That’s it for 2015….

We have podiums to prepare, trophies to buff and tears to dry after the speech Fabien just gave on the stage…

So we must leave now.

Full results and photos available on enduroworldseries.com very soon.

What a day, what a race and what a year!

Thanks for everyone’s support and we’ll see you in 2016  - all the way from Chile!

 

So…

It’s been an eventful day for the series;

Richie Rude and Tracy Moseley are our new World Champions for 2015!

Jared and Tracy win the race.

Legends Fabien Barel and Tracy Moseley retire – not a dry eye in the house!

 

Top 10 men after 6 stages

VERALL CLASSIFICATION – PS6 Category: 
POS NUM RIDER TEAM TIME GAP
1    GRAVES JARED YETI / FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  35:42:00
2   22   BAREL FABIEN CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  35:43:49 + 1:49
3   23   VOUILLOZ NICOLAS LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC  35:43:56 + 1:56
4   21   CLEMENTZ JEROME CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  35:44:24 + 2:24
5    BAILLY-MAITRE FRANCOIS BMC FACTORY TRAILCREW  35:51:65 + 9:65
6   10   MAES MARTIN GT FACTORY RACING  35:51:79 + 9:79
7   16   CALLAGHAN GREG CUBE ACTION  35:58:14 + 16:14
8    OTON DAMIEN DEVINCI/ALLTRICKS.COM ENDURO RA  36:06:59 + 24:59
9    LAU NICO CUBE ACTION  36:07:43 + 25:43
10   13   ABSALON REMY SCOTT SR SUNTOUR ENDURO  36:14:58 + 32:58

Guala

Enrico’s getting excited – we’re nearing the end of the season and the little pope with the big heart is holding court on the stage interviewing the ladies – he’s in his element!

Overall after 6 stages – women

1    MOSELEY TRACY TREK FACTORY RACING ENDURO  40:50:38
2    RAVANEL CECILE COMMEN�AL VALLNORD ENDURO  41:02:89 + 12:51
3    THOMA INES CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  42:26:57 + 1:36:19
4    BEERTEN ANNEKE SPECIALIZED RACING  43:18:27 + 2:27:89
5   403   MORRISON RAEWYN   43:46:76 + 2:56:38
6   423   PUGIN M�LANIE LES FOURGS SINGLETRACK  44:06:31 + 3:15:93
7    GEHRIG ANITA IBIS CYCLES ENDURO RACE  44:11:82 + 3:21:44
8   402   DIEFFENTHALER PAULINE CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  44:13:03 + 3:22:65
9   10   WINTON KATY ENDURA BERGAMONT FACTORY  44:54:37 + 4:03:99
10    COURDURIER ISABEAU ROCKY MOUNTAIN URGE BP RALLY  45:11:13 + 4:20:75

Stage 6 times – women

POS NUM RIDER TEAM TIME GAP
1    MOSELEY TRACY TREK FACTORY RACING ENDURO  7:22:16
2    RAVANEL CECILE COMMEN�AL VALLNORD ENDURO  7:24:29 + 2:13
3    THOMA INES CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  7:26:66 + 4:50
4   403   MORRISON RAEWYN   7:37:97 + 15:81
5    GEHRIG ANITA IBIS CYCLES ENDURO RACE  7:40:40 + 18:24
6   402   DIEFFENTHALER PAULINE CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  7:42:47 + 20:31
7    BEERTEN ANNEKE SPECIALIZED RACING  7:48:30 + 26:14
8   409   SCHNEITTER NATHALIE ROSE VAUJANY FUELED BY ULTRASPO  7:50:62 + 28:46
9   423   PUGIN M�LANIE LES FOURGS SINGLETRACK  7:53:27 + 31:11
10   10   WINTON KATY

Stage 5 men – top 10

POS NUM RIDER TEAM TIME GAP
1   23   VOUILLOZ NICOLAS LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC  11:40:05
2   22   BAREL FABIEN CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  11:42:05 + 2:00
3   21   CLEMENTZ JEROME CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  11:45:69 + 5:64
4    OTON DAMIEN DEVINCI/ALLTRICKS.COM ENDURO RA  11:45:72 + 5:67
5   10   MAES MARTIN GT FACTORY RACING  11:45:86 + 5:81
6    BARNES JOE CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  11:46:78 + 6:73
7   19   RUDE RICHIE YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  11:49:45 + 9:40
8   25   CARLSON JOSH GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD  11:50:55 + 10:50
9   13   ABSALON REMY SCOTT SR SUNTOUR ENDURO  11:51:20 + 11:15
10   34   WALLNER ROBIN DA BOMB BICYCLES. OHLINS. POC.  11:51:24 + 11:19

Stage 5 men – top 10

POS NUM RIDER TEAM TIME GAP
1   21   CLEMENTZ JEROME CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  29:16:84
2   23   VOUILLOZ NICOLAS LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC  29:19:50 + 2:66
3    GRAVES JARED YETI / FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  29:23:63 + 6:79
4   22   BAREL FABIEN CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  29:23:83 + 6:99
5    BAILLY-MAITRE FRANCOIS BMC FACTORY TRAILCREW  29:31:53 + 14:69
6    LAU NICO CUBE ACTION  29:33:30 + 16:46
7   16   CALLAGHAN GREG CUBE ACTION  29:34:01 + 17:17
8   19   RUDE RICHIE YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  29:34:58 + 17:74
9    OTON DAMIEN DEVINCI/ALLTRICKS.COM ENDURO RA  29:37:19 + 20:35
10   10   MAES MARTIN GT FACTORY RACING  29:37:89 + 21:0

Top 10 women on Sp5

1    MOSELEY TRACY TREK FACTORY RACING ENDURO  33:28:22
2    RAVANEL CECILE COMMEN�AL VALLNORD ENDURO  33:38:60 + 10:38
3    THOMA INES CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  34:59:91 + 1:31:69
4    BEERTEN ANNEKE SPECIALIZED RACING  35:29:97 + 2:01:75
5   403   MORRISON RAEWYN   36:08:79 + 2:40:57
6   423   PUGIN M�LANIE LES FOURGS SINGLETRACK  36:13:04 + 2:44:82
7   402   DIEFFENTHALER PAULINE CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  36:30:56 + 3:02:34
8    GEHRIG ANITA IBIS CYCLES ENDURO RACE  36:31:42 + 3:03:20
9    COURDURIER ISABEAU ROCKY MOUNTAIN URGE BP RALLY  36:52:22 + 3:24:00
10   10   WINTON KATY ENDURA BERGAMONT FACTORY  36:55:65 + 3:27:4

Standby

Ciao bellas!

A network problem on stage 5 means there will be no live timing for this stage unfortunately. But fear not, we’ll get you all the results as soon as we have them. And fingers crossed it will work on stage 6…

We’ll be back with updates on results when we get them and assuming all is well we’ll be back for stage 6 at 2.30pm to bring you all the action from the last stage of the last race of the year.

Can Richie and Tracy hold on to their series leads to become 2015 Enduro World Champions? Or will last night’s storm cause some upset on track with tough, slippy conditions on course. There’s only one way to find out – see you soon!

 

That’s a wrap

Tomorrow will see us crown our new world champions and the competition is very much still on – it’s all still to play for.

Can Richie bring it back from the brink and lift the world championship trophy? Or will Florian Nicolai, Jerome Clementz or Fabien Barel surpass him? And can Tracy hold off a clearly very determined Cecile?

The only way to find out is to tune in right here tomorrow  - you don’t want to miss this!

