Well that’s it for the race and the season. Finale always delivers an incredible event and this weekend was no different.
In the women’s category after seven races and six countries the race between Anne Caroline Chausson and Tracy Moseley it all came down to the final stage of the final race. Incredible. Anne may have won the race, but Tracy’s second place ahead of Cecile Ravanel in third place was enough to ensure she is the Enduro World Series Champion for the second time in a row.
In the men’s race Jared Graves was always the hot favourite to take the title and he didn’t disappoint. The Australian has been strong all year and only needed a top 23 to become world champ – he was second and won the title easily. One of the biggest surprises this weekend has been Fabien Barel – he broke his back at the first race in Chile and came back to the last race of the season to win the race. Fabien seemed as shocked as everyone else and gave an emotional speech to a packed crowd. Jerome Clementz was also returning from injury and last year’s World Champion finished in a very respectable fourth place.
The pro results are just a small part of the enduro story and don’t reflect the sheer grit, guts and heart of all the amateur riders who ride the same courses as the pros. It’s an incredible achievement.
Thanks to everyone who has participated, worked and supported the series this year, we couldn’t do it without you.
The race feed will be back when we kick off the 2015 series at Crankworx Rotorua in March, but you can catch us over the off season on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and www.enduroworldseries.com.
Over and out!
Congratulations to local talent Uga Cattaneo and Gianluca Bonanomi who came second and third in the Masters race today
Vid Persak wins juniors followed by Adrien Dailly and Neilo Perrin Ganier
It’s going to be a little while before we get the Master and Junior results come through, so we’re off for a much needed coffee and we’ll be back in an hour. In the meantime we’ll leave you to feast your eyes on this pair of legends….
We’ll get you the junior and master results as soon as we have them
Biggest cheers of the day for Fabien and Jerome – people are so pleased to have these two icons back racing
Fabien is giving an emotional speech on the stage – says to believe in your dreams. Really inspirational performance from him today
1. Fabien Barel 38:08 // 2. Jared Graves 38:16 (+8:39 secs) // 3. Damien Oton 38:20 (+12:41) // 4. Jerome Clementz 38:21 (+13:17) // 5. Yohan Barelli 38:23 (+14:87)
1. Anne Caroline Chausson 42:51 // 2. Tracy Moseley 43:52 (+1:01 min) // 3. Cecile Ravanel 44:14 (+1:22) // 4. Anneke Beerten 45:06 (+2:15) // 5. Ines Thoma 45:46 (+2:55)
Jared Graves being interviewed on stage now – says he’s off for a big party tonight. Watch out Finale!
Crazy to see Fabien Barel’s comeback from a broken back at round one to winning the last round of the season. What a hero!
Big congratulations to Damien Oton who won stage 6, he’s been so fast all year!
The sea in Finale is filled with riders celebrating the end of the year! What a way to end the year in style!
Cedric crosses the line on his front rim - no tyre left at all!
Matrin Maes said after crossing the line: “I’ll be back stronger next year. This year has been challenging mentally as I pushed it and had some mechanical problems. But it was a great year and I’m ready to push next year, very happy and have learned a lot.”
Curtis Keene said he “survived the rollercoaster of the year and Finale was a great way to end the season”
Graves and Oton waited for each other at the end of stage 6 so they could ride to the beach together as they end the season – true sportsmanship
Lau crosses the line with a whoop and a massive skid!
Men coming through thick and fast now – Oton currently leading the stage, but Jared Graves has the won the series and is our 2014 Enduro World Series Champion!
Jared is third in the stage…. but HE’S THE NEW WORLD CHAMPION!
Oton and Leov both down safe and smiling!
Jared is down! Said his run was chilled and he just tried to enjoy it! Times soon!
Stage 6 is expected to take the top men around 14 minutes – Jared started his run at 12.10 – times any minute now
Not long until Jared is down, stay tuned
If our calculations are correct we think that Jared should be about halfway through his run – it ll comes down to this, a clean run and he is our new World Champion!
The women are back and there are smiles and hugs all round – they’re off to cool off in the sea. Finale is such a classic venue!
