2017 French Enduro Series Round 1, Levens - Day 1

Mar 11, 2017 at 18:35
by Kike Abelleira  



Yesterday, late at night, the weather forecast for today fooled us. We would have been better to stick to the previous days' forecast. We woke up this morning and as we stuck our nose out of the window we noticed nothing but a clear sky. How could it be?! It's a frequent thing that French Riviera appears in the synonymous dictionaries as 'sunny'.

As we mentioned yesterday, riders were asked to do a recce ride over the first two stages and then riding the stages in race mode. The liaisons were long climbs, mainly for the stage 1, climbing a good portion of Col du Dragon, which is also on the menu for Sunday. Stage 3 was examined and raced separately.

Rocks and roots are the key words to describe the first two stages of the weekend. Gnarly and treacherous trail sections for the stage 1, taking its toll in form of crashes, flat tires and we spotted a couple of rims and derailleurs too. In the middle of the party of the rocks, riders could enjoy a gentle alpine woods trail, with a spongy soft soil. Stage 2 was about 40 seconds in average for most riders, including more pedaling but also some rocky sections.

We made our way down to Levens old town for the third stage. After a day out on the trails, it felt good enjoying the spectacle of the riders shredding the narrow streets of the ancient village.

Camille Servant (Urge BP) was the fastest rider on stage 1, and with two top 10 results in the other stages is sitting third in the scratch classification. Kevin Miquel (Commençal Vallnord Enduro Team) took the stage 2 and with a consistent journey stays second overall. The fastest rider in the overall today was Alex Cure (BH Miranda Racing), without partial wins but improving his performance on every stage.

The Portuguese rider José Borges (BH Miranda Racing) worked his win on stage 3, being a regular contender and winner at certain urban DH events in Portugal and Spain.

In the women field, Cecile Ravanel (Commençal Vallnord Enduro Team) won all the stages of the day, with Isabeau Courdurier (Sunn) placing second after her at every stage. Julie Duvert sits third and Morgane Such is fourth for now.

Tomorrow's weather forecast debates itself between cloudy and light showers. Who knows?, it's Côte D'Azur!. Locals say that even if it rains a bit, it shouldn't rise up the trails technical level too much.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Apparently there was a camp tent group purchase.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Breakfast time according to van's life.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Details on Borges bike.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
This weekend we have Enduro World top level in the women category.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Jose Borges setting up his action cam before the race start.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Missing Barelli here, right?.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
No relay mode on these liaisons. Share the ride.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Liaison done on a pickup truck.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Almost on the top of stage 1.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
That one down there is his place. And this is his playground.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Well, just a wheelie with a Maritime Alps view.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Coffee time at the start of stage 1. The Frenchies know how to do it.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Cruising rocks with a big weapon.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
This is the mood of a race leader before the start.

Levens
Baptiste Gaillot and the Mediterranean Sea at the bottom.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Your stage 1 winner, Camille Servant.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Because riding it a bit to his right it wouldn't be so funny.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
No doubt about it, today we had plenty of light..

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Show us how you corner. Tight corners blended with rocks and roots on stage 1.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
How amazing are those villages up there!.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Riders on a liaison.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
A view from the trails this morning.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Florian Nicolai opening the stage 1.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Mehdi Gabrillargues is 7th at the end of the day in the e-bike category.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
A clear disadvantage of an e-bike is having to walk the bike when a mechanical occurs.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
The soft section on stage 1.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Kevin Miquel corners in control to finish 4th on this stage.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Dimitri Tordo trying to balance on stage 1.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
It happens every time in the Maritime Alps, a ride with a view.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Thomas Lapeyrie negotiates one of the several danger spots on stage 2.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Isabeau Courdurier is that sort of rider that never stops fighting. Here on stage 2.

rocky aile
Basically this was an aisle made of rocks.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Two exclamation marks might mean something.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Saying it is never enough. Races wouldn't be possible without these guys, races are made out of volunteers.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
They do love a gathering to discuss lines.

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Who dares to calculate the amount of money laying here?

