This was one of the most patriotic weeks for the off-road community here in the States. The ISDE, MXoN and Trials Des Nations were all of challenging stature and while not everyone brought home a medal or trophy, it was an exciting weekend of racing to follow. Check out some of the highlights below for more info...
USA Finalizes 4th at 87th Red Bull ISDE
Some of the fastest off-road racers in America headed to Germany mid-September in preparation for the annual International Six Day Enduro. From beginning to end, Team USA rode their hardest and smartest against some of the best in the world. France had a dominating lead early on and continued to carry it all the way to a Gold medal. Battling between Spain and Finland, the Trophy Team was able to pull together and pass the two for 4th overall just behind Italy.
The most talked about American was Thad Duvall, who was the fastest American in the E2 class (beating out Charlie Mullins), and contributing to the Junior Trophy teams 3rd overall podium finish. After taking quite the beating from six long days of racing and riding, the Women's Trophy team could only succum to 7th overall.
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Full Results Here
Ryan Smith Earns First OA Win at D37 Daisys Desert Scramble
Up and coming off-road racer Ryan Smith headed to the District 37 Desert Daisys/Hilltoppers Desert Scramble this weekend in Lucerne Valley, where he left with a little more than just a trophy. Racing in the desert for as long as many can remember, Smith has been challenging himself in the California desert. This weekend Smith put his skills to the test and took his first ever Overall District 37 win ahead of Max Eddy and Paul Krause. Congrats!
American Trifectas Take on Trial Des Nations
The ISDE and MXoN weren't the only events where American's could represent their country this weekend. Cody Webb, Bryan Roper, Eric Storz, Louise Forsley, Caroline Allen and Rachel Hassler headed to Switzerland for the annual FIM Trial Des Nations in hopes of bringing back a Gold medal for the States. The Men's team took a very impressive 6th overall, while the ladies finished 5th. Great job team USA!