Born on 11 December 1985 in Barcelona, Spain
SIX OF THE BEST!
The greatest female all-round off-road athlete of all-time? It is certainly a very strong statement to make, but Spanish star Laia Sanz (GASGAS) ticks all the right boxes. In fact, she surely must be regarded as one of the all-time off-road greats regardless of gender.
The thirty-five-year-old Catalan queen is without doubt the most successful female trial rider of all-time and by claiming her sixth enduro crown this season she further underlined her dominance in the Borilli FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship.
The three-round, six-day series started off with the EnduroGP of Portugal at Marco de Canaveses in mid-June and it proved to be a nervous affair for the leading three contenders as Sanz, her compatriot Mireia Badia (GASGAS) and Britain’s defending champion Jane Daniels (Fantic) went toe-to-toe on both days.
Sanz struck first to win from Daniels and Badia before the tables were reversed on day two with Badia winning from Daniels and Sanz.
As Sanz has shown time and time again, she is virtually immune to pressure and when the going gets tough you can count on her to be the one who gets going and this proved to be the case at the remaining two rounds in Sweden and France.
As Badia and Daniels tripped each other up fighting for the remaining podium positions, Sanz let her riding do the talking and did not lose again as she motored clear to eventually win by a comfortable sixteen points.
FIM Women’s Enduro World Champion - 2021, 2012 to 2016