This weekend Dan Atherton will be at the Lake Garda Festival in Italy where he will take part in Round 2 of the Specialized Sram Enduro Series as the penultimate training race in his build up to The Enduro World Series.
He will be joined by Matteo Nati, Enduro mechanic for GT Factory Racing Team and Andy Lund who is usually to be found supporting Rachel on the Downhill circuit.
Rider: Dan Atherton
Mechanics: Matteo Nati, Andy Lund.
This will be the 20th Bike Festival in Riva del Garda. 25,000 visitors and 140 exhibitors from all over Europe are expected to flood the area.
There has been a great deal of excitement about the Enduro race with the 350 places oversubscribed from an early stage.
This race is the second of seven rounds of the Specialized Sram Enduro series. Practice and seeding will take place on Friday and the main event on Saturday.
We know that the start and finish will be at Torbole, not far from the main festival site but the exact course is still under wraps.
Bike: GT Force LE
Warm and showery 19-21 C max with the heavy rain on Thursday night before practise.
Neither Dan nor Matteo have raced at Riva del Garda before, but they are coming into this event after a winter’s intensive training behind them and with one win out of one previous outing.
Current situation – Dan’s Perspective:
“One of the biggest things about this race is Matteo being really excited to get started on the season proper. We’ve raced before at Finale Ligure and at Afan but this time he’s in charge, we’re in his home country and it’s a significant race with lots of World Series racers set to appear. It’s good that he’s got Lundy here to support him and make sure everything goes to plan.
It’s been a long winter of lots of training and even more riding, I can’t wait to put it all together at the race, especially with the excitement that’s grown up around Enduro, It’s part of a really big festival and I think the atmosphere will be great. I’ve been really surprised at the level of hype and at how quickly Enduro has come to the forefront of mountain biking. These next two races (here and Metabief) are a vital part of the run up to the World Series and I have that very much in my mind, in a work-up situation like this every race counts, in fact every stage counts.
I’m amazed that heading into another season after 15 years of racing bikes I’m probably more excited than I’ve ever been.”