The bikes are checked in and we sit on the verge of the 94th International Six Days Enduro in Portugal – check out the mileage, GPS for tests and time check positions on the daily route maps.
The stage is set for the 2019 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) in Portimao, Portugal. Starting Monday November 11, Australia begin their defence of both the FIM World Trophy and FIM Women’s World Trophy categories, while Italy start as the team to beat in the FIM Junior World Trophy class following the 2018 event in Chile.
Over five hundred competitors from twenty-six nations enter the Olympics of enduro this year in the southern corner of Europe, the Algarve in Portugal.
For the six days of racing, the Portuguese organisers have set three distinct routes with riders completing two laps on the first five days – days one and two on the 279.2km Menhir route, days three and four on the 266km Monchique Challenge, 285.8km Crossing Barocal before the final day’s Cross test races at Autodromo Algarve, Portimao on Saturday.
Days 1 + 2 Menhir Route:
Days 3 + 4 Monchique Challenge:
Day 5 Crossing Barocal:
In total, competitors will cover over fifteen hundred kilometres from the world-renowned Atlantic surfing coast to South Portugal’s highest point at Serra de Monchique. From sand to loose gravel, forestry tracks, mountainous rock and loamy dirt, riders will be tested on all variations of terrain before we know the outcome of this year’s ISDE.
Portugal will also mark the fourth edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy. First introduced at the FIM ISDE in Spain, 2016. The competition for Enduro bikes from yesteryear has enjoyed growing support with over one hundred and twenty riders from nine countries participating this year. Their four-day race begins on Wednesday, November 13.
Enduro21 will, as ever, be on the ground in Portugal with daily results, notebook and video highlights. Stay tuned.Photo Credit: Future7Media/Andrea Belluschi Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org