Shimano Epic Enduro: Florian Golay retains his title7. April 2015, Olargue, France — Enduro Team
Florian Golay won the Shimano Epic Enduro event for the second year in a row. With this win he proves once again that he is a remarkable competitor, able to ride for 12 hours and focus for 1h30 of rough and very technical downhills.
The Shimano Epic is an Enduro event like none other. The 700 participants of the second race’s edition had to start equipped with headlamps at 4.45am to ride 105km, 4’800m of climbing and race the same 4’800m divided in nine timed stages. The goal isn’t to cross the finish line first but to manage ones fitness and be able to shred the trails down.
At this game, Florian Golay is a master. With his experience, he knows exactly how to manage himself: “I started the day with the other favorites but thinking about the long day ahead I decided to slow down a bit on the way up to the first stage. Everything went pretty well in the first three stages. I had to pass many riders but managed to go back to the paddock without a mechanical”.
Each rider has his own routine in the paddock. Florian Golay likes to take his time, check his bike, eat and drink, prepare for the next stages. When he left for the second loop (stages 4 to 6), Florian was in fourth place, a few seconds down from the lead. “The second loop was long and rough. It was extremely demanding for the bike but once again I managed to finish the second loop without a problem.” After the second loop, Florian was in the lead with only a couple of seconds advantage.
The final loop was to be decisive. “I felt confident when leaving the paddock but crashed three times in stage 8. I had no idea how the other riders did and kept telling myself that everything was possible. So I went to stage 9 and had really good fun on my bike there.”
After more than 12 hours on the bike, Florian Golay wins the Shimano Enduro Epic for the second year in a row. “This race format suits me really well: long and slow uphills with fast technical downhills. I also have the perfect bike for such a rough terrain. It needs to be fast but comfortable and my Trailfox is the perfect weapon for this epic day.”
“It is a real satisfaction. My winter preparation wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be but everything came together in the last few weeks. The new material (he raced his BMC Trailfox TF01 with Shimano XTR Di2 for the first time) gave me extra motivation and I am really pleased to kick off the season that way.”
Florian Golay’s next objective is the All-Mountain Challenge in Millau, France, on the 8th and 9th of May. Another challenging event is awaiting for him and the rest of the BMC Factory Trailcrew there: two days of Enduro and Cross-country racing on one single bike!