This weekend saw the first UCI Enduro Mountain Bike World Cup take place in Maydena, Tasmania, on the bike park’s enormous trail network. What an exciting race! Read the full Enduro World Cup results from Maydena Tasmania and a short report below and stay tuned for our online zine report with photos and notes from Sven Martin and Seb Schieck who’ve been trackside all week in Maydena gathering up photos and stories for our World Stage Enduro World Cup yearbook.
Full results from Maydena, Tasmania
UCI Enduro Mountain Bike World Cup explained:
Isabeau Courdurier and Luke Meier-Smith Take First Blood in UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup 2023 Season Launch in Australia
The UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup 2023 season kicked off in Tasmania, Australia, with Isabeau Courdurier of Lapierre Zipp Collective and Luke Meier-Smith of Giant Factory Off-Road Team taking the top spot in the women’s and men’s categories, respectively. This historic turning point for enduro racing marked the sport’s transition from Enduro World Series to full World Cup status and integration into the new UCI Mountain Bike World Series.
Courdurier, who already holds two Enduro World Series championship titles, showed great form and consistency on the steep and challenging trails of Maydena, taking two more stages after winning the opening stage. Meier-Smith, reigning Australian downhill champ, won his first senior race with a dominant performance, winning three stages and never finishing outside the top four.
The six-stage race, which took place in Tasmania’s eucalyptus forest, saw riders covering 54km, climbing over 1,200m, and descending almost 3,000m. Morgane Charre of Pivot Factory Racing and Ella Conolly of Cannondale Enduro Team rounded out the women’s podium, while Tasmanian Dan Booker of Nukeproof SRAM Factory Racing and Connor Fearon of the Forbidden Synthesis team joined Meier-Smith on the men’s podium.
Canada’s Emmy Lan of Forbidden Synthesis Team and Tasmanian Sascha Kim took the top spots in the U21 women’s and men’s categories, respectively. The team of the day was Forbidden Synthesis, with Giant Factory Off-Road and Yeti/Fox Factory Race Team following close behind.
To keep up with the UCI Enduro World Cup results, the competition heads back to the Derby trails in Tasmania for the second round on March 31-April 1.