Enduro World Champion Steve Holcombe has been forced to withdraw from the 2019 International Six Days Enduro in Portugal due to injury.
Set to return to the ISDE for the first time since 2013, Beta Factory Racing rider Steve Holcombe has been forced to withdraw from the Team GB Trophy squad after colliding with a tree while testing in Italy a little over a week ago.
The resulting injury to his right shoulder forced Holcombe to pull out of the Weston Beach Race last weekend but the bigger blow for the 2019 Enduro3 World Champion is having to pull out of arguably the strongest team at this year’s ISDE in Portimao, Portugal, on November 11-17.
The Team GB Trophy rider line-up is expected to now feature Alex Snow replacing Holcombe and alongside Brad Freeman, Danny McCanney and Joe Wootton.
The decision taken this week comes following the advice of a number of specialists and having discussed his situation with Great Britain ISDE Team Manager Daryl Bolter. Steve has certainly had a tough season plagued with the Epstein Barr virus as we reported in the summer and this adds to his annus horribilis.
A naturally disappointed Steve said: “I’m gutted that I’m not going to be competing for Great Britain at this year’s ISDE, but it’s the only decision that’s fair on the team and myself.
“Carrying a shoulder injury into a six-day event makes no sense at all. Returning to the six days after so many years was something that I was really looking forward to, I guess I’ll just have to wait one more year and race the 2020 ISDE in Italy. I wish the team and everyone who’s supporting the team all the very best.”Photo Credit: Future7Media Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org