Race Report: French Enduro Series 2019 - Round 2, Allos

Jun 24, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  



Allos is a small village located in the Mercantour National Park, and for those familiar with the Verdon river and its famous gorges, Allos sits next to the Verdon in the upper part of its course. On top of that Allos is surrounded by a system of big mountains, with several peaks touching the sky at more than 2300m above sea level.

The tracks for this race were designed over the slopes of the Allos skiing mountain, as it has already been done over the last years. It's worth mentioning that this place witnessed the birth of the French Enduro racing scene back in 2003 and 2004, with the legendary Tribe 10000 race.

This weekend the menu included two stages for Saturday and another two stages for Sunday, with some of them counting two timed runs. More than 7000 descended meters in total during the weekend on fast and long alpine singletracks. Being loyal to one of the French Enduro unwritten rules, two of the stages were blind raced without previous practice or track walk.

In the men's field, Louis Jandel took the lead on Saturday with just 4.8 seconds over Alex Rudeau after almost 25 minutes of racing. Albin Cambos, Mathieu Ruffray, and Yannick Pontal were sitting between 20 and 30 seconds behind Jandel. On Sunday, Jandel kept the winning pace by setting the fastest time on the two first stages, being almost 11 minutes long, and just easing his tempo in the last stage, avoiding mistakes and securing the victory with a total time of more than 51 mins. Alex Rudeau finished second and Albin Cambos also saved his third step of the podium with just half second over Yannick Pontal.

Laura Charles was the fastest woman of the weekend, already opening a gap slightly bigger than half a minute over both Axelle Murigneux and Estelle Charles on Saturday. Laura kept extending the gap on Sunday to secure the win with almost 50 seconds over Estelle, who moved up to the second spot of the podium. Axelle Murigneux couldn't keep her pace from Saturday and ended up third. Watch out for Laura Charles in EWS Canazei next weekend.

The next round of the French Enduro Series is in Reallon on the 27-28th July weekend.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


Allos is in the Mercantour National Park, what guarantees you awesome mountains and nature.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos




2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos




2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


The mountain where the race is held and the Verdon river.
2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


Bernard is a multitask asset, although on a race day you will see him setting the chrono station at the start of every stage.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos




2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos



2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Baptiste Gaillot, a rider doing the EWS calendar, is not racing here. He had a crash two weeks ago and hit his head. Being the second time in a year period, he's joined a concussion recovery plan.



2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


Melanie Pugin left the race on Saturday after getting his hand burnt with hot coffee. Xavier Murigneux struggled all weekend with an injured wrist.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Riders on the chairlift on their way to the top of the mountain, above 2300m. Allos village in the background.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Enjoying the views from the top before the first timed run of Saturday.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Estelle Charles hitting one of the numerous scenic corners.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Eliott Baud, winner of the first round in Olargues, wasn't on a winning pace here in Allos

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Open sections and flat out singletracks at the top of every stage. The views might distract you though...


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
At the doors of Summer, Spring is still showing his cards over here.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Allos down there...


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Mid section of Stage 2 also delivering the views.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Although tracks here in Allos bike park are pretty much natural alpine style, there's still some room for man shaped wood.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
In case of doubt, shoot every possible angle, or almost...


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Alex Rudeau charging down on Stage 2.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Tom Garcia with the upper outside line.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Estelle Charles with the lower regular line.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Mathieu Ruffray, always in style.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Louis Jeandel at the lower section of Stage 2.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Still some snow left next to Stage 3.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Being around 11 min long, Stage 3 was plenty of fun with so many corners that we lost the count.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
There is no doubt Laura Charles is in shape. We saw her super fast on the first day of EWS Madeira, same here in Allos. EWS Canazei is next for her.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Albin Cambos finished third with a very consistent riding all weekend.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Axelle Murigneux lost some speed on Sunday but managed to stay on the podium.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Impressive weekend for Louis Jandel, always in control of the race.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Yannick Pontal missed the third step of the podium by half a second.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Some finish line show for the crowd at Stage 4.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos


2019 French Enduro Series Allos





Elite Men

1st. - Louis Jeandel - 0:51:26
2nd. - Alex Rudeau - +0:25
3rd. - Albin Cambos - +0:48



Elite Women

1st. - Laura Charles - 1:00:40
2nd. - Estelle Charles - +0:49
3rd. - Axelle Murigneux - +1:13



Full results here.



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2 Comments

  • + 1
 Some really fast young guns are arriving....impressive French generation.
  • + 1
 great photos !

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