Preview: 2018 French Enduro Series Round 2 & National Enduro Championship - Val d'Allos

Jun 23, 2018
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


For first time ever, France has its own National Enduro Championship. For the country considered to be the father of enduro not having a national championship seemed weird. And what better place than Val d'Allos to organize it, where the well-known "Tribe 10.000" used to take place, considered to be the origin of enduro racing in France. Nowadays, the race continues to exist but within the French Enduro Series. This race is the 2nd one in the series, after Raon l'Etape some weeks ago.

Trail awaits
Trail awaits

Perfect weather awaits the riders, sun shines and terrain has the perfect grip. Some late rains the days before left some puddle, but nothing to worry about. Plenty of water running on each and every creek of the valley, ready to refill the thirsty riders. As it is common on the French enduro series, this race is completely different to the previous one. On Val d'Allos riders will have 2 days with 2 timed sections and link stages on ski lifts. For each stage there is a not timed run so riders can check the stage, without stopping, they must do it on one go. On Saturday a grueling stage awaits, about 7km, with some physical sections with lot of pedaling involved. For this section, riders will have one practice run and one timed run. For the second stage, shorter but steeper, one practice run and two timed runs. All sum up and you will have your winners.

French Enduro Series 2018 race course for 1rst day
French Enduro Series 2018 race course for 2nd day
Race maps for the weekend

Line to pick up your plate and riders welcome bag
Line to pick up your plate and riders welcome bag

Don t loose this your timing depends on it
Don't loose this, your timing depends on it

A sticker for each wheel on the frame fork and rear triangle and be sure to do it as marshals will be checking
A sticker for each wheel, on the frame, fork and rear triangle, and be sure to do it as marshals will be checking.

And more
More stickers
Stickers everywhere

With 314 riders on the race, is going to be a couple of long days on the mountains. Starting from 8:15 in the morning until last ones get the start at around 17:45 in the afternoon. Known riders as Thomas Lapeyrie, Nico Quere, Alexander Cure, Cedric Ravanel, Morgane Jonnier, Laura Charles and Julie Duvert will be fighting for the top places. It is a pity that due to other compromises riders as Damien Oton, Youn Deniaud or Adrien Dailly due to a late elbow injury, can't be present, but each team has its own schedule to meet. There will not be an eMTB race on Val d'Allos, next stop for them after Raon l'Etape will be in Val d'Isere

Juniors category too for the win
Juniors category too for the win


On the paddock moto trial to entertain the public
On the paddock, moto trial to entertain the public

New generation
New generation

Any alley you check mountains in the horizon
Too early for a coffee
Everywhere you look, each alley, each plaza, mountains waiting for you

Fresh water running everywhere
Fresh water running everywhere

Everywhere you look french delicious pastry is waiting for you or creppes on the other side.
Everywhere you look, delicious French pastries are waiting for you or crepes on the other side.

Winter is coming are you ready They are
Haircut anyone
Get ready for the winter while you have a stylish haircut

On the tourist office you have all the info you need about the valley
On the tourist office you have all the info you need about the valley

Morning vibes
Morning vibes

In between croissants and tasty local sweets a mountainbike race has its place too
In between croissants and tasty local sweets, a mountain bike race has its place too


Julie Duvert ready to tackle the weekend on her Ibis Mojo
Julie Duvert ready to tackle the weekend on her Ibis Mojo

XT for the cranks with a Fox Float X to match the Fox36 Factory Series in the front
A hammered XTR runs the rear transmission it has seen some battles already
XTR for the rear, XT cranks and Fox Float X2 to match the Fox36 Factory Series in the front

All ready
All ready!



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