The first round of the Cannondale Enduro Tour powered by SRAM has been launched last week-end in Raon l'Etape. With a perfect weather and crazy dry terrain, the 380 riders have tested the fresh cut trails and "surf on dirt" of this "little" hill The site offers 300 meters elevation at each transfer, following by amazing 5 stages on a loamy dirt. They give to the riders a perfect combo of flowy but also technical trails. It was a wrap!
The top level French riders were amazed!
It's the start of the season, and it's time to find again the speed on the bike. A high level of riders attend the race: Thomas Lapeyrie, Théo Galy, Elliot Trabac, François Bailly-Maitre, Christian Texto, Nicolas Lau and more!
Despite Elliot Trabac rode really fast by winning 4 over the 5 stages, he got unlucky by puncturing on one! Though playing on the consistency mode, Théo Galy was clever and won the race with a total time of 17:58. The seconds were precious afterwards, as Ludovic Oget (18:02) grabbed a nice second place, and the local Alexis Noirot (18:0
finally managed to take the 3rd spot scratch (he has always some mecanical in the previous years and didn't want to disappointed his many supporters!). Nicolas Lau (18:12) who have just organised his own enduro race last week-end, switches to the racer side and despite the fatigue of an event organisation, finished with a honorable 4th place! Theotim Trabac (18:13), the new Commencal rider, signs a nice 5th position!
The women were almost 25 at the start, and it's Mélanie Pugin (20:4
who won the race in front of two strong german rider, Raphaëla Richter (21:44) took the 2nd position and Veronika Bruechle finished in 3rd for one second (21:45)!
This year, the Cannondale Enduro Tour powered by SRAM offers new categories: in the Ebiken it's Thomas Hartstern who won with a time of 19:44.
The hottest day has been demanding for all the riders and they deserve a good beer at the end of the race!
As we always want more age to take part of the event, we offer this year a KIDS race! The 11-14 years old rode 3 stages and they smile from ear to ear!
After struggling with his health, Thomas Lapeyrie comes back to the competition and signs a nice 7th place!