2017 French Enduro Series Rd 1 Levens. Day One
Well... that's a plate number!

stage 3
Kevin Miquel in a common figure to most riders on this spot.

start of the stage 3
The start of the stage 3 had these stairs that pretty much looked like the trails of the previous stages.

stage 3
Just focus on the 'first' because this guy got that result at the end of this stage.

stage 3
Pierre Real leaving Levens church behind.

stage 3
It's not like every enduro race has this sort of trails, right?

Full results here.



MENTIONS: @kabelleira




58 Comments

  • + 39
 Whoever decided to include moped racing in this coverage can go blow a goat. Isn't there a www.pinkmoped.com for that kind of crap?
  • + 25
 "A clear disadvantage of an e-bike is having to walk the bike when a mechanical occurs" --> its called KARMA.. suck it up
  • + 5
 am I the only one who clicked the pink moped link?
  • + 1
 So bummed to see this coverage - I want to see human powered bikes in races not e-motorcycles. I'll go watch MX...
  • + 14
 Pinkbike dont do this to us please......although i was amused to see a broken ebike
  • + 15
 Prototype Rocky Mountain in the shot after the first climb??
  • + 1
 yup sure does look like one. no Pro would race without the over-clutter sponsors decals !
  • + 3
 New Altitude by the position of the shock ?
  • + 1
 @Whipperman: I came down looking for this - let's see some links to more images!
  • + 1
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzc-36se5-8 @ 11:45min, that could be it?
  • + 8
 "I sincerely hope that there are enough riders in this, the third generation of mountain bike trail users, who understand and respect the efforts of those who helped found this sport and who have the courage to shout down electric mountain bike makers." -- Richard Cunningham
  • + 9
 Lost my respect at e-bike category.
  • + 7
 ebike category is basically when retired DH racers go to Enduro then go to Ebike...went Full-Retired !
  • + 9
 Why do people care so much about what bike other people are riding?
I'm no eBiker, but I really couldn't care less if others choose to ride them or any other bike.
  • + 1
 @viatch: or Full-retarded, no hate included.
  • + 3
 I just came back from a 6 months bike trip in GB and France. One thing I can tell you and like it or not: Ebike is there for good and there is nothing we can do.
  • + 5
 @IllestT: You're right we shouldn't care too much about what others are ridding. But we should definitely care about the future of our sport.
  • + 6
 @IllestT: its the fact that its motorized. so what we bending the rules for them, now if i take my dirtbike to the local trails im allowed too? what about an ATV ? see where this is going?
  • + 0
 @viatch: Except an Ebike isn't an ATV
  • + 0
 @viatch: most e-bike MTBs are simply pedal-assist, not hub-drive like the e-bike hybrids. So your ATV = e-bike argument is invalid.
  • + 9
 @seraph: doesnt matter, my whole point is NO motorized vehicles on the trails period.
  • + 1
 @viatch: dude is it cool if I ride my swagway on the trails? I'll keep it real chill and try not to throw my joint roaches everywhere.
  • + 8
 PinkEBike.com
  • + 7
 #pinkmoped
  • + 6
 how much harder is it to push that E-bike... LOL
  • + 6
 Amazing Images again! Chapeau! @kabelleira
  • + 1
 All those that hate/moan/complain about ebikes might want to consider how you will feel when they are 65 +

Still want to enjoy being out with your mates, but not having the fitness to ride. You will probably buy one.

I think the average age of Pinkbike readers is quite low, of perhaps even imagining being middle aged is hard for most of them, never mind older.
  • + 5
 If I need an ebike because my fitness is really bad at certain age, I would probably quit and retire to play chess as I would not have the fitness to go down fast enough to have fun... E-bike up... turtle down ! f*ck no.!!
  • - 3
 @Lagr1980: Go explain this to Sabrina Jonnier then ! Smile I'm sure she will happily listen to your scornful whining
  • - 3
 I'm just looking at the size of those mountains too - get three laps in on an e-bike or one in under normal power is probably what most 'normal' riders would be looking at. Not everyone has the the time to ride so regularly that you can achieve a high level of fitness (work and kids tend to get in the way) so I can see why some would choose an e-bike. Is it for me? No, as I don't ride anywhere that the terrain demands it and part of my reason to cycle is to keep fit BUT I can understand the attraction to some and IF I lived somewhere like this I think the argument to buy one would be far more compelling...

