The 2016 Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series celebrated the season opening with a brilliant weekend in Treuchtlingen, Germany. Premek Tejchman (CZE - Specialized) and Raphaela Richter (GER - Radon Magura Factory Team) went fastest and took home the first victory of the season.
Awards Ceremony Elite Men - Zakarias Johansen (NOR - Specialized Nordic), Premed Tejchman (CZE - Specialized), Christian Textor (GER - Team Bulls)
Treuchtlingen once again opened the Enduro season and it seems that its popularity has grown even further. More than 600 riders registered for the race with additional 150 riders on the waiting list, which set a new record in 2016. This is not too surprising, however. After all, with riders from 16 different nations it definitely belongs to the few German enduro races with international reach.
James Shirley (GBR - Radon Magura Factory) raced his way into 13th place.
Michal Prokop (CZE - Ghost Factory Riot) - last year´s winner, but this time only 5th place
Kevin Dewinski (GER - Nicolai) dropped in and slid his way into a place in the mid-table
Of course, enduro races completely depend on the track, if your track is great, so will the race, if not, well… this is what the organizers in Treuchtlingen already understood years ago and this is why they always add some new features and completely new sections, always keeping it fresh and interesting. Unfortunately, Sunday morning only brought more rain and moisture. With conditions like these, it is impossible to get through without making mistakes, let alone saving time and effort.
Finish area during the training session on Saturday.
Stephanie Teltscher (GER - Focus) was third fastest women.
The last group to start consisted of the leaders of the ranking with Leonhard Putzenlechner, Premek Tejchman, Marcus Reiser, Fabian Scholz and Michal Prokop.
One of the first Elite Women riders in the finish area was Raphaela Richter (GER - Radon Magura Factory Team) who immediately took the lead with a time of 20:10.74. Scoring best times on 6 out of 7 stages she step by step extended her lead to over a minute and seems to take up exactly where she left off at the end of last season – at the top! Veronika Brüchle (GER -Stevens MTB Racing Team) finished in second place, while Stephanie Teltscher (GER - Focus) came in third.
Raphaela Richter comfortably took the win in the Elite Women’s field.
The Elite Men category, however, also provided some surprises. Zakarias Johansen (NOR - Specialized Nordic) who usually belongs in the downhill section turned out to be the underdog in Treuchtlingen. He set a time of 14:43.52 minutes already early into the race and set the bar extremely high for all competitors to follow. How high exactly became clear when also some of the odds-on favorites like Michal Prokop (CZE - Ghost Factory Riot), Marcus Klausmann (GER - NOX Cycles) or Fabian Scholz (GER - Focus Trail Team) did not reach his time.
Fabian Scholz - 6th place isn't a bad result, but not the podium
It was not until Premek Tejchman (CZE - Specialized) crossed the finish line that the lead finally changed. With best times on 5 out of 7 stages, Tejchman set an incredible time of 14:04.35 minutes with an overall lead of 39 seconds and thus sealed the deal. While Zakarias Johansen took a very well-deserved second place, Christian Textor (GER - Team Bulls) completed the podium in third, followed by Gustav Wildhaber (SUI - Cube Action Team), Michal Prokop and Matthias Stonig (AUT - MS Mondraker).
Premek Tejchman claimed the first win of the season in the Elite Men's class