ISDE SEARCH FOR SECOND WRONG TO MAKE A RIGHT COMMENCED
In the wake of yesterday’s controversial end to day three of the International Six Days Enduro, it’s been acknowledged that a comprehensive search for that elusive second wrong to make everything all right will now begin.
Drama struck the 90th edition of the ISDE – the world’s longest running and most prestigious off road event on the calendar – on day three when a total of eight World Trophy team competitors where excluded over an apparent course cutting incident.
Entering the halfway point of the weeklong race, competitors were greeted with the familiar course of the previous two days but rode in the reverse direction.
Despite a well worn in trail, confusion regarding the direction of travel resulted in eight riders missing an intermediate checkpoint, which transferred them to the end of the liaison stage – they’d previously comfortably remained clean on time – quicker than anticipated.
Greeted with the facts that the professional riders had opted not to retrace their tracks due to potential hazardous oncoming traffic and that no substantial advantage had been gained, action was taken to exclude the said offenders.
After what was shaping up to become an exciting and competitive fight for victory, it’s hoped – despite the untimely exit of four World Trophy teams – that with three more days still left to run a second spanner thrown into the works will help to make things alright again.