This weekend Sweden’s biggest enduro race took place, the Gotland Grand National (GGN) with 2250 enduro bikes on the starting line! The race is a 3 hour hare-and-hound, quite fast but also quite muddy. New for the 2010 edition was the premiere of the “Little GGN” for riders up to 16 years. In the Womens class almost 50 riders lined up, but unfortunately I was not one of them. Instead I went as support crew for my two friends Camilla and Marie. Camilla is a veteran, and has raced the GGN 15 times already with many podium finishes. Marie hasn’t ridden since 2001 and now challenged her boss at work to come and race.
It is massive to see and hear when all the riders roar away from the start. Marie rode steady and finished ahead of her boss – and thereby won the challenge. Camilla came in for refuel after three laps holding a 4th place and I cheered her on to try reach podium. But luck failed her, and she suffered a flat rear tyre for the remaining two laps and dropped down to 13th.
In the Elite category Mats Nilsson claimed his 8th victory, fending off opponents like 7 time Enduro World Champion Anders Ericsson and KTM’s top Fin Samuli Aro. Mats is definately in a class of his own!