PHOTO REPORT – EUROPEAN ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP
The final round of the 2014 European Enduro Championship in Czech Republic put to bed what was another epic season of enduro. Busting at the seams with riders, visiting four varied events and witnessing some top-drawer action, this year’s championship has delivered the goods yet again.
Enduro21.com salutes the series with a look at some of the action from Czech…
Images: © Robert Pairan
The European Enduro Championship continues to grow in numbers. 150 riders signed on for the final round of the series in Czech.
Three special tests kept everyone on their toes in Czech. Two cross tests and a juicy enduro test sorted the men from the boys.
While the weather was mostly dry on race day, the heavy rain in the build up to the event was still evident in the deep and nasty bog holes on the specials.
Headed by Brit Steve Holcombe #1, the first three riders lead out the pack for the final round of the series on day one.
Tyre choice was debated among many on Friday afternoon. With two similar cross tests but a vastly different enduro test meant settling on a happy-medium balance was a head scratcher for a few folk.
Uhlirske Janovice is a devoted region of Czech and for some riders prayers for a good result were answered.
Steve Holcombe was on an absolute mission all weekend long. Easily delivering the best form of his short career, the Brit secured his debut overall win on Saturday. He then backed that up with another flawless performance on Sunday.
Plenty of rain in the lead up to the event left the liaison sections went and slippery under foot.
Sagar never gave up trying to overcome his costly none-score from round one in Spain. But those 20 missing points proved a step too far for the Brit. Despite winning the majority of days in 2014 he had to be content as the runner-up to Micheluz. While the overall title slipped from his grasp, Sagar made up for it in the Senior E2 ranks. Seven wins from eight starts saw him successfully defended that class.
Maurizio Micheluz Does It Again
Maurizio Micheluz may not have been the dominant rider he was in 2013, but the defending outright champion was a model of consistency in 2014. Never faltering outside of the top three – and helped in part by Sagar’s crucial day one DNF in Spain – saw the Italian wrap up this year’s overall title while also picking up the Senior E1 as well.
Despite being the topside of 40, Werner Müller shows little signs of slowing down. Dominating the Veteran’s class from start to finish, the German added yet another championship to his collection.
Go Team GB!
Maurizio Micheluz may have sneaked away with the overall honours in this year’s EEC but Great Britain more than made their presence felt in 2014. Locking out four of the top five positions in the overall championship, Sagar, Holcombe and Freeman also won titles in the respective classes. Naturally enough Great Britain was the most successful nation this year.
Silverware Sign Off
Another season done and dusted. Trophies handed out and the 2014 champions crowned.