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Victory at Shimano Epic Enduro

5. April 2014

Shimano Epic Enduro, Mons la Trivalle, South of France

Florian Golay wins the first edition of the Shimano Epic Enduro in Mons la Trivalle (FR). Français Bailly-Maître steps onto the podium at the first round of the Bluegrass Enduro Tour in Dabo (FR).

It can't get any longer or technical. The Shimano Epic Enduro is both physically and mentally extremely demanding - a truly epic race. The BMC Enduro Racing Team was able to secure two top podium results.

Endurance, speed, technical skills, experience as well mental toughness were the prerequisites for the 90 kilometers, 4300 meters difference in altitude, 8 timed stages and a race start at dusk. Even after 10 hours of flat out racing the pilots needed to focus on gnarly downhill sections.

With 20 years experience in racing Florian kept a cool head and worked his way to the very front on the last two stages. His downhill skills and ability to master short technical uphills with ease led to an advantage that clocked at 70 seconds when the runner-up crossed the finish line. "The hardest part was to switch back to full concentration, speed and the necessary aggressiveness after the long liaison stages", commented the 26 year old Swiss from Fully.

Kerstin Kögler on the other hand took things into her hands right from the beginning and was clearly the strongest on the technical downhills. Unfortunately she was not able to defend her advance on the last two stages. Kerstin was only beaten by Nadine Sapin, the winner of Transvesubienne 2012/13 by a mere 37 seconds after a total riding time of over 13 hours.

Further North François Bailly-Maître competed in the first round of the Bluegrass Enduro Tour in Dabo. He came third behind Nicolas Lau and Rémy Absalon. Bailly-Maître will now travel to Chile where he will compete in the Enduro World Series in Nevados de Chillán alongside his teammate from the USA Aaron Bradford.

Results:
1 GOLAY Florian 01:19:57 BMC ENDURO RACING TEAM
2 MAURIN Trocello 01:21:10 GT/VALLOIRE GALIBIER VTT
3 ARNOULD Jérémy 01:21:32 TEAM IRWEGO COMMENCAL

1 SAPIN Nadine 1:55:19 SP MERCANTOUR VTT
2 KÖGLER Kerstin 1:55:56 BMC ENDURO RACING TEAM
3 NELEN Kristien 2:12:36 TEAM FIETSSHOP UITGEEST


URL to results for Shimano Epic Enduro:

http://www.endurotribe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/scratch-epic14.pdf

 

URL to results for Bluegrass Enduro:
http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2014/Bluegrass-DABO/race.html