Graves on course now – we’ll have our second world champ very soon!
Well done also to Anne Caro who won every stage this weekend and is second in the series – an incredible achievement!
Tracy is our new champ, Acc 2nd and Cecile is in third. What a race!
ACC wins 6 but TMO comes second – WHICH MEANS TRACY MOSELEY IS ENDURO WORLD SERIES CHAMPION 2014!!!
The men start stage 6 at 12.40 CET – Jared is the first man off, can he keep his cool under this much pressure?!
We’re expecting to see Tracy and Anne cross the line on stage 6 in about 10 minutes and the suspense is building – we’ll have a new world champ very, very soon!
The pits are buzzing in Finale and there are big crowds in the square desperate for news from the women on stage 6 – the sun is shining, the beer is flowing and it won’t be long before the beach is filled with riders cooling off at the end of an amazing 2014 season
Stage 6 could change everything though – it’s long and physical. A 20 minute stage could change things dramatically for the everyone – stay tuned!
TRacy and ACC are on course now – in about 20 minutes we are going to know who our 2014 world champ is going to be!
Fab now leading the men’s GC after stage 5, with Rude 2nd and Barelli 3rd
At the moment Anne Caro leads GC after 5 stages, but Tracy leads Cecile – if that stays the same after 6 Tracy will be world champ, if it changes Anne will win. Too close to call right now!
The women will be on course soon – Tracy off in less than 10 mins
Less than three secs between the top 3 men
Fabien Barel is only a tenth of a second up on Leov on stage 5, but there aren’t many riders coming through that are likely to challenge that time
Yesterday’s race leader Barelli slips down to 16th on stage 5
Graves dropping down as more men come in - now in 12th
Lupato into 5th – great time from the Italian rider!
a tenth of a second separate Barel and Leov – so close!
Barel has gone into the lead on 5! Unbelievable!
What can Clementz and Barel do here – they’ll be through any second!
Race leader from yesterday Barelli drops back into tenth place on stage 5
Keene, Gracia and Maes go 12, 13, 14th respectively
10 secs between 1st and 10th place in the men’s so far
Leov is 2 seconds up on Barnes, Lau 3 secs back
Damien Oton sitting 4th – plenty of fast men still to come down including comeback kids Barel and Clementz
Graves is back in 7th – is he saving himself for the monster stage 6?
JUstin Leov has taken stage 5! Barnes in second, Lau in 3rd!
The French men are dominating this race; Barelli, Barel, Oton, Lau, Nicolai, Clementz and Bailly-Maitre all in top 10
Stage five is pretty short so expect the men’s times to come through any second – a few people expecting Damien Oton to do well on this stage
While we wait for news of the men a special mention should also go to Louise Pauline – the local rider from Finale has been absolutely flying this weekend and has impressed a lot of people here
Jared Graves is on stage 5 now – stay tuned for results
GReat to see so many amateur women in Finale. Did you know they ride the exact sam trails as the pro men and women with the same liaison times – pretty incredible!
Great ride from Em Parkes in 21st – she’s never ridden Enduro before and only found out she was racing on Thursday this week. She’s on a borrowed a bike and has only just turned 19 - have we found a break out star of the future?
Katy Winton has been looking fast all weekend – she came 8th in stage 5. She’s only just turbed 21 and has a great future in this sport
Anneke Beerten is back in 6th – but she’s still only 6 secs behind ACC, all still to play for
Great to see riders like Rosara Joseph and Ines Thoma break the top 5 – they’re ones to watch next season for sure
After 7 rounds in 6 countries and 14 days of racing, the women’s series is going to come to the very last stage of the very last race. So exciting!
The way things are panning out this race is too close to call for the women – Tracy must beat Cecile and come second to keep her world champs title, if not ACC will be champ
And Cecile in third but only 100th of a second behind Tracy – less than a second between top 3 women! This race is going to be incredible!
Only half a second between them on that stage is incredible – both women obviously riding right on the edge!
Sorry make that .56 of one second – we got a bit carried away!
