European Enduro Championship in the Czech Republic

On Saturday, 7 August 2021, the European Enduro Championship started its first day in its second competition in the Czech Republic:

The favourite, Krystof Kouble, lived up to his role and made the most of his home advantage on the demanding course – the Czech rider came back from the first of the three rounds with three special stages each as the overall leader. He did not relinquish this position until the finish. But he had a crash in the very last special stage: „I was so excited and in such a hurry to get back on the bike that I didn’t lose much time. Luckily I didn’t hurt myself,” the Sherco rider was happy to report at the end.

After a crash in the extreme test, championship leader Enrico Rinaldi from Italy had to bury his hopes for another class win ahead of Kouble. Rinaldi took third place in the overall standings.

In second place, however, and surprisingly, was Dominik Olszowy from Poland, who had not yet competed in the European Championship. However, the KTM rider had just returned from the Hardenduro World Championship in Romania with a 10th place, so he was well prepared for the difficult track and difficult special stages. So he was also able to win the class of the over 250 cc four-stroke bikes.

A junior on the smallest displacement 125cc also put in a pleasingly strong performance: Pyry Juupaluoma from Finland rode to a sensational fifth place overall in all displacement classes! He won the junior class of the U21 riders with a lead of almost one minute.

In the women’s category, who did not ride the last extreme test, Nieve Holmes from Great Britain won on the GasGas ahead of the previous leader Justine Martel from France.


All weather


On the second day at the second round of the European Enduro Championship in Kozojedy, Czech Republic, the weather was definitely an issue. Although it was dry and warm during the day, the overnight rain had watered the track heavily beforehand.

But even under the more difficult conditions, it was the same riders who decided the victory among themselves: First and foremost local hero Krystof Kouble: „In the first lap it didn’t go well at all. I crashed once in each of the three stages and lost time. Only after half of the competition did I really get going.” But he forgot to mention, that despite the crashes, he had set the best time of all the riders.

For the other competitors also struggled with the demanding stages, which had become even more difficult due to the rain. Italian Enrico Rinaldi finished third on the unfamiliar terrain behind Dominik Olszowy and is right behind Kouble in second place  in the championship both, in the overall as in the junior E2 class.

Once again, junior Pyry Juupaluoma from Finland showed a very strong performance: on the smallest displacement 125cc, he again rode to a sensational fifth place overall! The 18-year-old also won the junior class of the U21 riders again. He thus fought his way up to third place in his championship. 

The already very demanding track was made a few notches more difficult by the overnight rain: The first lap in particular provided special challenges in the uphills but also in the downhills. Just how difficult it actually was is shown by the fact that almost half of all participants who started on Saturday did not reach the finish on Sunday in the classification. Only 66 of the original 123 riders were able to bring their bikes properly to the parc ferme at the end.

In the senior class, only six of the original 19 participants finished. Winner Martin Gottvald as well as the runner-up, Milan Skuta, were able to use their home advantage because they are used to such conditions.

Nevertheless, there were no complaints, because it was not impossible, as many riders have had shown. But the spirit of enduro racing, of fighting through and arriving at the finish, was again extremely cultivated here. No wonder that the Pole Dominik Olszowy felt so comfortable there: The guest rider, who usually focuses on the Hardenduro World Championships, used the race in the Czech Republic to prepare for the World Team Championships. In three weeks, he will compete for the Polish national team. The 21-year-old set the bar high with a second place in the overall standings on the second day of the race.


The next round of the European Championship, then even in Olszowy’s home country Poland, will be after the „International Six Days Enduro” (ISDE) in September.



More information and schedules, results and links, there are always up to date and right on the official website:

Robert Pairan

Second round with new winners?

Second round with new winners?


On the weekend of 7 and 8 August, the European Enduro Championship will enter its second round in the Czech Republic after three and a half months: the KP Enduro Club has pitched its tents in Kozojedy (- Obecní Úřad), about 70 km west of Prague.

Three and a half rounds will be ridden on the 55 km long track each day, which add up to almost 200 km off-road for the riders. The course includes a cross test as well as an enduro test and an extreme test to be completed in the round.

Over 120 riders have signed up for this. It is true that the Italian riders Enrico Rinaldi and Diego Niccoletti are the favourites, as they are currently ahead of all other participants in the championship standings. But in their Czech homeland, both junior Kristof Kouble and his compatriot Jaromir Romancik should certainly not be underestimated.

 The start is on both days from 9:00 a.m.






More information and schedules, results and links, there are always up to date and right on the official website:


Picture reference: 1) Start in a new season  –  2)Overall-winner Thomas Oldrati from Italy



Dates 2021

17th/18th of April                 Castel di Tora / Italy (www.italianoenduro.com/)

7th/8th  of August                 Kozojedy / Czech Republic (www.czechenduro.cz)              


18th/19th of September     Kielce / Poland (www.ktmnovi.pl)

30th of September -2nd of October         Hellendoorn / Netherlands (www.mcnh.nl)


Robert Pairan

II Memoriał śp. Zbigniewa Banasika

W niedzielę 15.12.2019 r. odbył się II Memoriał śp. Zbyszka Banasika.

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