Coming to the end of a long season we decided to race in the special Enduro2 mountain bike event.
This event was held for the second time and is now one of our top 10 favorite races ever done.
Like a regular enduro race, Enduro2 offers several timed stages per day. All competitors start in a double team in the category Men, Mixed and Women. Within three race days, all teams cover a total of 120km race distance, climb almost 1500 vertical meters and ride nearly 12000 meters downhill natural tracks from rocky high alpine to loose and rooty forest soil.
Our Process 153 custom bikes were well prepared with gravity tires, big rotors, and new brake pads.
But sometimes the devil is in the detail.
After playing a little safe at day one with just two of sixteen stages we found ourselves in the top 60 of the 160 team strong men field, knowing that there is a good amount of space to raise the speed.
Day two was the toughest race day with eight stages and a good amount of rough sections on the high alpine parts. Raising the speed from stage to stage we decided to change the team order on stage six. Matthias on his 27.5 Process was now in the lead with me on the 29inch Process following.
“Never touch a running system,” they say and this seemed to be so true as stage six was an absolute waterloo for our team. We destroyed both rear wheels and had four flats in one stage, and spent all our spare tubes and cartridges. Matthias even had to carry his bike down to the finish. This disaster cost us more than 30 minutes additional time and let us fall back to one of the last positions of the field.
But we stood motivated as this race had a very special family character and a few of the best alpine trails in the Swiss Alps. Unfortunately, on stage nine Matthias punctured again which added another nine minutes to the total stage time.
Looking from the very back of the field day three was just to enjoy the last six stages and stunning views for us. We kept on raising the groundspeed and had most stage times in the top 30s or 40s overpassing two or three teams on every stage. This of course had no impact on our total time.
At the end of the race weekend, we must say this was one of the best races, except from the mechanicals, we ever competed in. Very well organized from a highly motivated trail crew in a stunning location.
We’ll be back next year!