The top men and women set off early this morning but there is a constant stream of amateurs heading off the start ramp in Finale town square – amazing achievement for them to race the same trails as their cycling heroes
The race conditions are perfect here today and the trails look great
The first few women are through stage 5 and both TMo and Anne look to have clean runs and are charging on to next liaison
Stage five is a pretty straightforward trail – it shouldn’t pose either Anne or Tracy any problems. But they’re straight off the back of a two and a half hour climb – whoever has the freshest legs may take this one. Will Tracy be able to take some time back from Anne?
The women are on stage 5 now – stay tuned for live timing to kick in
Also making his comeback after injury is Jerome Clementz. The current world champ took it easy yesterday but today’s stages will suit the way he rides and there’s every chance he could pull something special out the bag – he starts stage 5 immediately behind Barel at 11.17am.
Jared is the first man off the start on stage 5 at 11am CET, he’ll be chased down by Oton and Leov
Tracy will be the first girl to drop into stage one at 10.30am CET (20 mins from now). Once the first few women are through the live timing will kick in on this page and we’ll get a better idea of how the women’s race is shaping up.
The rumour in the pits this morning is that Graves will go all out on stage six and it could get him the race win. Graves has previous on this – he did the same in Whistler, winning the last stage of the day so convincingly he took the race.
Stage five shouldn’t actually cause the riders any problems – it’s short and nice flowy trails through forested singletrack. Riders push off from an old NATO base on the mountain top that’s been decomissioned since the end of the Cold War. But the real battle will take place on stage six – the longest stage of the race will push riders to their limits as they battle fatigue to take on a stage 20 minutes long. This is likely where the race will be won or lost.
There are just two stages today – but don’t for a second think today is going to be easy. The liaison to stage 5 is long – two and a half hours of climbing. That’s going to be tough on the racers after a physical day yesterday – and it is already hot here in Finale – so riders will be tired and cramp may be an issue.
Anneke Beerten is sitting in fourth after a crash on stage one yesterday lost her time, but she said this morning she is feeling good and looking forward to today’s stages. Ines Thoma had a great race yesterday and is sitting in fifth – the German is a strong rider and has the potential to make up time in today’s stages so keep an eye out for her, especially on stage 5.
In the women’s race Anne Caroline Chausson got off to an amazing start yesterday – she took all four stages and put a minute into closest rider and fiercest rival Tracy Moseley. These two are separated in the overall by just 80 points, with Tracy just ahead of Anne – the likelihood is one of them will go home world champion. If Tracy can hang on to second place the championship is hers, but if Anne wins and Cecile Ravanel (currently 3rd in the race) beats Tracy then Anne is champion and Tracy will lose the title and have to settle for second.
Rude has made a stunning enduro debut this year and is sitting in third overall here in Finale. The American is a powerhouse on the bike and is only 3 seconds back on race leader Barelli. Expect to see fast times coming through from him
In the men’s race there are plenty of riders that have the potential to win a stage or get on the podium. Curtis Keene had a shaky start yesterday on stage one with a crash, but he made up time in the other stages and says he feels strong today
And how can we forget Graves? He may be sitting in fourth, but the big Aussie only needs to finish in the top 23 and he will be our new World Champion. He said this morning he’s chasing the series win rather than pushing any boundaries to take the race win, but Jared’sidea of taking it easy is still lightning fast and you can’t discount him from taking both the race and the series.
Yohan Barelli is leading the race – but he’s going to have to push hard if he wants to keep that lead, less than a second separate him and Fabien Barel. The Frenchman obviously knows it - he has the words ‘strong’ and ‘fearless’ written on his handlebars…
Yesterday’s race was incredible – there are so many stories to come out of this race already. One of the biggest has been the return of Fabien Barel – he broke two vertebrae in his back in Chile at the start of the season and yesterday he won the first stage of the day. No-one can quite believe how strong his comeback has been – including Fabien who shed some tears when he realised how far he’s come in the last few months. He’s definitely a contender for the win here today – he sits in 2nd overall as we start day 2.
The top men and women have left the start line and the last day of racing of the 2014 Enduro World Series is go!
That’s a wrap for today. There’s still lots of amateurs on the hill but the pros are back and most are cooling off with a dip in the sea.
