The Enduro World Series has landed in France for round five, at brand new venue Les Orres.
Located in the Hautes-Alpes, Les Orres is a well known riding destination in France, but this is the first time the resort has hosted an Enduro World Series.
Les Orres will take place amongst the big mountains of the Hautes-Alpes region
This weekend’s race is shaping up to be one of the longest of the year - with eight stages across two days of racing. Featuring a combination of pedalling and lift assisted liaisons that takes in 60km in total, racers are in for an incredibly physical weekend of racing.
Isabeau Courdurier has won all four races so far this year and has an almost untouchable series lead
After last weekend’s win in Val Di Fassa, Isabeau Courdurier (Intense-Mavic Collective) remains the woman to beat and will surely be pushing hard for a win in front of her home crowd. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) lies in second place, and chasing her down will be another French rider, Morgane Charre.
Rude stormed the win in Italy but faces tough competition from series leader Florian Nicolai in France
In the men’s competition all eyes will be on Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing Team) who stormed to the win in his first race of the year in Italy last weekend. However it’s Frenchman Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) who leads the series and is expected to put in a strong showing on home soil. Reigning Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) sits second in the points, with Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) rounding out the top three.
Vidal is the man to beat in the U21 competition - can anyone challenge him on home soil?
Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) cemented his U21 lead with a win at round four last weekend, with New Zealand’s Brady Stone in second and Nathan second of France in third. In the U21 Women series leader Fenella Harris won’t be taking to the start line, so second ranked rider Leah Maunsell will be looking to capitalise, as will last weekend’s winner Lucy Schick. Keep a look out for Harriet Harnden too - the British Junior Cyclo-Cross Championship is being coached by three times EWS champion Tracy Moseley and is expected to do well at her second Enduro World Series attempt.
In the Master category series leader Louise Paulin remains the favourite, but former Champion Mary Mcconneloug is always a threat. Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) still leads the series in the Master Men category, but Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) beat Amour at the last round in Italy, so expect to see a fierce battle between these two all weekend.
Series leaders Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team
In the team competition it’s Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team who lead the standings, with Canyon Factory Racing in second and GT Factory Racing in third.
To follow this weekend’s race tune into the Race Feed and Live Timing from 12:30 CET Saturday on enduroworldseries.com/live