Rider at the 2017 Top Gun Down Hill in Nelson, the city is set to host a round of the 2019 Enduro World Series mountain biking circuit. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Nelson to host world series event

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Nelson is fast becoming New Zealand’s mountain biking capital and the city has just scored a massive coup to enhance that reputation.

Nelson will host a four-day round of the renowned Enduro World Series next year, the Aorere Enduro.

Club spokesman Paul Jennings says he is delighted to announce a brand-new, bigger, better and tougher enduro than ever.

“We’re really excited about introducing some of the world’s best riders to our awesome trails.”

The Aorere Enduro will double as round three of the EWS Asia-Pacific Enduro Series and will run from February 7-10, 2019.

The series, announced earlier this year, has expanded to four rounds, with two of New Zealand’s most iconic mountain biking destinations, Nelson and Christchurch, being welcomed into the fold.

The riding in Nelson is famously steep and technical, and riders entering the Aorere Enduro can be assured of some world class single-track.

“Nelson is an extraordinary place to ride a mountain bike and we are excited to have the opportunity to introduce even more riders to it as part of the Asia-Pacific Enduro Series,” Paul says.

Nelson Tasman has over 200km of hand-built single-track – ranging from deep native forest flow through to steep terrain.

“As the sunniest city in New Zealand, surrounded by high mountains, native forests and the Tasman sea, visitors will experience everything that is great about New Zealand during the four-day event – but come prepared, this is going to be a long, tough and challenging race in the tradition of Nelson Mountain Bike Club’s big enduro’s. It’s going to be rad.”

The series is designed as a stepping stone for up-and- coming riders to hone their skills closer to home, as well as compete for the coveted new Asia-Pacific Enduro Series title.