EWS ROUND TWOTHE KONA GRAVITY TEAM TAKE ON CANAZEI... AGAIN.
THE FIRST EWS DOUBLE HEADER
With last year’s truncated race season only seeing three EWS events, the Enduro World Series organizers were not taking any chances for 2021, making the first three stops double header events. Three EWS stops will now equal six races, the round that has just wrapped in Canazei, Italy was the first, and on Friday and Saturday, Connor Fearon, Miranda Miller, and Carlos Langelaan of the Kona Gravity Team returned to the trails they raced earlier in the week. All three riders were planning on applying lessons learnt from round one and were looking for much better results. With forecast thunderstorms, it looked like the EWS might just live up to its Enduro Wet Series monkier.
The athlete experience
The second Enduro World Series round went a lot better for me. I’ll be the first to admit I came into this Europe-only series a bit naive to the style of racing over here, and after a challenging first round, I knew I could do better. With only one day in between, I made a plan on how to ride round two smoother and with fewer mistakes (and to try to pedal more). I felt a lot better this time around with no crashes and minimal mistakes. 26th still isn’t close to where I want to be but it’s a huge step in the right direction and with a bit more time to prepare for rounds three and four I’m looking to continue to progress and bring those results closer to the pointy end. There are plenty more races in the series and I’m excited to see what I can do!
The athlete experience
After my mistakes in the Pro stage on Friday, I started the day in 30th so I am happy to have moved up to finish 13th – with a couple of top 10 stages. The competition is fierce and it’s exciting racing across the board. Grateful to be chipping away at the puzzle 🧩
14th Place Overall
38th Place Overall
We mentioned Jakub Riha, in our last post. He works full-time for our distributor in the Czech Republic, and he is an absolute beast on a bike. At round one earlier in the week he finished in 40th place and he backed that up over the weekend with 47th place. Thos two results have him sitting in 42nd over all.
For our Spanish rider Carlos Langelaan it was another result that he’d rather forget, small mistakes all added up and stole his flow over the weekend, relegating him to 89th place.
As always, thank you to our team sponsors for their support.
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