Race Report | The Kenny Enduro, Nice

This 1st edition of the Kenny Enduro Ride, takes place 1 hour from Nice, in the birth area of Enduro. From 11th to 13th of July 2015, the Kenny Enduro Ride will not only be about racing but also about discovering new singletracks and spending great time in a friendly atmosphere.

On the menu is: 3 days of shredding some of the most fabulous trails to satisfy your passion for mountainbiking. Riding through 4 different Valleys with the most stunning views. Sleeping in lodges to recover in comfort. Uplift-Shuttles to relieve your calves, and endless descending stages with more than -8000m on the 12 special stages.

Based in the Alps-Maritime, the Kenny Enduro ride took a three day adventure around some of the most picturesque trails around the area of Nice.
Based in the Alps-Maritime, the Kenny Enduro ride took a three day adventure around some of the most picturesque trails around the area of Nice.

Day 1 & 2

Sun in the sky and faces, trails and meals both delicious, forty passionate riders, and a great sunset dinner at the top of Roubion to end the day in style… The Kenny Enduro Ride went on hubcaps, as Mehdi Gabrillargues, who took the lead after Day one by signing three fastest times on 4 possible. After this first day, which took place on July 11th on the green and gray single-tracks of the Maritime Alps (valleys of Tinée and Cians), Mehdi leads in front of Valentin Escriou and Xavier Marovelli, and Nadine Sapin is the first lady. Now, let’s go to the red soil, and let’s see if this new ground changes the rankings…

First to open the battings Valentin Escriou , winner of the fastest time in the SP6.
First to open the battings Valentin Escriou , winner of the fastest time in the SP6.
After this little warm-up in the grass, we enter the heart of the matter : the red land.
After this little warm-up in the grass, we enter the heart of the matter : the red land.
Do not be fooled by appearances , the Kenny Enduro Ride does not take place in Australia, but rather in the Alpes- Maritimes !
Do not be fooled by appearances , the Kenny Enduro Ride does not take place in Australia, but rather in the Alpes- Maritimes !

Saturday, riders discovered the spirit of the Kenny Enduro Ride (unknown stages, wild trails and mountains, friendly atmosphere, zero stress and top level meals). Sunday, let’s continue on this way into the Cians’ forests and magical red earth. Change of scenery and change of leader with Mathieu Gallean and François Dola who passed the former leader Mehdi Gabrillargues, now 3rd place after getting lost in SP2. By the same time, Nadine Sapin continues to double boys, she’s now 19th overall. Tomorrow, all these people will go in the Tinée Valley to finish in style the adventure.

Sometimes good pictures are better than words !
Sometimes good pictures are better than words !
SP9 . A mountain bike race in the 06 free pins would not be a real race .
SP9 . A mountain bike race in the 06 free pins would not be a real race.
After the effort, comfort and an atmosphere more crisp.
After the effort, comfort and an atmosphere more crisp.

Day 3

All good things come to end. Thus, this Monday July 13th, the Kenny Enduro Ride ended, after a nice third day in the Tinée Valley. It is time to take stock … Time to thank the 40 riders who participated in this first edition. Time to thank the volunteers and actors of this event. Time to commemorate the three days or biking on 14 timed special stages. Time to emphasize the unique atmosphere of this event. And time to honor the winners 2015: Nadine Sapin in girls, Mathieu Gallean in scratch and seniors category, Mehdi Gabrillargues in M1, François Dola in M2 and Patrick Barbieri in M3. See you in 2016…

Never change a winning team. Starting the final day of Kenny Enduro Ride in the pastures of the Tinée .
Never change a winning team. Starting the final day of Kenny Enduro Ride in the pastures of the Tinée .
Jérémy Desrousseaux in the attack on the top part of the SP11.
Jérémy Desrousseaux in the attack on the top part of the SP11.
Stones ...Cedric Jacopini is not afraid!
Stones …Cedric Jacopini is not afraid!
Another foreigner who has made ​​the trip from Italy, Alessandra Seddaiu .
Another foreigner who has made ​​the trip from Italy, Alessandra Seddaiu .
A few meters below : festival pins and topsoil.
A few meters below : festival pins and topsoil.
François Dola: once again a lot of dust on the trails of enduro 06.
François Dola: once again a lot of dust on the trails of enduro 06.
It's hot ... Desperate , desperate measures !
It’s hot … Desperate, desperate measures !
The winners :Nadine and Mathieu Sapin Gallean , and around them from left to right : Valentin Escriou (4th ), François Dola (2nd ) , Mehdi Gabrillargues (3rd) and Xavier Marovelli (5th) .
The winners :Nadine and Mathieu Sapin Gallean , and around them from left to right : Valentin Escriou (4th ), François Dola (2nd ) , Mehdi Gabrillargues (3rd) and Xavier Marovelli (5th) .

Results

1. Mathieu Gallean | 1:56:30
2. Francois Dola | 1:56:59
3. Mehdi Gabrillargues | 1:57:10
4. Valentin Escriou | 1:57:45
5. Xavier Marovelli | 1:59:14

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Words & Photos: Kenny Enduro Ride PR


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