For only the second time in history, the World Trophy team from
the U.S. earned a second-place finish, with all six scoring well
in a consistent and quick effort. They are (standing, from left)
Kurt Caselli, Taylor Robert, Thad Duvall, (seated, from left) Zach
Osborne, Charlie Mullins and Mike Brown. The winning French
squad was, however, in control from the start.
fight for a podium spot from the outset, quite unlike in the
past. Though it’s six days long, the ISDE is really just a series
of sprints connected by a bunch of transfer sections with
varying degrees of difficulty. While only five of the six team
vote going to the jury’s president, a Swede who, coinciden-
tally, happened to be married to a Czech woman whose rel-
atives still lived behind the Iron Curtain. The British delegate
who was expected to side with the American vote also cast
his ballot in favor of the Czech rider (that delegate’s busi-
ness reportedly supplied sprockets to Jawa, the Czech bike
Fast-forward to 2013 and the 88th running of Six Days.
The Iron Curtain is down, Czechoslovakia is now two separate countries, and the two Germanys are one.
But wait, there’s more.
France is now the powerhouse of the enduro world, and
emphasized that by easily taking the top two categories—
the World Trophy and Junior World Trophy—thanks to a
lineup stacked with current, former and potential individual
world champions. Australia prevented a second consecutive French sweep of the three most heralded divisions
when the Aussie trio won the Women’s World Trophy over
Sweden and France.
Perhaps just as impressive, however, was the improvement across the board for Team USA. Now in its second
year with KTM’s Antti Kallonen at the helm as team manager, the squad boasted some solid returnees (veterans Mike
Brown, Kurt Caselli, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, and Taylor
Robert), as well as high-profile first-timer Zach Osborne.
The U.S. World Trophy team found itself in the thick of the
In only his third Six Days, Taylor
the American effort last year in
Germany.) “It was definitely a
good week. This is the best I’ve
ever ridden at a Six Days and the
best I’ve ever felt,
so I was happy with it.”