Jun. 3rd, 2009

m2149801: (racing)

This is the event I went to on Sunday..
Here's the blurb...
Sunday 31 May 2009. Britomart.
City Scramble takes the hugely popular sport of Off Road Enduro riding to a unique urban setting in downtown Auckland. Bringing a sport which previously distanced the spectator by remote rural locations, to an intense crowd packed inner city arena.
This event is the brainchild of our sponsored Endoro rider Chris Birch.
The course will feature elements that have never been seen before anywhere, plus all the obstacles that make Endurocross such an intense sport such as logs, rocks and water. City Scramble will be tight aggressive racing that will let the best Enduro riders in New Zealand and the rest of the world show off their skills.
Red Bull City Scramble will invite stars of the international Enduro circuit to line up against our best national riders. Unlike traditional long Enduro events, racing on the day will be in Supercross format with heats, semi's and a grand final.
City Scramble is a unique and innovative event that will bring Auckland City alive.
Spectactor entry is free, just rock on up.
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Here to view the course animation.

I heard about the event from my friend John who is a mate of Chris. Chris is someone I have done a housesit for. While he was in Romania riding in the Romanicacs - a huge international event that he got third in.

This was the first time it was done and was a great event. I have never been to a bike event only ever been to cars and always been involved in it.  Was right next to the main transport centre called Britomart - normally a car park I think.
My sister picked me up from work and we headed in. Met up with John who was doing start line/Race control. And had been involved in the set up and after that the pack up. (They finished packing up Monday afternoon) Was a busy thriving time with about 10,000+ people going. The weather held off, which was great, until the prizegiving at the end.

The news coverage was really good - had a great thing of the set up - cant remember what it is called - stop action??
 

Rest under here for those interested - includes pictures.... )

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