Team Ireland will aim to deliver their best when the inaugural running of the Trophy of Nations begins at Italy’s iconic mountain bike resort Finale Ligure this weekend.
Four hundred riders will take to the area’s world-famous trails in pursuit of the Nations, Rider and Industry Trophies.
All Teams were chosen by the Enduro World Series (EWS), using a system of series points and global points then wild card riders.
Ireland has two teams entered – A Men’s team and an Under 21 Men’s team. Unfortunately there were not have enough Irish females to enter a team.
We spoke to National Champ Kelan Grant at the final Gravity Enduro in Carrick ahead of this weekend’s race…
“I’m excited for Finale Ligure, we all are really – it’s the last blast of the season. No one’s sure how things will go because it’s a unique format but with all of us riding and training together a lot, I think that will help in how to ride the stages fastest.”
Peter Davison (Reserve)
Dan Redmond (Reserve)
All riders practice together then the race team is registered on Friday evening.
Friday night the teams are presented on a stage in the town followed by a parade through the streets. Local bars are themed to the various nations competing at the event.
The reserve riders then race in the individual race on Saturday.
The main team race is on Sunday. The three teammates set off on track in a block choosing their own running order and start gap distance.
The inaugural Trophy of Nations Enduro event takes place on 28/29 September at Finale Ligure, Italy.
Best of luck Team Ireland #HupTheParish
Trophy of Nations Course Details: Finale Ligure