What I would add is that we don't seem to suffer the same amount of trail access issues over here in Europe so that's another big barrier removed for us, whilst I understand completely why e-bikes could (and perhaps should) be fought elsewhere...
  • + 6
 In this age you buy a used steel road bike, pack your bare necessities and roll to see the world, which is not less exiting than doing cool enduro races.
  • + 6
 Working in a shop that sells e-bikes, our main buyers are people with physical limitations like athsma or hip problems.
Either way, the motors are limited to 34km/h. That is about as fast as you go down the trail. If you are going to damage the trail, that's it.
Oh and did I mention they're all pedal assist? Because some people just need something to help them get to the top of the trail.
I don't want one, but that doesn't mean that nobody else should get one
  • + 13
 I will be 66 later this year and ride my Yeti when ever I can. I am not a fan of ebikes. Human power is what makes riding fun.
  • + 7
 I think a few of you people who are standing up for ebikes in the comments here today are missing the point. Personally I just don't care about ebikes, I know they're taking off in Europe and I could care less. This isn't about what we will be riding at 65+. If you're still riding at that age, kudos to you no matter what you get on.

However, pinkbike covering ebike races is the issue. Take your own example. Do you think people would want to see you riding your ebike at 65 on this site? Likely not. Ride mopeds, ebikes, razor scooters, whatever you want. But we don't want to see them covered here in races with real mountain bikes. For the same reasons we don't want to see road race coverage. I don't hate road bikes or cyclocross, or think they should be forbidden on roads trails or anything. But, nobody wants them covered on pinkbike. (Unless, of course, a very entertaining​ lunatic was to throw one down A line)

Buy an ebike, ride it, most people actually don't care what you chose to ride. But let's keep pinkbike for the bikes, and specifically the bikes we come here to see and drool over.
  • + 3
 @Crooks: Fair point. Well said.
  • + 1
 yeah yeah there were ebikes but can we take a moment to praise the guys that were making coffee at the top of a stage thats a real reward after a grueling climb.
  • + 2
 E bike ......racing?
Kind of like racing a canoe with an electric motor .
Its just wrong.
  • + 3
 Covering ebikes is a betrayal of PB's principles and its readers.
  • + 2
 Wow, awesome race, and great photos.
  • + 1
 Thanks man, it has been a great event overall. Cheers!
  • + 2
 Looks like a proper enduro event... stages look mint!
  • + 2
 Maritime Alps... lots my heart there... trails looks very nice
  • + 1
 Wouldn't a mechanical on an e-bike be called an electronical?
  • + 1
 no if you broke the chain, have a flat tire, cracked rim, bars,...
  • + 1
 Da f*$# is an e bike category?
  • + 7
 A category for Ebikes
  • + 1
 e bikes r gay
  • + 0
 Let them ride emopeds. Who cares as soon as it brings money to normal mtb
  • - 3
 You people crying about e bikes having their own category... Keep them separate, make money off them, put that profit into the rest of the event. There are plenty of reasons to race an e bike you may not know about.
  • + 7
 keep drinkin that koolaid. yum, yum..........oh yeah.
  • + 26
 Racing is fine but Pinkbike doesn't cover motorbike racing or car racing or road bike racing or yacht racing so why are they covering moped racing?
  • + 0
 Like it or not, it's the same event. Don't care what term you've deemed relevant to call it. Maybe it will evolve into a large enough subset of cycling to have its own dedicated media sites, maybe it will die a quick firey death, but right now it's relevant to what this site does I think. You're allowed to disagree, and so am I.
  • + 5
 @rewob: Bicycle racing was invented as a test of fitness and skill. If you want to test just your skill, they have racing for that too, it's called moto. If your excuse is that your old and fat, well what happens to your old or fat ass when you have a mechanical miles away from anywhere? Call 911?
  • + 0
 @McNubbin: old and fat isn't always the only reason.
  • + 4
 @rewob: Yea, there's lazy too.
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