Gripendygnet is a Swedish 24 hour enduro race and one of the longest in the world. You can ride as a team or solo in the "Dakar" class. The most laps on the 18 kilometer track is the winner.
As a Dakar rider I knew that it would be tough. But tough got close to impossible...
As the race started the weather changed from sunny to skyfall. The rain was extreme and there was issued a warning (category 1) for floods. The worst conditions ever in the race history.
This made the track muddy, wet and slippery - to the point that lots of riders quit the race and some just had to leave their bikes on the track.
Billingen Enduro Challenge was a part of the Skövde Enduro Week. During the first part of the week it was World Championship in enduro and in the sekond part it was a race on parts of the WC track.
The start was at the bottom of the skislope and then most of the track was in a active stone quarry. Technical riding with really steep slopes, ruts, sand, blocks of rock etc.
The dust was really tough since it was not possible to see the track at all times. But a really nice day on the bike and everything worked as planned.
The first race of the Swedish Enduro Classics Series is Stångebroslaget. Due to corona the race was cancelled.
Instead I raced the Kalmar Enduro Special. The race is almost identical to Stångebroslaget and the aim was to ride about 65 km on the 3 hours of the race. This is the distance for getting a medal in the enduro classics.
Worked hard during the whole race with short breaks and some minor ground checks...
Managed to ride 9 laps on the 7 km long track and reached my goal. A great day at the track!
The Yamaha Enduro GP Racing Team has been on the racing scene for some 20 years. To take part of their training and experience is really special.
The team manager Joakim Johansson is himself a World Cup race winner and the team has several frontline positions with top riders.
Their base of operations is in Sweden but the races are all over the world.
The training with the team is tough but really rewarding and my skills and confidence on the bike is steadily increasing.
Training at the local enduro track in Kalmar (Sweden). Swedish Rally rider Joakim Hultqvist turned up on his rally bike.
The bike was used by Skyler Howes in the last Dakar Rally (5 th overall and Top Privateer). Since then the bike has been restored and are as good as new.
Joakim is a experienced rally rider (Africa Eco Race etc.) and gave some good tips on preparation and training.
Visited Niklas Månsson at Månsson Racing to prepare my suspension for the races to come, and also to learn more on suspension in "MacGyver"-style.
Niklas has been working on suspensions for many years and are currently working with the Yamaha Enduro GP Team in Sweden.
For my adventure riding I prepare my suspension (front and rear) with neoprene protection. This prevents dirt from getting in to the suspension and also from scratches on the inner fork legs (can make the fork to bleed if you are unlucky).
I also bring a cleansing tool for the front fork.
Now it is 12 weeks to my first ever enduro race - Stångebroslaget. I have been cardio training (mostly running) this winter and now I finally can get on the bike to start riding.
The training today was at the enduro track in Timmernabben (Småland, Sweden).
A day filled with loads of stones and ruts. This track was a challenge. Dropped the bike a couple of times but all in all satisfied with the effort.
Picked up my new Yamaha Ténéré 700 at Lillemans MC in Lund (Sweden).
Took the bike out for a spin at the the enduro track in Revingehed. Got some fly time on the slippery track.
The 2021 Ténéré 700 has some updates on the exhaust (Euro 5) and the mapping. Also updates on details as the handles and the colour of the attachments for the panniers.