The eagerly-awaited 2018 Enduro World Series got under way in Chile as Ireland’s top enduro riders fought their way through the anti-gravity dust.
Cube’s Greg Callaghan took 23rd, Transition’s Dan Wolfe 43rd, with Nukeproof mounted Kelan Grant 141st.
Chile was a huge start to the 2018 Enduro World Series, some seriously long stages, lung bursting altitude and the famously-slippery anti-gravity dust ensured Chile was both literally and figuratively miles away from the familiar home turf of Ireland.
Flying the flag, Greg Callaghan led home the boys in green with 23rd overall. Opening his account for the weekend with ninth on stage one, the 11 kilometre long stage two put a dent in his progress with the 29th fastest time.
Although making back some time on stages three and four, it was the penultimate stage that put paid to a better result for the Cube Action Team rider, missing out on a top 20 result by just 10 seconds.
Fighting for oxygen up here in the Chile. Another day of battling ahead at the @world_enduro hoping to move up some places. Sebastian Schieck on the 📸
Dan Wolfe was the biggest mover of the trio (in the most positive way) scorching his way to 43rd at the finish line.
Ending a monstrously long opening day in 56th, Transition mounted Dan clearly found his groove in the famous anti-gravity Chilean dust climbing 13 places up the leaderboard on day two.
Some of the hardest racing to date. Never been so happy to just finish a race. The rocks here in Chile claimed my back…
Making his EWS debut for Team CRC Mavic, Kelan Grant jumped in the deep end in Chile, but despite a bunch of issues acquitted himself well in the grand scheme of things.
Sitting 50th overall at the end of day one, a puncture and crashes doesn’t do his end result of 141st justice. Fighting back after a puncture on stage four, he cracked the top 30 with the 29th fastest time on stage five.
At the pointy end of the results sheet, defending champion Sam Hill stole the show with a dominant win for Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic, while Cecile Ravanel claimed five out of six stages to win the Women’s class.
With zero time to recover from Chile, the series marches on to round two this Easter weekend in Colombia.
Results – EWS Chile, Round 1
1. Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic)
2. Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing)
3. Robin Wallner (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team)
4. Gustav Wildhaber (Cube Action Team)
23. Greg Callaghan (Cube Action Team)
43. Dan Wolfe (Transition FSA WTB)
141. Kelan Grant (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic)