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EMERALD ENDURO: Volunteering, Challenger and NZ Opener


2017 Season is a GO!

The 2017 Enduro World Series kicked into gear this past weekend as the riders descended on Rotorua in New Zealand to do battle with a single one day format similar to our own. Being the first test of the year it was always going to be interesting to see who had been gauging their efforts correctly during the off-season - who was on pace and who needed to put in some work! The unexpected factor was the weather but more of that in a minute.

Speaking of putting in the work, for those who want to give it a go, our Challenger event the day before the Emerald Enduro on the 27th of May, still has some capacity but be quick! More on that below.

We also desperately need marshalls for the weekend. Be part of Irish MTB history, tell the grand kids where you were for the 2017 Emerald Enduro!

Your Country needs you!

It takes a small army of volunteers to make the Emerald Enduro a reality, we really couldn't do it without you. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic people who are prepared to take on all roles as directed by team leaders.

Volunteers should be at least 16 years old and you do not need any previous experience, you will be clearly guided on what's happening. If you have any specific skills, for example if you speak any foreign languages then let us know. In return we provide a goddie bag including a cool event tee shirt, lunch and snacks throughout the day. The added bonus is you get to rub shoulders with the best riders in the world.

Our volunteers have some pretty amazing stories from their experiences during the previous two editions of the Emerald Enduro and in particular from the Friday and Saturday training sessions where the riders are more relaxed and engaging. Make sure you don't miss out!

We can't wait to see you all in May and of course we'll be keeping you right up to date here on the goings on in the run up to the Emerald Enduro.

News from EWS Rotorua, 2017 Round 1

What a race! The weather threw a massive spanner in the works for the top 30 men with torrential rain turning the first two stages into rivers and seeing many ex-World Champions languishing outside the top 100. The pits were a mass of riders changing tyres and trying desperately to clean drivetrains and brakes before heading back up for more.

Local heroes took the podium led by Wyn Masters (pictured above), the colourful Kiwi dominating with some serious style ahead of compatriots Matt Walker and brother Eddie Masters. 4th and 5th place showed two riders worth watching for the season, Sam Hill and Greg Callaghan respectively. These two were in that tricky top 30 but were some of the few riders who coped with the conditions. Fitness and skills in abundance.

In the woman's race Cecile Ravanel took up where she left off in 2016 with a fine win, dominating all but the last stage which was won by Scot Katie Winton who went on a late charge to finish 5th. 2nd was Ines Thoma and 3rd Anita Gehrig.

In the Under 21 category Chilean Pedro Burns won ahead of Ireland's own Killian Callaghan who had a stormer of a day despite some early crashes.

It was an emotional weekend for the Canyon team of Thoma who's manager, Flo Gorel, suddenly and tragically passed away just before the race. We all knew Flo from his trips to the Emerald Enduro and he was always a pleasure to deal with, great fun and full of enthusiasm for the sport. He'll be sadly missed and we'd like to express our condolences to all his family, friends and teammates.

Next up is a new venue on the circuit, EWS Tasmania on the 9th of April with a Challenger event the day before. After that it's on to the island of Madeira before the racers arrive in Ireland in the last weekend of May.

Emerald Enduro EWS Challenger, new for 2017

4 of the full EWS stages, practice on the Friday with the Pros, racing Saturday on a closed course followed by a big party leaving you free to watch your heroes on the same terrain on the Sunday. Sounds like a pretty cool weekend!

This is the new Challenger event for amateur riders and make no mistake it's a real window into the EWS series. Thinking of taking on a race and want to see the level? This is the place to start.

Places are limited so sign up before this event sells out. Who knows, you could be the next Greg Callaghan!

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