As you are most likely aware the 2019 edition of the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro is done and dusted, with many riders sharing war stories long into the week, others jetting off to Crankworx and some still out riding searching for more. Every year the NZ Enduro rolls into town, and year on year it is the talking point of that summer. It is THAT race, that no matter what goes on, everyone comes away smiling and vowing to come back next year. The driving force behind the stoke and what makes the NZ Enduro so unique is the relentless duo of Sven & Anka Martin, who along with their rallied Volunteers, tirelessly pour over every detail weeks before the event and give so much of themselves to the event. Every where you see them day or night, you are greeted with endless smiles; an infectious morale booster when the body is hanging.
This year did not disappoint; with a serious drought affecting the upper South Island the race was looking sketchy at best, but hey we are holding a mountain bike race and that means guaranteed rain. And rain it did, however the rain did little to hamper the spirits of the Enduro crowd. More often that not elevating the experience, bringing everyone together to share in the misery that was their stage run, reminiscing on which bank they slid down and all in all smiles plastered across every mud splattered face. Dive on in to see how the weekend panned out for those lucky enough to take part in the experience that is the NZ Enduro.