The live feed will be back at 8.30am (CET) tomorrow as we get ready to crown our new champions. Will Tracy be able to claw back some time from Anne Caroline and fend off Cecile? Can Jared keep his head and play the long game to secure the world champion title? Can Fabien Barel continue the greatest comeback mountain biking has ever seen?
Tune in tomorrow to find out….
And two men back who definitely aren’t amateurs are Minaar and Peaty, who were 23rd and 24th respectively on stage 4.
All the girls and most of the top guys might be back, but there are still hundreds of riders out on the hill enjoying the amazing tracks.
Seven of the top 10 in the men’s GC are French; Barelli, Barel, Lau, Nicolai, Clementz, Oton and Bailly-Maitre.
Hearing of a few guys crashing on – turns out those medieval cobbles are tough to ride…
Fabien Barel gets the biggest cheer of the day as he takes to the stage to chat with Enrico. Safe to say he’s feeling pretty good about his race
Leov says he cramped up today and plans to drink more tomorrow but overall had a solid race
Jared had a little crash on stage 4 but tells the crowd he’s fine and happy with his race today
Barel still can’t topple Barelli – he goes 2nd!
Word from stage 4 is that Fabien is killing it and taking lines no-one else has event thought of – could this be the deciding moment of the race?
Rude goes into 4th – only 4 secs separate the top 5 men
Can anyone beat Barelli’s time of 4:54? Still lots of men on course, and this stage is called downhill men so will be interesting to see what Greg Minaar and Steve Peat think of it
Cedric just misses out on the top 10
Martin Maes goes into 7th!
Curtis Keene crosses the line in 9th!
Barelli into the lead on stage 4 – beats Oton by less than a second!
These men’s times are tight – will be interesting to see how they affect the overall
Lau goes into 4th, pushes Leov into 5th and Wildehaber in 6th
Leov 8 seconds back so sits in 3rd – we’re expecting something special from Lau on this stage too – stay tuned
Our man on the hill was right – Oton leads stage 4! Takes 4 seconds out of Graves!
Our man on the hill tells us that Oton is flying on stage 4 which is loose and dusty as hell!
Jared Graves is on course now – what can he do on the last stage of the day?
Katy Winton says the last two stages were so good she’s buzzing. Her boyfriend Greg Callaghan is doing really well in the men’s race too
Anka Martin wants gelato – says other riders got her through the day after she cramped up and says that’s what enduro is all about
Rosara Joseph is always smiling and today is no different – she’s off to the beach to cool off after an impressive race today
Local rider Louise Pauline is sitting in ninth – she’s a real favourite amongst the home crowd
Anneke had a mixed day, first two stages didn’t go to plan but she made time up on stages 3 and 4
Cecile Ravanel could be the rider that decides the championship – if she beats Tracy Anne Carro will be World Champion. Her take on the situation “not my problem, I just have to concentrate on my own race.”
ACC tells the crowd today was fun but she will have to work hard tomorrow to keep her lead
Tracy Moseley on the stage with Enrico says the race isn’t over yet. She says the course is hard but been a great morning of racing
Kelli Emmett and Anka Martin lie just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12 place respectively
Rosara Joseph into 7th, Pauline Dieffenthaler into 8th, Katy Winton into 9th and Anita Gehrig into 10th in the GC at the end of day one
Amazing race from Isabeau who broke her arm earlier this season – she’s gone into 5th in the GC!
The top 5 women in the GC currently, but there’s still some fast girls on the hill that could change things up
1 Anne Caro 21:25min // 2 TMo (+58:27sec) // 3 Ravanel (+1:12min) // 4 Beerten (+1:37min) // 5 Thoma (+2:27min)
Anne Caroline Chausson now leads Tracy Moseley by 58 seconds at the end of day one. Going to be a tough day at the office for TMo if she wants to make that up tomorrow
Ravanel into third – really consistent results from Cecile wi;ll stand her in good stead in the points battle
Tracy has to settle for second on stage 4 – 14 secs back on ACC
Anne Caro does it again – she takes stage 4 to make it a clean sweep!
