ZERMATT: The show is back!

The Swiss town of Zermatt wrapped up the first round of the 2020 Enduro World Series calendar, with the Orbea FOX Enduro Team excited for the return of racing.

After a difficult start to the season and months of social distancing, the world’s best pro enduro riders have officially returned to racing in the heart of Zermatt (Switzerland), including the Orbea FOX Enduro Team. Damien Oton, Vid Persak and Gabriel Torralba debuted their new Rallon in the first round of the EWS, while Edgar Carballo competed on his Wild FS in the event’s first ebike race.

The first ebike race in the history of the EWS.

The race in Zermatt marked a special occasion that tested not only the racers’ physical strength, but also their mental strength, requiring them to adapt to new COVID-19 measures while still harnessing the intensity of racing. Check out our favorite photos and video recap from the weekend. Enjoy the views!

The majestic Matterhorn (4478m) witnesses the return of the EWS.
Vid Persak during Friday’s practice.
Zermatt is one of the most beautiful places to compete.
Defying gravity.
Our mechanic, Javi, checking Edgar’s #OrbeaWild FS.
Damien Oton and Gabriel Torralba share notes in the Paddock.
Edgar’s downtime.
Custom Slicy mudguards in the style of a well-known Swiss chocolate brand.
Shimano XTR brakes bleed for a perfect feel at the moment of truth.
Edgar Carballo during Friday’s ebike race. Sunny weather before the “Enduro Winter Series.”
Cold, rain and so.much.mud on Saturday and Sunday. Bad weather forced a delayed start, and several stages were cut from the race.
Damien, moments before the race, looking for that “extra.”
Weather conditions on Friday were much better than Saturday and Sunday, without a doubt.
Challenging conditions for all the riders.
Poor visibility during the first stage.
Vid Persak, Top 10. An excellent finish for the young rider despite a flat tire in the first stage.
Damien Oton took a crash in the first stage. Fortunately nothing serious.
Gabriel Torralba in full send mode.
Following the race from their fingertips.
Edgar Carballo with the #OrbeaWild FS and a 5th place result.
Swiss “summer.”
Team spirit.
The cold was the real winner of Sunday’s race.
Checking the fork’s SAG. Every PSI counts.
Pre-race rituals.

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