ISDE Update

Kit Palmer | September 5, 2002

So far, 548 riders have signed up for this year’s 77th running of the International Six Days Enduro in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic, September 24-29, and over 30 countries will be represented, including Belarus, Israel and Latvia. The three teams with the most riders are the United States, Great Britain and Holland.

This year’s U.S. Trophy team is made up of ISDE veteran Fred Hoess, David Pearson, Tim Taber, Ron Schmelzle, Greg Gillian and Brian Sperle, and the Jr. World team is made up of Morgan Crawford, Wallace Palmer, Jonathan Seehorn, and Bill Radecky.

Nick Pearson had originally qualified to ride on the U.S. Trophy team, but he was seriously injured a few weeks ago and will be forced to miss this year’s event. Pearson was practicing on a motocross track when he miss-timed a double jump and slammed his jaw onto the handlebars, possibly making contact with his bike’s steering damping unit, as well. Pearson’s jaw was badly broken and some of his teeth were knocked out.

Cycle News will be on hand at this year’s ISDE and, if all goes well, will be posting daily updates on our website through out the event.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.