Déjà-vu All Over Again for Cécile Ravanel
As it turns out, Cécile Ravanel can most definitely still ride a mountain bike really quickly — the offseason didn’t change a thing. The Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team rider who so clearly dominated the 2016 Enduro World Series, continued her winning ways at the Giant Toa Enduro, the opening round of the 2017 Enduro World Series. In similar fashion to her performances last year, Ravanel won six of the event’s seven stages — almost as if to appear more sporting — and took the overall win by nearly three and a half minutes.
It was an event not without some adversity for Ravanel, though, as the hero dirt of Rotorua, New Zealand, turned scary slippery because of heavy rain.
“I was a little bit nervous this morning because of the rain,” Ravanel told reporters after the event. “I live in the southeast of France and there are never these conditions — if it rains I don’t ride. I enjoyed it, though, and I’m happy.”
It is pretty easy to be happy when you brain, body and equipment are all functioning on point.
Canyon Factory Enduro Team rider Ines Thoma rode her SRAM X01 Eagle™, Guide Ultimate, RockShox Lyrik, Monarch Plus RC3 and Reverb-equipped race bike to 2nd place on the day, and adding to the SRAM and RockShox podium count.
The Enduro World Series riders will be back in action in Tasmania, Australia, April 8-9.