Full results and photos from today on enduroworldseries.com very soon.

Until tomorrow, ciao!

Wow!

What a day, after three stages it’s Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley who lead the race after day one. They also just so happen to be the reigning world champions – great rides from them today.

 

Men’s overall after day 1

POS NUM RIDER TEAM TIME GAP
1    GRAVES JARED YETI / FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  17:24:18
2   21   CLEMENTZ JEROME CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  17:31:15 +6:97
3    BAILLY-MAITRE FRANCOIS BMC FACTORY TRAILCREW  17:38:04 +13:86
4   23   VOUILLOZ NICOLAS LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC  17:39:45 +15:27
5   22   BAREL FABIEN CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  17:41:78 +17:60
6    LAU NICO CUBE ACTION  17:41:81 +17:63
7   16   CALLAGHAN GREG CUBE ACTION  17:42:62 +18:44
8   19   RUDE RICHIE YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  17:45:13 +20:95
9    OTON DAMIEN DEVINCI/ALLTRICKS.COM ENDURO RA  17:51:47 +27:29
10   11   CURE ALEXANDRE ROCKY MOUNTAIN URGE BP RALLY  17:51:62 +27:44
11   10   MAES MARTIN GT FACTORY RACING  17:52:03 +27:85
12   25   CARLSON JOSH GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD  17:53:23 +29:05
13   13   ABSALON REMY SCOTT SR SUNTOUR ENDURO  17:55:65 +31:47
14   26   LAPEYRIE THOMAS SUNN  18:01:93 +37:75
15    BARELLI YOANN GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD  18:03:12 +38:94
16   28   OSBORNE MARCO CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  18:03:94 +39:76
17   15   REGNIER BRYAN YT INDUSTRIES. TROY LEE DESIGN.  18:08:25 +44:07
18    BARNES JOE CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  18:10:67 +46:49
19   601   DAILLY ADRIEN LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC  18:14:06 +49:88
20    WILDHABER RENE TREK FACTORY RACING ENDURO  18:17:62 +53:44

Graves

Graves is sitting in 1st on stage 4 currently, with Yoann Barelli in 2nd and Josh Carlson in 3rd – but some of the top 3 are still to come through the finsih. Can Rude pull it back and get one stage win today or will Barel and Clementz stand in his way?

Top 10 women after day one

POS NUM RIDER TEAM TIME GAP
1    MOSELEY TRACY TREK FACTORY RACING ENDURO  20:22:36
2    RAVANEL CECILE COMMEN�AL VALLNORD ENDURO  20:25:64 + 3:28
3    THOMA INES CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  21:22:76 + 1:00:40
4    BEERTEN ANNEKE SPECIALIZED RACING  21:38:88 + 1:16:52
5   403   MORRISON RAEWYN   21:59:64 + 1:37:28
6    GEHRIG ANITA IBIS CYCLES ENDURO RACE  22:02:81 + 1:40:45
7    COURDURIER ISABEAU ROCKY MOUNTAIN URGE BP RALLY  22:07:91 + 1:45:55
8   402   DIEFFENTHALER PAULINE CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  22:17:15 + 1:54:79
9   423   PUGIN M�LANIE LES FOURGS SINGLETRACK  22:19:65 + 1:57:29
10   10   WINTON KATY ENDURA BERGAMONT FACTORY  22:28:35 + 2:05:99

Finale

The main square is getting busier in Finale as the amateurs begin to head back from stage 4 – most of them seem to be heading straight for a gelato. Apart from the English guys – they all seem to be heading straight for beer…

Barel

Barel is looking super focussed today – you don’t win as many titles as he has without it. He’s looking fast we hear – apparently taking lines that no-one else is and looking so smooth. We know he feels at home on this type of terrain – could he make it a win at his last ever race?

Stage 3 men

We don’t know the results for the stage 3 men, but we hear that Oton and Wildhaber looked crazy fast through the technical sections on stage 3. The small guys with Alpine experience could well clean up on this stage

It’s been an interesting year in the women’s field. Tracy and Cecile have dominated, but it’s great to see some young women starting to make their mark on the podium too. Isabeau Courdurier has had great results and now sits 3rd in the overall points

Guala Guala Guala

Enrico Guala, the enduro pope himself is in his element here in the motherland of Italy – he’s on the stage speaking to the men heading back out to stage 3 in French, Italian and English.  We know where he gets his energy from now – the coffee here is so good!

Top 10 men

On stage 2 the top ten men;

1   21   CLEMENTZ JEROME CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  9:00:00
2    GRAVES JARED YETI / FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  9:01:63 +1:63
3    BAILLY-MAITRE FRANCOIS BMC FACTORY TRAILCREW  9:05:29 +5:29
4   16   CALLAGHAN GREG CUBE ACTION  9:09:06 +9:06
5   23   VOUILLOZ NICOLAS LAPIERRE GRAVITY REPUBLIC  9:12:28 +12:28
6    LAU NICO CUBE ACTION  9:13:07 +13:07
7   25   CARLSON JOSH GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD  9:13:12 +13:12
8   19   RUDE RICHIE YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE  9:15:84 +15:84
9   28   OSBORNE MARCO CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  9:18:38 +18:38
10   13   ABSALON REMY SCOTT SR SUNTOUR ENDURO  9:18:52 +18:52

Barel

It’s a bittersweet day for Fabien Barel. Finale is where he made his victorious comeback after breaking his back – and he won the race. But this is his last race as a professional racer and it’s a sad day for the sport – it won’t be the same without him!

Relief

It’ll be a relief to get stage 2 over and done with for most of the field, it’s long and pedally. But it will also be a real test of tactics as they try and ensure they conserve enough energy to tackle the next two stages, both of which are steep and tech

Sp2 women’s top 10

1    MOSELEY TRACY TREK FACTORY RACING ENDURO  10:32:78
2    RAVANEL CECILE COMMEN�AL VALLNORD ENDURO  10:35:54 + 2:76
3    THOMA INES CANYON FACTORY ENDURO  10:42:61 + 9:83
4    BEERTEN ANNEKE SPECIALIZED RACING  11:09:09 + 36:31
5    GEHRIG ANITA IBIS CYCLES ENDURO RACE  11:12:68 + 39:90
6   403   MORRISON RAEWYN   11:17:04 + 44:26
7   423   PUGIN M�LANIE LES FOURGS SINGLETRACK  11:26:91 + 54:13
8   10   WINTON KATY ENDURA BERGAMONT FACTORY  11:28:88 + 56:10
9   402   DIEFFENTHALER PAULINE CANNONDALE OVERMOUNTAIN  11:31:08 + 58:30
10   409   SCHNEITTER NATHALIE ROSE VAUJANY FUELED BY ULTRASPO  11:32:59 + 59:81

cecile?

If Cecile made a mistake that cost her a few seconds and she was only 2.7secs back on Tracy – it’s safe to say she is charging today! She’s won EWS races before and you can never discount her from pulling it out the bag when it really matters

Tmo ctd

Tracy is leading the series by a comfortable margin, but one mistake would be all it takes for Cecile Ravanel to unseat her. If Cecile wins today and TMo finishes outside the top 30 then Ravanel would be the 2015 World Champ

Long stage

Melanie Pugin’s time of 11:26 on stage 2 shows just how long this stage is. Keeping on full gas for over 11mins is tough and will be a bit of a rude awakening for the riders after yesterday’s enforced rest day after practice was cancelled

The story so far

The cancellation of stage one was a difficult decision to make – it was a lot of the riders favourite stage, but the bad weather has caused flooding issues on the access roads so medical wouldn’t have been able to access it.

