2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau: Saturday Practice

Jul 2, 2016
by Ben Winder  




Practice was well under way today in Millau for the 3rd round of the French Enduro Series, riders have been unable to practice the stages before today, they were given a timing chip and times at the end of the day for their first and only practice runs.

We didn’t quite have the beautiful sunshine we’d been graced with the day before, it was cloudy most of the day, with a big rain storm in the middle of the day, which caused chaos on stage two.

The times from today don’t mean too much, but Florian Nicolai put down the fastest time in the men’s, and Anne-Caroline Chausson came down fastest by a hair’s breadth. Wow. That’s an incredible feat in itself, massive respect.

Respect.
Respect.

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

Chloe Gallean snaking her way down one of the rockiest sections of the race.
Chloe Gallean snaking her way down one of the rockiest sections of the race.

This sun came back out in the evening and people flocked to the river.
This sun came back out in the evening and people flocked to the river.

But back to this morning Elliot Baud left and on the right some rest before the big day.
But back to this morning, Elliot Baud (left) and on the right some rest before the big day.

The meeting point this morning was at the top of Stage 1 it s a few miles out of town so most people uplifted to the top.
The meeting point this morning was at the top of stage one, it's a few miles out of town so most people uplifted to the top.

The riders briefing took place at 8.30 just before the start of Stage 1.
The riders briefing took place at 8.30, just before the start of stage one.

A short climb to the start.
A short climb to the start.

Anne Caroline Chausson left and Irenee Menjou right .
Anne Caroline Chausson (left) and Irenee Menjou (right).

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

And practice begins
And practice begins...

Irenee Menjou was looking quick and came out in 7th on today s timing.
Irenee Menjou was looking quick and came in 7th today.

Dylan Levesque normally a Downhill World Cup racer but decided to make an appearance here today and is sitting in 3rd on the timing.
Dylan Levesque is normally a Downhill World Cup racer, but decided to make an appearance here today, and is sitting in 3rd on the timing.

Sabrina Jonnier is looking more and more comfortable to be out racing she is looking quick and stylish as ever.
Sabrina Jonnier is looking more and more comfortable to be out racing and she is looking as quick and stylish as ever.

A few mini drops at the start of Stage 1 but this guy fancied turning it into a huck.
A few mini drops at the start of stage one, but this guy fancied turning it into a huck.

Chloe Gallean in amongst the steep loose rock of stage 2.
Chloe Gallean, in amongst the steep loose rock of stage two.

Olivier Giordanengo.
Olivier Giordanengo.

S bastien Claquin came into 4th place in the timing today.
Sebastien Claquin came into 4th place in the timing today.

After each rider hit this corner you would hear a wooo or yeee a super fun section of trail.
After each rider hit this corner you would hear a 'wooo' or 'yeee,' a super fun section of trail.

The rain came in about half way through the day today.
The rain came about half way through the day today.

This made the danger more treacherous and exciting.
This made the danger more treacherous and exciting.

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

As soon as it came the rain left.
As soon as it came, the rain left.

The first riders down stage 3 had to deal with slightly slippery rocks but this didn t cause many problems.
The first riders down stage three had to deal with slightly slippery rocks, but this didn't cause many problems.

Morgane Jonnier.
Morgane Jonnier.

The bottom of stage three was like a rollercoaster undulating mounds and loads of natural features.
The bottom of stage three was like a rollercoaster, undulating mounds and loads of natural features.

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

Fast flowy singletrack.
Fast flowy singletrack.

Cecicle Ravanel in one of the technical rocky sections.
Cecile Ravanel on one of the technical rocky sections.

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

Three two one all smiles after this crash though.
Three, two, one... all smiles after this crash though.

Anne Caroline Chausson the fastest girl down today. Wow.
Anne Caroline Chausson, the fastest woman down today. Wow.

2016 French Enduro Series Round 3 - Millau Saturday Practice

Florian Nicolai the fastest man down today.
Florian Nicolai, the fastest man down today.

See you tomorrow for some racing
See you tomorrow for some racing!



7 Comments

  • + 15
 Congrats Anne,Welcome back!
  • + 4
 Let's go Flo! I love that guy, that team, that company, that bike and especially that colour. Let's see them on more podiums!!
  • + 2
 Mega props to ACC. A massive achievement to merely make it back on the bike, let alone racing. . . and to be fastest!! Bravo!
  • + 1
 Oh look. There's a franc!
  • + 2
 We don't use francs anymore since 2002...but nice one Smile
  • + 1
 do you have a picture of number 208 @BWinder
  • + 1
 Coool pics!

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