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Photo Story: French Enduro Series - Valloire

Aug 11, 2015
by Guillaume Le Guillou  
This weekend in the Maurienne Valley nearly 400 riders were ready to fight for the fifth stop of the French Enduro Series. The local micro climate was not strong enough to hold the fair weather, and heavy rain was scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Many of the top riders in the series were in Whistler for the World Enduro Series but despite some of the series familiar face's missing, the weekend in Maurienne Valley played host to an exciting race meaning that both Elite category champions will be crowned in Tignes/Val d'isere in two weeks time.

Saturday morning when all the riders took the lift the sky was all blue... But it didn t last all the day. In the background La Meije 3987m the north side of the Ecrin National park.
  When all the riders took the lift on Saturday morning, the sky was all blue but it didn't last the day. In the background, La Meije (3987m) the north side of the Ecrin National Park.

the french cycling federation refere is checking the start list.
  The French Cycling Federation Commissionaire checks the start list.

all the top riders are ready the show can begin.
  With all the top riders ready, the show can begin.

Go
  Go!

Sebastien Claquin in the rocky section of the first stage.
  Sebastien Claquin in the rocky section of the first stage.

Camille was on fire this week end and is now 4th. We will see a great fight in two weeks in Tignes Val D isere.
  Camille was on fire this week end and is now 4th. We will see a great fight in two weeks in Tignes / Val D'isere.

Very nice view on the Maurienne valley at the start of the first stage. Lucas Bruder finnished his week end 3 rd.
  Very nice view on the Maurienne valley at the start of the first stage. Lucas Bruder finished his weekend in 3rd place.

Saturday morning the sky was all blue but after a few hours the clouds were growingt quickly.Th otim Trabac takes the win in the junior category
  Saturday morning the sky was blue, but after a few hours the clouds were growing quickly. Theotim Trabac takes the win in the Junior category

Sebastien Claquin riding with the very iconic Aiguilles D Arve in the background.
  Sebastien Claquin riding with the very iconic Aiguilles D'Arve in the background.

this area of the Maurienne makes the best cheese in the world le Beaufort.
  This area of the Maurienne makes the best cheese in the world: le Beaufort.

Baptiste Gaillot just before the storm on saturday s last stage. He was not on the podium this weekend but is now rancked 5th.
  Baptiste Gaillot just before the storm on Saturday's last stage. He was not on the podium this weekend but is now ranked 5th overall.

Emmanuel Allaz the swiss vivking is showing a lot of determination 7th before the weekend he is now 6th.
  Emmanuel Allaz - the Swiss Viking - is showing a lot of determination 7th before the weekend, he is now 6th overall.

Sebastien Claquin was leading the Enduro Series before Valloire. He is now ex aequo with Ludovic Oget. He can take the win in the French Enduro Cup after winning last year in junior.
  Sebastien Claquin was leading the Enduro Series before Valloire.. He can take the win in the French Enduro Cup, after winning last year in Junior.

Then the rain begins when the girls were riding the last stage of the day.
  Then the rain begins when the women riders were riding the last stage of the day.

Only half of the riders were able to reach the start of the last stage of the first day of race before the lift close So the organization had to canceled it.
  Only half of the riders were able to reach the start of the last stage of the first day of race before the lift close so the organization had to cancel it.

Still some ray of light before the rain strikes on saturday.
  Still some ray of light before the rain strikes on Saturday.

Ludovic Oget at he top section of the first stage The begining of a great week end for him.
  Ludovic Oget at he top section of the first stage: The beginning of a great weekend for him.

Nicolas Filippi had a massive crash on the first stage nothing serious but had to go to the hospital.
  Nicolas Filippi had a massive crash on the first stage, nothing serious but had to go to the hospital.

Dimitri Tordo had a great weekend and finnished 5th.
  Dimitri Tordo had a great weekend and finished in 5th.

