Racing here at the opening Enduro World Series got off to an exciting start last night with the prologue stage, which was a short downtown blast in nearby Castiglione della Pescaia. Surprises-a-plenty with Steve Peat crashing out, relative unknown Alex Cure taking the win and some of the world’s top downhill racers finishing down the results sheet.
Take a ride through the streets with Kona’s Alex Stock from yesterday’s prologue:
Seeing the pedal to the metal style of the full-time enduro racers, particularly Jerome Clementz and Alex Lupato, was not only inspiring but also an insight to their intentions on race day. Nicolas Vouilloz showed his almost scientific approach to downhill racing (which won him 10 world titles) as he was adjusting his forks mid-run. Fabien Barel proved his all-round prowess as he finished in runners-up spot and flamboyant Cedric Gracia scorched the hill to round off the podium, both are likely to be finishing near the top of the results sheet today.
As a final note before we go chasing the riders around the four stages today, it’s worth mentioning that Steve Peat and Nicolas Vouilloz will spend the whole day (the race will take around 5 hours) riding together as they are seeded together…