The Kona Gravity Team Take on EWS Round One

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Tegan Molloy and Connor Fearon have made the short trip from Australia across the Tasman Sea to race the first round of the Enduro World Series in the mountain bike Mecca of Rotorua. Round one of the EWS kicks off the team’s first official outing for 2017 and after two days of long and hard practice race day is here. In fact, Connor will be rolling down the start ramp in just under ten minutes at 8:41 NZ time.

“I’m pretty excited for the EWS in Rotorua. I’ve just come here with the mindset of riding some sweet tracks for three days and getting some good training in. Half of the tracks are really technical and fun which suits me and some look really physically challenging… My goal for today is to finish in the top 30.” – Connor Fearon

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Tegan and Connor, will have a long day in the saddle ahead of them, with seven stages to race, 65km of total riding and over 2000 meters of climbing (over 6,500 feet) it ain’t going to be easy, especially with that forecast wet weather.

Unfortunately for us (and you) it’s nigh on impossible to provide coverage of an enduro event on the same level as a world cup DH race, so no live video stream. But there is a live race feed that you can follow here. You can also find the EWS Rotorua start list here, this has all Tegan and Connor’s stage start times so you know just when to put the phone down (or when to pick it up).

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Connor and Tegan’s good buddy and fellow Aussie DH racer Shelly Flood has joined the crew for the trip and will be racing as well.

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Gravity Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle may well have joined them on the practice days, but he wont be joining them on the trails come race day.

“Round one of the EWS has been a great team building event so far, it’s been really great riding all the stages with the team and it’s a fantastic beginning to the season” – Mathieu Dupelle