It’s incredibly beautiful but stage 4 is also one of the steepest and most technical trails in Finale.
The women are on stage 4 now – results should start coming through any minute!
Clementz also having a great comeback – sitting in 7th in the overall GC.
Tracy starts her final stage of the day in less than five minutes – can she claw back some time from ACC?
Fabien goes 5th – which means he’s back in the lead! Lau 2nd, Rude into 3rd in overall. This race is way too close to call
Martin Maes has gone into 11th – he’s still so young it’s safe to he has a great racing career ahead of him
That win on stage 3 has put Barrelli into the overall lead! Leads Graves by 3 seconds, Lau 4 seconds back in third. It’s tight at the top!
Yoan Barelli into the lead! Less than a second up on Lau
Joe Barnes has gone into fifth - another great ride for him.
And Nicolai has gone into 3rd! He’s having a great race!
Lau goes fastest! Beats Graves’ time by 4 seconds!
Oton goes into 2nd! Leov 3rd!
Jared Graves does a clean run on stage 3 – stand by to see what the rest of the pack can do
Kiwi racer Rosara Joseph has been posting incredible results all season and she went fifth in stage three today – definitely a name to watch next season
Great to see how many amateurs have made their way to Finale to compete. There’s approximately 500 riders competing this weekend and a huge number of them are amateurs. Pretty incredible to think they spend the weekend competing against the likes of Steve Peat, Dan Atherton and Tracy Moseley and then are back at work on Monday.
Graves is currently in 3rd in the race but he’s less than 4 secs behind Fabien – he could still win the series and the race.
Jared Graves is due to start Stage 3 in 10 mins – can he keep his head under such pressure? Ther world champ title is his to lose – as long as he finishes in the top 23 it’s in the bag for him
Anne Caroline Chausson and Tracy are some of the most experiences riders on the planet so it’s no wonder that they are in such fierce competition. It’s been amazing watching these two all season – either one of these incredible women could go home world champion
Kelli Emmett of the USA crosses the line in 6th – doesn’t look like anyone is going to trouble ACC’s time of 5:29min
Want some interviews and pictures from stage 2? Click on the link to hear from Graves, Barnes, Nicoll and Barelli.
Ines Thoma goes fifth, Emmett sixth and Anita Gehrig into 7th
The top 5 women currently on SP3
1 Anne Caro 5:29 // 2 TMo (+7:12sec) // 3 Beerten (+16:92) // 4 Ravanel (17:66)
First two women down 3 are Anne Caro and TMo. And Anne has taken it by 7 seconds – she’s unstoppable today!
First woman should just be dropping into stage 3 now – stay tuned for results as we get them
Amazing day so far for Rocky Mountain Urge bp – Cure, Nicolai and Courdurier all in the top 10
Graves’ strategy of taking it steady seems to be working for him – he only needs a top 23 to guarantee going home the 2014 World Champion
All anyone can talk about here is Fabien’s return – everyone is blown away about such a strong return.
And a recap of the top 5 women;
1 Anne Caro 10:24 // 2 Ravanel (+34:68 sec) // 3 TMo (+36:84) // 4 Beerten (+57:18) // 5 Courdurier (+1:13min)
Ok after two stages the top five men look like this;
1 Barel 9:15 // 2 Rude (+3:34secs) // 3 Graves (+3:92) // 4 Nicolai (+4:45) // 5 Barelli (+6:24)
In fact there are 6 French riders in the top 10 after two stages – great racing from them.
In the overall classification it’s French riders sitting in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
When we spoke to Fabien earlier this week he said he was just happy to be back riding his bike and would be taking it easy this weekend – he’s leading the race! What a hero!
Great to see Jerome back after missing 5 rounds with a shoulder injury, he’s sitting in 3rd in the overall
Joe Barnes takes stage 2 – amazing result from the young Scot!
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Joe Barnes happy with his stage 2 run, but said he had a few problem on 1. He’s had a great season and he should do well here
Word just back from stage 2 that Jared is through with a clean run – things are looking good for him this weekend
The women will be on stage 3 soon – stay tuned for results as we get them
Amazing comeback for Fab! He broke his back in 2 places in the first round of the series in Chile – legend!
