After taking on the dusty Chilean trails, Manizales Colombia hosted the second round of the Enduro World Series last weekend with rain and muddy conditions.
The competition featured 7 stages, the first stage ran though an urban area in Downtown and then to later made its way to the rainforest of the Colombian mountains.
Ricardo Peredo purchased a ticket and headed down to Colombia to compete in his first Enduro World Championship.
"It was an incredible experience, it's my first World Cup and I was not sure what to expect when measuring myself with the best in the world. The 1st Special stage was an urban downhill race and to my surprise I managed to finish in 20th place along with great athletes of the sport, very happy with that result." commented Peredo. "I stayed motivated the following day of competition and with aspirations of a better result than day one. The second day was the opposite of the first, the worst conditions (if not the worst that I have ridden), there was mud everywhere and it was so thick that the tires could not tread in the muddy conditions. For a first timer in an EWS, I was in Group B so I got a lot of traffic from riders and it was a challenge to pass them on such short tracks in those conditions. At the end of the day, I finished my goal of finishing top 100, although it was bittersweet, since I know I could have achieved a better result."
Peredo returned home a bit unsatisfied but with a great experience that will help him focus and prepare at future dates of the championship.
The EWS continues its tour to Olargues - Montagnes Du Caroux, located in the southwest of France on May 12-13.