It was under Italy’s burning sun that the Enduro World Series racers gathered for Round 4 in Canazei, right in the heart of the Dolomites.
We were surrounded by epic views and majestic rock peaks.
Keegan Wright was our only UDFR athlete participating. Damien Oton was still sidelined, as he is recovering from his back injury sustained at the end of May. His recovery is going well and he’s doing better and better every day. As for Keegan, he was in good shape and fully healthy for this round. For the event, our Kiwi decided to ride the Spartan Carbon 29.
The Val di Fassa race was a one-day format. On the menu, a total of 47 km: five stages, four uplifts by chairlift and 800 metres of climbing on the saddle. It may have felt like an easy EWS at first, but if we add temperatures of over 34 degrees, it spices things up a little. Indeed, hydration was crucial.
Keegan felt really good; he was looking fast in practice. The five stages were very different than what he’s used to riding and were far from his favourite type of trails, but he managed to complete the race without major issues or mistakes. His best stage results happened on stages 1 and 4 with two 16th places.
Considering the type of terrain, Keegan’s goal was to place inside the Top 15 and that’s what he got, 15th place. So, it was mission accomplished for him as he scored some good points for the series ranking. The Spartan proved to be an efficient tool for the Dolomites’ trails.
“I’m definitely not used to riding in those euro-style trails. The flow was hard to find sometimes, but I managed to complete the race in one piece picking up some good points for the overall series standings,ˮ said Keegan after his race.
Devinci was also supporting Devinci’s ambassador Georgia Astle this week. She finished in an impressive 14th position, her best ever EWS result. The BC athlete will be joining the team again in France next weekend and will definitely be looking to improve her results.
“It was one more great week with the team. I’m proud of everybody’s work and Keeg proved once again his speed on very challenging tracks. We had great times in Val Di Fassa and we can’t wait for Round 5 in Les Orres, France!ˮ
Bastien Major - Team Manager
“Keeg was gentle with his equipment this week which was good for me! Haha! The Spartan handled the roughest and Keegan had the best setup for the job.ˮ
Phil “Steak” Ricard, Team Mechanic
Thanks to all our sponsors for the great support. See you at Les Orres!
- Damien is still recovering from a broken back. He’s getting better every day.
- Keegan is now sitting in 6th place of the EWS overall standings, in tie with Remi Gauvin.
- Val Di Fassa was Keegan’s first race on the Spartan 29 Carbon this season.
- Keegan doesn’t drink coffee, he’s already hyperactive.
- Keegan ate 6 banana splits in 8 days in Val Di Fassa.
- Best team meal of the week: When in Italia, Lasagna Bolognese!
- Team Song of the week: Maghreb Gang – Farid Bang
Stage 1 0:09:32.08 16th
Stage 2 0:03:22.54 28th
Stage 3 0:05:56.97 30th
Stage 4 0:05:01.87 16th
Stage 5 0:13:18.03 20th
Final 0:37:11.49 15th
Overall ranking 6th