The UK team won the International Six Days Enduro in France last weekend, with the team of Steve Holcombe, Nathan Watson, Jamie McCanney and Jed Etchells.
The International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) is the most famous race of the year in the enduro world. In fact, it’s the oldest race in the world, and this year celebrated its 96th edition.
ISDE is such a famous event that when KTM debuted their 2023 enduro lineup earlier this year, they did it with ISDE tribute paint jobs on the special-edition models.
The 96th edition was won by Team United Kingdom (this is how they are listed on the official score sheet, although the team kit says Team GB), and their main foursome of Steve Holcombe from Honda, Fantic-riding Jed Etchells, Husqvarna’s Jamie McCanney and Beta Factory Enduro rider Nathan Watson.
Watson – who raced in MXGP for part of last season and was part of the British team for the 2019 Motocross des Nations which finished third overall – wasn’t the only top motocrosser (not that Nathan Watson has ever limited his career to motocross) to succeed at this year’s ISDE. Former Grand Prix driver Samuele Bernardini was also present for the Italian team, which – also thanks to its star driver, Andrea Verona of GasGas – took second place for the Spanish team in the last daytime.
Like the three British riders, Bernardini and Verona – and their Team Italy teammates Alex Salvini and Thomas Oldrati – rode on Metzeler tyres. The German manufacturer was therefore successful in France.
Verona and Watson were also on the individual podium in second and third place respectively, but the overall individual winner was Josep Garcia, also on Metzelers, who had an individual triumph to add to Spain’s bronze medal at the World Trophy.