The third day of the six-day Trans-Savoie enduro was hit hard by inclement Alpine weather. Racers woke to heavy rain and the trails and lifts were affected by continuous precipitation and freezing temperatures on the mountainside, forcing the organisers to make the difficult decision to take the days racing off the clock to ensure the safety of competitors.
Racers instead rode the timed stages as an extended group ride (or slid down crazy steep trails like ‘Spider Monkey’) in extremely muddy conditions and arrived in Bozel filthy dirty, but grinning from ear to ear with stories of huge trains through technical woodland singletrack and multiple crashes.
The results therefore remain unchanged from Monday – Polygon’s Jamie Nicoll leads Scottish ripper Gary Forrest (WTB) and Dan Wolfe lies in third place. In the women’s competition Lisa Curry (Gallatin Alpine Sports) heads the field.
Tomorrow racers head into the Three Valleys for some amazing descending across Courcheval and Meribel with one of the rider’s favourite stages from last year’s race to attack – the aptly named ‘Loony Tunes’ – stages which will involve around 30mins of pure descending for most riders.
Full results can be found here:
More updates to follow during the week.