It was a historic day for Great Britain today at the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) as they won the Women’s World Trophy competition for the very first time.
First introduced to the FIM ISDE in 2007, Great Britain had yet to take a win in the Women’s World Trophy category but finally, following a determined team performance that all changed today in Le Puy-En-Velay, France.
Entering the sixth and final day of racing with a healthy fourteen-minute lead over nearest rivals France, GB held a virtual grasp on the title, yet still needed to get it over the finish line in the Final Cross Test to become champions.
A nervous day indeed for Jane Daniels (Fantic), Nieve Holmes (Sherco), and Rosie Rowett (KTM), but the trio kept their cool and got the job done.
“This is a big moment for everyone involved here and it is going to take a little while for it to sink in,” told Daniels. “This FIM ISDE has been amazing, tough, and everything in between.
“We knew starting today that the main objective was to keep it safe and get everyone across the line. It’s a relief to see that chequered flag, we’ll definitely celebrate tonight!”
In the final Women’s World Trophy classification, FIM ISDE hosts France finished as runner-up. Australia joined Great Britain and France on the final step of the podium in third.
The outcome of the Final Cross Test went to United States’ Korie Steede (KTM), who led for the majority of the race to claim a six second victory over Canada’s Shelby Turner (KTM), with Rachel Gutish (GASGAS) in third.
In the battle for the individual classification, there was added delight for Great Britain with Daniels taking outright individual victory. After six days of racing, she won by two minutes and nineteen seconds over Steede, with Spain’s Mireia Badia (Rieju) third.