Race Preview: Enduro World Series Round 3

All change for Round 3 of the new Enduro World Series.

No sooner has the dust settled after the battle that was Round 2 at Val d’Allos but the riders are settling in at Les Deux Alpes, three hours breath-taking drive  to the North.

Dan currently stands 7th in the EWS rankings despite last weekend’s puncture and Martin leads the juniors but both will be hoping for a much smoother run in Round 3?

Riders: Dan Atherton, Martin Maes
Mechanics: Matteo Nati
Support : Dan Brown

Bikes: GT Force

Race guide:
The course is scheduled to be revealed on Thursday night but so far we know that there will be 4 stages. On Friday all riders will have chance to walk the course and choose lines but as last week there’ll be no riding on the course until Saturday.  Where Round 3 differs though is that all day Saturday is official practise before Sunday’s race runs, so, presuming that everything goes to plan the riders should be able to put in 2 practise runs per stage.

We’re expecting a mix of chairlifts and pedalling to reach each liaison and that the course will descend from wide –open top of mountain sections to more technical tree-lined sections on the lower slopes.

Weather forecast 
Sat and Sunday are predicted to be warm (18/19 degrees), dry in the mornings with light winds and likelihood of showers in the afternoons.

History.

Dan and Martin will be looking to put Val d’Alos behind them – it’s a measure of the weight of expectation placed upon Martin that even with his junior victory he’s less than happy with last week’s result.

At Round 1 in Punta Ala Martin benefitted from some intense practice runs with Dan –even with the limited practice allowed here the team will be hoping to replicate some of those benefits.

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Current situation – team perspectives

Dan: “I always knew that Val d’Alos was going to be tough for me – riding blind is just not something I’m comfortable with. I’ve raced here before at Mountain of Hell so I already feel a little more comfortable with the terrain and if we can get in a couple of practise runs per stage I’ll be a lot happier.

It’s always good to come to Crankworx, I’m expecting to see a lot of the guys from Cycling Sports Group and Gee and Rachel will be here – in fact it’s the first time that the whole of the GT Factory Racing team will be riding at the same event so that’s something else to look forward to. ”

Martin: “Last week I made some mistakes and Dan was very unlucky with a puncture. I’m looking forward to riding these stages in a new format and to meeting up with the rest of the guys on the team”.

 

 

 

 

 

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