2021 FIM ISDE – Review of the Day – Day 1
The impressive Visconti Castle in the historic city of Pavia officially welcomed the global Enduro family to the 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) on a glorious Saturday evening.
The vast courtyard of the castle built in 1360 was a fitting location for the opening ceremony of the oldest competition in the FIM calendar.
Respectfully observing the Covid-19 regulations in place, over six hundred and fid riders from over twenty five nations from around the World each took their place on centre stage, revelling in the chance to sing their national anthems, wave their flags and express that strong team spirit so important at the ISDE.
The spirit and atmosphere within the Gothic castle’s walls felt all the more prescient among the riders, teams, and so many involved in the organisation of this year’s event following its postponement in 2020 – having gone through so much more in the last eighteen months to arrive at this point, the anticipation, nerves and excitement were amplified.
The biggest noise of the night was naturally saved to last as the entire one and three strong Italian team arrived on stage to sing the Mameli anthem. Tradition dictates the ISDE opening ceremony is the point at which the silverware from the previous ISDE is returned and no doubt the host nation will be aiming to take some of it for themselves after the six long days ahead beginning on Monday.
FIM President Jorge Viegas extended a warm welcome to the Enduro family to the Lombardy and Piedemont regions: “We thank all the organisation behind this 95th edition of the biggest competition in our sport. We are mindful of all the additional efforts by the organising committee and the many involved after we were forced to wait an extra year to arrive here in Rivanazzano.”
“All of the riders from around the World must also be congratulated for all their efforts to be present in Italy in these still difficult times for international travel. Of course, we extend our thoughts to those nations like Australia who were unable to make that journey through reasons beyond their control.”
“This inspiring and historic location is the perfect place to officially declare the 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro can begin.”
Insight and action from the 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) will be available to view across a wide range of TV and social media channels both during and after the event that will take place from Monday 30 August to Saturday 4 September between Lombardy and Piedmont, Italy.
The final cross test on Saturday 4 September will be broadcast live on the Italian TV channel MS Motor TV and the FIM ISDE Facebook page.
Additionally, a fifty-two minute highlights programme post event, which will bring together the very best of the action from all six days plus interviews and insight from what remains one of the most prestigious dates in the international motorcycling schedule and the oldest competition in the long history of the FIM.
Further coverage of the ISDE will be shown on the following TV channels / countries – check local listings for transmission times / dates.
BT Sport : UK & Ireland
EDGE Sport : Australia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Abu Dhabi, Belgium, China, Cyprus, Greece, India, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Solomon Islands, Thailand, USA
MCS : France, Belgium, Luxemburg & Switzerland
MTRSPT1 : Worldwide
MOTORSPORT.COM : Worldwide
MOTORSPORT TV : Russia, Georgia, Ukraine & CIS Territories
MOTORVISION : Worldwide
SPORT TV : Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Cape Verde, Sao Tome & Principe
RTVE : Spain
In addition, short daily video reviews and daily video features will be available throughout the ISDE on the FIM YouTube channel and social media pages.