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Seriously Epic Recon - Enduro World Series, Valloire, France

<b>Top of Stage 1. Simply breathtaking. Flat-out, fast, blind singletrack with Enrico Guala. Only the media were allowed on course today. "Scouting for angles" and "work" has never been better.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>We all have Fred Glo to thank for this weekend's venue. He has been hosting enduro races here for 10 years now.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cunny shredding the top singletrack on Stage 1. Full lift access with very little pedaling means full attack mode, top to bottom. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Enduro Tuck.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tire choice, especially the rear tire, will be important this weekend. You can forget about those fast-rolling tires here. Full grip and braking will be key.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>When in Europe do as the Europes. #baguettes</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Stage 2 start is straight into the snow which will require a run after 400 riders have been through it in practice. The start is awkward and physical just like the end of the stage and mountain biking in general sometimes.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Only media got to ride today, so Jamie Nicoll set out early and hiked all 27 kilometers of track today. #baquette</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Chris Ball too lazy to fix his slow-leaking front tire just went yolo on us all day. Nicolas Vouilloz in the audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Dave Trumpore reflecting on shooting EWS races on bikes vs World Cups on foot. Which would you prefer?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nico the Alien isn't scared of letting technology help him out.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Fraser Britton dwarfed by Black peak in the distance.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Hof on the edge of the world after a 9 hour drive.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Chris Ball eventually put his front wheel down after manualling all day. It went horribly wrong.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Lee Trumpore, dirt shower.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Shower and cleanliness are relative terms.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Vital media hard at "work." Dave Trumpore enjoys his first proper ride in 3 weeks.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>This is the awkward start to a physical Stage 2. Smart line choice and bit of horsepower will be key here.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>The more things change, the more they stay the same. No matter the venue, we can always count on some familiar faces on track.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Kilometers of fresh loam and stunning views brought Chis Ball's spirit animal of enduro.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Cunny won media practice. No one else even came close. Curtis Keen in audio.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>One of Cedric's 3 legs getting a little banged up last week.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Afternoon light and fresh, thick loam. Nothing but good clean fun here.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Ball knowing to keep his injuries elevated.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Victor Lucas drops in about a third of the way down Stage 1 with a long, long way to go before he reached the valley floor.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>The Enduro Pope on Enduro's holy ground of the French Alps.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Stage 2, turn on the gas like #Svenduro</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>That's the brakes. Evan Warner preparing.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Stage 3 and 4 share the same start on fast and rugged open slopes, high above tree line.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>The Hof is a boss on any terrain.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>It's not all high alpine here in Valloire. Each of the four stages end with some dark and loamy woods.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Ben, Dirt magazine's website tea boy is shreading the track on the most clapped-out bike we have ever seen. That's how it should be.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>While never used in the EWS before, the brush shows evidence of being used in last year's Bar Drag Bounty.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Lee Trumpore, fresh off the boat from Taiwan, was quite happy shake his jet lag over the 6000m of decending today.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>We will happily have our heads in the clouds this weekend as we bring you all the Enduro World Series action from high in the French alps.</b> -Dave Trumpore

The Enduro World Series gets alpine as they land in the steep ski valley of Valloire, France. Today was on-bike recon day for media, while competitors chose to rest up or walk the courses. Within seconds, our media rippers, Sven Martin, Dave Trumpore and Lee Trumpore realized that the French version of Enduro is a fast version of Enduro. There will be 4 timed stages with a total of 6000-meters of timed descending. Each stage is long, rugged and will be a test of both physical strength and strategy so bikes can be preserved to finish. Enjoy the views and reconsider why you're not trying to be a media nerd as the boys rub it in our faces in this fantastic slideshow.

View PIT BITS from Valloire


View the "Course Walk" with the UR Team



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