The International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) took place August 28 – September 2 in Brive, France. The event has become one of the most highly regarded off-road motorcycle races in the world, with multiple countries sending teams of riders to compete every year. As the name suggests, the event takes place over six days.

There are three primary classes: World Trophy (four team members), Junior World Trophy (three team members) and Women’s World Trophy (three team members). In both the World Trophy and Junior World Trophy classes, every rider’s score counts, while a score is dropped each day from the Women’s World Trophy teams. Club teams (with three riders each) also compete.

After years of dominating the World Trophy class, Team France was disqualified in 2015, a decision that awarded Australia with the win. Due to their disagreement with the ruling, France did not attend in 2016. Instead, Team USA won the World Trophy class for the first time in the event’s long history – a major accomplishment for the nation. All three of these teams were hoping for another win in 2017. In the Women’s World Trophy class, Team Australia was the team to beat, having blown away the competition in recent years.

Day 1

In the World Trophy class, France got a great start on the ISDE with three of their riders placing within the top 10 individual finishes of day 1, shooting their team to the top of the leaderboard. Although most of Team USA had times worthy of placing the team on the podium, Thad Duvall wrecked and injured his wrist, effectively eliminating any hope the team had of repeating last year’s win. Similarly, Team Italy’s Giacomo Redondi received a penalty that took the team out of immediate podium contention despite otherwise excellent scores. Finland took the runner-up spot behind France, with Australia finishing in 3rd for the day.

Things were much closer in the Junior World Trophy class, though the defending champions from Sweden managed to finish the day on top, with Italy and France not far behind. Team USA finished just outside of a podium position with 4th, though the times were all close enough to keep things interesting going into the second day.

One of the biggest news items of the day was Spain’s Laia Sainz’s domination in the Women’s World Trophy, beating out Australia’s Tayla Jones by a full 40 seconds. However, even Jones was nearly a minute ahead of her teammate Jessica Gardiner, who finished just ahead of Mirela Baida (also from Spain). These top four riders carried their teams into the leaderboard for the day: Spain 1st and Australia 2nd. Team USA followed in 3rd with Team France not far behind.

Day 2

In the World Trophy class, Team France only extended their lead farther, entrenching themselves in 1st place. Australia picked up the pace, moving into 2nd, while Finland held on to 3rd for the day. Problems throughout the day removed several other teams out of contention, including Japan, Belgium, Chile and Spain.

In the Junior World Trophy class, Team Sweden suffered a devastating loss when a mechanical issue eliminated the team’s chances for a repeat victory. Team Italy was in a good position to capitalize on Sweden’s misfortune, but they couldn’t quite pull things together. Instead, Team USA and Team France moved ahead in the leaderboards.

Jones finished just ahead of Sanz in the Women’s World Trophy class, but the upset between their respective teams occurred because both of Sanz’s teammates suffered problems that forced them to drop out. Australia moved into the lead, while the USA took over 2nd and extended the team’s gap over France. This also meant that France was in a podium position in all three primary classes.

Day 3

Nothing changed for the podium positions in the World Trophy class on the third day. France continued to extend their lead, while Australia and Finland fought hard to maintain their positions.

Movement occurred in the Junior World Trophy class, however, as France jumped ahead into 1st with several excellent performances. Italy was also able to move ahead as well, while Team USA dropped back to 3rd.

It was more of the same for Team Australia in the Women’s World Trophy class, with the USA and France maintaining their spots in 2nd and 3rd.

Day 4

Once more, France extended their lead in the World Trophy class. Australia and Finland continued in 2nd and 3rd, with a massive lead over Portugal in 4th. At this point, it looked like any movement in the podium positions would be limited to whether Finland would be able to catch Australia.

It was a similar story for the Junior World Trophy class, as Team France continued in the lead with Italy and the USA behind. However, the timing was still close enough to allow easier movement between the three teams in the podium spots.

Once again, Team Australia moved further ahead in the Women’s World Trophy class, with a massive gap separating them from the USA in 2nd and France in 3rd.

