Words Alexander Kangas Photos Sven Martin
I flew out from Stockholm on Sunday and arrived late in Toulouse, it felt great being at the venue a few days prior to the actual race weekend start, stress levels were way lower than normal.
I walked stage five on Tuesday, it contained a lot of switchbacks and steep corners (overall a good stage by the looks of it) then on Wednesday the first day of practice was underway, we got to practice stages two and four between 9am-1pm and stages two and three from 2pm-6pm. The stages had a big variety, but all of them were steep and contained a bit of everything, in my opinion, just how Enduro should be.
Practice went well, we were allowed to do only one run on stages one, two, four, five, six, eight and nine (nine and five were the same stage). The public uplift situation was a bit shit, in my opinion, we had to wait a long, long time standing in line all day.
The second day of practice was good, the stages ( five, six, seven, eight, nine) were steep and technical, just the way I like them!
The first day of racing on Friday started off good on stages one and two, the liaisons were terrible, they were so steep we had to walk them, I had a small crash on stage three, and as well a small crash on four. Stage five was the best stage of the day, and by far my quickest with a third place on that stage and I sat in 22nd place overall after the first day of racing, which felt great.
Saturday, the second day of racing, just went through problem free for me, I felt a bit conservative throughout the entire second day of racing, no crashes, no sketchy moments at all, and that’s normally a sign I’ve been going a bit too slow, I felt that I wanted to have a result with me from the weekend instead of crashing out or having a mechanical.
I ended the weekend in 31st place, my best EWS result so far!
Now I’m back training in Sweden getting ready for the upcoming North American rounds of the EWS at the end of July.