Groombridge comes out on top
ANDY MCGECHAN The 2018 New Zealand Enduro Championships roared past the halfway stage near Nelson at the weekend with Brad Groombridge coming out on top.
The third round of five was held at Maruia on Saturday.
It was 2016 national enduro champion Groombridge who emerged cleanest from the mire, the Taupo¯ man looking likely to turn his runner-up finish from last season into a win this year as Saturday’s result also gave him the lead in the 2018 championship.
‘‘There was a lot of standing water on the course on Saturday and I nearly got stuck a couple of times,’’ said Groombridge. ‘‘I just couldn’t tell how deep the water was.
‘‘At one stage I had water up to the seat on the bike, but managed to pull the bike out and kept the engine running. Quite a few other riders had issues and I think I had a bit of luck go my way.’’
The final two rounds of this year’s enduro nationals will be a double-header weekend, day one set for the Santoft Forest, near Bulls, on June 9, and the fifth and final round set for Martinborough the following day.