Enduro World Series, Spain

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

“Ainsa EWS”

Joe Smith EWS 5.4

Another good weekend of adventuring and racing in new surroundings for the Nukeproof team.This time at the Enduro World Series in stunning setting of Ainsa, Spain.

Wideopen Magazine and Nukeproof nomadic team rider Mark Scott finishing strong in 20th overall, mixing it with the full factory riders. Mark has performed heroics on his Mega AM this year, standing alongside the worlds elite riders despite not having a full track side support afforded to some of his peers. His top result here surely makes him one of the riders of the season and one to look out for in the coming years.

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Mark found time for plenty of “instagram Moments” follow him @markscott259  

drinking in the streetMark taking advantage of the refreshments on offer- Tequila energy shots on the  Prologue stage

Alongside Mark, Matti Lehikonen has converted successfully from Downhill racing over to Enduro. Matti is starting to gain the “enduro race craft” to put a full race weekend together to compliment his obvious speed on the stages.  Matti managed another top result with 26th overall (after suffering a big OTB on one of the stages).

EWS_Ainsa_Friday-2864Matti Styling it up in the cobbled streets of Ainsia Old Town for the un-timed prologue stage 

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EWS_Ainsa_Sunday-5531Rider down- when the rain came down the clay ground just turned the tire’s into slicks! 

Joining Matti and Mark was our Downhill team, traveling straight from the success of the British Downhill Series podiums and over to Ainsa, Spain. Team CRC-Paypal riders Joe Smith and Mike Jones have raced a few enduro’s this year and have been enjoying the time on the bike and attacking the stages. The Zona Zero stages provided maximum enjoyment with fast rocky descents and stunning scenery to wind down on the downhill season

EWS_Ainsa_Friday-2719Mike and Joe soaking up the Spanish culture in Ainsa, Old Town 

EWS_Ainsa-1050Working together and learning lines on the wild trails 

Joe (or Joe-duro) put in another solid weekend of riding to finish 27th overall finishing just behind Matti. Joe is one of the only top enduro racers out there on flat pedals allowing him to exact maximum control over the loose rocky corners.

EWS_Ainsa_Saturday-3303Joe fully committed to his Scandinavian flick! 

Mike Jones, taking on his 3rd Enduro World Series, unfortunately suffered a mechanical on the first day dropping him down the fields overall results, but some strong stage results will give him some hope for the final round of the EWS this weekend in Italy.Mike Jones EWS 5.1Mike, fully committed as always

Kelan Grant grabbed a last minute entry to the race and made the trip from Belfast to race the final two rounds. The Omagh boy headed across to make his mark again tackle the World Enduro. Kelan has had some impressive results in the EWS Ireland and Scotland and was loving the experience of racing in Europe. Kelan finished a very impressive 66th overall. For an “interesting” insight to racing and the EWS follow Kelan on Instagram @kelangrant 

kelan kelanFollow @kelanGrant for his unique view on life in the EWS 

Looking forward to seeing what Kelan and the rest of the team can do in Finale Ligure, now joined by Nigel Page and Elliot Heap, there should be plenty of Nukeproof’s out on the hills. Chris Kilmurray (head coach at Point 1 racing development) will be taking over our Instagram account (@NukeproofBikes) so you can follow the event track side from his eyes.

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