Michael Ronning continues to make us green with envy as he trots around Europe riding and racing in some of the most spectacular locations imaginable. He’s just sent us this edit with an email that simply read, “YOU GUYS GOTTA GET TO THIS PLACE.” One day, Ronning, one day!
Enduro World Series Round Four La Thuile is complete. What a weekend, the whole thing was such an eye opener – a really amazing experience. We had such a ball competing and riding in this part of the world, I met so many great people all out for the same thing.
I ended up 85th in Elite men which I was pretty happy with, before the race I thought maybe top 75 would be possible with a good weekend. I really underestimated the amount of people I would have to pass on each stage. Such a huge event and so professionally run with an Italian flavour and flair!
All in all an amazing trip, cant wait to do it again next year. Thanks to Giant Bicycles and everyone else for their support and to Flow for helping me share this experience.
Day one of racing done and dusted…well not that there was any dust it was pretty damn muddy!
What a humbling experience, with three huge stages with the first being over 10kms, taking me nearly 20 minutes! I managed to catch over 15 riders, making no new Italian friends, haha!
The track was pretty brutal after the whole womans field and 300+ riders in front of me had ripped their way down it. Getting to the start was hard enough with two chairlifts and a 40 minute climb in the rain! Stage two had us do a 45 minute climb plus a 20 minute hike-a-bike to the top of an amazing trail, with a mixture of taped open grass areas and steep singletrack.
Stage three ran pretty much from the top of the chairlifts which was nice and the track itself was pretty much a 15 minute full on downhill, so I was glad to see the finish line and a cold beer! Sitting in 90th, I just washed the bike and getting ready to do it all again tomorrow!
Michael Ronning of the Giant All Mountain Cartel is over in Europe right now, experiencing what racing the Enduro World Series is all about. After a quick stop in Finale Ligure (check out his edit great vid here) he’s now up in the Alps at La Thuile for round four of the EWS.
He just shot Flow a bunch of images from his first day on the mountain:
Ronning: “Holy [email protected]…talk about big mountains. I rode three of the six stages twice today – each stage has at least one thousand metres of vertical! Luckily all of these stages had chairlift access. There are three more stages tomorrow, though we’re not so lucky with the chairlift, two of them have an hour and a half climb to the top!”