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4 French Fellas Take on EWS Zermat & Trophy of Nations

Oct 7, 2019
by João Fânzeres  


This article will report two weeks of good experiences while racing / shooting the Enduro World Series with these French fellas, Ulysse Francoglio, Théo Daumas, Baptiste Gaillot and Clement Benoit from Ethirteen Urge BP Enduro Team.



Reaching this place is quite a mission. It took me exactly 60 hours on the road to finally watch the last light of the day on Matterhorn's head. The best place to watch would be by the Riffelsse Lake, so we headed on the Gornergrat railway up to its top, just on time for the magical moment - the golden hour followed by the twilight. No matter how many problems I faced, they were completely gone at that precise moment.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Heading up to the top while Matterhorn was hiding the sun light.
Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Théo Daumas on his first sight to Glacier Paradise.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
We still got time for a few action shots around the Riffelsee Lake.
Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
After it, a few moments of silence and insight while enjoying this Nature's gift.

For the first time in Enduro World Series history, the picturesque and world famous Zermatt village received the best enduro athletes in the world for what would be an epic event.
Composed of 5 special stages on a single day race format, this place delivered some of the most challenging terrain to ride but at the same time some of the most enjoyable. Ethirteen Urge BP Enduro Team were also there to share their passion for mountain biking.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
The French Musketeers looking down the valley to Zermatt. A long day is waiting for them.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Ulysse Francoglio delivering it on Stage 1 practice session.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Every stage had two things in common - dramatic views and gnarly trails.
Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
The Ridgeline halfway to the bottom of Stage 1. The Matterhorn lurks, as always.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Did anyone calculate how many switchbacks do we had on Stage 4? Clement Benoit got his switchback technique dialled.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Théo tackling down on the brutal scenery that surrounds Stage 4.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Clement Benoit finished the race in 59th place.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Théo Daumas made it with an 87th place.
Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Ulysse Francoglio ended up in 107th place.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Baptiste Gaillot delivered a very good performance and finished in 35th place.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
One more in the books, fellas.

Enduro World Series 2019 Zermatt Switzerland
Farewll to Matterhorn, at least for the next 11 months. See you in the Enduro World Series 2020.



On the way down to Finale Ligure the crew decided to make a two days layover around Lago d'Orta. This region is known for its famous Pogno Trails that were somewhat similar to some of Finale's trails that riders would gonna ride later on.

Between Races
Between Races
Baptiste Gaillot having a blast riding in Pogno. There were moments that we felt like we were surfing across the "V" bottom canyons - kind of a "rollercoaster" from Finale Ligure. For sure one of the funniest trails to ride.
Between Races
No better place to have a relaxing moment right after a fun ride.



Further south and in Finale Ligure, where all seasons end but this time with a brand new race format. Riders must had to form teams of three riders race all together. This event was composed of two days of riding - one for practice and the other to race the 5 historic stages.

Baptiste, Clement and Théo formed the Ethirteen Urge BP Team to battle on Industry class. The vibes were up and so, the expectations for a good result were higher.

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Pleasant interviews at the beach with the usual suspects - Théo Daumas, Clement Benoit and Baptiste Gaillot.

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Boys are ready for the battle.

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
And here we go... The party train has just started!

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Stage 1 was mindblowing - so fast, fun and at the same time, super physical sections at the top. Definitely one of the best trails to ride on team format. There is a reason why the "rollercoaster" is one of the most desired trails to ride around Finale.
EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Baptiste took the lead of the train for a few stages and he even took the fastest individual time on Stage 4 and second best on the last Stage.

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Clement killed it following Baptiste and in some of the stages leading the train.

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Théo also had a super composed performance and kept a good pace through all the race.

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Guess what, they made it to the podium. Third place, boys!

EWS Trophy of Nations 2019 Finale Ligure Italy
Mission accomplished, time to celebrate.

With this good performance in their pockets, it's time to start thinking higher and plan the next competitive season. Meanwhile, we all should enjoy the off-season.

On my side, with this report, I wrap my chasing of international races that happened around Europe. Hopefully, I'll manage to make the full Enduro World Series calendar on a search for the best places, trails and best riders to shoot. Let's see...

Words and Photography: João Fânzeres, MISSION adventure collective
Special thanks to: Ulysse, Théo, Baptiste and Clement | Ethirteen Urge BP Enduro Team


Regions in Article
Finale Ligure, Zermatt


2 Comments

  • 2 0
 haha i have with this guy 'clement" long time ago.. glad to see you at the top Smile
  • 3 0
 Proud of you boyzzzzz !

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