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!
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!
Crisis averted, we’ve sniffed our smelling salts, had a stiff drink and we’re ready to tell you who won the team competition – Canyon Factory Enduro Team win the series!
1. Richie Rude
2. Fabien Barel
3. Jerome Clementz
(we think, but the excitement is affecting our maths skills – standby for confirmation)…
An emotional Tracy has just announced on stage she won’t be back to defend her title – what a way to leave the sport though. We’re going to miss her!
Party at the Yeti pits anyone?
Jared Graves has won the race but his young protegee Richie Rude is World Champion 2015! AMAZING!
He does it – Richie Rude is Enduro World Champion!
Last man down – what can he do?!
Goes into 7th – just Rude to go!
Goes 3rd – a few guys left to go….
All men are now on course… any second now
But let’s see what the top 5 can do – any second now!
No stage win for Vouilloz is in 4th currently on stage 6
Great time for Maes – 4 secs up on Graves. What can Rude do now?
Maes now leads stage 6 – but we’re still waiting for Rude, Nicolai, Vouilloz and Barel and Clementz!
We’ll have the men’s results any second now – the pits are buzzing as everyone waits for news
Greg is in 3rd on stage 6 – but looks who’s still to come; Rude, Nicolai, Barel…
FRancois Bailly Maitre currently in 2nd on stage 6 behind Graves – will Barel, Clementz or Rude be able to unseat him?
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!
Rude basically just has to finish in the top 30 at this race to guarantee becoming the new world champion
there’s still a few of the fast guys left on course
Who’s going to take stage 6 in the men?
The men are on stage 6 now – Robin Wallner currently leads but there’s plenty of fast men still to come – including Clementz, Barel, Graves and Rude!
The square is unusually quiet here in Finale - that’s because the entire town is out on the stages – we hear it’s wild out there!
The top men starting to hit stage 6 now - will Rude do it?! Stay tuned…
Incredible result from Tracy – what a woman! She has won the champs title 3 years in a row now!
Three years in a row! Tracy Moseley is the World Champion 2015!
Tracy Moseley wins stage 6, and the race, and the champs!!!
The top 5 women are coming up on 6 any second now – can Tracy hold it together to make it her third world champ title?
Hannah is back in 21st – but we bet she’ll still be smiling. Def the happiest racer in the series!
Carolin goes 5th – looks like she could be out of the top 10 as well
Katy comes down and goes 4th – she won’t be happy with that – there’s more than 10 women behind her and she’ll be after a top 10 finish
Morrison goes into 1st – but there’s lots of ladies still to come
Pugin is currently leading stage 6 but there are still about 20 of the fastest women on earth still to go..
The women are starting to drop into stage 6 – in just a few mins we’ll know if Tracy has done it!
It all comes down to this stage – if Rude and Moseley finish in the top 30 they’ll be the new Enduro World Champions! But one slip up; a crash or a mechanical, is all it would take to deny them.
Crowning the world champs is always the biggest event of the year and Finale is always the place that happens – and the sun has come out at last!
Vouilloz won stage 5 – Clementz leads the overall race – we’re a bit over excited!
Nico Vouillioz goes 2nd and Jared Graves 3rd
And in the men’s category Jerome Clementz wins the first stage of the day!
And for the second time this race Ines Thoma manages a 3rd place, way to go Ines!
In the women’s race Tmo does it again! Smashes out stage 5 to put over 10 secs into Cecile Ravanel!
Ladies and gents, we’re back and we have a race!
With no live timing on stage 5 we had to join the party a little late but we’re back, we have results and this race is ON!
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!
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!
But there’s still two long stages to go tomorrow and it’s not over until the little Italian with the big voice says so.
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.
So jared Graves leads after day 1! The reigning world champ isn’t going down without a fight!
Clementz into 11th – but where is Rude?
Fabien has gone into 3rd – will he stay there or can Clementz and Rude do better?
Maes has gone into 2nd – but there’s 4 men left on the hill….
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?
We’re waiting for the last few men to come down stage 4 and who wins this could decide who finishes the day in the lead
Tracy is back safe and says she is looking forward to coming back and doing the same tomorrow – she leads the race by 3secs!
There’s just a few men to come down – can anyone beat Graves’ time?
On Stage 4 Jared Graves currently leads, but lots of men still to come through
Tracy Mosley wins stage 4!
So far it’s Marc Osborne who has the fastest time on stage 4 – but plenty of fast men still to come. Richie Rude is the last man down at 4.25pm
In the U21 men it’s Adrien Dailly who leads the GC after day 1.
Woody Hole wins stage 4 in Masters!
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…
We’re just waiting for the women’s times from stage 4 – will Cecile hold her lead over Tracy? And can Ines Thoma hold onto 3rd?