Stage 2 has been contentious – a few riders feel there’s a bit too much pedalling involved. Not Josh Carlson though – he said if you’re a professional athlete who’s not fit enough to handle some pedalling you’re in the wrong job….

The amateur and master men are through stage 2 now and any minute now the top 20 women will be heading down it. As soon as they start to come through we’ll have some times for you and we’ll get a better idea of who can weather the physicality of this long stage

Ciao bellas!

Ciao from Finale Ligure for the final round of the year!

It’s been an eventful race already – and the last rider has only just left the start line… The weather isn’t playing ball and we’ve already seen Friday’s practice cancelled and stage 1 cut from today’s race thanks to some stormy weather.

But things are looking up and it’s all good in the event village right now; the sea is calm, the sun is threatening to make an appearance and all riders are out on course.

It’s the last race of the year and very soon we’ll have the top women hitting the first stage of the day. Let’s do this!

Welcome to the Grand Finale!

It’s the last race of the season and we’re back in Finale, where the sun always shines… Except this year! Wild weather has moved into the Italian Riviera and the usual sunshine has been replaced with gale force winds, torrential rain and a severe weather warning. As a result stage one has been cancelled altogether tomorrow, and riders will race only stages two, three and four.

The wild weather is going to mix up the results for sure, so head back here at 12.15pm CET to follow all the action as it happens – and we get ever closer to crowning our 2015 Enduro World Champions.

Massage Update

Professional sports massage service with be available by appointment from Thursday to Sunday.

Preregistration available at ews@massage-me.com or +33(0)612653452.

Due to the weather Massage Me are unable to put up their massage tent in the Plaza – they have set up in the Hotel Garibaldi on the 2nd floor in the bike room

 

WEATHER UPDATE – FRIDAY CLOSED

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL THE RIDERS

To All Riders,
follows the new schedule for the next days.

Friday 2nd October:
Following a long day of checking the weather forecasts, the organisation have been forced, due to safety reasons, to CLOSE ALL STAGES on Friday 2nd October.

Saturday 3rd October:
Two options:

Plan A (good weather) – Racing will commence as normal, Stages 1-4 will open for competition
Plan B (bad weather) – Stage 2 will be cancelled and Stages 1,3,4 will be opened for competition

We will confirm either Plan A or Plan B at the scheduled rider’s briefing on Friday at 18:30.

IMPORTANTE COMUNICAZIONE PER TUTTI I RIDER

A tutti i Riders,
di seguito potete trovare il nuovo programma per i prossimi giorni.

Venerdì 2 Ottobre:
Dopo aver controllato le previsioni meteo per tutto la giornata di oggi, la direzione gara è stata costretta, per ragioni di sicurezza, a CHIUDERE TUTTE LE SPECIALI nella giornata di Venerdì 2 Ottobre. Non sarà quindi possibile effettuare le prove libere.

Sabato 3 Ottobre:
Per Sabato ci sono due possibili opzioni:

Piano A (con meteo buono): la gara si svolgerà normalmente secondo il programma ufficiali, quindi Speciali 1-2-3-4.
Piano B (con meteo avverso): verrà cancellata la PS2 e la gara si svolgerà sulle Speciali 1-2-4.

Durante la Riunione Tecnica di domani Venerdì 2 Ottobre confermeremo quale dei due piani diventerà ufficiale.

Clarification about training on Friday

Just to confirm following some questions.

Friday practice is currently on hold due to the very bad weather reports. Therefore you should prepare to be unable to ride on Friday and practice all stages tomorrow (Thursday).

We will announce Friday’s plans tomorrow when we have more up-to-date forecasts.

 

FinaleShuttle MAPS

 

Driving yourself around Finale during training? Here’s the shuttle maps that will show you were you can drive!

And remember – these are public roads not race tracks, so respect the locals, respect traffic laws, stay relaxed and have some fun!

Created with GIMP

sabato-shuttle

That’s it folks.

That’s all from round 7 here in Spain – what an incredible weekend. Close racing, sun, storms and crazy, crazy Spanish fans.

We’ll be back next Saturday in the beautiful Italian Rivieran town of Finale for the very last race of the year. We’ve already lodged a request for better weather with the enduro pope.

Full results will be up on enduroworldseries.com very soon, but in the meantime here are your winners from Ainsa;

Men; 1. Richie Rude // 2. Yoann Barelli // 3. Martin Maes

Women; 1. Tracy Moseley // 2. Cecile Ravanel // 3. Isabeau Courdurier

Masters; 1. Carlos Barcon // 2. Primoz Strancar // 3. Eduardo Garcia Cuesto

U21 Men; 1. Pierron Amaury // 2. Sebastien Claquin // 3. Elliot Trabac

U21 Women; 1. Axelle Murigneux // 2. Martha Gill

 

 

Moseley and Rude win!

Sorry to leave you for so long enduro disciples! We have our winners!

Stage eight was cancelled due to biblical flooding so the results from stage 7 still stand…

Congratulations to Tracy Moseley and Richie Rude!

Hang on!

This is huge! We hear riders walked their bikes down stage 8 – except Rude and Keene! SAY WHAT? We’re off into the rain to find confirmation on that. Don’t go anywhere!

Stage 8

But stage 8 is going to be a nightmare for the riders left – it’s steep with big drops and no-one will have ridden it in the wet. Whoever holds their nerve on stage 8 is going to win this race.

We need the pope

We should’ve known this was going to happen when the enduro pope Enrico Guala said he wasn’t coming to Spain as he needed to prepare things for Finale next week. Send us a blessing Enrico! (Or at least some of that Finale sunshine)

Surreal

There’s some surreal scenes here in Ainsa as everyone tries to shelter from the storm – ever wondered what a Mariachi band sheltering from the rain in the doorway of a 9th Century church doorway looks like? Me neither. But I can tell you it is very, very surreal

Stage 8

We’re assuming that stage 8 is on hold unless the riders are prepared to swim down the track, but as we don’t have sub aqua communications available we can’t get hold of anyone to find out.

Rain

There’s no let up in the storm here, monsoon style rain and some of the loudest thunder you can imagine – we wonder if they’ll let the riders down 8 in these conditions

Women

There’s big time gaps between leader Moseley, 2nd placed Ravanel (+27sec) and 3rd placed Courdurier (+59sec), but the race for 4th and 5th is closer. Pauline Dieffenthaler is is sitting in 4th, but Kiwi rider Raewynn Morrison is snapping at her back wheel at just 3 secs adrift

Moseley

When we spoke to yesterday she said she wouldn’t be letting off the gas today despite her lead as she said she knew Cecile would be pushing and had the potential to cause an upset

Nerves

With the times so tight in the men’s category, there is a lot riding on this race for the current top 5 men; Rude, Barelli, Maes, Lau and Graves. All five of them could potentially be on the podium and they’ll know it. That’s a lot of pressure to deal with as they shelter from the rain at the start of the most difficult stage of the race

Party town

The whole town is partying here in Ainsa despite the rain – there’s a paella for 2000 people currently being cooked within the walls of the castle. We can only imagine there’s a very different atmosphere at the start line of stage 8….

Crazy atmosphere

What a heady mix it is here in Ainsa. The thunder is booming, the 9th century church bells are ringing and there’s approximately six thousand Spanish people going crazy on the side of a mountain in the pouring rain. Incredible!

Sorry!

