With the official announcement of Teams USA's roster for this year's International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), now is the time to introduce you all to a stellar trio of local District 36 riders selected to represent our country! Everyone, meet Anson Maloney, Anthony Ferrante, and Shane Siebenthall! Here's everything you need to know about this years race and the riders attending.
The FIM International Six Days of Enduro, the 6 Days, return to the territory that saw the birth of enduro in France, the Haute-Loire department, in the heart of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, 42 years after the 1980 edition in Brioude. The race, in the purest tradition of French enduro, will take place in the west, south and north of the Haute-Loire, as far as the northern half of the Lozère in the neighbouring Occitanie region. With an average altitude of 1,000 m and peaks of 1,400 m, it is a race of technical liaison that awaits the competitors of the 96th edition with increasing difficulty as the days go by.
Two thirds of the race take place in the former royal province of the 17th century, the Gévaudan, between the Haute-Loire and Lozère, made famous by the Beast of Gévaudan. This beast, a very large canid, killed more than a hundred people between 1764 and 1767. The story caused a stir throughout the kingdom of France and beyond, including articles in British and German newspapers. On June 19th 1767, the beast was shot. Although the Beast of Gévaudan did exist, its true nature remains a mystery to this day. Part of the course for the first two days, loop 1, passes through La Fayette country, birthplace of General de La Fayette, still celebrated across the Atlantic for his decisive involvement in the American War of Independence. This will surely be a remarkable experience for racers, spectators, and anyone else attending!
It's safe to say that Anson "Mojo" Maloney is no longer a stranger to ISDE. Having represented USA three times now, France will be his fourth endeavor for a gold medal in his career. A beloved member of NorCal's offroad community and longtime MojoMotoSport ambassador, he will be leading the charge for this promising team of riders aboard a 2022 KTM 350 XC-F in the C2 Class!
Returning to the ISDE scene after a solid rookie trip in Italy last year, Anthony Ferrante will bring a new 2022 GasGas EX250F for the C1 Class to build on a successful ISDE race and bring home another gold medal to the states. He managed to pull off some impressive tests last year and even grabbed the holeshot on Day 6's moto race!
Filling Anthony's previous role of team rookie, Shane Siebenthall will be heading to France for the first ISDE race of his career! We have no doubt this young man will have a great time at this event and are really looking forward to see him compete with the world's best racers with his 2022 GasGas EX250F in the C1 Class as well.
How You Can Show Support
Getting to ISDE is not a cheap trip by any means. Riders must freight their bikes overseas, get plane tickets, figure out meal plans, hotel rooms, and just about everything else you could possibly think of. That's why each rider has created their own ISDE France 2022 T-Shirt Design! The sale of each shirt goes directly into the respective rider's ISDE fund, and you get a badass shirt to show your support for Team USA!
Stay tuned as we continue our road to ISDE France by following our blog posts, social media pages, and each riders Instagram pages tagged on their names above. We will have lots of posts, stories, pictures and videos in the months to come! What would you like to learn more about concerning ISDE France? Let us know by commenting below!