2017 French Enduro Series Round 4, Samoëns - Day Two - Photo Epic

Jul 16, 2017
by Kike Abelleira  



Done and dusted! The fourth chapter of the French Enduro Series at Samoëns has been written, and we have enjoyed a great race.

The day began like yesterday, with some clouds in the sky giving way to a beautiful sunny day in the French Alps. High temperatures, low humidity, and zero chance of rain have contributed to an awesome weekend of racing.

Racing today included four stages, taking place on two tracks—each raced twice. The trails were fast and dry, with just a few short muddy spots. Also roots, lots of roots in the lush woods of Samoëns. As a side note, it was announced this weekend that a 16 hectare area will be added to the trails here. No doubt, Samoëns is betting on becoming a serious bike park destination by offering natural trails.

In the Elite Men category there were no surprises and it was Adrien Dailly who took home the win. Dailly increased his lead time over the rest of the riders, winning all the stages of the day but the last one, where he was third after puncturing his rear tire. Nico Quere, the series overall leader, placed second, ahead of his main rival in the series Dimitri Tordo. The always fast Camille Servant took fourth, and Irenee Menjou was fifth. The total winning time reached just one hour of timed racing for the weekend.

This coming week, Adrien Dailly travels to Aspen (USA), where he aims to defend his lead in the Enduro World Series classification.

Mélanie Pugin won every stage today, and increased her lead to a huge margin of 4 min 51 seconds over Julie Duvert, second. Estelle Charles took third, missing second place by just 5 seconds.

The juniors race saw a lead change, with Albin Cambos pushing hard today and taking the win at all of the stages. Tom de Carlo finished second, followed by Alexis Saint-Dizier. Dennis Bonnet dominated the Master 1 race, despite a huge crash on the last stage, and Stephane Valverde and Fabien Volet joined him on the podium. Thierry Boillot won the Master 2 race, with Thierry Boillot and Jacques Condomines taking second and third respectively.

Full results here.

2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Early in the morning, a sea of clouds in the sky.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Samoens view from the ski station.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Riders waiting at the top of the chairlift for the start of the first stage of the day.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Irenee Menjou made all the way from Lourdes for a spot on the podium.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Elliot Trabac negotiates with the roots.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Rough soil.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Out of a corridor of rocks and red spray.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Clement Charles matching the green of the landscape.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Roots bloody roots.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Albin Cambos, full gas down in the dark woods to turn the tables and take the junior win home!


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Dimitri Tordo has been chasing Nico Quere on the overall. Could he take the win next weekend?


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Although she's not a regular at the French Series, Melanie Pugin is used to winning Enduro races.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Camille Servant, second on the stage 2.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Maxime LLeba draws the corner line with his eyes.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
A glimpse of light in the dark woods of Samoens


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
It's common to see juniors trains at these races.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Counting fingers and toes.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
A trail through fallen and cut trees.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Nico Quere, fast all weekend, keeps on leading the series overall and he's already looking to the next weekend in Les Orres


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic



2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic


Regular trail sign versus a cool one.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
An Alps regular postcard.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Remy Absalon at the stage 2.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Adrien Dailly transits from the darkness to the sparkling light.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Quentin Arnaud testing the wallride.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Julie Duvert, second today, keeps on the series lead.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Camille Servant splashes for a fourth place in the weekend and a stage 9 win.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Pierre Real has the style.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Tight cornering.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Alps woods, period.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Spot the rider.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
The easiest and more painful section to finish a race after a hard weekend of racing.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Adrien Dailly got this nail on his rear tire at the last stage.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Possibly the fastest enduro rider in the world.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Women's podium. From left to right Duvert, Pugin, and Charles.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Men's podium. From left to right Menjou, Quere, Dailly, Tordo, and Servant.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 4 Samo ns - Day Two - Photo Epic
Junior's podium. From left to right Cambos, De Carlo, Saint-Dizier.


The fifth and last round of the Parts 8.3 Enduro French Series 2017 takes place next weekend in Les Orres. À bientôt!



MENTIONS: @kabelleira




15 Comments

  • + 5
 Dailly absolutely crushing the field at the moment.
  • + 2
 i raced this, it was brutal
  • + 3
 Thinking of having a go next year, how big ws the lap? Any lift assist or fully pedalled?
  • + 3
 lift assisted but also big pedal and push climbs
  • + 2
 @ash2000: nice one, worth the trip?
  • + 1
 @frankwizza: no doubt, for most of the French Enduro Series venues
  • + 2
 The french real know how to put on a race, well worth it, les orres next week .@frankwizza:
  • + 2
 Great photos and great write up. Cheers @kabelleira:
  • + 1
 Those prototype Michelins on Dailly's bike sure look a lot like Magic Marys. It's kind of comical.
  • + 2
 Great photos again. Amazing venue. Thanks for the coverage!
  • + 2
 thanks for your comment, really appreciate it!, cheers!
  • + 1
 lmao all she got was a stuffed bibendum
  • + 1
 Dailly is like what, 14 years old?
  • + 0
 that would be great if I was a Dailly fan
  • - 2
 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Waiting for feminists to complain about the absence of prize money in the women category Big Grin

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