The Urge 3 Peaks mountain bike race was first run in 2012 and was the first major enduro event in New Zealand. Spearheaded by Mountain Bike Otago life member Kashi Leuchs, the event saw over 100 competitors race 3 unassisted stages in one day.
On December 15, 2012 almost 100 riders lined up at the Bull Pen above the city of Dunedin, New Zealand for the inaugural Urge 3 Peaks Enduro. The event captured the essence of what it means to race a bunch of mates on mountain bikes down three big mountains.
In 2013 the Urge 3 Peaks race introduced a prologue urban downhill stage, finishing in the heart of the Octagon on a packed Friday night. Thanks went to MBO (James Crawford and his team) for successfully bringing mountain biking to the people of Dunedin. The Saturday saw competitors again traversing the original 3 peaks route with Justin Leov and Rosara Jospeh taking the men's and women's overall win. 2013 Category results
The 2014 event was presented by Bike Otago with Organisers Kashi Leuchs and Tom Bradshaw (in partnership with Mountain Biking Otago(MBO)). A per rider levy was paid back to MBO for the ongoing support and development of tracks in Dunedin . The event also served to encourage development of the Three Peaks Trail and raise the profile of Dunedin as a mountain bike destination in New Zealand. You'll find the 2014 event results here.
In 2015 Joseph Nation, of Christchurch, took out the overall with a final time of 44 minutes and 56 seconds, while Dunedin local, Leighton Kirk, took second place in a time of 46.06. Queenstown’s Jimmy Pollard bounced back from a thumb injury to round out the podium with third overall in his first race back.
In the women’s field, Rae Morrison, of Paraparaumu, secured her first win for this event, storming through in a time of 52.07 with a perfect six stage wins from six. Masters’ competitor Jo Perrott, of Nelson, was Morrison’s nearest rival, coming in just over five minutes behind with Junior rider Phoebe Coers, of Wanaka, coming through in 59.06 for third. 2015 results here
The 2016 was the Biggest event yet. Despite slippery conditions from overnight rain Joe Nation, of Christchurch, continued to dominate at Emerson's 3 Peaks Enduro that concluded in Dunedin, New Zealand, today, completing seven wins from seven stages.
In a masterful display in challenging conditions, Nation, managed to put more than a minute into his closest rival, Enduro World Series (EWS) pro rider Justin Leov, of Blenheim. Junior rider Ben Friel, of Christchurch, turned heads throughout the event, running easily with the top riders, but was bettered for third by local charger Ethan Glover in two of the final three stages. Queenstown's Jimmy Pollard rounded out the top five overall. 2016 results here
Key people involved with organising the Emerson's 3 Peaks Enduro include:
Founder and Race Director - Kashi Leuchs
Timing - Hamish Seaton/Megan Rose
Art & Design - Lewis Earl/Anja McDonald
Videography - Matt Wood and Donovan Isted
Ride Director for 2012-13 - Tom Bradshaw
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