Enduro World Series #2 #3
Enduro World Series #2 Val D’Allos :)
My Swedish friend Hanna and I set off to Europe at the end of June for a month of racing, riding and good times in France. The first destination was Val D’Allos for the second round of the Enduro World Series. We arrived nice and early so we could have some time to ride and explore the local trails, which was awesome! We had a pretty ideal camp set-up in a big grassy field with our friend Chris McCarthy and a couple of lovely Kiwis – Sam Shaw and Jamie Nicoll.
We filled our days with long rides, yoga, lake washes, camp cooking… Van life! Val D’Allos is such a beautiful place, I’m definitely keen to go back and spend more time there.
Friday was track walk and sign on, but as there was 11,000 metres of descending we decided against doing any walking and tuned our bikes instead. I decided to run a Continental Kaiser on the front and a Rubber Queen tubeless on the back, which was perfect all weekend. Thanks Chris, Nigel and Matteo for patiently helping with mechanics!
I loved the race format of racing both Saturday and Sunday, with one practice run then a race run of each stage. With a total of 11 full runs and 6 timed stages over the weekend, and with 11,000m of descending it was a pretty full on weekend of amazing riding and racing. The level of riding is so high, it’s so great to be racing with all these top International riders. The girls are all so fun, friendly and professional at the same time – it’s a great vibe for racing. The stages were all awesome… Long, fast, physical, and fun. I had a good race, no mechanicals or disasters, and it was definitely a test of endurance strength and skill! The big problem for me was getting really sore hands from all the rough descending, other than that it was great. I’m happy with the weekend, and coming 21st with those amazing girls is good with me!
Enduro World Series #3 Les Deux Alpes
It was cool to be back in Les Deux Alpes again. It’s always fun there, riding fast bermy jumpy trails for a few days and catching up with everyone who’s in town for Crankworx. We were pretty tired from the last race, so spent a couple of days chilling, catching up on sleep and getting the van ship shape again after a chaotic weekend in Val D’Allos.
It was another awesome week of riding and racing, and once again the organisers did a great job of providing sweet tracks and top racing! I loved stage one, because it was really long with a big gnarly climb in the middle. It was so physical with long descents too, so an ideal mix of everything for an enduro race. The other three stages were all downhill, all really cool tracks and lots of fun to race on. I was 19th this time, happy with the race and another awesome weekend in a lovely place with great people!
Next stop…. Megavalanche!! Thanks to all our Cut Media team sponsors for the support and providing me with an awesome set-up!
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