The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro mountain bike race series is one of the biggest Enduro events in the Southern hemisphere, and caters for a wide range of riders on the world-renowned trails of Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest. In its three year history the event has attracted some of the world’s top riders, and the announcement this morning of the Ray White Real Estate Ten Grand $lam will make them even keener to return.
James Alexander (aka Geeza) local Enduro rider and Auctioneer/Sales Agent at Ray White Rotorua said his principals Tim O’Sullivan and Anita Martelli were thrilled to be involved in such an iconic local event and keen to back it with a decent reward.
The Giant 2W was already boasting a huge cash prize pool, along with tens of thousands of dollars worth of product prizes, and now the organisers have announced the Ray White Real Estate Ten Grand $lam, a $10,000 bonus prize for any rider who can win all three races this season in the open category! With the round winners receiving $500 per race 1 & 2, and $750 for the final, the Ten Grand $lam winner would ride away with $12750 plus a possible maximum of $750 in stage win bonuses. That makes the Giant 2W Enduro the richest Enduro series in the world in cash prizes.
Prize money is equally divided between men and women in the Giant 2W events, and the Ray White Ten Grand $lam is no different: a woman has the same chance as a man of sweeping her open category in the three rounds, and picking up the cash.
Should both male and female categories produce a winner of all three rounds, the $10,000 bonus prize will be split between them.
Competitors in the six stage shuttled and non-shuttled event categories are given six hours to complete six downhill stages, which can be attacked in any order. Most will choose to have uphill transport included in their entry, but some hardy types will ride to the start lines of all the race stages. Riders must work out their strategy for the day, complete all the stages, and get back to race HQ before their allotted time runs out to avoid time penalties.
The formula has proved to be very popular, and the Giant 2W races are sell outs. An additional 25 spaces have been added to the races, bringing the total places available to 450 per race. With the addition of the Ray White Ten Grand $lam they are sure to disappear!