The penultimate round of the eMTB Enduro World Series saw Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing’s Guido Tschugg race his way across the Swiss Alps in Crans Montana to claim a well-deserved victory in the Masters 45+ class.
Continuing to grow in his debut EWS-E Pro class season, Sweden’s Simon Carlsson fought hard to overcome a tough day at the office and finish 21st.
Marking the penultimate stop in this year’s EWS-E season, the Husqvarna E-Bicycles Racing trio of Simon Carlsson, Alexandre Fayolle, and Guido Tschugg headed to the high alps of Crans Montana in Switzerland.
A big day out saw them tackle nine stages, including three uphill Power Stages, across 70 kilometres in mixed and changing weather conditions.
Winning ride for Guido in Crans Montana
Knocking on the door for victory throughout the season so far, Guido was determined to get the job done in Switzerland. Although never favouring the Power Stages, the German kicked off his day in style to set the fastest time in the opening Power Stage and take an early lead.
Going on to win seven of the day’s nine stages, while placing third on the other two, Guido took home the Master 45+ gold medal in Crans Montana.
“I’m happy to get the win,” told Guido. “I’ve been close a couple of times before, but today it just came together for me.
“It was a tough course, long stages, and a lot of riding. I never usually get on well with the Power Stages, so it was nice to pick up a win there too. I’m looking forward to the final round in Italy.”
Carlsson fights back for 21st in Pro class
In what’s his first season of EWS-E racing, young Swede Simon Carlsson continues to develop well in the Pro class. Although just missing the top 20, Carlsson overcame numerous technical issues - including a puncture on the final stage - to reach the finish line.
With multiple top 20 stage times to his credit, it’s only a matter of time before Simon claims the result he deserves.
“It’s been an up and down day,” said Simon. “I was hoping for a little bit more, but I had few problems early on that hurt my pace.
“I dug deep and kept fighting. Dropping into the final stage I was fighting for a top 20 result, but with a slow puncture I had to back it off a bit to make it home.
“Finale Ligure is next and is one of my favourite places to ride, so I’m excited to go there.”
For Alex Fayolle, his day got off to a flying start. Fifth fastest on stage two, the Frenchman was keen to show his pace in the Swiss Alps. However, a puncture on the following stage three proved detrimental and he was forced to cut short his day.
The 2022 EWS-E season concludes with the fifth and final round at Finale Ligure, Italy on September 28-29.