The heroes weren’t tired!
That’s probably what the 275 riders who came to challenge the Rocky Mountain – Urge BP team riders could notice. Just back from a tiring north American trip, Florian Nicolai and Alex Cure didn't leave much room for doubt with a solid weekend which ended with a double podium. Nico Quéré was clearly eager to ride and win after missing the Colorado and Canada rounds. But from the second stage, no one would follow the Rocky – Urge riders; Yannick Pontal and Nicolas Filippi - they were another two who were on form, putting in very solid runs which kept them in the Top 5 on Saturday, Sunday and overall. The race welcomed the former DH World Champ runner up, Damien Spagnolo who finished 12th on the Saturday, as well as a group of Italian riders from the other side of the mountain, lead by Davide Sottocornola who finished 10th overall.
In the Junior category, outrageous domination over the weekend from Sébastien Claquin despite a massive crash, a swollen ankle and a flat and a tyre off its rim. Eliott Trabac took advantage of this to win the stage 6 on Sunday; a win over the leader of the EW and EWS is always a fantastic achievement. In the Master category, Yannick Sénéchal was as usual far in front of the pack. In the Female category, the race was pretty open with the absence of the injured Isabeau Cordurier, as well as Morgane Jonnier who just got surgery for appendicitis and Cécile Ravanel who was also out. Mélanie Pugin took the lead from the start and never left it for the entire week-end resulting in a clean and logical victory.
For the second edition of an Enduro Series, Val d’Isère – Tignes proved once again to have top organization and offered a nice diversity for stages, given a boost this year due to fresh but dry weather. The last stage on Sunday was graced with sun and will no doubt stay in the memories as one of the best this year.
Next year will see a return to the area with a base camp in Tignes this time, but before that, riders have a Enduro Series French Cup in Samoëns on the 30th and 31st of August and in Valberg – Guillaumes on the 6th and 7th of September, 2 booked-out races where we should also see some top riders, back from injuries…