We keep losing connection as the internet is out across the region – and when you see the storm that has just rolled in it’s not surprising; there is some very, very loud thunder out there

Am men back

The amateur men are starting to filer their way back to the paddock after finishing the race – we just saw one with no chain and no seat. Props to Paul Smail for finishing the race in that state!

Women’s race

IN the women’s race Tracy has a clear lead but there’s plenty that could trip her up – 27 seconds sounds like a big margin but the slightest mistake will see Cecile pounce. Cecile is one of the strongest riders on the circuit and she’s beaten Tracy before

Barelli

Barelli is really finding his feet in the series now – the super quick Frenchman now lives in Whistler and it’s obviously working for him. He came second in Whistler to Rude and it looks like it could be the same here

Stage 8

There’s been a slight delay on stage 8 after a competitor went into some safety netting. The rider is uninjured but as it’s a burly stage with some big drops organisers quite rightly decided to rebuild the safety netting completely before letting anyone else through. Race now live again and we’re getting closer to finding our round 7 winners!

Anneke update

Bit more information coming in about Anneke’s puncture on stage 6 – she stopped and fixed it on the stage, probably to save her wheel, and that;’s why she had such a slow time

Women’s race

Things are looking interesting in the women’s race – Pauline Dieffenthaler is in 4th overall and is on course for her best ever EWS result. Kiwi racer Raewynn Morrison is in 5th overall – she’s had a great weekend

TMo still leads

Tracy still leads the overall race, but Cecile is making back time and they’ll both be pushing extra hard on stage 8. This is going to be a make or break stage for these ladies!

Equal playing field

What’s great about enduro is that it’s a level playing field, pros, ams, men and women all follow the same course and ride the exact same stages. Pretty impressive to think that the amateurs fit in the racing around their day job

Tough end to the year

It’s going to be a tough end to the year – both Spain this weekend and Italy next are long, physical races. Having the two races back to back means that racers will have roughly 400km in the legs after practice and racing at both – that’s a lot of pedalling!

Who will be world champs 2015?

This race is a lot of fun – but it’s a serious one for the riders as this time next week we’ll be in Finale for the last race of the year. If Tracy or Richie make a mistake here they could lose their series lead and risk their world champ chances

No results yet

The connectivity issues we are having mean we don’t know any times for stage 7, but luckily we have a crack team of spies lining the stages here in Ainsa who can keep us to date

Internet issues

We think the party got a bit too rowdy for the internet here in Spain and we’re having a few issues – bear with us, we’ll be back very shortly. In the meantime, crack a beer, put your feet up and place your bets on who’s going to win Round 7….

Women on way to 7 now

The women are on their way to stage 7 now, they’ll be feeling the heat as it’s hot out here today – possibility of another storm this afternoon though which could make things very interesting…

Great result for Lau

That’s a great result for Lau. We know the young French rider is capable of winning – he lifted the trophy in Scotland last year – but he’s been up and down this season so this will be a great confidence boost

Top 5 men, stage 6

1 4 Nico LAU MEN / MASCULINO 00:03:48.001
2 19 Richie RUDE MEN / MASCULINO 00:03:49.131
3 10 Martin MAES MEN / MASCULINO 00:03:49.435
4 25 Josh CARLSON MEN / MASCULINO 00:03:49.728
5 21 Fabien BAREL MEN / MASCULINO 00:03:49.963

Anneke

We think Beerte must have had a problem on stage 6 – she’s way back. She had a nasty crash on stage 2 yesterday and beat herself up pretty good, but she’s one determined lady. Her manager Paddy said unless her leg is hanging off Anneke races – she’s a tough cookie

Tmo

Speaking to Trcay after the race yesterday she said one of the things that made riding here so special was the crowds. She said she’s never known such a knowledgable crowd – she said they knew every woman’s name and were cheering them all on.

Ainsa

It’s not just the riding that is incredible here in Ainsa – this is what the town looked like yesterday just before the racing got going – so beautiful.

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Huge crowds

There are thousands of spectators here today – there’s a party atmosphere out on course with live music, bars at the end of every stage and a lot – and we mean a lot – of noise

Maes

Scanning through the stage 5 results we can see that Maes’ win on that stage has pushed him up a few spots in the overall – he’s now sitting in 4th in the overall and is just five secs behind Vouilloz

U21 women

And in the U21 women it’s Axelle Murigneux who leads out Martha Gill. Great to see some young women coming up though the ranks. These two young ladies are really making their mark on the scene and are definitely names to watch out for in the future

Moseley

And Tmo may have been third on stage 5, but she leads Ravanel by a massive 23 seconds – with just three stages left in this race that’s a lot of time to make up – but Ravanel is a strong rider and there’s no way she’ll back down. This is going to be interesting!

Stage 6

The delay on stage 6 means it’s about an other hour before we see the women dropping into stage 6, but the amateur men will already be on their way to stage 7. There’s a huge amateur field here and it’s great to see how many Spanish there are in the start list

Maes

It feels like it’s just a matter of time until Martin Maes wins his first race – he’s come very close on a few occasions but the young Belgian has never quite made it on to the top spot of the podium. That could all change today though if he continues to ride like this

Rude

Looks like Rude hasn’t got his clean sweep of stages he was hoping for – that mistake on stage 5 has cost him dearly and he finished the stage in 12th – we’ll have to wait for his time to see if he still leads in the overall

U21 men

The under 21 men are now hitting stage 6 and it’s Pierron Amaury in the lead – he’s having an incredible race this weekend and posted a couple of times that would have landed him in the top 20 in the men’s race

Stage 5!

We’ve just heard the pros are dropping into the first stage of the day now, stage 5, and apparently Martin Maes went through like a madman – so fast!

Yesterday’s women

In the women’s race it was a fight for the top spot between Tracy Moseley and Cecile Ravanel, with each taking two stages apiece. But Tracy’s blistering time on stage 2 puts her nearly 26 seconds ahead of Cecile. Young gun Isabeau Courdurier sits in third.

Yesterday…

If you missed yesterday’s action then you missed out!

In the men’s race Richie Rude was on fire, winning all 4 stages in convincing fashion, with Yoann Barelli in 2nd and Nicolas Vouilloz in third

Incredible Spain

What an amazing day! Amazing race, huge crowds and a party atmosphere like no other here in Ainsa – definitely a race to be remembered. And the best bit? We’re doing it all again tomorrow!

Tune back in tomorrow at 11am CET to find out if Tracy and Richie can stay on top to win round 7 or if there’ll be some surprises thrown into the mix….

Full results will be available on www.enduroworldseries.com shortly.

Adios amigos, hasta manana!

Rude is unstoppable!

Richie has the ride of his life and has won every stage of today’s race. He starts tomorrow leading not only the race but also the overall series. Not a bad place to be with only one and a half races left to go…

Women on stage 4 now

We hear the women are on stage 4 now – the top 3 will be dropping in in the next couple of minutes and then we’ll have our results very soon. Can Tracy hold on to finish the first day out front? She’s 26 secs up but Cecile will be pushing hard…

Sausage and beer

Yesterday the riders were treated to a 1km sausage (not a euphemism) when they finished the prologue, today they will be treated to free beer – although judging by how tired the ams who are finished look, we think most will be heading back to their hotels for an early night and some heavy carb loading

Morrison

Raewyn Morrison is a name to watch – the Scottish rider is sitting in 6th which may come as a surprise to the pros, but not those who’ve seen her tear up the trails at home. The amateur rider is having the race of her life!

