It’s been a long and tiring season and it’s almost come to an end. I returned back home this week after the final two rounds of the Enduro World Series and with one last race to go for the season in Scotland I wanted to send my thanks to all my sponsors and post a quick update on the past months racing.
Anise,Spain was a new venue for the Enduro World Series and it pretty much stole the show from the other rounds. Located on the edge of the Pyrenees it was a unique setting with it’s hill top fortress providing the pits and start location for the weekends race. With 8 stages over the two days of racing, and long days out, it was a difficult race. Not only was it hot but the tracks were exposed with large eroded ridges forming the lines for the trails. Photo attached for use and just shows how interesting and stunning the landscape was.
Racing didn’t start well for me managing to crash on the first corner of the first stage. Unfortunately that’s the 3 time I’ve managed to crash on the first stage at the Enduro World Series events. Hopefully next year I can eliminate that and I’ll be making up some easy places. After this bad start and an 80th Stage position I struggled to get back up to pace on the Saturday. Come Sunday and a good rest and clear head I upped my game and put in some better stages climbing up to 62nd and putting in a top 40 stage result. A consulation for a weekend I wasn’t too pleased with. The memorable aspect of this event was the flash floods and cancelled stage 8 on the Sunday. Just have a look at the photos here http://www.pinkbike.com/news/photo-epic-the-rain-in-spain-enduro-world-series-round-7-ainsa.html
What a way to end the season. Beers with the guys I've been racing all year.
It was then onwards to Italy and we crammed four of us in my van and trucked the 10 hours to Finale Ligure on the Italian Riviera. A familiar place from racing the final round last year, my 2nd EWS event. Now on my 8th EWS round and 6th for the year it’s becoming more familiar. This year the trails were very different and with weather and storms due practice was cut to one day. We got in all 6 stages utilising a local uplift service with Bobby and his dog Johnny providing some good entertainment all day. A crash on stage 4 saw me injure my thumb and a trip to A&E cleared me of any worry that I’d injured my scaphoid. I approached the start of my race a little more cautiously and went for a clean run on what was one of the more awkward, pedally and physical stages of the year. Although not a stage time I was hoping for, struggling with fitness after almost a month off the bike after the Canadian rounds due to work, it gave me something to build on for the weekend. The rest of the weekend was consistent with another top 40 stage and finishing 51st for the weekend. Having aimed at the start of the year to finish in the top 50 in the series this final event secured that finishing 49th. Having not been to all the rounds this was a good way to end my year on the EWS circuit. I’ve got a lot of things I know I can work on for 2016 and I’m looking forward to making plans for racing and more incredible trips.