After a month off from racing I took part in the fourth round of the European Enduro Series in Molveno, in the province of Trento.
It was a very busy weekend with practice taking part on Saturday and the race on Sunday. I spent 6 hours on my bike in the rain on Saturday practicing the 5 stages.
The race consisted of five stages with transfers consisting of pedal power and lift powered for a total of 50km of racing.
The stages were all very physical and tricky, but they were great fun. The rain on Saturday made the roots and rocks slippery making racing a lot more technical. The race had it all technical sections, pedal sections and wide open fast sections.
The first two stages did not go very well, because of the moisture in the ground and it was difficult to push hard. The last 3 stages went a lot better and I was able to make up some time on the lead riders. Unfortunately a small technical problem on stage 4 cost me some time and limited how hard I could push in the last stage.
I finished in 9th place, a result that I have mixed feelings about. I was hoping for something better, but after a long period with out racing I feel satisfied with this result. I raced well on the last 3 stages giving me confidence going into the last round of the EWS in Finale Ligure.