Rude

In the men’s race Rude is putting more time between him and the rest of the field with every stage – he now leads Barelli by 12 secs

Pauline

That’s a great ride from Pauline and if she continues at this pace she’ll be on course for her best ever EWS result – but she’ll need to watch out for Anita Gehrig who’s just behind in 5th

Tmo!

Woah! Tracy is killing it – she’s won stage 3 and now leads the race by 26 seconds! Cecile in 2nd, Isabeau 3rd and Pauline Dieffenthaler in 4th!

Men’s top 10 overall after 3 stages

1 (1) 19 RUDE Richie MEN / MASCULINO Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Race T 4:39.693 (1) 7:43.476 (1) 4:03.385 (1) 16:26.554

2 (2) 9 BARELLI Yoann 3 (3) 1 GRAVES Jared 4:47.123 (10) 7:50.680 (4) 4:04.764 (3) 16:42.567 16.0134:43.559 (5) 7:48.008 (2) 4:07.514 (9) 16:39.081 12.527

2 (2) 9 BARELLI Yoann MEN / MASCULINO Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4:43.559 (5) 7:48.008 (2) 4:07.514 (9) 16:39.081 12.527

3 (3) 1 GRAVES Jared MEN / MASCULINO Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Race T 4:47.123 (10) 7:50.680 (4) 4:04.764 (3) 16:42.567 16.013

4 (4) 4 LAU Nico MEN / MASCULINO Cube Action Team 4:43.430 (4) 7:52.676 (6) 4:06.554 (4) 16:42.660 16.106

5 (5) 23 VOUILLOZ Nicolas MEN / MASCULINO Lapierre Gravity Republic 4:41.285 (2) 7:54.298 (8) 4:07.675 (10) 16:43.258 16.704

6 (6) 10 MAES Martin MEN / MASCULINO GT Factory Racing 4:43.931 (6) 7:50.618 (3) 4:10.071 (21) 16:44.620 18.066

7 (7) 8 BAILLY-MAITRE Francois MEN / MASCULINO BMC Factory Trailcrew 4:48.697 (13) 7:57.551 (11) 4:03.851 (2) 16:50.099 23.545

8 (8) 22 CLEMENTZ Jerome MEN / MASCULINO Cannondale Overmountain Team 4:48.575 (11) 7:52.096 (5) 4:09.773 (18) 16:50.444 23.890

9 (9) 13 ABSALON Remy MEN / MASCULINO Scott SR Suntour Enduro Team 4:49.511 (16) 7:57.405 (10) 4:09.447 (16) 16:56.363 29.809

10 (10) 25 CARLSON Josh MEN / MASCULINO Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4:55.328 (23) 7:53.108 (7) 4:09.901 (19) 16:58.337 31.783

Bear with us

Bear with us while we temporarily abandon post to offer up a sacrifice to the gods of weather and internet to get this show back on the road. Back with the women’s results any minute now…

fossil

Given that the surface of stage 3 is basically just fossils, it’s safe to say the riders may struggle to know how to cope with it in the wet

Tracks

This weather could really mix things up for the pros – it’s been hot and sunny all week and when they practiced the tracks they were bone dry, dusty and loose

Rain

The rain has moved in over stage 3 and it is torrential up there! Not going to be a lot of fun for the pros to tackle that stage in this weather

Rain

The rain is falling very gently in Ainsa old town but the sky looks really dark over towards the stages. We hope the riders remembered to pack a jacket…

Finale 2014

Who can forget Barel’s incredible victory in Finale last year – his first race back since breaking his back in Chile at the start of the year. Possibly one of the most impressive comebacks in the history of cycling!

Stage 3

The riders will now be on their way over to stage 3, it’s another long liaison and the sky has turned ominously dark overhead – looks like we may be in for a storm

Top 10 men after 2 stages

# No. Name Category Time
1 19 Richie RUDE MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:43.476
2 9 Yoann BARELLI MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:48.008
3 10 Martin MAES MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:50.618
4 1 Jared GRAVES MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:50.680
5 22 Jerome CLEMENTZ MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:52.096
6 4 Nico LAU MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:52.676
7 25 Josh CARLSON MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:53.108
8 23 Nicolas VOUILLOZ MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:54.298
9 13 Remy ABSALON MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:56.405
10 28 Thomas LAPEYRIE MEN / MASCULINO 00:07:57.267

Carlson

Josh Carlson is sitting in 7th after 2 stages – he came close to victory in Whistler last month and he’s looking strong today showing that result wasn’t a one off – he’s definitely a podium contender

Tracy

Our eyes and ears on the hill tell us that Tracy was looking focused and calm – they suspect she always planned to ride conservatively on stage 1 and smash stage 2. It’ll be very hard for anyone to make up that 20 secs on her

Tmo

If (and it’s a big if) our spies on the hill have got their maths right, Tracy looks to be leading the race by 20 secs with Cecile in 2nd. We’re trying to get confirmation now…

Top 20 women on stage 2 now

The top 20 women are now starting stage 2 and making their way down this brutally long  track that finishes with a steep climb at the end – it’s hot outside and this is going to be a real crux in the race. Will the riders decide to conserve energy or go for the stage win? We’ll find out very soon….

Dailly!

And Under 21 rider Adrien Dailly is smoking them all! He’s beating the likes of fomer world cup downhillers Julian Cammelini and Matti Leiheikonin by 4 secs!

Hecklers

There’s huge crowds turned out here in Spain and they’re lively! I don’t know if it’s because of the beer out on course or the excitement of the race, but it’s loud out there! And we haven’t on good authority that there’s a lot of heckling out there…

Stage 2

Stage 2 is a really long track – and there’s a brutal climb right at the end of the stage. It’s going to take a lot out of the riders

Wow!

We knew the Spanish loved enduro, but we’ve just had word that a particularly keen group are cycling here all the way from Barcelona – that’s 172 miles!

Prologue

There was a prologue through the anicient streets of Ainsa last night watched by a 3000 strong crowd. There was plenty to keep them entertained as some of the riders donned fancy dress and others downed shots of tequila mid way through the race, courtesy of Mark Maurissen of GT who created a very unique style of feed zone…

Amateurs

There’s a huge amateur field here in Spain. Great to see so many Spanish riders and there’s a big European contingent as well, especially from the UK, the Spanish sun was too hard to resist

Maes

Great to see young Martin Maes sitting in 6th. It’s easy to forget how young he is as he’s been on the scene for so long, but he could still choose to in the U21 category if he wanted, but he prefers to race in the senior field. Much to the relief of the rest of the U21 category we imagine

Liaisons

There’s been a lot of talk amongst the riders this week about the liaison stages – they’re incredible trails but they don’t allow any room to relax. There’s steep drops on a lot of them and it definitely requires the racers to keep their focus – they’ll definitely add to the rider’s fatigue

Tough race

There’s been a definite party atmosphere in Ainsa all week, but there was a shift in mood this morning as riders focus on the next two days of racing. They’re in for long, physical days and the temperatureios beginning to soar in this beautiful corner of Northern Spain

Men’s top 20

# No. Name Category Time
1 19 Richie RUDE MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:39.693
2 23 Nicolas VOUILLOZ MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:41.285
3 21 Fabien BAREL MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:42.148
4 4 Nico LAU MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:43.430
5 9 Yoann BARELLI MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:43.559
6 10 Martin MAES MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:43.931
7 5 Florian NICOLAI MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:43.966
8 7 Joe BARNES MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:45.672
9 40 Robert WILLIAMS MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:45.709
10 2 Damien OTON MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:45.852
11 1 Jared GRAVES MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:47.123
12 22 Jerome CLEMENTZ MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:48.575
13 11 Alexandre CURE MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:48.682
14 8 Francois BAILLY-MAITRE MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:48.697
15 16 Greg CALLAGHAN MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:49.321
16 28 Thomas LAPEYRIE MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:49.348
17 13 Remy ABSALON MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:49.511
18 627 Pierron AMAURY MEN | Under Sub 00:04:50.410
19 15 Bryan REGNIER MEN / MASCULINO 00:04:50.748
20 607 Elliot TRABAC MEN | Under Sub 00:04:51.572

