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Canyon Strive Diaries – Sliding Through Rotorua’s Rootfest

Mountain bikers in the northern hemisphere may only just be coming out of their winter hibernation, but last week over on the other side of the world in New Zealand it was all kicking off in the small city of Rotorua: Crankworx was in town. The first Round of the 2015 Enduro World Series on Saturday saw the Canyon Factory Enduro Team back in action to take on seven special stages in a punishing one-day format.

Ines Throma dodges ferns and trees deep in the woods surrounding Rotorua
Ines Throma dodges ferns and trees deep in the woods surrounding Rotorua
Joe Barnes spots a line through the Rotorua root fest.
Joe Barnes spots a line through the Rotorua root fest.
Barel's cool head saw him take 2nd spot. He'll be right in the hunt for the overall title this season.
Barel’s cool head saw him take 2nd spot. He’ll be right in the hunt for the overall title this season.

A combination of wicked trails, quality dirt and a strong local scene meant anticipation was sky high for the first major event on the 2015 calendar. It didn’t disappoint.

Featuring more off-camber root sections than you could count, the terrain played its part in catching out the world’s best riders. In the end Fabien Barel pulled together all his experience to stay upright and ride consistently to an impressive 2nd spot overall. Ines Thoma carried over her consistency from last season to place 6th in the women’s race. Joe Barnes struggled to find pace fter hitting the ground hard early on but coming home in 20th place still made the CFET the number one ranked team after the first round!

EWS Round 1 is done and CFET now find themselves on top in the team rankings
EWS Round 1 is done and CFET now find themselves on top in the team rankings

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Words: Canyon Factory Enduro Team Photos: Marcus Greber, Matt Wragg