Each year the International Six days of Enduro (ISDE) brings together a diverse mix of experienced ISDE competitors with event rookies, many of which travelling from outside of Europe. An event like no other, competing in the ISDE, understanding and adjusting to the event’s rules, while also racing and staying in a foreign country, is something that is truly unique.
One rider competing in the ISDE for the first time in 2021, and representing his country, is USA Junior World Trophy rider Cody Barnes (Honda). And, having finished as the team’s fastest rider and in twentieth overall on day three, so far he could not be happier.
“This is my first time ever at the ISDE, it’s awesome,” commented Cody. “The first day was cool, all new, but I was so nervous. I wasn’t worried about the tests or my speed, just about making mistakes – things like clocking into a time control early, getting lost. It was all very new to me.”
“I felt better on day two, and again today, I guess it just takes a while to understand a race like the ISDE. For myself, there’s a lot to adjust to, but each day I feel more and more familiar with it all. We have a great team with great support, and that certainly helps.”
“There are so many differences between enduro in the United States and the ISDE. The competition is obviously so much higher here, the terrain on the time controls is super challenging here, and the special tests are much wider, faster, and rougher here. Even getting used to daily tyre changing makes it different. But it’s great.”