Former cross-country Olympian Rosara Joseph proved that she is well on track towards a new career in enduro, beating Dunedin's Anja McDonald by almost 2min in a combined run time of 34min 53sec. Joseph was full of praise of the inaugural event. "It was one of the best events I have ever done, super well organised, a great atmosphere and just amazing tracks," she said.
Joseph has decided to stop racing world cup cross-country events in 2013 to focus on this new exciting format. "I've decided I need a break from the Olympic format and Enduro racing is what I'm having most fun at now. I love the atmosphere at the events, being able to enjoy the climbs, but still compete on the way down. Basically its less suffering and more fun, who wouldn't want to do this?" Joseph smiles.
Local pinner Tom Lamb scored an impressive victory in the overall men''s category ahead of Oceania U23 Super-D champion Sam Shaw (Yeti NZ). Tom's time of 30min 11sec was just 36sec faster then Sam and 1min 36sec faster then third place Mat Weir.
In the gravity-assisted category, former junior World downhill champion Cam Cole (Yeti Cycles) scored his first victory on his new SB-66, ahead of local Matthew Wood. Cole's partner Amy Laird won the womens category ahead of German Carolin Friese.
The Urge 3 Peaks enduro was organi'sed by former mountain bike Olympian Kashi Leuchs and local club, Mountain Bike Otago. Leuchs seemed pleased with how the event unfolded. "Today really could not have gone any better. The expression on riders' faces tells it all. Enduro is the future for mountain biking and we are blessed to have these beautiful high mountains with amazing trails on them, right here close to the city".
Leuchs said he has big plans for the Urge 3 Peaks event in 2013, hopefully involving more international riders. Entries will be limited though and likely to be in high demand.