I think given that Anka and Sven Martin have lived here for about a year now we can call them Kiwis. Anyhow as we posted up on the Spoke Magazine Facebook page the other day Anka came third at the Megavalanche behind probably the only two mountain mountain bikers in the world she would be happy beating her: former DH World Champion Anne-Caroline Chausson and Anka's Cape Epic teammate and also a former DH World Champion Tracy Moseley. The big surprise though was Rosara Jospeh taking the fourth spot ahead of some heavy hitting Euro locals.
The following day the men's event was a bit of a different story with around 1900 more racers than the women's race. A huge crash up top right in the start switched things up a bit taking Kiwis Sven Martin and Jamie Nicoll down along with legends Ross Schnell and Jerome Clementz. Nico Vouilloz, Dan Atherton and Remy Absalon and a few others made the break while around fifty riders streamed passed the fallen pack.
Nico went on to lose a tyre and pull out of the race (not a good two weeks for him) and have Dan Atherton take the lead, only to lose it on the pedally uphill sections. Remy took the win with fellow countryman Nicolas Lau in second and Dan Atherton in third in only his first year racing enduro. “Thanks to all the Brits who were giving their support. A solid race for third, but I won’t be happy until I take the win.”
With the help of some nice riders Jerome clawed his way back to sixth place, one shy of the podium. "Crashed after 50m, ended up on the glacier around 40th and had a unexpected comeback.Thanks for the fair play of all the riders who let me pass and congratulations to Remy Absalon for his win."
Cam Cole placed highest of the Kiwi men in 13th, Jamie Nicoll in 32nd, Sven Martin in 56th, Jeremy Blake 122nd, Blenki 136th (he flatted) and Mike the Hippy rounded out the Kiwis in 218th. Considering there were 2000 riders on the glacier that's a pretty damn good result for little old New Zealand. You can download the full results here.
Oh it turns out all Adam Craig's smack talk came to fruition finishing two places ahead of Ross Schnell in 16th on a fricken Giant 29er!!!
Heres a POV view from the women's finals. Just add 1900 more riders... http://youtu.be/41pTA6nrW7E