The UK's number one and original Extreme Enduro takes place on Sunday 13 March and Husqvarna Monster Energy speedbrain’s Extreme Enduro specialist Andreas “Letti” Lettenbichler will be there, aiming to show that he is tough enough to take on the best riders from across the world at this mountain-based quarry where the course has been designed to push the competitors to the brink of destruction – and beyond!
Now in its seventh edition, The Tough One has grown year by year in stature and reputation, attracting an increasing number of top riders, all eager to stand on that coveted Tough One podium at the end of three gruelling hours of extreme Enduro riding and be the winner of an event that is certainly one of the high-profile races on any rider’s CV.
For 2011, there is the move to a new venue – the daunting Back Cowm Quarry, near Rochdale in Lancashire – which is sure to provide a day of extreme off-road action that no riders or spectators will forget in a hurry.
For the past years, the event has been dominated by David Knight (who won the first four events and in 2010) and Taddy Blazusiak (who won in 2009). However, there are plenty of top riders in the hunt for the 2011 title, who ‘Letti’ has raced against many times, including Graham Jarvis, who won at Hells Gate just weeks ago, and Red Bull Romaniacs winner Chris Birch.
As for Letti, the talented German will be using his Husqvarna WR300 two-stroke machine and can’t wait for the battle to commence on this unforgiving and super gnarly terrain course, where only one rider will end up as the hero for the day and take the event’s spoils.
“I feel strong at the moment and am in good shape,” said Letti. “It’s my second time at the Tough One; last year I rode the BMW G 450 X, but suffered from technical problems and eventually finished in 12th position. We’ve worked a lot on the Husqvarna WR300 and I’m very confident that it will work well at this event. The Tough One is not comparable to Hells Gate, as these are completely different races. I like the Tough One – it’s tough but not stupid!”
There will also be Husqvarna representation from Touratech Germany riders Gerhard Forster and Jenster Jung, who will both be riding four-stroke Husqvarna TE449 machines.
With a course that is 7.5kilometers per lap in length, competitors will meet serious challenges throughout the day, and with an entry list that reads as a ‘who's who’ from the extreme Enduro World, the action and viewing for the spectators is going to be superb. There are plenty of support races to keep crowds entertained, but the main three-hour Tough One will include all the usual ingredients, such as lorries, cars, logs, tyres, not to mention all the natural obstacles such as rocks and gulleys.
To get an indication of what the Tough One is like, watch some video of the 2009 event at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8NX7HuzHaE