With a time of 1:26.956 Michal Prokop won the prologue of the first stop of the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series in Terlago. He will start with a lead of 1.554 seconds in front of Marco de Col and Martino Fruet (+2.165) – Martino raced on a hardtail! The fastest women was Anneke Beerten (1:39.700), Antje Kramer in second (+9.789) and Raphaela Richter in third (+11.729) place. In the masters category Remo Heutschi has been 0.682 seconds faster then 4x world champion Joost Wichman and Nino Antic (+0.843). Here you find the pictures of the prolog and a short bike check of the bike of the prologue’s winner, the Specialized Enduro 29 S-Works from Michal Prokop.
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Fastest men of the day: Michal Prokop on his Specialized Enduro 29
Directly after the start a 200 meter pedaling section waited on the riders.
In this prologue the riders also needed some good downhill skills.
Other riders and spectators cheered on both sides of the creek bed – here is the fastest woman Anneke Beerten.
The Top50 riders started at the end, and had to wait a bit longer – the meadow at the start luckily offered the opportunity to warm up.
After the pedaling section everybody was warmed up.
The riders showed 100% commitment – every second counts.
A fast gravel section ended in a stream crossing with large rocks – there were numerous flats and even some broken wheels.
A picturesque ravine spat the riders in the center of the little Terlago village.
Saturday’s winner & his bike: Michal Prokop with his Specialized S-Works 29
Bike-Only: Michal is racing without a backpack, he attached important tools and spare parts to the frame.
Race Ready: Starting number and transponder on the Spank cockpit of Michal’s bike.
Lightweight Specialized wheels in front and rear, as well as Formula R0 brakes.
Words: Aaron Steinke | Pictures: Axel Brunst