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Guest blog – Hannah Barnes enjoys the sun in France…

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 10/07/2013 09:00am

I love this time of year, as there’s so much going on and so many places to get to! A couple of weeks back, my Swedish friend Hanna and I set off for a month of racing, riding and good times in France…

The first destination was Val D’Allos for the second round of the Enduro World Series. Being the well planned type, we arrived nice  and early so we could have some time to ride and explore the local riding, – which was awesome! We had a pretty ideal camp set-up in a big grassy field with our friend Chris McCarthy and a couple of fast Kiwis – Sam Shaw and Jamie Nicoll.

We filled our days with long rides, yoga, lake washes, camp cooking… van life! Val D’Allos is such a beautiful place, I’m definitely keen to go back and spend more time there.

Friday was track walk and sign on, but as there was 11,000 metres of descending we decided against doing any walking and tuned our bikes instead. I decided to run a Continental Kaiser on the front and a Rubber Queen tubeless on the back, which was perfect all weekend. Thanks Chris, Nigel and Matteo for patiently helping with mechanics!

I loved the race format of racing both Saturday and Sunday – with one practice run then a race run of each stage. With a total of 11 full runs and 6 timed stages over the weekend, and with 11,000m of descending it was a pretty full on weekend of amazing riding and racing. The level of riding is so high, it’s so great to be racing with all these top International riders. The girls are all so fun, friendly and professional at the same time – it’s a great vibe for racing. The stages were all awesome… long, fast, physical, and fun.

I had a good race, no mechanicals or disasters, and it was definitely a test of endurance strength and skill! I’m happy with the weekend, and coming 21st  with those amazing girls is good with me!

Next up, I’m looking forward to doing it all again this weekend in Les Deux Alpes – wish me luck!

Thanks to all our Cut Media team sponsors for the support and providing me with an awesome set-up!



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