10 May 2022
In the heart of Béarn, the charming village of Accous can count on a hard core of mountain bikers and volunteers who have been organizing a race for years. The latter has grown over the past two years by truly opening up to the highest level. The event has proven itself and was awarded the French championship, a few weeks before the opening of the Enduro World Series season.
For the riders, this is a special weekend since it is the first real meeting where everyone will be able to judge their level after a winter of preparation.
The ground was wet for the first day of racing and while some tracks had a certain grip, the last two stages of the day were made particularly technical by the dampness of the ground. It is Morgane Charre who wins the first, and very long, special of the day with more than 12 minutes of time. It didn’t take much to sting Isabeau Courdurier who then took the lead in the next two times and won the first day of racing ahead of the Pivot rider.
Sunday was not the scene of major upheavals among the ladies. Each has strengthened its position in the standings, starting with Isabeau Courdurier who has established herself as the undisputed leader in the discipline by building up her lead to distance Morgane Charre by more than a minute.
Isabeau Courdurier, on arrival:
“I’m happy to regain the pleasure of riding that I had lost a bit last year, so it’s a lot of good for the morale to be back on the bike, to find your riding again. I was missing it so the confidence is coming back and it feels good to have fun on the bike!”