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EWS round one in Chile: Bailly-Maître and Bradford both know that consistency is the key

19. April 2014

Nevados de Chillan, Chile - Enduro World Series (EWS)

François Bailly-Maître and Aaron Bradford both travelled to Chile two weeks prior to the EWS round one to get used to the climate and the volcanic terrain. Practice on the very technical course began on Thursday. Gauging the right amount of training on the course versus recovery became difficult as they both thoroughly enjoyed the Chilean soil.
On Saturday and Sunday riders had to complete 3 stages each. Bailly-Maître had a good start which gave him confidence until he crashed over his handlebars on a flat and sandy section which threw him back on the scoreboard. Nonetheless François stayed focused as not to lose too much time for the second day where he started off in 10th position. "I hit a root on the side of the trail really hard and that was extremely painful", François commented on his race day on Sunday. "I lost some confidence for the remainder of the race and with all the bad luck I had my 15th place isn't that bad. I'm sure I got some bonus points now for the rest of the season!"
Aaron highlighted the fact that with a total race time of approximately 40 minutes and a total ride time of over six hours the course was both physically and mentally demanding. I felt strong on the pedaling sections but did have some crashes on the more technical bits which added time to my overall. I expected a better result for this event but I feel positive going into the season with a solid 25th place.

1 Jerome Clementz 36:41.31
2 Jared Graves 36:49.58
3 Florian Nicolai 36.53.39
15 François Bailly-Maître 37:59.27
25 Aaron Bradford 38:59.27

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