It’s been a hurried week in Saxony Germany as 31 American riders have been busy preparing for the upcoming International Six Days Enduro which begins on Monday.
For most of the US riders and their support crews the week has actually been without much drama. US Team manager Antti Kallonen said, “Our first goal was to get all 31 of the bikes set up, through technical inspection and into impound. So far everything has come together very well. Now we can concentrate on walking test and getting to know the terrain better.“Walking tests as a team is what make a difference, where riders can compare ideas and ultimately save valuable seconds. That’s what it takes to make it to the top.
“We have a lot of veterans on the Trophy Team and other than Charlie Mullins they’ve all been to Six Days before.” The six rider US Trophy Team is made up of Mullins, Kurt Caselli, Destry Abbott, Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown and Taylor Robert.”
Eight-time returning US Trophy Team veteran Destry Abbott said, “I’m actually a replacement for Bobby Garrison (who got hurt about two months ago.) But I’m ready, probably better prepared than I’ve been a couple of times in the past where I’m healthy, I feel very comfortable on the bike and the terrain here seems to fit our (American) style of riding. The whole team is ready.”
Kallonen said, “The Junior Team only has one returning riders, Andrew Delong, but they all had to start somewhere. They are all very fast and very good riders so they should do all right once they get the routine.” Joining Delong on the four rider US Junior Team are Thad Duvall, Travis Coy and Jesse Groemm. Kallonen added “Jesse Groemm was a last minute replacement rider after Steward Baylor got hurt just a week ago and Jesse stepped up.”
The US Women’s Team is made up of returning multi-time ISDE rider, Mandi Mastin, and new comers Rachel Gutish and Sarah Whitmore. Kallonen said, “This is going to be new for both Rachel and Sarah but we have confidence they can do well. Again trophy team riders have to start somewhere.” Gutish is an off-roader with experience in enduro, cross country and endurocross where Whitmore specializes mostly in motocross.
The rest of US field is made up of the following six individual three-rider club teams:
Wellard Team – Jordan Brandt, Johnny Barber and Fred Hoess
GoFasters.com – Nick Canny, Zach Klamfoth and John Maier
Boise Ridge Riders – Devan Bolin, Reid Brown and Derek Steahly
Tony Agonis Team – Nicholas Hamill, Michael Jolly and Joshua Knight
Missouri Mudders – Scott Bright, Brian Storrie and Chris Storrie
Team JAFMAR Racing – Billy Burns, Jeff Fredette and Ron Schmelzle