The Christchurch Adventure Park will play host to one of the biggest events on the mountain bike racing calendar this February - the final race of the 2019 EWS Asia-Pacific Enduro Series. Racers can register for the event from today.
“It is hugely exciting for us to be invited to host the final race of the Asia-Pacific Enduro Series; mountain biking events don’t get much bigger than this,” Christchurch Adventure Park General Manager Anne Newman said. “This is a vote of confidence in the quality of trails we have on offer here, and a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the Park to an international audience.
“We have called the race the ‘Phoenix Enduro’, which acknowledges where we have come from to get to this point. Nearly one year ago we were reopening after the devastating Port Hills fires, so to host an event as significant as this nearly two years to the day of the fires breaking out and just one year on from re-opening is an achievement we should all feel extremely proud of. Like the mythological Phoenix, the Christchurch Adventure Park has literally risen from the ashes, and the Phoenix Enduro race will be a wonderful way to celebrate that.”
The Asia-Pacific Enduro Series is part of the Continental Series that was launched this year to bridge the gap between Qualifying events and the main EWS races. These events allow up and coming riders to compete in existing events closer to home, gain ranking points and the chance to win a Championship title.
The entry fee for the event is $175, which includes two full days of practice racing prior to the event; one full day of timed racing; access to the Christchurch Adventure Park’s chairlift for the duration of the week (Monday through to Friday night); prize money and spot prizes from sponsors.
Categories for the race will be:
- Under 21 Women
- Under 21 Men
- Women (21–34 Years)
- Men (21–39 Years)
- Masters Women 35+
- Masters Men 40+
- Junior Women (Under 17)
- Junior Men (Under 17)
“We have a wealth of talent here in Canterbury and around the South Island who I know will relish the chance to compete in a high profile event so close to home, and it will be exciting to see the 2019 Asia-Pacific Enduro Champion crowned here at the Christchurch Adventure Park on February 16.”
Entries can be made via the Phoenix Enduro webpage.