Stage 2

There’s a long old liaison up to stage 2 so it’ll be a while before we have any results, but don’t go anywhere as there’s plenty of action to come

Lau

Nico Lau is sitting in 4th after stage 1 – this race is going to suit him as it’s similar terrain to his home in France

Barel

Fabien Barel just announced he’ll retire at the end of this season. But don’t be fooled into thinking he’ll have his slippers on just yet – he left the stage this morning with a steely look in his eye and will be looking to go out in style. If he wins here and in Italy next week he could still be crownd world champ

Chausson

Poor Anne Caroline Chausson is out for the rest of the season on health grounds. She won the first race of the year but pulled out of round two in Ireland and hasn’t been back. Tracy’s main rival may be out but it does look like Cecile is out to make Tracy really work for that world champs title

Ravanel v Moseley

The battle for the overall in thw women’s race is between Tracy and Cecile – Tracy leads the points but Ravanel has been consistent all year and a win from her here could be enough to upset Tracy’s quest for her third world champ title

Ravanel leads

In the women’s race it looks like Cecile has taken the first stage and is leading Tracy by 2 seconds – but there’s still 7 stages of this race left over today and tomorrow

Hola!

Hola amigos! Welcome to Ainsa-Sobrarbe in Northern Spain – a beautiful region filled with medieval castles, abandoned villages and some of the best trails in Europe.

Five hundred riders will be heading out today on the first day of racing across four long, rocky stages and we’ll be here to bring you all the action as it happens. A slightly delayed start here means we won’t be live until 12.45pm CET.

See you then!

Respect!

Dear riders,

We experienced a lot of riders and shuttle drivers ignoring the marshals at the end of Stage 7 today. Please remember that these very generous people are volunteers and they are trying to protect you from a busy road and also keep traffic moving.

Please respect what they have to say and we can all be happy!

The EWS team

Walk the Walk

Hi All riders,

We’ve had some questions regarding walking stages that are closed on Friday.

We can confirm that walking stages is OK when stages are closed to riding. However, please do not take a bike with you to avoid any confusion.

Thanks

The EWS team

Ainsa Shuttle Roads

Welcome to Ainsa and the amazing Zona Zero trail network. For those of you shuttling yourselves during training, here are the maps that include the driving routes that you can use to access the trails. Please remember, you can only drive on public roads and NO driving off road is allowed.

Enjoy!

saturday course + shuttle roads

 

sunday course + shuttle roads part1 sunday course + shuttle roads part2

And that’s it!

The podiums are being prepared, the champagne is on ice and some big colourful cheques are being prepared. What an incredible day of racing in Whistler!

Full results will be online soon on enduroworldseries.com and don’t forget to check out the full highlights video which will be out on Monday evening in the same place.

We’ll be back in September for Round 7 when we take to the beautiful hills of Ainsa in Spain.

Until then amigos!

Rude

Rude is 2nd last man on the hill – this stage is his favourite and he won’t be backing down. He’ll be giving it his all

Barel

Barel is charging! He’s won the most stages this year and if anyone can make time back on a long stage like this it’s him

Maes

Here comes Martin – he nearly won here last year and then a mechanical on the last stage robbed him of a podium spot

Callaghan

Greg Callaghan has been out with a hand injury and just came back last weekend in time for the USA round – he’s not going to trouble the top 10

Oton

Oton passes Nicoll on the stage, he’s been suffering with his ankle all day. His time isn’t going to challenge Graves

Nicoll

poor Jamie Nicoll has snapped his chain and is just rolling down the course. Tough break on the last stage of the race for the kiwi

Stage 5

The sun is out, the trails have dried out and stage 5 is dry, dusty and a lot of fun by the looks of the smiles that are coming through!

It’s heating up

It’s heating up and the crowds have swarmed the finish bowl – there’s a lot of anticipation here – can Carlson do it? His first EWS win? What about T Mo can she hold off Cecile and Isabeau?

Hang tight

We’re on our way back to Whistler from Creekside – stay where you are! Live webcast starts in 15mins and we’ll be back with you as soon as we can.

Let’s hope Lord Cunny puts the foot down!

Oton

Damien Oton looks to be in all sorts of pain at the bottom of stage 4 – his ankle is really giving him problems still

Beerten

Turns out not only does Anneke Beerten have busted up knees but also she’s got a chest infection – amazing effort to be in 4th place with all that going on

Joseph

It’s great to see Rosara Joseph back at the EWS – the Kiwi is now living in Canada and she’s posting some solid results today

Tracy

Tracy has just rolled off the start line on stage 4 – it’s about an 8 min stage so it won’t be long un til we know who leads the race heading into the final stage

Anneke

Anneke Beerten is having a bad day at the office – she’s a couple of minutes off the pace and sitting in 4th. Her knees are all stitched up and she’s pretty tough for racing at all

Leov

Justin Leov is one of the most talented riders out there and his injury on stage 1 shows just how tough these races are and what an achievement it is to win on

Stage 4

The riders take the gondola up to the top of stage 4 before descending into almost Alpine like singletrack before it returns again to classic Whistler tech

Graves

Jared Graves is 25 secs back – don’t be fooled though – he’s come back from worse and is stillin contention for this race!!!

Ahem…

Our bad, the spies on the hill got a little excited by Rude’s time on stage 3 – but Nico Lau actually took the stage! Lau won stage 3!

Stage 3 pros

Waiting to find out stage 3 results – will Tracy have maintained her lead over cecile? Can Josh Carlson make it a hat trick? We’ll just have to wait patiently…

U21 men

In the under 21 men’s category it looks like Adiren dailly has taken stage 3 as well – this young guy from France is unstoppable

No results yet…

No results yet. Son instead we’ll just tell you how awesome the hospitality is here in Creekside – big thanks to Dusty’s for the food and beer keeping everyone going while we wait for news. If you’re in Whistler or Creekside for Crankworx make sure you come check them out

He lives in BC so will know these trails well, but a breakthrough from the Aussie has looked likely for a while now – he’s such a talented rider. This could be the day he wins his first EWS

Graves

Jared Graves is sitting in 5th in the overall just now – can he pull it back over the next 4 stages? He’ll need to if he wants to beat team mate Richie Rude who’s in 2nd

The riders love this course and especially the chairlift access – this race is all in the stages. We’re expecting it to be very tight racing here

Miller

Miranda Miller is currently leading by 28 secs, but it won’t be long before we have the times for the top women – can anyone topple Tmo?!

Sad for Leov

Tough break for Leov, apparently he’s separated his shoulder – this could end his season. The big kiwi has been leading the overall this year and was expected to do well here

Guala

Enduro’s own Berlusconi is greeting the woman at the feed station with some of that famous Italian charm. He’s in his element.

Am women

The amateur women are coming through the feed station at Creekside and there’s plenty of big smiles – people love the stages here

Nadeau

A bit of background on Andriane Nadeau – she’s an xc racer and is sitting in 4th. She’s on a borrowed bike and is knocking it out of the park! Might we see a new star in the making?

