"In terms of difficulty, this ISDE definitely ranks in the top four most difficult of all time," said Fredette. "After the first day's complications due to the airline losing my luggage, the rest of the week went fairly incident free. It rained almost every day so the course was pretty taxing, both on the rider due to the deteriorating track and the bike due to wear on the chain, sprocket, and brakes. In my opinion, the rock garden test was the toughest of them all. It was a half-mile long trail ride through a boulder field that forced you to trials ride, which was really draining. As the rain and traffic continued eroding the course, softball sized rocks kept appearing out of the dirt. Overall it was a pretty tough event, but my KX450F carried me through the worst of it and powered through the muddy, wet conditions all six days with no real mechanical issues."