Day 5

Nothing changed in the top spots in the World Trophy class, with France continuing in 1st, well ahead of Australia in 2nd and Finland in 3rd.

Things were much closer in the Junior World Trophy class. Team France maintained their lead, but with Italy only 28 seconds behind, it was still possible for the two to switch places in the final day. Team USA continued in 3rd.

For the first time of the week, Team USA took a victory in the day’s standings over Team Australia in the Women’s World Trophy class, though it wasn’t nearly enough to make a difference in the overall leaderboard, where Australia maintained 1st. Team France followed with 3rd.

Day 6

Although the final day’s motocross-style competition can always throw things for a loop, Team France in the World Trophy class had built up enough of a buffer on previous days to ensure that they were able to maintain the lead, ultimately finishing the week with the win. Australia came in 2nd, while Finland placed 3rd.

In the Junior World Trophy class, France didn’t have quite the same buffer, but they still managed to hang on to the lead, giving them the ultimate victory. Italy finished the week in 2nd, while the USA placed 3rd.

Australia took the victory in the Women’s World Trophy class, the country’s fifth straight ISDE win in the class (with the same three riders competing on the team each year). Team USA took the runner-up spot, while France placed 3rd.

World Trophy Class Results

Pos.CountryFinishersTotal Time
5Great Britain413:28:51.91
13Czech Republic318:53:14.84

Junior World Trophy Class Results

Pos.CountryFinishersTotal Time
4Great Britain310:02:39.92
8Czech Republic310:23:29.09

Women’s World Trophy Class Results

Pos.CountryTotal Time

Top 20 Overall Individual Results

Pos.No.NameCountryClassCl. Pos.BikeTotal Time
1201Loic LarrieuFranceE21Yamaha3:11:45.68
2100Josep GarciaSpainE11KTM3:12:23.99
313Taylor RobertUSAE31KTM3:13:05.64
4162Daniel MilnerAustraliaE22KTM3:13:17.54
510Ryan SipesUSAE12Husqvarna3:13:27.64
6130Davide GuarneriItalyE13Honda3:13:35.82
7200Jeremy TarrouxFranceE14Sherco3:14:11.28
8190Eero RemesFinlandE15TM3:14:11.49
9132Alex SalviniItalyE23Beta3:14:40.39
1045Albin ElowsonSwedenE24Husqvarna3:14:51.84
11102Jaume BetriuSpainE32KTM3:14:52.78
12202Christophe CharlierFranceE25Husqvarna3:15:11.64
1320Nathan WatsonGreat BritainE26KTM3:15:15.76
1411Kailub RussellUSAE27KTM3:16:57.23
15134Davide SorecaItalyE16Honda3:17:01.15
16161Daniel SandersAustraliaE33KTM3:17:15.55
17193Matti SeistolaFinlandE34KTM3:17:27.80
18163Joshua GreenAustraliaE17Yamaha3:17:37.23
19721Manuel MonniItalyC31TM3:17:56.04
20205Hugo BlanjoueFranceE28Yamaha3:18:06.97

Top 20 Club Results

Pos.ClubTotal Time
2MCC Wales/Welsh MCC10:08:30.52
3SRT Offroad10:09:59.96
4Languedoc Roussillon10:23:30.35
5Team West Sweden 110:24:16.92
6Grenoble Enduro Club 110:25:39.65
7Auvergne Junior10:27:39.01
8Pavia Senior10:27:39.20
9KBS UAMK Team Unhost10:31:32.21
10Ligue Poitou Charentes10:32:47.37
11Enduroklub Semily Junior10:38:54.72
12Team Lozere 210:41:48.47
13Team West Sweden 210:44:10.52
14Missouri Mudders10:49:06.87
15Team Scotland10:49:12.31
16Motosport Bozkov 110:49:25.51
17Eric Cleveland Memorial10:50:39.48
18Pavia Junior10:55:44.53
19Team Lozere 111:00:24.23
20Team St Edmunds MCC11:01:40.84