The German enduro season has finally started with the first round of the SRAM Specialized Enduro Series in Treuchtlingen. Over 400 participants from 13 countries were at the start of the round course in Altmühltal.
Anneke Beerten. Photo: Christoph Bayer
The race sold out very quickly, enduro has finally reached Germany. Nearly 600 riders registered for the race and the waiting list. 450 lucky participants faced a 28 kilometers course, with 840 vertical meters to be overcome in six stages.
Nicolas Lau. Photo: Christoph Bayer
Nicolas Lau (FRA - Cube Action Team) won with a time of 10:38:45 minutes, 13 seconds ahead of his fnearest rival. For a long time it looked as if André Wagenknecht (GER - Cube Action) would make the perfect double for the team, but Joe Barnes (GBR - Canyon Factory Team) proved strong enough to grab second place with fastest times in four of the six stages.
In the women's race there were 50 riders, which is a great step for enduro to see this many women in a single race. Anneke Beerten (NED - Specialized) put in times that nobody was able to beat the time. Ines Thoma (GER - Canyon Factory Team) was close, but in the first stage had a flat tire, costing her the chance to fight for the victory and she had to settle for fourth place. The winner of the series last year, Anita Gehrig (SUI - Specialized twins) took second place and Antje Kramer (GER - Giant / Axo) finished off the podium in third.
The riders heading out. Photo: Christoph Bayer
This way to the action. Photo: Christoph Bayer
After almost ten years away from MTB racing Bas de Bever (NED) took to a race course again for the first time. The former pro and current national Downhill/BMX team coach for the Netherlands was the fastest in two stages in the Masters category. Unfortunately, he had to give up because of a technical problems.
Men's podium Photo: Christoph Bayer
Women's podium. Photo: Christoph Bayer
For the next race, the series moves into the higher mountains next weekend, at the Bike Festival Riva del Garda in Italy. There riders will tackle a much tougher course with 1,500 meters of climbing and descending over 30 kilometers long. Many of the biggest names of the Enduro sport are on the start list and it looks to be exciting race weekend.
All other information and the full results are as usual on www.enduroseries.net