Registration for the third running of the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro opens early Sunday morning, with 140 spots up for grabs. The three-day, multi-stage enduro race takes place next March 10-12 in Marlborough on the tip of New Zealand's South Island, home to some of New Zealand's most scenic and sacred trails.
Entries will be open for 48 hours, and winners will be selected using a combination of lottery, first-come-first-served, as well as some invitational entries. Group entries will be accepted. Successful applicants will be notified by direct email.
The NZ Enduro is in its third year and this will be the first year under new organizers, Sven and Anka Martin, Nelson, New Zealand, locals and longtime fixtures on the international mountain bike scene, Sven as a World Cup racer and photographer and Anka as a World Cup and EWS racer. The route passes through Picton, Nelson and Blenheim, and will give racers a taste of the natural trails in native New Zealand forests and jungle that are scenic, challenging, fast, flowy, technical and steep. The race promises a laidback vibe without a start order or set liaison times, but with professional timing, good food, beer and coffee. The race-entry fee is $345 NZD, which includes a helicopter shuttle, food and good times.
For those planning on racing the first EWS in New Zealand on March 24 and 25, the Santa Cruz NZ Enduro is perfectly timed to dust off the race cobwebs in the sunny southern hemisphere.
Here's a taste of what to expect from the event:
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