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Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series

The fifth and sixth rounds of the Enduro World Series took place in Loudenvielle, France, over the weekend where Team Chain Reaction Cycles took on some of the gnarliest trails in the Pyrenees.  

As ever Team Manager Nigel Page was trackside to bring us this report: 

Enduro World Series Round Five: Loudenvielle 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

The stunning village of Loudenvielle, high up in the French Pyrenees, played host to stages five and six of the Enduro World Series. 

There was a mixture of tracks to challenge the racers from flat-out wide big mountain open tracks to super steep technical trails and of course some big climbs in stages to keep the racers red lining and requiring cross-country fitness as well as downhill skills. 

Race one was held on Thursday after a wet practice day on Wednesday making the tracks slick and extra challenging. The race was shortened to four stages from five as the Dolmans stage was removed, which happened to be Sam, Elliott and Kelan’s favourite stage – it was deemed too dangerous to ride after the rain. It was still going to be a big day and super challenging and physical. 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

Kelan rode consistently all day to finish 46th overall, Kelan is riding great but just struggling to find that pace and flow to make it into the top-20 where he wants to be. 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

Sam Hill finished 29th, 19th, 15th and 35th on the very physical stage to finish 24th overall. Sam just can’t quite find the champion’s pace he has, but still looks amazing on his bike and the fans go wild when they see him on track. 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

Elliott had another great result finishing 20th coming 22nd, 21st, 14th and 25th on the stages with some super close battles with teammate Sam, they were within 0.1 and 0.2 of a second of each other on two of the stages which is crazy! Elliott is getting a little frustrated as he wants to be in that top 10, he is super close to it, he has the speed and the fitness, he just needs to put it all together. It will happen buddy! 

Check out the full results here and the EWS highlights video:

Enduro World Series Round Six: Loudenvielle 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

The riders had a one-day break and then it was back onto race action for round six of the EWS with one practice run on the Pro stage and then race runs on Saturday afternoon followed by five stages on Sunday. 

The tracks were a lot drier which was good, but this made the tracks super rough, blown out and challenging as well as even faster speeds. 

The Pro stage which would also be repeated for the final stage on Sunday was a great track to ride but super hard at race speed as it was really tight and awkward in paces, with lots of roots and rocks and off-cambers. 

In the Pro stage, Kelan finished 60th, Sam in 36th and Elliott in 26th. 

Sunday came and the weather was clear – the views up on the higher stages were stunning. The tracks were running super-fast and the racing was amazing! 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

Kelan finished 49th, 60th, 39th, 44th and 56th to finish 49th overall but felt like he rode well and gave it everything. 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

Sam finished 30th, 29th, 33rd, 43rd and 36th to finish in 33rd, not where he wants to be and is struggling to find his form, but that’s racing. 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

Elliott ended up having quite a few crashes trying to push for those results he is looking for and finished 27th, 37th, 29th 11th and 33rd to finish 24th. Another great result and his 11th on the penultimate stage showed he has the pace.  

It was a great effort from all the lads and thanks to Jacy and Oli for keeping the bikes running perfectly. 

Check out the full results here and the EWS highlights video:

At both races Kelan raced his large Nukeproof Giga 290, Sam on his medium Nukeproof Giga 279  and Elliott on his Nukeproof Mega 279. 

One of our team sponsors, Michelin, was the race sponsor and held a great ‘meet and greet the riders’ on the Friday evening which was awesome. 

Thanks to all our amazing sponsors for their continued support, we couldn’t do this without you. 

Cheers 

Nigel 

Team CRC at the Loudenvielle Enduro World Series [Images by Kike Abelleira]

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