The Irish crowd made the day !
The 2nd round of the Enduro World Series took place in Ireland this week-end, in a small town named Glenealy. When we arrived we were surprise to see « only » a little hill (the summit is at 397 meters)! What a mistake to thing it’s gonna be flat! The Irish built a strong race with 1800 meters elevation, 49 km and 7 good stages! You have to be fit to finish the 2 days of practice without shuttle, and the last day of racing!
The Irish spectators were a lot at every stage to cheer all the riders and put an incredible good atmosphere! It was crowed all day !
Jérôme was sick when he started the race:
« I was feeling good on the practice, I really liked the venue and what the trail had to offer. The confidence was high, but unfortunately I felt sick from the second day of practice and thing went worse for the race day! Anyway I had no option than to give my best, try to score good points and go trough the day! I was surprise by my general fitness in a good way, I was having fun racing and the crowd cheering for me like I was on home soil helped me. But to be realistic you can’t compete with the top rider when you’re not 100% and even if I was feeling good I could barely be in the top 10 on each stage. I struggle to be on the charge, dynamic and fully focused.I did a race without major mistake and the consistency allows me to finish 8th and hold the lead for the overall which satisfy me. You’ve to look forward and I’ll rest next few day to recover and be back on form for the round in Scotland this week end!
The team support have been amazing, bike was feeling awesome and this was a great event! I know it’s gonna be tough all year long to battle with talented rider, but this is what I like, why we race and I’m always up for challenges! Keep it pin and see you next week end! »
Jérôme is still leading the EWS overall with 10 points
I (Pauline) got a cold in the beginning of the week and then crashed on practice and I got an ankle sprain. I don’t want to give up and still start the race in be ranked overall. It was a really hard day for the girls, climbing the 7 stages without to much transfer times. I am super happy to finished ! I end up 16th it’s not too bad with a sickness. I will recover for the next round in Scotland!