2017 French Enduro Series Round 3, Val d'Allos - Day One - Photo Epic

Jun 24, 2017 at 17:05
by Kike Abelleira  



The chairlift was the plan for the first day of racing in Val d'Allos. With Stage 1 and 2 sharing the first 200 meters and the start line settled at more than 2,400 meters above the sea level, pedaling up the mountain was not an option.

With just two stages for the day and chairlift liaisons, someone could think that Val d'Allos is not a hard race. Riders had to ride Stage 1 twice in race mode, and once the Stage 2. The winning times were more than 15 minutes for each of the runs on Stage 1 and over 10 minutes for the Stage 2.

We had a great weather for most of the day until the sky decided to release some water in liquid and solid states. Within a few minutes, the trails were muddy in some sections, but that only affected part of Stage 2 practice before the sun came out again and dried out the wet soil. There is no doubt that one of the top gifts of the day were the views at the top of the bike park.

Jose Borges leads the race, for both Elite Men and scratch time. Morgane Jonnier leads the women's category. Maxime Alessandroni is the first junior. Yannick Senechal was the fastest in Master One today and Gilles Doze the fastest Master Two. Sabrina Jonnier and Olivier Giordanengo are leading the e-bike race.

For Sunday the forecast announces a cloudy day and no chance of rain. We will keep you posted with the Sunday action recap.

2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Early in the morning for the practice ride.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
The gondola and chairlift belong to La Foux, the Val d'Allos ski station.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Even behind her full face helmet, Sabrina Jonnier is all smiles.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
The bike park routine.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Stage 1. The fastest section is followed by the slowest one, a rough climb that made riders to slow down from more than 60km/h to less than 10km/h.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Probably the first race for a Rocky Mountain Powerplay in Europe.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Bike Park morning view.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Riders gathering at the intermediate gondola.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Always in a good mood. Cheers Flo.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
It was a long way up to the top of the mountain.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Social media tasks before the start.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Fred Glo acting as the opener rider here in Val d'Allos.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Baptiste Gaillot with no time to enjoy the views. He's 6th at the end of the day.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Fastest section we have witnessed in the series.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Climbs with a XC taste.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Fast and open sections on Stage 1.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Breaking the slope line.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Sebastien Claquin, second in the e-bike race behind the dominating Oliver Giordanengo, but only 4.7 seconds behind.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Down on stage 1.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
After a solid day, Morgane Jonnier leads the women category by a huge margin of 76 seconds.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Florian Nicolai, loses almost half minute against Borges and is second in the men elite category at the end of the day.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Julie Duvert couldn't find her last race's pace and sits third by a tiny margin to Leah Mansell.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Nicolas Quere won the Stage 2 this Saturday, and for now has the third spot on the podium.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Dream trails in Val d'Allos.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Benjamin Bernardi in style.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
We didn't spot too many mechanicals.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Teo Gaultier on the speed zone.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Just before the start of the Stage 2 practice, the sky got loose and a small thunderstorm with rain and hail hit the ground.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Right after the storm we rode for 500 meters to another photo spot on the high part of Stage 2 and we got a blocked wheels bike. Half an hour after the end of the rain, the trails were almost dry.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Camille Servant enjoying his practice run on Stage 2.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Jose Borges feeling comfy at Stage 2.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Cornering ability was a continuous test all the way down the Stage 2.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Stage 2. Even at the lower section, we found a few open spaces.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Karim Amour sending it with his e-bike.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Theo Bertarini is 5th in the Master 2 category.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Pierre Real just going real!


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Seb Claquin showing that he pushed hard on Stage 2.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Not a great day at the office for Camille Servant. A flat tire on the first ride of Stage 1 took him to the position 116th He worked hard the rest of the day and he's sitting in the 57th position. Here he's trying to reduce inflammation from a two weeks knee injury.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Loving these small souvenirs.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Big line with casual dressed bikers.


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
Beer at the races used as a recovery drink. Mountain Biking


2017 French Enduro Series Round 3 Val d Allos
A giant paella was cooked and served for all riders at the end of the journey.


For Parts 8.3 Enduro Series Saturday results, visit this link.
For AllTricks e-bike Series Saturday Results, visit this link:



MENTIONS: @kabelleira




2 Comments

  • + 4
 Nice. Makes me wanna ride there.
  • + 1
 EPIC!

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