Leah Maunsell finishes third at round four of the British Enduro Series

This weekend my Dad and I made the trip over to Eastridge, England for round four of the British Enduro Series. Coming into this weekend I didn’t know what to expect having never ridden in an British Enduro before. The format is quite different to that of the Irish series with two days of racing. Saturday morning is open practice on stages one, two and three and racing these stages in the afternoon, and Sunday morning is open practice on stages four, five and six and again racing these stages in the afternoon just like the previous day. After practice is was apparent that the stages were going to be short so there was no time to take any breather mid stage. 

Day one: Saturday. It was such a great morning of practice getting to shadow multiple World Enduro champion Tracy Moseley down the stages. I was feeling ready to race and couldn’t wait to get going. Stage one didn’t start off the best for me having slipped off my lines causing me to lose some momentum in the rougher section. I got into it quite quickly after that though and had a good finish to the stage. Stage two and three were good for me and wrapped up the first day of racing. After day one, I was sitting in 3rd position in the Elite Women’s category.IMG_5108

Day 2: Sunday. Today’s early stages four and five were really pedally and quite physical. I tried to have some smooth runs with the aim of catching some time up to second position. Stage 6 was one of my favourite stages being really rough with lots of roots to deal with. The conditions this weekend were dusty trails with sunshine which was a change! I had a good day but it wasn’t enough to catch up enough time to second place. I was really happy  to keep third place in the Elite Women in my first ever British Enduro race. It was also pretty cool to share the podium with Tracy (hopefully the first of many more to come). Big thank you to Kona Bikes for my sweet Kona Process 153DL which performed faultlessly again this weekend and also for making this trip possible. IMG_5095