Truong and Golay runner-ups in Jura15. June 2015, Les Moussières, France — Enduro Team
Lorraine Truong and Florian Golay took part to the Enduro Jura by Julbo, a new Enduro event organized by their team partner François Bailly-Maître. The two Swiss riders ended up second of a technically and physically demanding event with seven stages and 4’000m of vertical drop over two days of racing.
Limited to 100 participants, the Enduro Jura by Julbo had the particularity to be raced blind (without any prior training). Swiss BMC Factory Trailcrew riders Lorraine Truong and Florian Golay are always keen to play this game. “It is almost a different sport, explains Lorraine, you have to keep control the entire time and somehow stay under your limits to avoid crashes.”
On day one, Lorraine managed to keep big favorite Tracy Moseley under contention in the three first stages. In the fourth stage, 17 minutes long (!), she suffered asthma and had to stop half way through to ensure some semblance of breathing. She lost a precious minute there and finished the day in second position, a bit more than two minutes down form the UK rider. The next day, without complexes, she managed to make some time on her rival (Tracy is also her coach and inspiration) for the first time ever. “Stages 6 and 7 felt amazing! The stages were very steep and pedaling was not needed, that’s what I like the most. I managed a great time in stage 6 beating Tracy by 20’’ and finishing with the 17th scratch place. It was pure ecstasy!” She also won the last stage with a very little margin, one tenth of a second, on the Enduro World Series leader. “I am very happy with my weekend. Without my asthma problems and a better tire choice, the gap with Tracy might have been smaller but I am very satisfied with my riding and two stage wins.”
After two though EWS weeks in the UK, recovery proved difficult so Florian Golay did not really know what to expect at the start of the weekend.
But the experienced rider had a blast riding his Trailfox on the varied course. “Trails were fresh. Riding with number 2, I only had one tire mark on the ground so had to be fully focused to keep the right track. Stage 3 was very steep and slippery, by bike went from switchbacks to off-camber sections without any problems helping me to keep the flow.” With an excellent tire choice (customized Continental X King at the front and Baron Apex at the back) Florian won that stage with two seconds on Nicolas Lau, his main competitor. After stage 4, he finished the day in second position, 57’’ down from Lau and about a minute ahead of the closest contenders. The second day did not change anything to the classification: Florian finished second overall behind Nicolas Lau and ahead of Damien Escalier.
Photos: Benjamin Becker / Enduro Jura by Julbo