MURIGNEUX Axelle is happy she is leading the Enduro Series.
  Murigneux Axelle is happy: she is leading the Enduro Series.

Corentin Macinot dropping to the valley.
  Corentin Macinot dropping into the valley.

Elliot Baud was on fire this week end and succeded to take the second place.
  Elliot Baud was on fire this weekend and succeeded to take the second place.

Camille Servant smilling under the rain.
  Camille Servant smiling under the rain.

Not very lucky this year Maurian Marnay have a flat tire on the very long 12min stage of this sunday. He nanaged to finnish 25th and now rancked 9th
  Not very lucky this year, Maurian Marnay have a flat tyre on the very long 12 minute stage on Sunday. He managed to finish 25th and now ranked 9th.

Morgane Such had a crash on sunday that perhaps cost her the win she finnished 2nd of the weekend. She is now 3rd and can take the win at the last stop.
  Morgane Such had a crash on Sunday that perhaps cost her the win. She finished 2nd of the weekend. She is now 3rd overall and can take the win at the last stop.

Eliott Baud had a great weekend and finnished 2nd.
  Eliott Baud had a great weekend and finished 2nd.

Gatien Pernet had some troubles to stay on his bike this weekend but finnished 7th of the junior category
  Gatien Pernet had some troubles to stay on his bike this weekend but finished 7th in the Junior category

while Morgane Such had a crash on this second day of race M lanie Pugin managed to stay on her bike and take the win. She is now 4th with doing the two first stops.
  Morgane Such had a crash on this second day of race, Melanie Pugin managed to stay on her bike and take the win. She is now 4th with doing the two first stops.

Not easy to keep his googles dry and clean under and heavy rain.
  Not easy to keep his goggles dry and clean under and heavy rain.

Trying to keep some speed in this sticky terrain was not an easy job especialy when you are all wet.
  Trying to keep some speed in this sticky terrain, was not an easy job, especially when you're soaked.

this is how was Baptiste Gaillot s bike after riding 10 minutes from the lift to the start of the first stage.
  This is how was Baptiste Gaillot's bike after riding 10 minutes from the lift to the start of the first stage.

Rainny all wet and muddy that was the menu for the second day of race.
  Rainny, all wet and muddy: that was the menu for the second day of race.

After a night of heavy rain the muds tires were out on sunday morning.
  After a night of heavy rain, the mud tyres were out on Sunday morning.

Ludovic Oget was already good in the mud when he was racing in downhill. He has just been increasing his advance during the sunday finnishing with 21 seconds before S bastion Claquin.
  Ludovic Oget was already good in the mud when he was racing in downhill. He has just been increasing his advance during the Sunday, finishing with 21 seconds in front of Sebastion Claquin.

Yannick Pontal is pretty regular in the top five since the last 3 stops he is now 3rd with 1015 points. He will have to fight with Camille Servant 1013 points and Baptiste Gaillot 1009 points at next Enduro Series in Tignes Vald is re to keep his rancking.
  Yannick Pontal has finished in the top five in the last three rounds this series. He's now 3rd overall with 1015 points. He will have to fight with Camille Servant (1013 points) and Baptiste Gaillot (1009 points) at next Enduro Series in Tignes/Vald'isere to keep his ranking.

Ludovic Oget takes the win this weekend and his now ex aequo with Sebastien Claquin. It will be a great race in two weeks to crown the winner of this French cup.
  Ludovic Oget takes the win this weekend. It will be a great race in two weeks to crown the winner of this French Cup.


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3 Comments

  • 3 0
 I confirm... the beaufort is one of the best cheeses in France ! and France is one of the best spots for MTB in Europe... and Europe is one of the best community to appreciate US - AUS - NZL MTB culture !!
  • 1 0
 And Canadian MTB culture... obviously.
Come to ride in France first for testing Beaufort and then alps trails Wink
  • 1 0
 Very cool overage. Thks a lot !

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