French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3, Samoens - Day 2

Aug 6, 2016
by Ben Winder  




Day one of racing today in Samoens was a gloopy one. The sun stayed out all day, but the ground was sodden, due to a few days of rain earlier in the week, this made racing pretty tough today. This may not be the challenge the riders were expecting, but it sure was a serious challenge for the final round of the French Enduro Series.

It was a true battle against the conditions, first thing this morning riders didn’t know what to expect… but as soon as stage one dropped into the woodland it was obvious and a real eye opener. We saw Elliot Trabac take the lead straight away, who managed to hold on to that all day, the series leader, Irenee Menjou had a nightmare which cost him valuable time and put him one minute back. Clement Benoit is sitting happily in second and Nico Quere is in third. In the ladies race, Morgane Jonnier is over two minutes ahead of her closest competitor, Axelle Murigneux.

Dashing through the woodland.
Dashing through the woodland.

A footplant is one way to deal with the boggiest of corners.
A footplant is one way to deal with the boggiest of corners.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

A big carpark camping community here in Samoens.
A big carpark camping community here in Samoens.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Series leader Irenee Menjou.
Series leader, Irenee Menjou.

The riders briefing bright and early in the morning.
The riders briefing bright and early in the morning.

Then it s straight in the gondola to 1600m.
Then it's straight in the gondola to 1600m.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Riders have a few minutes at the top of the hill to inspect the first few turns.
Riders have a few minutes at the top of the hill to inspect the first few turns.

Camille Servant Left and Elliot Trabac Right .
Camille Servant (Left) and Elliot Trabac (Right).

The practice runs are at set times and if you miss it you will have a penalty. One practice run and then it s straight into racing.
The practice runs are at set times, and if you miss it you will have a penalty. One practice run and then it's straight into racing.

Baptiste Gaillot.
Baptiste Gaillot.

Alicia Petit-jan.
Alicia Petitjean.

Also someone else who struggled today is Ludovic Oget although he s normally strong at riding in the wet things just didn t come together for him today.
Someone else who also struggled today was Ludovic Oget. Although he's normally strong at riding in the wet, things just didn't come together for him today.

As the track drops into the woods it gets very slippery.
As the track drops into the woods, it gets very slippery.

The brown snake slithers through the greenery.
The brown snake, slithers through the greenery.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Two different techniques walking and riding. Walking was quicker through certain sections.
Two different techniques, walking and riding. Walking was quicker through certain sections.

Queues were formed during the practice session and tyres were clogging up.
Queues formed during the practice session and tyres were clogging up.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Irenee Menjou didn t have the best of mornings but did end up winning the final stage.
Irenee Menjou didn't have the best of mornings but did end up winning the final stage.

Morgane Such raced the first stage but after a crash she pulled out of the race.
Morgane Such, raced the first stage but after a crash she pulled out of the race.

Pockets of light through the trees creating dappled light which hid many roots from riders.
Pockets of light through the trees, creating dappled light which hid many roots from riders.

A LOT of sideways action today.
A LOT of sideways action today.

Nico Quere put in a few overtakes today and finished in third from way back in the pack.
Nico Quere put in a few overtakes today and finished in third from way back in the pack.

Theo Trabac was the fastest junior of the day and also finishing in 6th in the overall.
Theo Trabac was the fastest junior of the day, and also finishing in 6th in the overall.

Elliot Trabac in first after stage 1 left and Clement Benoit in second.
Elliot Trabac in first after stage 1 (left), and Clement Benoit in second.

Camille Servant was in 3rd after stage 1 but after a few mishaps and crashes he was pushed back to 16th after day 1.
Camille Servant was in 3rd after stage 1, but after a few mishaps and crashes he was pushed back to 16th after day 1.

Axelle Murigneux finished in second after day 1.
Axelle Murigneux finished in second after day 1.

Clement Benoit powering his way into second with a consistent day.
Clement Benoit powering his way into second with a consistent day.

Stage 2 uses the same top section as stage 1 but then splits off into a freshly cut in section of trail.
Stage 2 uses the same top section as stage 1, but then splits off into a freshly cut in section of trail.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Bob Bertelsen.
Bob Bertelsen.

Ludovic Oget through some of the man-made berms lower down.
Ludovic Oget, through some of the man-made berms lower down.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Stage 2 is the same track as stage 3 but it s a long one. With such variety it really test each rider.
Stage 2 is the same track as stage 3, but it's a long one. With such variety each rider is really tested.

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

French Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Samoens

Fastest woman today Morgane Jonnier.
Fastest woman today, Morgane Jonnier.

And the fastest male Elliot Trabac.
And the fastest male, Elliot Trabac.

On the right a headful of bog stream on stage three.
On the right, a headful of bog/stream on stage three.

Mud mud mud.
Mud, mud, mud.

Clement Benoit left and Irenee Menjou right .
Clement Benoit (left) and Irenee Menjou (right).

The two fastest from today Elliot Trabac and Morgane Jonnier.
The two fastest from today, Elliot Trabac and Morgane Jonnier.


MENTIONS: @BWinder




7 Comments

  • 2 0
 Trabac's Scott Spartan helmet has big MIPS stickers on it, but the current helmet doesn't have MIPS. Is this a 'new for 2017' thing?
  • 1 0
 I remember not being allowed to get on the lift cause I had no elbow pads under my shirt (nor above). Now Morgane Jonier rides in t-shirt with VISIBLY no elbow pads. Different people, different rules?
  • 1 0
 Sooooo Lushhhh!!! #Getpitted
  • 1 0
 Only one pic of a guy with a practical kit.
  • 1 0
 Dumb question.... is Morgane Jonnier any relation to Sabrina?
  • 2 0
 Younger sister I believe.
  • 2 0
 She's a genetic mix of Morgane Charre and Sabrina Jonnier Wink

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