Bailly-Maître and Kögler both take 2nd Place at Trans-Savoie31. August 2015, St Gervais, France — Enduro Team
The Trans-Savoie is known for being one of the toughest Enduro stage races of the year. Last week, in the shadow of the Mont-Blanc, riders raced no less than 27 timed stages over six days for a total of 25,000m of leg-shattering descending.
François Bailly-Maître is already known for his ability to ride consistently and it is this consistency that brought him two ‘day’ wins during the race, and a second place in the overall at the end of the long week. “The trails were technical and slippery and sometimes pretty dangerous, so (calculating) the risk-factor was key. I never rode 100% so I could maintain control and avoid crashing. Nico Lau took more risks and that’s how he made up the difference between us.” After six days and almost 4h30 of racing, François Bailly-Maître took second place; 2’30min behind Nico Lau and in front of last year’s winner Jamie Nicoll, and his BMC Factory Trailcrew team mate Florian Golay.
Florian Golay was happy with his performance: “I quickly found the right rhythm – safe and efficient – and managed some excellent times, not far from the win on some stages. It’s good for the moral and it bodes well for the upcoming races.”
A “hard but amazing” race for Kerstin Kögler
In a very international female field, Kerstin Kögler quickly found herself in second place behind an unstoppable Meggie Bichard on the first day of racing. Despite a flat tire on the very last day that lost her some precious time (she finished 6th that day), she rode down safely to cross the finish line in St Gervais. “This race is hard on the riders and on the bikes too. So I decided to race safe to manage myself and my bike. The plan worked pretty well. The German rider enjoyed every minute on the alpine terrain: “It was, for sure, one of the hardest but most amazing races I’ve ever done”.
The BMC Factory Trailcrew will meet again in two weeks for Biivouac, a three-day stage race in teams of two, in France, between the 10th and the 13th of September.
1. Nico Lau 4:24.23
2. François Bailly-Maître 4:26.53
3. Jamie Nicoll 4:30.59
4. Florian Golay 4:32.46
1. Meggie Bichard 5:36.06
2. Kerstin Kögler 5:55.26
3. Monika Büchi (SUI) 5:58.49
See the full results listing on the website of Trans Savoie