Sandra Gomez on racing the world's hardest enduros: “I just put on my helmet and go.”

Sandra Gomez talks about her 2019 WESS season, injuries and racing the world's toughest enduro events among a field full of men. 

 

Sandra Gomez, one of the leading females in the off road racing global scene, is taking on the tough World Enduro Super Series in 2019, plus TrialGP and SuperEnduro world championship rounds in a season to rival any rider competing off road. 

The former FIM Women’s SuperEnduro and AMA Endurocross champion in fact missed the first two rounds of WESS due to a collarbone injury she suffered while racing the last 2019 SuperEnduro round.

But Gomez made her return to racing at the 2019 ErzbergRodeo and managed to make it to checkpoint 18, finishing 78th out of the 500 Hare Scramble starters. At her home round, the Hixpania Hard Enduro, Sandra overcame an allergic reaction to bring it home in 34th position. 

 
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Next up is the not inconsiderable task of Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro which Gomez is set to race for the second time...

 “I had initially planned to do all rounds of WESS, but I had to change my plans due to injury.” Explains Gomez. “I broke my collarbone competing in SuperEnduro at the beginning of April and so missed rounds one and two. 

“It’s taken a little time to recover from that, but I was back on a bike for Erzbergrodeo and my home race, Hixpania Hard Enduro. Unfortunately, injuries are part of our sport, but it’s important to allow enough time to recover from them no matter how much you want to ride again.”

Big brother influence

“It’s so good to have a rider like Alfredo as my brother. I’ve always looked up to him and he’s one of my heroes. While we both have different perspectives on what we want to achieve at the races - he’s racing to win, I want to finish - he’s always ready to offer advice when I need it and is a big supporter of what I do.”

 
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Fighting to the finish line

“There’s no better feeling than reaching the finish line of a race, especially in Hard Enduro. Those races really push you to your absolute limits and sometimes more. 

“Before Hixpania Hard Enduro I had an allergic outbreak and was in hospital for a couple of days, but I didn’t want to miss the race. Saturday’s Cross-Country was physically tough due to the heat, but I kept pushing on. Everyone around me was encouraging me to keep fighting. 

“I was so happy to qualify into Sunday’s main race. I rode a good opening lap with no mistakes but was destroyed after lap two. Somehow, I kept the wheels turning and managed to finish 34th - it was an amazing result for me and one to be proud of.”

Racing without limits

“I don’t ever consider that there is an upper-limit to what women can achieve in Enduro and Hard Enduro. I’m simply trying to push the level of what I can do every time I ride. I’m not thinking that because I’m a girl I can’t or shouldn’t be able to do it - I just put on my helmet and go. I think that’s the best way.”

 
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Returning to Red Bull Romaniacs

“My next goal is to be ready for Red Bull Romaniacs. I had a bit of set back with the allergy infection before Hixpania Hard Enduro, so I need a little rest and recovery to be in the best shape for it. It’s been four years since I last raced there, but I feel like I’ve gained a lot more experience in that time and can deliver a better performance this year. It’s a big race, a tough race, but I know if I give my best then I’ll be happy with that.”

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WESS Top 10 (After Round 4 of 8):

  1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna - GB) 2690pts
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM - GER) 2570pts
  3. Mario Roman (Sherco - ESP) 2540
  4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna - ESP) 2314
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna - GB) 2155
  6. Josep Garcia (KTM - ESP) 2125pts
  7. Jonny Walker (KTM - GB) 2090pts
  8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM - POL) 1900pts
  9. Nathan Watson (KTM - GB) 1631pts
  10. Travis Teasdale (KTM - RSA) 1610pts

 

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