EWS#1 - 8th place for Lorraine Truong30. March 2015 — Enduro Team
After a long and snowy European winter, the Enduro World Series offered a perfect season kick off in the Southern Hemisphere. Lorraine Truong, for her first race with the BMC Factory Trailcrew, finished at a good 8th place.
The first round of the Enduro World Series took place in Rotorua, New Zealand, a popular Mountain Bike destination that hosted the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships back in 2006. It was the first EWS stop in Oceania and it showed how popular the Enduro discipline has become lately. Both riders and spectator attendance were really high.
It is not always easy to start a season with such a big race but Lorraine Truong managed to overcome the pressure to deliver a good result for her debut with the BMC Factory Trailcrew. After 7 stages, more than 45 minutes of racing and about 8 hours on the saddle, the Swiss rider finished 8th, one minute only from the 5th place.
“I really enjoyed stages 2 and 3. They were short and very technical with almost no pedaling” says Lorraine who finished 5th of these two stages. Unfortunately, another pilot crashed in front of her in stage 6 causing her to go for a re-run. “After that I felt pretty tired and started doing little mistakes and losing focus”. Nevertheless, she is happy with her performance which brings her a lot of confidence for the season. “I have to work on my fitness and my focus for the next races. If I get better there, I won’t be far from the top 5”.
Long wait for François Bailly-Maître
Timing issues were to deplore so François Bailly-Maître had to wait almost 24 hours to get his result. Finally ranked 16th, the French pilot, admits that his performance isn’t exactly what he was hoping for. Still, he keeps positive: “All in all, my performance is encouraging. I felt strong despite the lack of riding hours and my Trailfox worked really well. I am one of the only riders who were capable of staying on the bike in stage 1. I am also very happy with my 10th place at stage 7 which was very downhill-like”. With almost two months to go to the next round of the EWS, the leader of the BMC Factory Trailcrew, has some time to get to his best level.
Lorraine Truong and François Bailly-Maître will be joined by team mates Kerstin Kögler and Florian Golay for the next round of the Enduro World Series that takes place in Ireland on the 24th and 25th of May. In the meantime, the BMC Factory Trailcrew will also take part to the Shimano Epic and the All Mountain Challenge in France.
Full results here.