Six Days is all about the team, something that Justin Sode
put into action on day three when he sacrificed five minutes
in order to give fuel to Cory Buttrick so his teammate could
make the next check. “I had a good bit left in my tank still, so
I took my CamelBak bladder out and put some gas out of my
tank and into his [bike].” Sode earned a silver medal in his
second ISDE for finishing ninth in C2.
Andrew Delong rides into a check on day one. He enjoyed
excellent results aboard his FE350 in C2—second in class and
second Club rider overall.
THE GOOD,THE BAD
& THE SILTY
Toby Price is no stranger to desert racing, and it showed. The
Australian star picked up the E3 win with the second-fastest
overall time individually. Unfortunately, the Aussies lost
half of their team, putting them out of the running in World
Paul Krause is no stranger to the desert—he races in it nearly
every weekend! But even he (or, rather, his bike) succumbed
to day three’s silt also. He said, “That day three, we rode
more silt that day than I think I’ve ever ridden in any event
I’ve been in, and it was so deep that you were just stuck in
it, and it was coming up from the bottom and getting sucked
right into the airbox.” He analyzed, “After it was all said
and done, we looked at the filter and the filter was perfect.
There was no bypass; there was no anything. You could just
see that it had gone through. I had it installed properly.” He
wishes Finland’s Pekka Hoikkala good luck before starting
day one, but both DNF’d.
and Rachel Gutish both went out, leaving veteran Mandi
Mastin the sole finisher on the team). In addition, two
Club-class wins proved the depth of talent on U.S. soil.
All that remains is that elusive first win for an American
World Trophy team. ❏
as close as France could get in this one, while Australia
rounded out the podium.
So, the 89th ISDE wasn’t a complete disappointment for
Team USA, with three podiums for the three elite teams
(third in Women’s World Trophy after Sarah Baldwin
89TH FIM INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO