Since last year, I’ve joined the AMIS Enduro team to be part of the medical assistance for enduro races.

You can find articles about my interventions in 2022 on the blog page of the website.

The "Grappe de Cyrano"

The season with the AMIS Enduro association kicked off with the Grappe de Cyrano from April 28 to 30, 2023, in Le Buisson de Cadouin.

It rained all night, turning the trails into mud. I had planned to ride at the back to go at my own pace. So, with optimism, I took the start.

I managed to ride for a good part of the morning, but the challenge of being at the back (and not mastering enduro) was that I faced the tracks of the 600 riders who had passed through the mud before me. I had never seen such deep ruts! At first, I could pass through, mostly pedaling with my feet rather than riding. However, the bike fell several times in the mud, and it tired me a lot. I was going slower and slower, accumulating falls… The marshals redirecting the course eventually caught up with us. They encouraged me, one of them carried my bag, but I realized I was causing everyone to lose time, so we eventually joined the road.

I became aware of the work I had to do to improve my physical condition. However, the slippery terrain was challenging for all riders and led to numerous withdrawals (about forty in total).

All riders gathered in the same place for lunch, and we enjoyed some good barbecue. To my surprise (and theirs), I met riders from the Raid Passion Désert.

I didn’t ride the next day and stayed fixed at the special stage.

On the medical side, it was calm for me; my colleagues had to handle a wrist fracture on the second day.

A very good opening weekend despite the weather conditions. The atmosphere is as great as ever!

The "Trail Adventure Days"

The Trails Adventure Days 2023 took place from June 2 to 4 in Saugues, Haute-Loire. The atmosphere was different from the enduro races where we usually provide assistance. Personally, I was reassured to know that the trails we were going to take were accessible to (large) trail bikes.

On Friday afternoon, there were trials but no rides, limiting the risk of breakages. The weather alternated between rain and clearings, and my colleagues joined me in the late afternoon.

The next day, various types of trails were proposed for trail enthusiasts: one mostly on the road, another mixed, alternating between roads and paths, and the last one, off-road, which we took to be as close as possible to potential injuries, in areas hardly accessible to first aid.

The route was diverse, alternating between wide, easy tracks and slightly more technical passages through the woods, covering over 350 km over the two days.

Congratulations to the trail enthusiasts… I was quite pleased that my bike only weighed 120 kg!

Despite recurring thunderstorms, the landscapes were beautiful. We even finished the first day under a hailstorm…

On the medical side, no major injuries to report, just a few stitches and sprains.

It was a very good weekend, in a truly friendly atmosphere, and I finally got to ride the entire weekend with the team!

The "Aveyronnaise Classic"

The Aveyronnaise took place from August 24 to 26. We almost thought the race would be canceled once again due to the red heatwave alert issued two days before the start.

Colleagues were immediately faced with a fracture case upon their arrival, during the trial show.

In the end, the organizers managed to adapt the route and schedules so that the race could proceed.

Thus, the first riders took off on Thursday at 7 am, for only a half-stage. The day was relatively calm from a medical perspective.

On the motorcycle side, I managed to ride about sixty kilometers on Thursday morning, as the trails were quite smooth. However, there were a few more technical sections about ten kilometers from the end, and I couldn’t finish the course. A marshal eventually took us to the finish, me and my bike.

I spent the weekend stationed at the special stages.

On the medical side, I had to handle some shoulder and collarbone injuries. Colleagues dealt with two severe thoracic traumas.

This weekend also allowed me to discover the beautiful department of Aveyron. I promised myself to return and explore the trails without the responsibility of medical assistance.

Summary

It’s always a pleasure to reunite with the AMIS team and experience the atmosphere of enduro races.

I would have liked to ride the complete trails of all the races, but I don’t despair of achieving that… With my almost 2 years of enduro experience, there is still work to be done, and that’s perfectly normal. I believe that the more hours I accumulate riding on trails, even the smoother ones, the more comfortable I will become to tackle technical sections.

This also strengthens my desire to focus on raids initially, and then work on improving my enduro skills.

There was a lot of apprehension this year following the medical assistance at the Trek Dial Dakar (you’ll understand why by checking the dedicated page here).

So now, I need to continue making efforts to gain confidence and speed!

For that, heading to southern Tunisia on November 4 for the Rally Training Camp with France Roadbook!