Monday Motivation: Enduro-Packing the 2023 World Cups with Matthew Fairbrother
Win a GO3 Camera by Insta360 this issue in our FREE subscriber prize draw.
Round 2: Derby, Tasmania – The commute from Maydena to Derby was probably the most miserable one Matthew Fairbrother has been faced with yet. Relentless rain, headwinds, undulating hills and a mechanical which led him to running an impromptu marathon to the nearest bike shop.
The streak of bad luck wasn’t over yet as Matthew struck a major mechanical at the top of stage 4 in practice, meaning he had to miss out on practicing the rest of stage 4 and all of 5 and 6. The race went relatively smoothly, but with the most physical stages he ever raced the kiwi’s body just didn’t have much in it to push from the start, that mixed with riding half the course blind meant Matthew was slowly being pushed further back. He finished up 16th Overall U21 with a best stage result of 8th. Something Fairbrother really can’t complain with for what felt like an off day!