While the EWS started the season in New Zealand this weekend, the French Enduro Cup also kicked off 2019 with the first venue in Olargues, in the South of France. Some of you may remember that it was cloudy and rainy last year here for the EWS race, but this time it was all about dust and spring temperatures.
With a total distance of 77 Km (47.7 Miles) during the 2 days race, 3950 m down (12950 feet) and 3100 m up (10170 feet) it was a difficult start the season for the 250 + riders, amateurs and pros.
Elliot Trabac, who already won a local race few days before, showed the other guys he had a good winter of training by winning this first French Cup with a total of 4 stages wins over 6 stages throughout the weekend. A good start for a big season ahead as he should compete in all the EWS after the Tasmania venue plus the other French Cups and some other races. On the women's side, Melanie Pugin took 1st place. Despite third place on Saturday, she managed to be faster on Sunday to pass Estelle Charles, 2nd, who had a pedal problem at the end of the weekend.
Eliott Baud (2nd) and Elliot Trabac’s teammate Hugo Pigeon (3rd) stayed in the same positions during all the weekend but the war was more open right behind them and Clement Charles finally took the 4th place in front of Arnaud Garanger. Winner of the 2018 French Cup, Ludovic Oget, was a bit out of the rhythm as he took the 14th place just behind Levy Baptista who was 2nd last year.
Riders will have time to train until the next race of the French Cup which will take place in Val d’Allos on 22nd and 23rd of June.
1st. TRABAC Elliot — 38:13:712
2nd. BAUD Eliott — 38:23.243
3rd. PIGEON Hugo — 38:34.747
4th. CHARLES Clément — 38:53.592
5th. GARANGER Arnaud — 39:04.958
1st. PUGIN Mélanie — 47:01.252
2nd. CHARLES Estelle — 47:02.972
3rd. CHARLES Laura — 47:06.639
4th. MURIGNEUX Axelle — 50:34.138
5th. DESLANDE Nolwenn — 57:04.240