Trek Factory Racing climbs EWS overall podium in 2020
The Enduro World Series was short and sweet this year, delivering a fast and furious season. The Trek Factory Racing squad has been making the best of the three-race season, and came to the finale in Finale ready to race. It would be another solid outing for the team, whose cumulative actions would be enough to secure the second overall ranking on the event, and a second overall for the season.
For the individuals on the day, it would be a win for Hattie Harnden in the U-21 women’s, a second for Florian Nicolai in elite men, a fourth for Katy Winton in elite women, and a 22nd for Pedro Burns in elite men.
For Katy Winton, the last race of the season was an event to celebrate.
“A much better time this week,” said Katy. “Worked hard on the bike to get dialed in the set up, further getting up to speed. This meant I wasn’t overly fresh for the race, but being more confident and comfortable on the set up made a huge difference. It was tight racing so really stoked to perform under pressure and score 4th only 7 seconds from the podium. A great finish to a chaotic year!! Delighted for the team – everyone’s strong performance and the support of staff and mechanics we scored 2nd team on the day and overall! An amazing finish!”
Hattie made the big moves this weekend taking the win in the U-21 category that would have netted a podium in the elite categories.
“What a day to wrap up the season,” said Hattie. “Another big day out on the bike, trails were amazing, a great mix of rough descents and techy climbs. Felt like it really tested all areas of your fitness. I was so excited about finally racing in the dry I almost got carried away on the first stage of the day, but got into a good rhythm throughout the day and couldn’t be more happy about my performance! Stoked for the rest of the team too, strong performances all round!”
Florian graced the podium of the EWS again, finding his speed in familiar terrain.
“I brought more confidence during the week,” said Florian Nicolai. “I tried to put myself into the race lead from the first stage, I didn’t give myself any doubt, and simply said ‘GO FAST’. We had a good mix on stages and I’m happy to finish second again with the new team, new coach, and of course the new bike. It’s great to know the slash can finish on the podium. Overall, a good first season to learn the structure!”
Pedro has not had a lot of time on the new bike, but still made a strong mark in Finale.
“What a race,” said Pedro Burns. “After spending time on the bike and riding with Flo I got lots of confidence with the new machine. Felt good on practice and I was getting really focused and motivated for the race day. Started my day riding fast and clean on stage one. Then full gas on stage two, moving into 11th on that stage, and was feeling good and fast.”
“On stage three I had a nasty pedal strike that lead to an over-the-bars, but got back on my bike asap. The bar was crooked, so I rode until the end of the stage really carefully. After my bad stage 3, I got focused again and I was ready to give my best in the last stage! Stage 4 was really physical and I pedaled as hard as I could to recover some positions that I had lost on stage 3. Ended the day in 22nd position, and was happy about my riding and my feelings on the bike! Big thanks to the team for the support!”
Short and sweet! Be sure to keep in touch with Trek Factory Racing Enduro in the off-season!