It’s the ‘Finale' countdown, the eighth and final round of the Enduro World Series, back once again to the beautiful scenery of the Italian coastal town of Finale Ligure a location which is a firm rider favourite if only for the post race pizzas.
Sadly still out of action and in rehab for her broken ankle, Rae Morrison is back home preparing for 2017, hitting the gym hard and staying motivated. For Nico and Adrien Finale Ligure marked the final points race of the season and what a race it was.
Nico was flying high after a tough battle at EWS Valberg where he finished in second spot behind Sam Hill. Nico had made it clear that 2016 would be his last season competing in the full Enduro World Series, this is not to say we won’t see the legend himself back at the races in 2017, but Nico will be stepping away from the full series race… Finale was to be his official end point, hoping to go out with another podium.
The trail loop for Finale was a monster, over two days of racing, riders would have to complete over 100km pedalled, climbing 3,250m, there was also huge variety in the course, set to offer a complete challenge for any mountain bike racer a fitting end to the season that had seen so much variation and international locations.
U21 shredder Adrien Dailly has had an amazing season in 2016. With many race performances and stage times that would see him near the top of the Elite field, 20 years young Adrien still has another year of competition in the U21 Category, exciting times.
Adrien finished the last round in Valberg tied in the overall points with fellow compatriot Sebasien Claquin, it was a high pressure race in Finale for Adrien as he demonstrated amazing composure taking to the course in his usual calculated style.
Never failing to impress us, Adrien came out swinging on the first day of racing, setting the fastest time of all racers on stage one and would be sitting in second overall among the pro men.
A strong start for Nico taking second on the rough stage 1, but being unable to match that performance and ending day one in fourth spot, still in contention.
A brutal weekend on the bike for all riders, but as the weekend drew to a close the final stages of the race drew in a packed crowd to line the tape, final results are in… Highs for Adrien Dailly as he took the win and series overall but Lows for Nico Vouilloz who sadly crashed out early on day 2 and had to retire.
We are so stoked for the whole Team Lapierre Gravity Enduro team, it has been an epic year of racing and to cap it off, Adrien Dailly is your 2016 Enduro World Champion U21!
Photo thanks – Dave Trumpore & Jérémie Reuiller