Photos: JB Liautard, Video: The Apertures
The Enduro Collective and the Lapierre team have merged to form the Lapierre Zipp Collective that will feature Isabeau Courdurier, Adrein Dailly and Chloé Gallean as its riders.
Last year the Enduro Collective were racing on Intense frames but as Kilian Bron moved onto Commencal, Isabeau Courdurier and team manager Cedric Carrez have moved into the Lapierre fold for the next 3 years.
The team will be racing on the Nico Vouilloz designed Lapierre Spicy that was unveiled at the the start of last year. Vouilloz will also further be involved in the team as Team Director. This role will see him "providing support at certain races and to help the riders feel comfortable with their Spicys, their technical choices, and the “strategic” approach to the races."
This is the first time we've seen two EWS teams merging and it has produced one of the fastest, youngest and most exciting teams on the circuit. We can't wait to see what the Lapierre Collective brings in 2020.The RidersIsabeau Courdurier
Isabeau Courdurier swept the EWS last year and picked up one of the first-ever EWS World Champs jerseys at the Trophy of Nations in Finale Ligure. At just 25 years old She makes the move over to the Lapierre Collective with her team manager Cedric Carrez and will be hoping to pick off exactly where she left off last year. The 25-year-old racer will have a returning Cecile Ravanel to contend with this year plus a field of women that grows in speed and confidence each year.
Adrien Dailly has been racing at elite level in the EWS since 2017 but has already established himself as one of the top riders in enduro racing. He engaged in a series-long battle with Sam Hill in his first year in elites and only ceded the title at the final race in Finale Ligure. He spent most of 2018 injured but returned consistently in 2019 with a season that saw him only drop out of the top 10 three times all year and finish fifth in the overall.
25-year-old Chloe Gallean will be taking on a dual role of racer and content manager for the team in 2020 having spent the past three years as an ambassador for Lapierre. This should be her first full season racing for the brand however she has proven herself a consistent top 20 racer in the select EWS races she has competed in in the past. She has a best-ever result of 10th picked up in Millau in 2017.