Monday, May 15th, 2017
“Enduro World Series Round 3”
The Nukeproof supported Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic raced at the third round of the Enduro World Series in Madeira over the weekend.
Team Manager Nigel Page was there to bring us this report:
Round three of the Enduro World Series took us to the amazing island of Madeira. Situated 900 km off the coast of Morocco this was the first time any of us had been to Madeira so we didn’t really know what to expect.
Before we even got the bikes out it seemed wild as we flew into the airport landing on a man made bridge over the ocean. Pretty cool!
Typical for any race in 2017 the first day of practice it was raining a lot which made it super hard work on the very diverse tracks. This was a big two-day stage race nearly 100km of trails, made up of four tracks on day one and five tracks on day two.
Rain, Sun, Rain, Sun made for a lot of gloppy mud!
Pagey’s Madeira EWS stage overview
Saturday came around and the weather picked up. Stage one was going to be tough but it was a lot harder than we thought.
Poor Elliott Heap who was definitely a contender for the win in Under-21 men only got three corners in before his jockey wheel on his rear mech flew off, just a completely freak thing and that was his whole race over (if you don’t complete a stage then you’re not allowed to race the others).
Sam Hill was down in 24th in Elite men after stage one, but never gave up and battled through the next three stages to finish the first day in 12th place.
A tough first day for Sam, but sitting in 12 overall after day 1 pedal fest
I had a rough start – not recovering physically after stage one for stage two – and crashing on stage two giving my head a good bang. But I got it together for stages three and four to move into second place in the Masters category.
Sam and myself were more looking forward to day two with some amazing tracks but very hard work again but more gravity-fed.
Sam battled through, moving all the way up to fourth place with two stages to go and eventually dropping one place to finish the race in fifth. What a result for the downhill legend. Awesome work buddy, and as everywhere we go in the world the fans are so excited to see and meet the man and their hero.
I managed to hold onto second place having a good battle with ex-World Cup cross-county rider Michael Broderick and I was super pleased to narrowly bag a stage win on the final stage. What an awesome track. Well done again to Karim Amour who smoked us all in the Masters.
It was amazing to finish the race down on the beach and get a well earned couple of beers.
Thanks Madeira, it was super tough but awesome trails. I hope to come back here to just ride and enjoy the trails some day.
Thanks to Jacy for keeping the bikes going, Fraser for the pictures and all our sponsors for the support.
Cheers and Obrigado Madeira
Sam now sits 2nd in the overall… See you in EWS Ireland
1 min highlights real:
Images by Fraser Britton Photos.
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