Photo Credit: Igor Aguada
The ISDE is not just about the Trophy teams battling for overall victory, it’s the hundreds of Club team riders competing that make the race so special.
Competing for the love of enduro, with the end of goal of simply reaching the finish line, for many the ISDE is a ‘must-do’ race. A year’s worth of savings, training and time goes into making the dream possible.
For this ISDE Focus we speak with Chile Club Team…
The popularity of enduro has grown significantly in the past years. South America is passionate about the sport and has also a big number of riders competing in the discipline.
Joining their World Trophy and Junior World Trophy counterparts in France, the Chile Club Team are racing the 92nd ISDE.
Formed by three young and passionate riders – Jaime Goñi, Eloy De Gavardo and Carlos Gonzales – the Chilean team want to gain international experience ahead of their home race in 2018.
Unfortunately the week didn’t start well for them. Carlos Gonzales was forced to retire due to a crash on Monday.
However, Jaime and Eloy are pushing hard to get the best individual result possible. They hope to return home with at least a silver medal.
“The ISDE is a special event for me. After I raced it in 2014 in Argentina, I’ve tried to come every year,” told the Honda rider Jaime Goñi.
“We prepare ourselves for the Six Days racing in the Chilean championship. Races there are not this long, but they are more technical, so it’s a good training.”
“This year the event is being more demanding than any other we have raced, but this is what we came for. We were expecting this, some real ISDE racing,” told Imata TM rider Eloy De Gavardo.
Jaime has experienced the hard part of the race, he hurt his left wrist on the opening day but as he says, “it is not the hand of the throttle so there is no problem.”
Having complete the first half of the event, they are looking ready to finish out this year’s ISDE strong.
Igor AguadaStaff Writer