off, the racing cobwebs were finally shook out. Stage conditions ranged from freshly cut and blown out to tree-covered and grippy.

When the dust settled, Martin Maes won all five stages, a first for a rider in the Elite Men's category at an Enduro World Series. In another first, he did it aboard his GT Force which ran a 27.5-inch rear wheel and 29-inch front wheel (see Vital's discussion on the subject). Kiwi, Keegan Wright, held strong with a 2nd place, some 24 seconds back after a total of nearly 28 minutes of racing. Florian Nicolai took bronze.

Martin with his GT Force at the NZ Enduro two weeks ago. Stay tuned for an interview with Martin about his set-up dropping tomorrow.

Isabeau Courdurier took her first win in the Elite Women's class today with former downhill World Champion, Morgane Charre in 2nd place. Bex Barona was just .16 seconds behind Charre in 3rd. The women's racing is wide open in 2019 with last year's series winner, Cecile Ravanel, out of competition due to a broken neck.

Stay tuned for our full race slideshow with rider interviews dropping on Sunday.

Martin Maes aboard his 29 / 27.5-combo GT Force.

Martin Maes Interview

Elite Men's Top 10

Isabeau Courdurier Interview

Elite Women's Top 10

Complete Results via Live Timing from Enduro World Series, Rotorua 2019.

Sven's Hilarious POV video

Practice carnage video from racer-turned-injured Max McCulloch