As the 2019 Extreme Enduro season gets underway, we spend five minutes with the legend Graham Jarvis.
Graham Jarvis needs little introduction: four ErzbergRodeo and six Romaniacs victories spread across two decades mark him down as a legend – and it ain’t over yet.
2018 saw G-Force take on the then new World Enduro Super Series and push his talents against new disciplines and a new generation of rivals including his team-mate and WESS Champion, Billy Bolt.
Having recently renewed his contract with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing for 2019, the veteran says it’s time to focus on what’s important and take a different approach this 2019 season ahead – race the events he’s best at and, in his own words, “take it a bit easier.”
“I don’t plan to do the whole WESS championship this year” – Graham Jarvis.
Jarvis has already began his 2019 season with a confident win at the opening round of the British Extreme Enduro Championship on January 13.
It’s where we caught up with him to find out what’s ahead in 2019: “yeah, it was a good start and I’ll do the next British round (February 3) but I don’t think I’ll do every round this season. I’m down to do The Tough One in a couple of weeks. I’ve been spending a bit of time out in Spain where the weather’s a bit kinder in the winter.
“I don’t plan to do the whole WESS championship this year either. I’ll just stick to the hard enduros and focus on those because I’m getting on a bit, you know. Husqvarna realise I’m a getting older and need to take it a bit easier, focus on the events I’m good at and not do so much as we did last year.”
This coming weekend will see Jarvis in the South of France for Alès Trêm before heading back to the UK for the Tough One the following weekend. After that sights are set on Hell’s Gate with the WESS season opener in Portugal still a long way off in early May.
While this news might signal the start of a slide towards retirement for whom many call the G.O.A.T of Extreme Enduro, it is also an ominous warning for his rivals. Graham’s work ethic for on-bike training is as legendary as the man – he spends hours and hours practising. With more time to focus on events like ErzbergRodeo and Romaniacs, the force that is Graham Jarvis is not set to blow out just yet.Photo Credit: Vision Off Road Media/Future7Media Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org