A SUPERB performance on day two at the third round of the Enduro World Series in Montagnes Du Caroux, France, over the weekend saw Omagh’s Kelan Grant jump into the top 40 by the end of the demanding race.
His Team CRC Mavic colleagues, reigning champion Sam Hill finished in sixth, while Elliott Heap took second place in the under-21 category, with Grant again showing his ability in 39th place after overcoming an early fall and mechanical issue.
“I was a wee bit frustrated with a few mishaps near the start, but I rode very well and I’m really happy with it,” he said afterwards.
“I came close to some top 20s, but on day one I was way down the overall standings, but I worked hard on day two and I was happy with that.”
The French round of the championship saw the riders tackle four stages on Saturday and another four on Sunday, covering almost 100 kilometres and over 4000 metres of climbs with some really long, tough transitions thrown in for good measure.
The tracks in France were a lot different from the first two rounds in South America, with a lot of the terrain being old rocky walking paths with some new sections added to the mix. The tracks were very awkward in parts with some physical climbs in a few of the stages.
Grant had a mixed first day with a bit of a mechanical issue on the first stage and a crash on stage three, dropping him outside the top 50, but showed some speed on stage two and he produced some good stage results and times on Sunday, moving him up the rankings into 39th.
The 24-year-old Tyrone man now has six weeks off to prepare for rounds four and five in Slovenia and Italy on June 30-July 1 and July 21-22 respectively.