After missing out on victory at Hell’s Gate, Graham Jarvis heads to The Tough One with only one thing on his mind – winning!

A three-time winner of The Tough One at Nantmawr Quarry, Jarvis knows the venue almost better than anyone else. But with this year’s looking drier and warmer than it has done in the past, he isn’t taking anything for granted…

“There are some changes in the track, but all in all it’s not a lot different to what we know,» told Jarvis. “It’s always a fast race, but with a good mixture of fast and slower riding. I’m sure it’s going to be a close race with Jonny Walker and other riders.

“There are some tricky little bits, like the tires in front of the public. Another unpredictable factor is passing. There’s a bit of luck involved with that. Fingers crossed I’ve got luck on my side this time.

“I’ve been doing a little bit of motocross coming into this race. It’s a shorter race, a lot more intense, and fitness comes into play here. My goal is not to make any mistakes. It’s going to be a close race, so it’s going to be down to who makes the least mistakes and who’s got the edge or the speed.”

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So with hours rather than days to go before The Michelin Tough One 2015 enduro21.com called in at Nantmawr Quarry to check out preparations ahead of Britain’s biggest extreme enduro…

With Jarvis, Alfredo Gomez, Jonny Walker and Andreas Lettenbichler already on site checking out the track the first thing that caught our eye was the lack of mud. Seriously, the ground is pretty dry, especially in and around the paddock area.

Running later in the year than ever before, the quarry seemed brighter and lighter, if still a little chilly. But with a, dare we say it, warm forecast for Saturday this year’s event might just enjoy the warmest and driest ever at The Tough One. If it’s to be believed temperatures might get as high as 17 degrees!

The track has seen a few tweaks, with some cool, new climbs and drops. It’s likely to be a pretty high tempo race, which fingers crossed will deliver plenty of excitement.

While Jarvis will be trying to grab his fourth win after an unlucky beginning to the season while Walker is looking to finally clinch a victory at the Tough One and make it two extreme enduro wins on the bounce for 2015.

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Factor in the likes of Gomez, Letti, Bolts, the Hemingway brothers and Hell’s Gate podium finishers Mario Roman and Lars Enockl and there could be a serious freight train of extreme enduro talent battling their way around Nantmawr Quarry.

Great news for spectators is that there’s a Park and Ride system in operation with buses leaving and returning to Shrewsbury Road in Oswestry (SY11 4QA) every 30 minutes. Park and Ride gates open at 07:00am, racing action begins at 09:00am.

Steve Ireland – WOR Events:

“We’re back at the home of The Tough One, and ready for what looks like being one of the closest Tough One battles we’ve ever had. It’s going to be pretty gnarly. Two-and-a-half hours of racing for the Pros will be tough on any rider. The weather’s giving a good forecast, so we should hopefully see some really good racing. There’s no let-up out there, even in the field sections, it’s going to be tough.

“Aside from those with pre-paid tickets, any spectators arriving on motorcycles or pushbikes can get in at the gate for £15.00 per person. All others need to use the Park n’ Ride system, which is down at Shrewsbury Road, Oswestry. Anybody can turn up there anytime of the day from 07:30am in the morning. It’s £20.00 for adults and £10.00 for children under 12 (parking, round trip bus transport & entry) with a bus leaving every 30 minutes.”


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