It was a beautiful weekend for racing in County Wicklow, Ireland. Anka and Kelli were there for the Emerald Enduro, the second stop of the Enduro World Series for 2015. When all the racing was done, Tracy Mosely came out on top, while Anne-Caroline Chausson and Cecile Ravanel rounded out the podium. Kelli and Anka finished in 14th and 15th respectively, on the new-to-EWS course. Anka said after the race; "I felt really good about it. I made a few mistakes on most of the runs (hard to pull off 7 perfect stages), had a small mechanical on one stage and some tired legs towards the end of race day, but that's what this sort of racing is all about, so yes, I'm pretty happy with how the day went overall—it can always go better! Everything was so incredibly green, wherever you looked, it appeared as if someone pushed the saturation button to make the greens even more intense, and the rowdy Irish fans are the best I've ever come across at a race!"
Anka enjoying the fabulous views that Ireland had to offer.
Kelli agreed, saying, "The crowds were insane at this race. The fans were so loud! I’ve never experienced anything like it before. I dropped my cell phone and chapstick at the top of stage 2 as I was dropping into the first technical section and a man brought it back to me on top of Stage 3 just before I started. Only in Ireland would that happen… Wonderful people." She added, "I guess you always want a better result and I felt pretty consistent throughout the day. I think the level is much higher this year than in the past. The young girls are getting really fast! But the atmosphere was amazing and the energy from the fans had me smiling throughout the whole race. The weather was beautiful all week and felt like it was a pretty special day. I hope I get to come back and visit Ireland again."
Kelli crushed this rocky section!
View the full results from the weekend and be sure to scroll down for some great pictures of the ladies, courtesy of photographer Sven Martin.
You gotta get up to go down!
When you're smiling during a race, you know it's a good course!