Fabien Barel takes stage one! WOW!
Tmo has some work to do if she’s going to beat ACC today – she leads her on SP2 by 14 secs.
Reginer over the bars on stage 2 but up and back on the bike.
ACC is fast today! Takes stage 2 by 11 secs, Ravanel in 2nd, Tmo 3rd!
Florian also looking fast – the men are so fast!
Lau apparently flew through stage one – standby for times
Jared through stage one, looks to be ok and had a steady run.
Damien Oton crashes on stage one – he looks ok but it will have cost him at least 15 seconds
Women should be hitting stage 2 in 5 minutes
Enrico Guala is interviewing the riders in French, Italian and English. Is there nothing the enduro pope can’t do?
Here’s one for all the UK enduro fans – we just got a mention on 6Music. That’s ace if you’re British. For the rest of you I realise it means nothing, as you were.
Local rider Louise Pauline has gone into 6th, she won this year’s superneduro series and will be looking to do well in front of her home crowd – she has the potential to really shake up the top 10
Anka Martin had a little crash on stage one costing her a bit of time, Scottish rider Katy Winton flew through the section to take 9th
Minaar looking a little jaded on the start – sounds like Syndicate had a hell of a party last night
There’s a really big women’s field in Finale. Lots of amateurs – incredible to think these amateur women are out there racing the same tracks with the same liaison times as the top men – amazing achievement!
Not the first time we’ve seen ACC take a big win on the first stage only for TMo to claw it back later in the race. Watching these two women slug it out this season has been one of the best stories of this year
Anneke 25 secs off ACC in fifth
Cecile Ravanel is just one second back on Tracy in third, Isabeau Courdurier in fourth
The provisional times are in from SP1 – looks like ACC is leading TMo by 22 secs!
Downhiller Ruaridh Cunningham tells Enrico he’s not looking forward to the climbs. Enrico tells him to man up.
The lure of Finale is strong – Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz both chose this race to return after injury. Both have missed five stages but were looking fast and strong in practice
Dan Atherton has just dropped in, says he’s really impressed with the new tracks here
Anneke passes through stage one with her number plate hanging off – has she had a crash?
Anne and Tracy have passed through stage one and the conditions are looking perfect – the guys on the hill said both looked pretty relaxed
Scottish rider Gary Forrest flirting shamelessly with the enduro pope on the stage
The first three women are on stage one – stay tuned for live timing and the results
The bottom of stage one is already packed with spectators and the noise levels are already high – the people of Finale really embrace this event
Our spies on the hill have just spoke to Leov who was flying up the climb and looking strong. He says he’s really looking forward to today and feeling good. Leov raced the hardest race of the year in Whistler whilst really ill – this could be his weekend
Greg Callaghan is one of the nicest guys in enduro and is damn fast. Expect big things from him next year when the series stops in his native Ireland
Cedric says he had a few drinks with the Syndicate guys last night – if anyone knows how to win a race with a hangover it’s Cedric, don’t think it’ll slow him down!
Curtis Keene tells Enrico he loves Finale and loves the variety of trails here
Plenty of big downhill names here to end their season in Finale, including Steve Peat, Greg Minaar, Matti Lehikkoinen, Richie Rude and Ruaridh Cunningham
Lau on stage now, he’ll be in contention for some stage wins for sure
Justin Leov heading out now – he’s tipped to do very well here in Finale. Watch this space…
Jared says he plans to ride conservatively and focus on ensuring he gets the overall title at the end of the weekend
Jared Graves, the man who could well be world champion by tomorrow, is about to leave the stage
The women have just left for the start of stage one and Finale is buzzing. The square is packed with people, the sun is shining and the Enduro Pope himself Enrico Guala is in fine voice. It’s going to be a good day!
It’s nearly here – the sun is setting as the last race of the year is about to get underway. To keep up with all the action tune in at 8.30am CET where’ll you’ll find live timing and real time race commentary so you can find out first who’s going to be our 2014 Enduro World Champions.