En­duro set to roll in Sounds

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

The fourth an­nual NZ En­duro moun­tain­bike race is ready to roll through Marl­bor­ough Sounds na­tive for­est tracks from to­mor­row.

The re­laxed for­mat and fun at­mos­phere of the sold-out three­day event has drawn rid­ers from 10 coun­tries for this year’s edi­tion.

Last year Nel­son-based Sven and Anka Martin took over as new event own­ers and or­gan­is­ers. With decades of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence, cov­er­ing all as­pects of racing, they made some tweaks and ad­di­tions to the event.

One was the cre­ation of the pop­u­lar NZ En­duro trail ad­vo­cacy raf­fles. ‘‘The area our event is held in and the trails that we use over the course event is our big­gest as­set,’’ Sven said.

‘‘Some of the trails are Marl­bor­ough MTB Club trails and oth­ers are dual use Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion for­est park trails. We are ex­tremely thank­ful to both par­ties for al­low­ing us to host a race on this spe­cial trails so be­ing able to give back both fi­nan­cially and with work­ing par­ties was key for us.’’

A con­di­tion for all partners and spon­sors was con­tribut­ing to the trail ad­vo­cacy raf­fles. They are held on site dur­ing the race and then af­ter the race on­line in con­junc­tion with www.trail­fund.org.

So far to­gether they have raised over $7500 and with this fi­nal raf­fle of the Santa Cruz frame they should see their tar­get of $10,000 sur­passed.

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