Rosara Joseph proved too good at the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro staged in Dunedin, New Zealand, at the weekend. Threatening weather dampened the tops of Signal Hill for the final two stages today, but beneath the trees the steep tracks remained in optimum condition for racing.
The 2014 Enduro World Series number seven Rosara Joseph was masterful on the Signal Hill tracks extending her lead to a 2 minute 30 second gap over her nearest rival Natalie Jakobs, of Queenstown. Raewyn Morrison came home in third just one second ahead of local favourite Anja McDonald. Lisa Horlor finished fifth.
“I’m really happy to win my third Urge 3 Peaks Enduro today,” smiles Joseph. “It’s always a fun event to travel down to.”
Joseph said it was a tough event, but it was not as long and technically challenging as the courses set for Enduro World Series events.
“We’re probably lucky the rain didn’t turn out to be too heavy,” she grins.
Jakobs said she was pleased the rain held off, too. She focused on riding smooth and safe on the challenging Signal Hill tracks.
“I didn’t crash all weekend and I even made the stairs on Mt Cargill,” she laughs.
Race organiser Tom Bradshaw said the event was a resounding success.
“The variety of tracks was great this year – a big epic day in the hills yesterday with a bit of everything and then today was super gnarly and really challenging,” Bradshaw explains.
Event founder Kashi Leuchs said they had learnt a lot from the past two years and implemented the right changes.
“We wanted to make this one of the toughest events in the country and I think we have achieved that,” Leuchs said. “We design it to push people’s limits and even riders who found these tracks beyond their skill level still had a grin on their faces at the bottom. People love a challenge.”
Leuchs said New Zealand had a lot of riders who were capable of running top-10 in the world and he felt an event like the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro gave them an opportunity to hone their skills.
“We have a lot of top downhill riders in the world because our races here are so tough. We need to do the same thing with enduro,” he explains. “Raise the level.”