“Fundamental” shake-up boosts Team Great Britain ISDE Contingent

Auto Cycle Union creates new management and team support roles for Team GB ahead of 2019 FIM ISDE in Portugal, November 11-16.


Great Britain's motorcycle sport governing body, the Auto Cycle Union, has announced a new support structure for British teams participating in the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE). 

Team Great Britain were notable by their absence at the 2018 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Chile. Great Britain houses some of the best enduro riders in the world – not least the Enduro World Champion Steve Holcombe – so it was a disappointment to most involved to not have a golden generation of Trophy and Junior Trophy riders representing at the world’s biggest enduro event in Chile 2018.

Following what the ACU describes as a “fundamental look” a positive plan for the 2019 ISDE in Portugal is in place. A press release from the ACU dated December 21, 2018 says: “Following the non-attendance of a British Contingent at the 2018 ISDE in Chile, the decision was taken to take a fundamental look at the support structure to ensure it is fit for purpose.”

After conversations with key people involved in British enduro, the top riders, previous ISDE team organisers and helpers, the decision has been taken to create new positions to support the Team GB ISDE effort including Team Coordinator to be responsible for the whole Team GB contingent.

The ACU release continues: 

A new Rider Manager will then be responsible for the Trophy and Junior teams, allowing them more autonomy and the ability to establish bespoke support over and above the Contingent support package. This person will be wholly dedicated towards GB’s top riders, with a wider support structure in place for the rest of the Team GB contingent, including club teams.

The new structure includes a Paddock and Logistics Manager, together with assistant, alongside three check managers who will be responsible for the running of checks alongside club volunteers. 

The full Team GB support package will be confirmed to clubs who have submitted their club team applications by the 15th December 2018.

The ACU Trials and Enduro Committee have also committed to what they call a “modest increase in ISDE funding,” alongside a comprehensive support package which they are confident will achieve the best possible result for Great Britain at the ISDE in Portugal 2019. 

Volunteers are invited to express interest in any of the positions for the 2019 ISDE in Portimao, Portugal November 11-16. 

Expressions of interest should be sent to Mary Kerr at the ACU: mary@acu.org.uk



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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester