Wyn Masters and Tracy Moseley Win Rotorua’s Giant 2W Gravity Enduro

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Masters ‘smashes it’ to take an upset win.

A capacity field of 400 enjoyed dry and dusty conditions in Rotorua during today’s Giant 2W Gravity Enduro, beating the onset of the forecast rain which arrived at the end of prize giving.

New Plymouth’s Wyn Masters put a solid stamp on his credentials as a complete all-round mountain bike racer by winning against a stacked field including the current Enduro World Series champion, Jared Graves. The field also boasted other heavy-hitters like Jared’s Yeti team mate Richie Rude, New Zealand’s best performing EWS racer Justin Leov and a host of other talented Kiwis, Aussies and those from further afield.

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Jared Graves dropping into the outside line on one of the many root-infested corners on Kataore Trail.

The 2W came after a busy week during the Rotorua Bike Festival during which Masters competed in the Road event ‘Flying Kilo’(placing 5th),  Bike speedway (1st), 16”Dual Slalom World Champs (1st), Downhill National Championships (8th, with a flat tyre in his race run) and Pump track (5th).

When asked about his tactics for the day he said he chose to do the longest and most technical Kataore stage first. I think it was a good move and started me off on a good note. My plan was to smash that stage and go from there,Masters said. It needs heaps of energy because its full-on the whole way.

Im doing three of the EWS rounds this year: Rotorua, Scotland and Italy. They fit in with my World Cup downhill schedule. Asked why he chose to compete at only three of the rounds he replied, I dont want to overcommit myself, so Ive planned to do those three and see how I go.

Skill on technical trails and fitness for intense efforts of a few minutes for downhill races are a strength for Masters, but he doesn’t train specifically for longer stages so was happy with his results on the lengthier tracks today. I thought Jared would have smoked me on the long stage today (stage D, Hatu Patu to Roller Coaster), he said,but I got him by a second.

T-Mo shows her class.

In the women’s field there were no surprises with the UK’s Tracy Moseley (T-Mo)  winning convincingly by well over a minute in her first event for 2015.

My plan was just to get back into racing, its the first race Ive done since October, she said. Ive done very little on my enduro bike and I was definitely pretty rusty so I enjoyed the chance to race.

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2013 and current enduro world series women’s champion Tracy Moseley got maximum time on the bike by riding all the liaison stages.

It wasn’t all perfect runs, I had lots of mistakes, a few incidents like having to stop to drag out a bit of native bush that got stuck in my back wheel – all sorts of things, but nothing major and I really enjoyed the day.

Using the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro as a stepping stone to prepare for the upcoming EWS round in Rotorua, Moseley didn’t take the easy route

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Raewyn Morrison struck some slower traffic on race stages but was still able to take the second spot on the women’s podium, seven seconds ahead of Rosara Joseph.

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Rosara Joseph making quick work of the lattice of roots on her way to third woman overall.

I pedalled everything and didnt use shuttles. It was good to do a big day and I feel fine physically, just technically I was pretty rusty.To say she was ‘pretty rusty’is obviously judged by the high standards Moseley holds herself to, given her race result.

Asked how she found it, Moesley praised the variety of race stages, It was a good mix of trails, I think they did a great job

some techy stuff, some pedalling. Thats what I love about enduro, it tests everything in your riding.

Moseley is in Rotorua for a few more days and among the riding she will be doing will be a repeat loop of today’s courses – a good indication of how enjoyable the trails are.

She then heads south for more races including the NZ Enduro in Havelock. After that it is back to ride in Rotorua and prepare along with the other competitors in the Giant Toa Enduro (round one of the 2015 Enduro World Series), during the Crankworx Festival in March.

Overall results:

men

1.  Wyn Masters  29:41

2.  Jared Graves  29:50

3.  Richie Rude  30:11

4.  Justin Leov  30:20

5.  Ed Masters  30:42

6.  Carl Jones  30:45

7.  Ben Robson  31:04

8.  Byron Scott  31:16

9.  Joe Barnes  31:27

10.  Matt Walker 31:37

women

1.  Tracy Moseley  35:11

2.  Raewyn Morrison  36:33

3.  Rosara Joseph  36:40

4.  Sasha Smith   37:57

5.  Natalie Jakobs  38:37

6.  Vanessa Quin  39:21

7.  Sarah Atkin  39:52

8.  Ruby Morrissey  40:27

9.  Rachel Lynskey  40:50

10.  Christina Sergeant   41:03

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