We're back for a thrilling new season of the French Enduro Series. This year, we'll see the first three rounds sharing the trails with the e-bikes enduro series: Levens, Raon l'Etape and Val d'Allos. Meanwhile, Samoens and Les Orres will be the last two rounds, without e-bikes on the field.
The opening event takes place at the commune of Levens in the Alpes-Maritimes département in the Provence-Alpes -Côte d'Azur region. Being located pretty close to Nice, the village of Levens has a long history, although its current shape might be a combination of the Middle Age and the last two centuries architecture. Levens is the hometown of the promising enduro pro rider Florian Nicolai (Rocky Mountain-Urge BP Rally Team). This weekend Florian is not racing but acting as the ambassador of the event, and he's expected to ride all of the stages ahead of the competitors.
The weather has been great on last days, sunny and rare clouds trails, delivering short sleeve temperatures. Pure Côte d'Azur conditions. Nevertheless, the forecast for the weekend brings a cloudy Saturday and a chance of showers on Sunday. The trails are pretty dry right now.
In the e-bikes race, we'll drive our attention to the legend Nico Vouilloz (Lapierre), officially retired from pro racing last season. Another familiar name in this category is Karin Amour (BH Miranda Racing), a regular contender in the EWS masters category.
Some other big names of the weekend are Cecile and Cédric Ravanel (Commençal Vallnord Enduro), Isabeau Courdurier (Sunn), Camille Servant (Urge BP), Alex Cure (BH Miranda Racing) and Eliott Trabac (Scott).
We'll have three stages on Saturday and two stages on Sunday, being raced in rally mode. On Saturday the riders will do a recce ride for stage 1 and 2, following the timed ride for both stages and then a recce walk and timed ride for stage 3. On Sunday, we'll have the recce ride for stages 4 and 5 and then the timed ride.