Still in Tasmania for Round 2, the Enduro World Cup (EDR) drew an enthusiastic crowd to Blue Derby Mountain Bike Park. Fans cheered on riders who covered six stages of varied terrain, encompassing 42.5km and 1444 meters of climbs and descents. It was another tough weekend of racing, but athletes were up to the challenge.
Kicking off the competition, the U21 categories charged hard down the stages. Sascha Kim (Lusty Industries) took his second straight win in Men’s U21 with Maxxis rider Harvey Lee (Evolution) coming in fifth. Emmy Lan (Forbidden Synthesis) took fifth place in the Women’s U21 at Derby.
Tread Victoriously must have been on the minds of our athletes because riders sponsored by Maxxis won both Elite Men and Elite Women! Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox) had a day out on the trails, adding another win to his prestigious career. Rude’s teammate Slawomir Lukasik (Yeti/Fox) slotted right behind him into second place. The next four spots were all taken by Maxxis riders with Jesse Melamed (Canyon CLLCTV), Jack Moir (YT Mob), Martin Maes (Orbea Fox Enduro Team), and Youn Deniaud (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) taking third through sixth – Total Maxxis domination! Bex Baraona (Yeti/Fox) had an exciting day, topping the Elite Women’s podium. Ella Connolly (Cannondale Enduro Team) joined Baraona on the podium in third place.
Baraona, Rude and Kim now lead in the series’ standings in their respective categories. Lan is currently second overall in U21 Women. Maxxis’ sponsored riders will turn in their next amazing performances June 3-4, when EDR moves to Finale Ligure, Italy for Round 3.