// STAGE 4: VAL DI FASSA, ITALY
It’s July now, and while it seems like the 2019 Enduro World Series just got started, the season is over half over, five rounds down and only three left to go. The last two weeks featured back-to-back rounds in Italy and France, and Alchemy racer Cody Kelley faced some serious challenges on both rounds. While the first stages of the Val Di Fassa, Italy round went well for Kelley, finishing stages 1 and 3 right in the hunt, a slow-speed jump-off on stage 5 left him with a severe ankle sprain. At that point, it was just survival for the rest of the race and Kelley ended round 4 well out of the points.
“I felt really good leading up to the race, with a couple of solid days of practice with my buddies Richie (Rude) and Shawn (Neer),” said Kelley after the event. “I was hoping this was going to be my turn-around round, but like EWS usually goes, things don’t turn out like you expect. Instead of checkers, it was wreckers for me and I ended the race barely able to walk.”
// STAGE 4: LES ORRES, FRANCE
Round 5 was the following weekend in Les Orres, France, just a car drive away from the Italy round, which gave Kelley time to rest the sore ankle, with the hope he would be able to race. After a few days of downtime, Kelley returned to practice and noted his injury was worse off the bike than on.
“I was really happy to arrive in France and feel some strength coming back in my ankle,” said Kelley. “Being in Europe and not racing would not have been an option for me, so I soldiered on. Practice event went well and I was excited about the race and the tracks.”
But, it was not to be for Kelley. A small crash at top of the stage launched Kelley into the course tape, which somehow found it’s way into the rear caliper. It ended melting into his rotor, leaving him with no rear brake and basically ending his chance at a good weekend’s result.
Next up on the agenda for Kelley is the USA Cycling National Championships in Colorado, where Kelley hopes for a shot at a National Enduro Championship. The Enduro World Series resumes in Whistler in early August with round 6.