The following is from the ISDE organizers:
The incredibly difficult course became virtually impossible on day five of the International Six Days Enduro near Taupo today.
Surviving to ride and the penultimate day of this gruelling test of man and machine was one thing, but reaching the end of day five in one piece was quite another.
Rain began to fall steadily from mid morning but, by early afternoon, it was coming down in torrents. Some of the tracks ridden on days one, two and three soon became narrow, rutted, slippery one-lined affairs and bottlenecks began to develop as the cream of riders from 31 nations attempted to cut a path through the Kinleith Forest.
With prolonged delays causing timing and scoring problems, the organisers decided to cut short the day’s racing and bring the riders back to the pit compound (parc ferme) early.
ISDE organizers are counting the first two tests held earlier in the day.