Twins first and sec­ond in en­duro

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JOHN EDENS

Twin Swiss moun­tain­bik­ers Anita and Carolin Gehrig fin­ished rac­ing within one sec­ond of each other in the Queen­stown Bike Fes­ti­val en­duro last week.

The sis­ters, 27, who are mak­ing waves on the world en­duro world se­ries, were com­pet­ing in the Queen­stown en­duro be­fore they head to Ro­torua for Crankworx.

Their sib­ling ri­valry was ev­i­dent when Anita won the women’s en­duro open in 34:08s, one sec­ond ahead of her twin. Both rid­ers will head to Ro­torua to com­pete in Crankworx. In third place was Queen­stown rider Erin Greene.

Anita is cur­rently the 6th high­est ranked com­peti­tor in the en­duro world se­ries while Carolin is ranked 11 af­ter suc­cess­ful races in Chile, Scot­land, France and Italy.

Carolin said the rac­ing sea­son has just started in the north­ern hemi­sphere, the trails around Queen­stown were top-notch and they were given wel­come tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance by the re­sort’s moun­tain­bik­ing com­mu­nity. ‘‘It’s re­ally cool. The trails are all well built.’’ The twins started rid­ing to­gether at a young age and, as far as they are aware, they are the only set of twin sis­ters in the world moun­tain­bik­ing en­duro cir­cuit.

Anita said the el­e­va­tion of some of the trails was more ex­treme than Switzer­land and her aim was to keep up with the lo­cals in Queen­stown.

‘‘The up­hills are re­ally steep, way more than Switzer­land. There’s quite a di­ver­sity of trails, you can choose what­ever you want to ride. There’s a real good com­mu­nity of rid­ers.’’

The event at­tracted 50 bik­ers to the 13 kilo­me­tre, five-stage race start­ing at the Coro­net Peak base build­ing and fin­ish­ing on the val­ley floor.

Bel­gian rider Martin Maes won the men’s open cat­e­gory fol­lowed by Dan Ather­ton, of Eng­land, and Scot­land’s Mark Scott. Scott Rob, 17, of Queen­stown, won the ju­nior men’s and Ja­son Black­more, also from Queen­stown, won the mas­ter men’s crown.

Photo: JOHN EDENS

Bike bud­dies: Swiss twins Carolin, left, and Anita Gehrig in Queen­stown for the Coro­net Peak en­duro.

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