Beerten

Anneke Beeren finished stage 1 in 5th – she’s likely in a bit of pain as she’s got stitches in her knees but she’s a pro and if anyone can push through the pain it’s her

Strait

Kyle Strait finished stage 1 in 106th place, the rest of the team are really going to have to go some to if they want to make up that time

Stage 2

It’s about another 20 mins before the pro women will be hitting stage 2, we’ll get you their times as soon as we have them. We”ll be back in 5, you best put the kettle on

U21 men

In the under 21 men it’s Adrien Dailly who’s leading the series and the race here. The young Frenchman is def one to watch for the future

Graves

But Graves is one of the smartest riders out there and may well be playing the long game – he won here last year and is def still one to watch

physical stage

This is one of the most physical stages of the day – and it looks like it’s not causing Ines Thoma no troubles – she’s looking smooth and confident

Isabeau

Courdurier won her first ever EWS stage today – can she do it again on stage 5? She’ll be down very soon and then we’ll know…

Stage 5

Stage 5 women are coming into the finish bowl – Kathy Pruitt is currently in the lead but the big guns are still to come down

139

The riders today ride with the number 139 on their bikes in solidarity with Will and his family. The number has been retired from the EWS – 139 will always belong to Will Olson

Not long now

Greetings enduro fans! Welcome to round 6 of the series here in Whistler, Canada.

The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized is underway and the amateurs are rolling off the stage now in the centre of the village. The pros will get going just before 10am and the last man to head out is series leader Justin Leov at 10.36am PST.

The race feed will get going at 11am and we’ll be with you all day – including a live webcast at from 5-7pm PST right here.

See you soon!

IMPORTANT WHISTLER RACE UPDATES

Whistler Race Updates 

Dear racers and managers,

There were a few adjustments to the Start List for the live webcast.  Final version is posted at http://www.enduroworldseries.com/events/canada/

Riders should check in 20-30 minutes before their individuals starts at the start Stage for bike marking.  You will also be issued a sticker with all your individual stage start times.

A few clarifications:

TECH ZONE
Individuals will be permitted to leave clothing / tools in the fenced Tech Zone.  Event staff will not be responsible for unattended items.

 COURSE

A segment of Stage 5 was incorrectly described at the Rider Briefing.  Aline is not part of the route. Racers will stay on Eazy Does It until Hornet.  

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Also there was some confusion regarding some taping on No Joke – woods section immediately following the fast straight away.  (after the triple into the woods – there are two lines : over a rock on riders left and some singletrack on riders right.  Both are open).

Good luck !

 

Whistler Courses and Inspection

Hi all riders – following a number of questions after the course map release, please find below some clarity on everything.

 

PRE RACE COURSE INSPECTION

 

August 5-6 Top of the World and Whistler Bike Park open – public access not restricted.

Peak Chair operating times 11am-4pm.
Whistler Bike Park open 10am-8pm.
All non Bike Park segments closed for course marking – no bike access. [stage 1, second half of stage 2 Khyber, stage 3, stage 4] .  Any racer found riding non Bike Park stages before August 7 will be disqualified from the race. Walking / foot inspection permitted.

August 7-8
Stages 1-5 (all stages) open for riding / inspection.
Whistler Bike Park open 10am-8pm.
Special extended Peak Chair hours: 11am-6pm (public access from 11am-1pm; registered racers only from 1pm-6pm).

PLEASE RIDE WITH CAUTION – NOT AT RACE TRAINING PACE. Course workers may still be marking / flagging. Limited medical coverage and marshals. Public will have access to Top of the World (in the morning) and Bike Park segments and Whistler Valley segments all day.

See you tomorrow!

What an incredible first day of racing…

Come back tomorrow to see how the riders handle the biggest day of the race…

Full results posted on enduroworldseries.com soon – see you tomorrow!

 

Moseley

But where’s Tracy? Moseley is nowhere to be seen on the live timing which means she isn’t back yet – we hope she’s ok

Course hold?

There’s been no riders come through for a while – we’re beginning to think there maybe a course hold in effect, we’re trying to find out

New stage 1 leader

There’s a new stage 1 leader in the open men’s category – Alexander McGuinness of the USA has just posted a 15.06 – putting him 11 seconds clear of Seamus Powell in 2nd

Backcountry

It’s hard to describe just how back country some of these stages are in Crested Butte – riders were shuttled out to them this morning and they won’t be back in the race village for another 6 hours. It’s going to have been a long, tough day for them

Times

So far the best time on stage one is a 15:28 posted by Tom Doran, but young Adrien Dailly is only 8 secs back

Doran leads

Tom Doran is currently leading, but there’s only a few men back and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to hold off the fast guys behind him

Keene ctd

Keene was on the podium in Whistler last year, a good result here in Colorado could be just the confidence boost he needs ahead of returning to Canada for Crankworx next weekend

Keene is keen

And the American dream himself Curtis Keene is also a big fan of stage 1 – the Specialized rider isn’t having the best season, but a good result here could turn that around

Graves

But Rude’s team mate Graves is on a flyer – we don’t know his time yet but he told our spies on the hill he absolutely loved stage 1 and is feeling great about how his run went

Rude

And young Richie Rude is also snapping at Leov’s heels – just 60 points adrift and he’ll be feeling good after his win in France at the last round two weeks ago. Not to mention he’s on home soil with a solid fan base cheering him on

Leov

Just 40 points separate Leov and Florian Nicolai, and if he loses time because of his broken wheel his series lead could easily slip away

Wheel

He’s smashed up one of his wheels pretty badly on stage 1 and was seen limping his bike along the liaison to stage 2

Anneke

Anneke Beerten was seen on stage one with a huge cut on her knee but apparently it’s not slowing her down – she was flyng down Doctor’s Park

Pros

It’s going to be a while yet before we have any results for the pro men and women, but we do know there’s been some drama already out there in the mountains

Adrien leads the U21 men category in the overall series points and is definitely a name to watch – the record for stage one Doctor’s Park is 15m 16sec – he’s only 21 secs off!

We are go!

Ladies and gentleman we have a race! Live timing is now up and running and we have the first few reults from stage one filtering through

Standby…

Welcome to Crested Butte where the mountains are high, the sun shines brightly and the air is thin! Racing is now underway and both the pros and amateurs are out on course for today’s two stages.

This race is seriously remote – riders have had to be shuttled just to get them within pedalling distance of the liaison starts. There is no network coverage out there and as such we won’t have live timing for a while yet. We think we should start getting some stage 1 results in around 2pm MDT, but we won’t know for sure until the timers can get off the mountain.

While we wait for news, why not head over to the new results analyser here and see for yourself how tight the competition between the top men and women. Leov may be leading the series, but Florian Nicolai has the fastest cumulative time of the season and Fabien Barel the most stage wins. Check it out and you’ll see that the points battle is only half the story of this sport…

We’ll be back as soon as we have some news for you, hopefully in a couple of hours.

 

That’s it!

And that’s it for another round! The results will be verified and available on the Enduro World Series website soon.  Photos and a full race report will go up on our Facebook page and website later today.

We’re off to Colorado for round five in two weeks time where the racers will be up against three days of back country riding at 12,000 feet in Crested Butte… You don’t want to miss it!

Confirmation soon

We’ll bring you confirmation of the results as soon as we have them… Provisional results don’t take into account any penalties, re-runs etc so we can’t be sure just yet

Barel maintains his lead on the last stage so far and it looks provisionally like the top 3 in the overall is

1. Richie Rude

2. Nico Vouilloz

3. Fabien Barel

Men

But Blenki, Absalon, Clementz, Bailly-Maitre and Graves are all within striking distance too – this race is one of the closest we’ve ever had!

