Preview: Hard Enduro elite ready for Alès Trêm 2020 this weekend

Hard Enduro big guns Graham Jarvis, Mario Roman, Wade Young and 2019 WESS champion, Manuel Lettenbichler all ready for Alès Trêm this weekend. 

 

The 2020 Alès Trêm Hard Enduro is all set for its sixth edition this weekend, January 17 – 19, with a traditional elite list of riders all set for some early season Extreme Enduro action. 

2019 winner, Graham Jarvis, heads the all-star cast which kicks-off proceedings with the Mitas Xtrem test on Saturday morning: two laps with the fastest 100 progressing to the Alès Minerva Prologue, which will determine the main race’s starting position. 

 
Graham Jarvis 2019 Alestrem 560
 

The Saturday prologue will be streamed live on the Alestrem’s YouTube and Facebook channels with multiple cameras – links to YouTube and Facebook at the bottom of the post. 

A renovated track awaits the riders for the 24MX Alestrem main race on Sunday which includes a new spectator points combined with key areas used in past editions for the demanding three lap race.

Check the 2020 Alès Trêm video teaser:

 

Who will take it home?

With Graham Jarvis, Mario Roman, Wade Young and Mani Lettenbichler topping the entry, predicting the winner isn’t an easy task. Jarvis has two victories, 2017 and 2019, but Roman was the victor in 2018 and runner-up in 2019 – on home Sherco soil he’ll be aiming for the top spot this weekend. 

Wade Young might not have made it to first place in previous editions but can count on podiums and after failing to take the top spot four times he’ll be eager to make it happen this year. 

2019 WESS champion Manuel Lettenbichler needs little billing does he? He proved himself master of all trades in the 2019 season so will also start as a favourite. 

2020 Alès Trêm Hard Enduro schedule:

Saturday 18 

Prologue qualifying 16:00-17:45

Prologue Semi-final 17:50-18:35

Prologue final 18:40-19:05

Sunday 19 

24MX Alestrem 10:00 - 17:00 (estimated finish)

 

Live prologue feeds:

Alestrem YouTube channel 

Alestrem Facebook page 

French Extreme Challenge decider 

The Alès Trêm Hard Enduro will be the last stop of the Extreme Challenge, the French hard enduro series, and with 600 points up for grabs things are quite tight as the top eight riders are only separated by 310 points. 

Last year’s winner Julien Gauthier sits second with two race wins this season but he’ll be looking to clinch a hat-trick this weekend to take the title home. Anyway, he’ll have to outperform current series’ leader, Paul Bury, so expect the fight to go down to the wire.  

More information: 24MX-AlesTrem.com 

 

Photo Credit: Ales Trem/Romain Capelle
 
 
 
 
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