The time has finally come for rounds 5 and 6 of the 2021 Enduro World Series in Loudenvielle France! Training took place on Wednesday and the trails are looking decidedly French, perilously steep, open grassy turns, high speed and there’s a bit of rain in the mix. Round 5 is raced on Thursday and Round 6 will take place across Saturday and Sunday. For a recap of Round 3 and 4, click here. Have a watch through of the course preview for all the info or read below!
How to follow the racing
EWS TV for video highlights
Enduro World Series Website for more info
The course (Round 5)
Stage 1 – Privilege: 5km / 845m
Stage 2 – Pourtico : 1km / 330m
Stage 3 – Dolmens : 3.7km / 800m
Stage 4 – Val d’Aubel : 4.25km / 900m (Queen Stage)
Stage 5 – La Pique : 4.25km / 620m
The Queen Stage: One stage per event will be designated the “Queen Stage”. Top 5 finishers on the Queen Stage will receive bonus points for the overall series rankings.
The Pro Stage (round 6): A high action stage that will be raced on the evening prior to a main race day. Top 5 finishers on the Pro Stage will receive bonus points for the overall series rankings and be seeded as the last 5 riders to start on the following race day.
Who to watch
In the women’s field we have had Melanie Pugin (FRA), Isabeau Courdurier (FRA), and the young Harriet Harnden (GBR) take victories at the first 4 rounds! Canadian ALN on Rocky Mountain very narrowly missed out at the last round through! It is really all to play for for the women. Israeli rider Noga Korem on GT is looking strong as well and could upset the standings.
The Richie Rude (USA) versus Jack Moir (AUS) battle is still on like a scone! 2 wins each thus far and anyones guess as to who will conquer in France. My money is on Jack as he has been in Europe since round 4 which will pay dividends on the very French race stages. Any rider from France will naturally be dangerous this weekend. Let’s see what goes down in the Pyrenees!