The French Team won the International Six Days Enduro in Saxon Germany this year claiming the World Trophy Team, Junior Trophy Team and Women’s Trophy Team overall awards. They were dominant placing riders in the top four overall standings. Australia and Italy came in second and third in the world trophy team competition.
The US Trophy Team finished the event in fourth place with the US Junior Trophy Team in a respectable third place behind France and Great Britain.
U.S.Trophy Team members included such luminaries as Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Charlie Mullins, Taylor Robert, and Destry Abbot. Kurt Caselli (team captain), Russel Bobbitt and Destry Abbot provided invaluable ISDE experience for the U.S. team. The sole rookie was Charlie Mullins.
The twenty-three years old and under U.S. Junior Trophy Team members consisted of Jesse Groemm, Travis Coy, Thad Duvall, and Andrew DeLong. They defied all expectations by securing third place overall in the Junior Team category.
The U.S. Trophy Team suffered mishaps from the beginning with three riders suffering injuries in the first part of the week. The conditions were tough and in the first day Kurt Casselli went down re-injuring his shoulder, but soldiered on to finish regardless of the pain and lack of strength. He didn’t want to let his teammates down.
Charlie Mullins and Robert Taylor were having really good test times in the beginning, but Charlie Mullins crashed on day three leaving him with a separated shoulder. He kept on riding despite the pain and did his part to secure the team’s fourth overall at the end of the six days..
With two injured riders they were down to seventh mid week. Things picked up on day five when they vaulted to sixth and then fourth on on the last day. They had some really good rides but in the end it was not enough to overcome the team’s initial setbacks.
On the last day of the event Mike Brown won the E-1 final and in the E-2 race Thad Duvall and Charlie Mullens grabbed seventh and eighth respectively, while Russell Bobbitt came back from a bad start to claim nineteenth in the E-3 class.
At the end of the week trophy team member, Taylor Robert, as top American, finished an impressive seventh overall in the E-2 class, while Junior Trophy Team member, Thad Duvall, finished ninth overall in the E-2 class. He was the second fastest Junior behind France’s Mathias Bellino.
Due to injuries and a few mishaps the US Women’s Trophy Team had only one rider finish on the last day of competition. Sarah Whitmore suffered a broken wrist on the fourth day while Rachel Gutish houred out on day six. The sole finisher Mandy Mastin finished the event in a respectable 10th place overall in the women’s division.
Germany got second in the women’s event, with Australia coming in third.
Go to the Dirt Rider Magazine web-site for a description of how the American teams did at the 87th running of International Six Day Enduro in Saxony, Germany. See: http://www.dirtrider.com/features/2012-isde-day-six/ Also see the related posts at the bottom for a description of each days event.