We are the Trail Jesters
Today was filled with final bike preparation in the morning and then at 11:00am the guys started the process of finalizing their registration paperwork, getting their official FIM number plate decals and transponder holder. Next task was to head over to Parc Ferme for technical inspection and impounding their bikes. All three riders sailed through the sound test and other scrutineering … had the keys parts of their bikes marked … and pushed the bikes to their official spot in a guarded and fenced area where the bikes will stand “impounded” each night during the race.
The second half of the day was filled with the opening ceremony for the ISDE. The teams gathered and marched through town ending up in the village square where several thousand people cheered as each team was introduced and FIM and Slovak government officials welcomed the many countries, participants and spectators to the 2015 International Six Days of Enduro.
I know there are mother’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s, and girlfriends worried about these three while they are in Slovakia. So today’s blog is for the ladies back home.
Thursday September 3 was a day to walk the remaining special tests. The riders traverse the ribboned trails to see the soil, terrain, hills, etc first hand. The team finished walking all the Enduro and Cross tests today so days 1-5 are now complete.
In the afternoon the guys worked some more on their bikes getting them clean and dialed in. KTM factory mechanic Tanner Harding and ISDE legend Jeff Fredette helped Josh out getting his rear brake light working. Great to see the team work and eager help provided by the entire AMA Team USA support crew.
On Wednesday we headed to the pits at 8:00am today to unpack the guys crates and build their bikes. By 11:00am they were out on the test track getting their suspensions dialed in with help from Gilles Trepanier and the crew. A lot of work in 90 degree heat but well worth it getting all major bike prep done in one day. I think these three pics show off the hard work these three riders have put in to get here … and how ready they are to race with the world’s best.
First full day in Slovakia … we got up early and spent the day walking the special tests for days 5 & 6 of the ISDE. A lot of beautiful forests, steep hilly terrain and climbs that seem to go on forever. Altitude ranged from about 600 ft above sea level in the city to over 2,500 at the high point of several tests. A lot like New England … but steeper ups and downs! The guys are in great spirits and we all went to the first AMA meeting this evening to meet the Team USA riders and hear from AMA officials about the basic plans for this week as we (riders and support crew) get organized and ready to race!