|Finire: To finish, to end verb, Italian|
It seems like it was only yesterday that people were nervously arriving at the opening round of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala, back in May of this year. Nerves were high, and outside the smaller inner circle of the Enduro World Series nobody really knew quite what to expect. People who had competed in these kind of races before wondered how much the World Series would change the sport, others simply wanted to know what the hell enduro racing was. The main question on everyone's lips was: "Will it work?" Nearly six months later we can now say for sure: "Yes, it does." We've had seven amazing races, five different formats of racing, two continents, five race winners and three deserving Enduro World Champions.
So before we go any further with the coverage of today's race, we should all take a moment to thank everyone who has poured their time, money and experience into this series. From the man who pulled it all together, Chris Ball; to the EWS board, Enrico Guala, Franco Monchiero Fred Glo and Darren Kinnaird; the board's advisers; to the sponsors, the racers and the race staff. There are far too many to even try and name in one paragraph, so we won't try. This series has changed the sport of enduro, we think for the better, by taking it to a world stage and proving that it is possible to run a successful series without the support of cycling's international governing body. Thank you, all of you.www.superenduromtb.com