2014 Enduro World Series Rd 4 La Thuile: Preview
All the info you need about the next round of the EWS from Italy this weekend.
The 2014 Enduro World Series heads to Italy for round four and takes in a race from the well established Super Enduro series run by the pope of Enduro racing Enrico Guala. The race this weekend comes from a small town in the Aosta valley, La Thuille might not be a big place but get out into the mountains and things change.
Above the 1900m mark up to the highest point of 2400m the riding is relatively smooth and the tracks go across grazing land and through Juniper forests. The soil should drain well which is a good job as the weather looks a bit up and down going into the weekend. Dropping from the high ground the soil conditions and angle of attack changes. Steeper tracks wind through the woods and with rivers to ford things could get interesting come race day if the forecast rain does come in.
So where exactly is La Thuile? It's tucked in the Aosta Valley near the French border and if you want to know exactly then check out the map here.
Going into this race Tracy Moseley has a 50 point lead over Anne-Caroline Chausson with Cecile Ravanel a further 170 points back in third. The Women's field have remained consistent at the top all season but with this race being so close to the home soil of Ravanel and Chausson could it be time for things to be mixed up? Jared Graves leads the Men's field in the overall by 130 points over Justin Leov and Damian Oton who is just 1o points back on Leov. After the domination of Jerome Clementz last year at the top of the leader board things have been mixed up this season. There has been a different winner at each race so far this season and with the exception of Clementz who is out injured until later this year both Graves and Lau will be pushing for another win in Italy.
There are six stages altogether and they are spread over two days of racing, in Italy the stages are open and available for riders to practice a few days before the event.
780m Climbing by bike
2300m Stage descent
16.15km Combined stage length
250m Climbing by bike
2700m Stage descent
18.9km Combined stage length
The full course map along with some photos of the area can be found in this little gallery and if you want to check out all the action from the last races then check out the highlights videos below.
DirtTV will be there all weekend covering the action and we will be updating the results along with our videos all weekend.