Double win at All Mountain Challenge11. May 2015, Millau, France — Enduro Team
François Bailly-Maître and Lorraine Truong won the inaugural All Mountain Challenge over the weekend. An event of in a league of its own comprising of an interesting mix of Enduro and Cross-country races. Riders are forced to choose one bike for both races, so it forces them to examine their strengths and weaknesses and…choose the optimal bike!
After the first day of racing, things were looking good: François Bailly-Maître was in second position, a few seconds only from day-1 winner Damien Oton and Lorraine Truong was leading with a comfortable advantage on her main competitors.
“Finishing five seconds down Damien after three Enduro stages is a great result. He is one of the main guys out there. I’ll give everything tomorrow on the Cross-country loop to win the event. It will also be an excellent opportunity to test my level of fitness.” Mission accomplished too for Lorraine Truong who won two of the three stages and the overall Enduro event on the new BMC Teamelite 01! “I have always dreamt of racing an Enduro event on a hardtail but never dared doing it. The All Mountain Challenge was a great opportunity to do so and the new Teamelite was just perfect.” She rode an XS frame and upgraded it with a 125mm dropper seat post. “Many people were surprised about my bike choice but I decided to favor lightweight. I am not the most powerful rider out there so it was important to have a light bike that would help me on the Cross-country loop.”
And it did. Lorraine managed to keep a substantial advantage on her main competitors to win the overall classification. “It was hard. I did not know the course and had no idea where the other girls were so it was stressful but it all went pretty well in the end”.
Thanks to his considerable cross-country experience, François Bailly-Maître could catch and drop Damien Oton gone 30’’ before him. “I really went for it on Saturday. I wanted to ride fast but clean and managed to do so which made me happy and pretty confident for the XC event.” The French rider raced on his BMC Speedfox SP 01: “To me it is the most versatile bike and once mounted with XC tyres, it is very efficient”.
Kerstin Kögler and Florian Golay also took part to the All Mountain Challenge finishing in fourth and eighth places respectively.
This double success augurs well for the upcoming EWS events in Ireland and Scotland at the end of May.
Photos: courtesy Enduro Tribe