Zlatibor, Serbia - 23 May, 2023 — The opening round of this year’s FIM Hard Enduro World Championship saw Britain’s Tamsin Jones take the all-new Women’s Hard Enduro Performance Award supported by GASGAS. Battling her way through four tough days of Hard Enduro racing in Serbia, Jones placed as the top performing female rider in the Xross Hard Enduro Rally.
Tamsin Jones passion about two wheels began at the age of 24, after 5 years of racing downhill Mountain bikes. She made history as the first Welsh female competitor to finish the Dakar Rally. She also finished Red Bull Romaniacs in 2013. However, a focus on family life put racing on hold for a few years. For Tasmin Jones, competing at round one of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship was an opportunity too good to resist. The chance to come back to Hard Enduro and experience all that the Serbian mountains had to offer was what round one was all about for her.
Hard Enduro is one physically demanding motorcycle sport! Pushing both rider and machine to their absolute limits, it takes no prisoners. But it’s extremely rewarding too. Often people become focused on ‘the result’ when it comes to competition, but outside of the podium contenders there are hundreds of competitors whose goal of completing the event is like a victory in itself.
“Hard Enduro is pretty special,” tells Tasmin. “There’re not many other sports in the world where you can race across the top of a mountain one minute and around city streets the next.
“I didn’t have any expectations coming to Serbia, I just wanted to finish the race. Being able to pick a category that matches my ability is huge too, it makes it enjoyable. There’re tough bits, really tough bits, but lots of awesome riding.”
Commenting on her achievement, Jones expressed her gratitude and shared her vision for the future of women in hard enduro: "I am incredibly honored to receive the Women's Hard Enduro Award. This recognition is not just for me but for all the incredible women who have defied expectations and embraced the challenges of this sport. I hope this award inspires more women to join the hard enduro community, and together, we can continue to push the boundaries and elevate women's presence in this exhilarating discipline."
The FIM Hard Enduro World Championship continues with round two at Austria’s Red Bull Erzbergrodeo on June 8-11.