François Bailly-Maitre and Lewis Buchanan Start EWS with great Team Performance28. March 2016, Corral, Chile — Melanie Leveau — Enduro Team
The 2016 Enduro season kicked off in February with a win from François Bailly-Maitre at the Andes Pacifico, a stage race across the Chilean Andes. One month later, round one of the Enduro World Series also took place Chile, in Corral. Six stages over two days of racing were awaiting the 400 riders who made the trip to South America. Like every first race of the season, levels of curiosity were high to see who was starting the season in the best shape.
Following his win at Andes Pacifico, François Bailly-Maitre was pinned for a podium. The French rider came in a respectable tenth place, despite a disappointing 36th place in the very last stage. “I’m so frustrated” he said a few minutes after his times appeared on the finishing board. “I was third place on the fifth stage which is great but this last stage leaves a taste of sour taste in my mouth. I crashed and lost a few seconds then but I also couldn’t find the right speed.” Despite the disappointment of the last stage, FBM is pretty happy with a result that shows he is already in good form, which is not usually the case for him this early in the season.
A very promising first for Lewis Buchanan
Lewis Buchanan, newcomer to the BMC Factory Trailcrew team, raced his very first Enduro World Series event and suspicions have been confirmed: he is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Racing with the number 56 this weekend, the Scottish rider passed lots of riders to find his way up to a better number and start position for the following events. He climbed his way up to number 21st after only one day of competition and showed excellent control and riding skills to knock on the door of the top 10 in stages 4 and 6. He eventually finished in13th position in his first EWS race. “I didn’t expect such a result. I came here with a top 40 in mind in order to slowly but steadily get a better start position so I am very happy with this 13th place!” The young rider, who comes originally from downhill mountain bike racing, doesn’t get over excited however and hopes for a similar and consistent result next weekend in Bariloche, Argentina for the second round of the Enduro World Series.
One thing is for sure, he doesn’t regret his switch to Enduro racing. “I’ve been racing downhill for quite a few years and took part in a few cross-country and cyclo-cross race but I’ve never experienced anything like that. The atmosphere and support between riders and teams is great. I had a lot of fun this week and I can’t wait for more next week!”
Photo: Jeremie Reuiller - ILL Prod.