Enduro Style Check: So Sideways in Rotorua

Stage one in the enduro was on a new trail in the Whakawerawera Forest, called Kataore. The locals call it ‘Cutties’, the unpredictable traction and loose off-camber nature of the track is seriously intense to ride. You need to race it, don’t try and just ‘ride’ down or it will throw you off your bike and into the dirt.

We checked out Kataore during the practice session, and saw rider after rider hit the deck attempting to get through through sections of trail riddled with slippery roots and steep turns at speed. So, naturally we bolted up to one of the wildest corners when it came to race day, and caught a handful of the final elite men trying their luck at making it through rubber side down.

Interpreted many ways, the riders approached the corner with varying technique, and outcomes. Here is how it unfolded.

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Richie Rude.
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Jamie Nicoll.
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Greg Callaghan.
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Bryan Regnier.
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Remy Absalon.
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Cedric Gracia.
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Alexandre Cure.
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Curtis Keene.
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Martin Maes.
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Yoann Barelli.
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Francois Bailly-Maitre.
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Joe Barnes.
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Florian Nicolai.
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Nico Lau.
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Justin Leov.
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Damien Oton.

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