Women’s race

After 2 days of racing and five, long and hot stages – we have our women’s top 3!

Tracy Moseley does it again! She’s won it! Second place goes to Cecile Ravanel and third to Anneke Beerten.

Congratulations on such a great race ladies!

 

Sorry

Sorry for the delay… some problems with the internet here. That’s what happens when you’re in the mountains. C’est la vie!

So close!

This is the tightest final stage in EWS history – who’s going to take it? The Frenchman will want to take his first EWS win on home soil for sure…

It means that going into the last stage of the race two tenths of a second separate Vouilloz and Rude in the overall. Vouilloz has the edge – but only just!

It’s crazy hot in Samoens again – in the mid 30s which will be hard on the athletes. They have a lot of miles in their legs from yesterday

Barel and Clementz won a stage each yesterday – if they can do it again today they could easily get back into the top 3 in the overall

Tmo

Tracy has two of the last three rounds and is the reigning world champion. No-one looks more focused in their race run than Tracy – and it shows!

The Pope

Enrico Guala, aka the enduro Pope, is doing vocal exercises in the paddock getting ready to give the fans what they want – more Enrico!

Stage 5

Stage 5 is long – we’re expecting TMo’s time to come in around the 13-14 minute mark – it’s also super, super steep. Lots of riders came back from practice this morning saying this stage was the best the EWS has ever run – a lot of love for the trails here in Samoens

We have go!

Tracy has left the start and is on her way down stage 5 – it’s a long stage so we won’t have her time for a while. But we have spies all over the hill to relay the action back.

TMo

Tracy is the first rider off on stage 5 – the most beautiful of the stages here high, high above Samoens with views of Mont Blanc

Rude crashes

Rude also has a few crashes – and is still hanging onto 2nd place so it’s safe to say the tracks here suit him and if he can put together a couple of clean runs he’s a real threat to Vouilloz’s lead

Drama Drama Drama

The tracks here are long and steep and threw up plenty of drama – Martin Maes took the prize for the best crash of the day with his over the bars – thankfully he’s fine

Vouilloz

He’s yet to have the same success at EWS – but it looks like that may be about to change. He leads the race by 6 seconds but will have to work hard to maintain that lead over today’s two stages

Vouilloz is a legend of mountain biking – he has been downhil world champion no less than 10 times

Points

Retiring will cost Anne Caro dear in the overall points and allow Tracy to pull even further ahead. It’s strange to host a round without Anne and we hope she gets better soon.

Day 2 Samoens – Timings

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations for getting through a tough day 1 in Samoens with rain and storms and massive stages.

Your start times tomorrow posted here are the times you must leave the start.

Allow yourself 1 HOUR to travel to the start from the race paddock.

Example: Race time 9am – Leave paddock at 8am.

Have a great day on some amazing trails!

 

Saturday’s GC

OK enduro lovers, we have today’s results for you! Sorry for the delay, after 3 stages today the overall looks like this;

Men

1. Nicolas Vouilloz (29:40) // 2. Richie Rude (+6.55 sec) // 3. Thomas Lapeyrie (+9.52s)

Women

1. Tracy Moseley (33:30) // 2. Cecile Ravanel (+1:32min) // 3. Anneke Beerten (+2:01m)

Full results will be posted on our website soon. We’ll be back for two more stages tomorrow morning – this race is still wide open…

See you tomorrow!

We’re deep into the amateur men’s field now and we’re pretty sure no-one is going to beat Barel’s stage 3 time but you never know…

Tension building

It’s a nervous wait for the athletes at the bottom of stage 3 as we wait to hear who leads after day one… Still plenty of men on the hill, including some very fast ones

Portugese rider Borges home safe – he’s come from nowhere to have a couple of top 10 stage places today

Big crowds

A big crowd has gathered at the bottom of the stage now – all eyes trained up the hill for the rest of the pro men to drop into the village

Justin

The big Kiwi won the last race in Scotland and is based in the riding mecca that is Finale in Italy this summer – the perfect training ground

Leov

Justin Leov is the series leader so is the first man off on each of the stages today – he should be coming down stage 3 in about five minutes

Tough finish

It’s a tough last stage for the riders now as the temperature in now 33 degrees and they’ve been out on the bikes since 7.30am this morning

15 mins to go

The race resumes in just 15 mins when Tracy Moseley takes to the final stage of the day. She’s leading the overall with a clean sweep of the stages – with Anne Caro retired from the race can anyone stop Tracy now?

Rude crash

Richie Rude is sitting in 4th in the overall after the first two stages – impressive considering he had an eight second crash on stage 2 and had to run back up the hill.

Media

It’s not just the riders out in the mountains today, there’s marshalls, medics and lots of media too. Spare a thought for the media guys who have to run or ride up and down the hills with heavy kit bags. This is how the race looks for our media advisor Sven Martin IMG_4334

Great to see such a strong performance from the French guys here – they’re currently sitting in first and second in the overall

Stage 3

Stage 3 is the only one that the riders don’t get a chance to practice first – they were able to walk the stage yesterday but didn’t get to ride it

Leov

All eyes in the pits are looking for Justin Leov – first man to take to stage 2 and the current series leader but he only managed 28th in stage 1. Can he make back time on stage 2?

Update

Fear not – the timing is working here in Samoens, it’s just that the live timing screen is broken. We’ll have it fixed very soon

Fatigued

All the women dropping into the finish line look tired – the temperature has really gone up here since the sun came out and I’ve heard a few say they preferred the rain…

She looked tired after heading off to the pits but she still has one stage to go this afternoon

TMo

Tracy is on stage with the pope – she found the stage hard but said she had a consistent run and was happy with the way she rode

Ravanel

Our spies on the mountain say that Cecile Ravanel is definitely one to watch – they say she flew through stage one and looked very relaxed

Can anyone stop total T-Mo domination now that Anne is out the race? We’ll have to wait and see – there’s still four stages to go over today and tomorrow

There’s a bit of a wait before the next stage now – the pros are doing their practice run on stage and then Tracy is the first rider down to race at 13.45

Stage 2 times

Stage 2 start times have been pushed back by an hour because of this morning’s delay – so Tracy is the first woman on course and she starts practice at 12.10

Riders are all back in the paddock after stage 1 – women are all getting ready to head back up the hill and this time it looks like they’ll be riding in the dry

Can anyone topple JC?

Looks unlikely that anyone is going to be able to better Jerome’s time of 15:07 on stage one – an incredible result for the Frenchman who has been unwell with a virus. What a comeback!

current top 10

Top 10 men after stage one looks like this;

1 21 Jerome CLEMENTZ MEN | HOMMES 00:15:07.277
2 13 Remy ABSALON MEN | HOMMES 00:15:13.262
3 30 Thomas LAPEYRIE MEN | HOMMES 00:15:19.034
4 34 Sam BLENKINSOP MEN | HOMMES 00:15:20.029
5 8 Francois BAILLY-MAITRE MEN | HOMMES 00:15:21.259
6 19 Richie RUDE MEN | HOMMES 00:15:22.156
7 23 Nicolas VOUILLOZ MEN | HOMMES 00:15:25.292
8 7 Joe BARNES MEN | HOMMES 00:15:39.108
9 10 Martin MAES MEN | HOMMES 00:15:42.317
10 1 Jared GRAVES