Flowy Trail and Broken Bones: Trans NZ Enduro with Mallory Nowels
Mallory Nowels is part of the Shimano Gravel Alliance but is known to rip some serious singletrack as well. This winter, she traded in her drop bars and GRX components for a mountain bike to take on the Trans New Zealand Enduro MTB Adventure. After three back to back days of riding and racing, Mal took a tumble on some rocky and loose terrain, breaking her collarbone. With a true adventurer mindset, she carried on with the trip, cheering for friends in the race and experiencing the spectacular New Zealand scenery.
Shaking the legs out after a long day of travel from the U.S. to New Zealand. Stoked to be in this beautiful country and ready to race!
Day One of Trans NZ Enduro featured five stages in the Craigieburn area. The day was packed with moody weather, tough climbs, and long, rocky descents.
Day Two featured a shorter day in the Craigieburn area with some trails reminiscent of Mal’s home trail in the loamy Pacific Northwest.
Day Three of Trans NZ Enduro was a park day at Coronet Peak. The day was packed with fast, fun, flowy trails. Sadly, the day ended with Mal breaking her collarbone on the last trail of the day.
Mal wasn’t alone in breaking a bone at Trans NZ Enduro. And despite the injury, she still got out on the trails to cheer for racers through the last days of the race.