On Sunday April 1st hundreds of tonnes of rocks, dirt, logs, concrete and tyres transformed the idyllic setting of T Pier in Westhaven into an Enduro-cross track of epic proportions. Over 10,000 spectators watched 80 riders battle it out for the City Scramble title. In the end it was Husaberg rider Graham Jarvis (UK) who reigned supreme and took home the $5000 cash prize.
“Paul Bolton just kept pushing and pushing on those last few laps and I was holding on for that chequered flag. It was a tough race and hard not to make mistakes, but the course is great, you just have to give it everything as soon as you are out of that gate” said Jarvis.
Paul Bolton (UK) was one to watch throughout the day, he constantly placed in the top 3 of each of his heats and semis and eventually fought his way to second place on the podium.
“I tried to play it cool, I’m really happy with the result. It was a worthwhile trip down here, it’s a great event” said Bolton.
Course designer and New Zealand Enduro champion, Chris Birch, had a bad run out of the starting gate placing him 7th in the final field of 10. He fought hard lap by lap and slowly overtook a tight field to take the final place on the podium.
“The bad start really killed me, by the time I fought my way past the guys from 7th the top two had checked out. I tried a couple of stunts to catch up to the guys, I jumped off one of the containers and re-injured my dodgy knee, but got on the podium at least! The support I had from the crowd was un real, it was really motivating you could hear everyone cheering 100%. The day went perfect, everyone had a good time and that was the main goal” said Birch.
The sport of Enduro often distances itself from spectators by the remote locations of its competitions. This couldn’t be further from the truth for Red Bull City Scramble. Every natural obstacle a rider is likely to encounter in the forest and mountains of typical Enduro track is replicated with manmade features that push both rider and machine to the limits, thrilling the tightly packed course crowds.
“The section where you go over the rock gardens and the big road barriers is the hardest, they blow your arms out and it takes a long time to recover” said Birch.
A first for Red Bull City Scramble was the new water feature where riders had to traverse a 10 metre long ladder bridge that was partially submerged in the Waitamata Harbour. Two riders misjudged the corner coming into the bridge, which sent their bikes flying into the sea. These mishaps were crowd favourites and earned Quade Young the Red Bull City Scramble ‘Bugger’ award.
The repeat success of Red Bull City Scramble helps to push the local NZ Enduro scene to new heights. Every one of the 10,000 people that visited Red Bull City Scramble walked away with a smile and a new respect for the sport of Enduro.
1st Graham Jarvis (UK)
2nd Paul Bolton (UK)
3rd Chris Birch (NZ)
4th Andreas Lettenbichler (GER)
5th Jake Whitaker (NZ)
6th Mitchell Nield (NZ)
7th Chirs Power (NZ)
8th Warren Laugesen (NZ)
9th Scott Bouverie (SA)
10th Karl Power (NZ)