Cross Test: “The riders will first face the cross test. It’s situated in a flat field and although it’s not very fast it is technical with a lot of corners. There are also some nice jumps to entertain the crowds. The ground is quite soft and gravely so after the first lap it will become very rutted and difficult. It won’t take long for it to become very rough and very bumpy.”
Enduro Test: “The enduro test is around 13 minutes long and completely in the forest. It starts off very twisty and slow before entering a section that has many rocks and stones. The ground is quite loose there so it will be easy to make a mistake in it. After that it straightens out and the speed comes higher and higher. The riders will have to work hard to both remember their line choices and avoid any hidden stones. For sure this will be the most important test of the weekend.”
Extreme Test: “Finally the extreme test is located close to the paddock and is entirely man made. It will favour those who are good at trials so even though it is quite short, it will take a lot of concentration to get right.”
“Overall there is a good mix of special tests – there is a test for every style of rider. The GP itself is very good with 98% of it in the forest. There’s been a lot of rainfall in the region so in places the forest is quite muddy and soft. You will have to be careful of your lines choices to avoid getting stuck.
Finally on the liaison section there is a jump across a river. It’s quite a big jump, which will be entertaining to watch. Of course there is a longer way around but for those that want to make a show it will be exciting for the public. For myself, I did not jump – I took the long way round!”