Maydena in Tasmania hosted a raucous and fast-paced first UCI Enduro Mountain Bike World Cup (UCI EDR ERR MTB WC) of 2023 and, indeed, ever – EDR is the new Enduro World Series, and our photographer extraordinares Sven Martin and Seb Schieck were out there capturing all the action for The World Stage.
If Maydena is anything to go by, there are good times ahead; it was up there with the best-ever enduro races. Loud, proud Aussie fans packed in around the stages creating a wild, upbeat atmosphere unlike anything seen at any EWS. Racers loved the vibe; spectators loved the action. Good times.
If there’s one takeaway from the event, surely it’s that everyone should put Maydena Bike Park at the top of their must-visit-one-day list. Just look at those trails! Swoopy, rooty, techy, fast, twisty, dusty, enduro-y madness. Check out our course overview video that Sven filmed with bike park owner and trail artist Simon French to find out just how good it is.
The pro men’s race looked like this: Aussie-Aussie-Aussie! Luke Meier-Smith,Dan Booker and Connor Fearon swept positions 1-3 in that order. Meanwhile in pro women’s the results looked reminiscent of 2022 with Isabeau Courdurier winning, Morgane Charre in second and Ella Conolly third. You can hear from all the above in Sven’s ‘Views interviews roundup audio-thing here.
In U21 Men, Sascha Kim, Remy Meier-Smith and Will Hynes made it an Australian top-three in that order. Emmy Lan, Erice van Leuven and Elly Hoskin stood on a wholly international U21 Women’s podium. Check out the full results (pro and U21) here.
Anyway, we’ve put together this zine-thing with some of Sven’s and Seb’s photos plus a few notes and ponderings. We hope it keeps you going while we work on our new yearbook. On a tangent, we’ve also created an Enduro World Cup points calculator and explained the new points structure here (short version: every stage result now counts towards your series overall points tally – and there’s no Pro Stage or Queen Stage anymore).
Congratulations to everyone racing, big up the Maydena organisers and thanks to all the supporters for making their way to the event. What a way to kick off the 2023 MTB World Cup season!
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