A new video shooted by the Commencal Enduro team on the Rocher de Rocquebrune, 25min drive from Provence Enduro accomodation.
Thanks to Eif and Hazel to come ride with us.
Sunday February 22nd: It’s race day for the Oppidum Enduro race organised by the local MTB club from Taradeau: L’Oppidum Bike.
Day before was an awful day for the weather. Rain and shower, sometimes heavy, all day long. So for the sunday race we will have a very wet terrain for sure. Luckily the Maure area has a sandy terrain which doesn’t generate mud, instead the water is flowing a lot on the ground. So we won’t really be muddy but we will be wet for sure.
On sunday, the weather is just perfect with a beautiful sunshine, nice temperatures and a clear view on the mountains. Just a perfect day for a race.
The race organization is just pefect, the timing system uses chip so we were able to start whenever we want. The stages are very flowy, the club did a nice job to re shape them. They were not too physical except the first one with a very hard climb on the first third of the stage and a long pedalling section at the bottom.
Of course with all the rain, the creek at the bottom of stage 2 and 3 which is usually almost dry was full of water. At the end of stage 2 it was possible to cross the creek on the bike except if you takes the wrong line like me, and block your front wheel in a water hole. As a result, two feet and a glove soaking wet. At the end of stage 3 the creek was a lot deeper but the organization had the good idea to re route the exit to avoid the creek. Good point.
At the end, only stage 4 was wet and sometimes muddy on some short sections. The hardest part on this stage was the pedaling section with a soft sandy ground which burn all your energy.
Overall it was a excellent day with a nice local race but with a lot of top elite riders from EWS like the Ravanels, Thomas Lapeyrie, kilian Bron, Alexant Cure etc etc.
I’m pretty happy with my results at the end. I finish 16th in Master 1 (age between 30 to 39) and I was a lot better managing my physicals strenght this year. I did a very good race (for me) avoiding major riding mistakes.
Thanks again to the Oppidum Bike MTB club for organizing such a good event so close to home.
On board camera on the l’Orgasmix trail shooted by Sebastien.