Annie Last is safely through stage 4 – the Olympic XC champion from England is currently in 10th but that will change as the top women start to come through
It’s just two minutes until Tracy leaves the start line of the last stage of the day, stage 4
Rude has been 8th in the last 2 stages – if Clementz wins here and Rude has a really bad day then Jerome could still win the series
Graves is the reigning world champ and he’s not going down without a fight! But Jerome is less than a second back and Francois Bailly Maitre is nearly 10secs back in third
We’ve just had word from the timers that Graves leads the GC in the men’s competition!
The top women are at the start of stage 4 and will be coming down any second now -stay tuned
Stage 4 is a burly track and I know that more than a few riders were a little nervous about how it would hold up after yesterday’s rain
But there’s still one stage to go here today, the famously gnarly track DH men
We knew that Barel was going to do big things here today and who can blame him? What better way to finish your last ever race than with a win?
He wins by 2secs! Barelli 2nd and Martin Maes in 3rd! Rude back in 8th…
Is Rude playing it conservatively to finish the race and save the championship or is he having a bad day?
And we think that Yoann Barelli was 2nd – standby for confirmation…
We think, stress think, that Fabien Barel may just have won stage 3!
There are still men on stage 3 – Richie Rude isn’t through yet
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?
Still lots of men on stage 3 – standby for their results
Hoewever, through the magic of paper and ink we have worked out that Cecile and Tracy are way out front. Cecile leads the overall by 2.24 secs ahead of Tracy whilst Ines Thomas is in 3rd but is 36.97 secs back
We think the Enduro pope has upset the internet overlords because we’re having a few issues with live timing on our site…
There’s a lot of people up on stage 3 – Finale always attracts big crowds and this year is no different. Great to see so many people out supporting the riders
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
That means that Tracy drops into second in the overall, Ravanel now leads the race by 2 secs
Cecile Ravanel won stage 3, Courdurier goes 2nd, Moseley third!
We don’t have the results just yet, so hang tight while we go and find out what’s happening….
In the meantime we can tell you that Theo Gally leads the men’s race on stage 3 – but there’s still 30ish men to go
We should have the women’s results any second now….
We have it on good authority from the good folks at TRans-Provence that the rain might be on it’s way over from them in Nice. That could make stage 4 tricky to say the least!
It’s still dry here in Finale – but it’s not the usual sun drenched Finale we’re used to
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
Tracy is last off the start line at every stage today – Cecile will race every stage knowing that Tracy is chasing her down
The women are on stage 3 and it’s currently France’s Melanie Pugin who’s out front ahead of Italy’s Laura Rossin but with plenty of women still to drop in
We’re back, full of caffeine and gelato and it’s time to get down to stage 3.
As there’s a break between categories now we’re off to fill ourselves with caffeine and pasta so we have enough energy to keep up with Guala for all this afternoon’s action. We’ll be back very soon….
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!
In the U21 men it’s Adrien Dailly who wins stage 3
On stage 3 it’s Primoz Strancar who wins again. He’s the reigning world champ but he won’t repeat the title this year – Woody Hole has already won the series after a succession of wins
There’s a long break now between stage 2 and 3 as the pro women don’t start heading down stage 3 for another hour.
It’s been a mixed season for Jerome but he’s been consistently in the top 10 and he’s currently 3rd in the overall series points
Richie Rude is all the way back in 8th
Jerome wins stage 2! Graves in 2nd and Francois Bailly Maitre in 3rd
Jerome is currently leading stage 2!
Marco Osborne is leading stage 2 currently but watch this space, still some fast riders to come
So the top 20 men’s results from 2 are starting to come in
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!
The breeze has got it up a bit in the town, so it will be windy on the hills, but overall it looks as though the weather is going to hold for now.
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
By far the most physical stage of the race, we now hear the stage 2 is also getting a bit slippy as more riders come through
We’re just waiting for the men’s results to come in from stage 2. It should be very soon…
He’ll be dropping in 1 minute. There’s a lot of pressure on this young American’s shoulders – can he handle it?
Josh ‘the frother’ Carlson was aparently flying on stage 2. We know he likes this stage and is fit enough to handle it. Francois Bailly Maitre also looking quick
In U21 men it’s Nelo Gannier-Pellin who wins stage 2, Adrien Dailly in 2nd and Eliot Trabac in 3rd. That’s a French top 3!
In the Master’s competition it’s Primoz Strancar who takes the stage – he was the Master’s World Champ last year
There would have been at least one more but poor Mary Moncorge broke her ankle in practice – get well soon Mary!
There’s a large women’s field here in Finale – 34 in total.
So the battle for World Champ is by no means over. In the women’s category it’s Tracy and Ravanel battling it out – but in the men’s current leader Rude faces challenges from Nicolai, Barel and Clementz who could all still do it
The top 20 men are at the start of stage 2 now. We hear conditions are generally pretty good, although the limestone is a little slippier than in practice
Cedric’s time on stage 2 is still the fastest so far – but can he hold off the likes of Barel, Clementz and Rude? We’ll know very soon
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
Anneke comes in 4th and Anita Gehrig is in 5th with Raewyn Morrison in 6th
Cecile is in 2nd place, 2.7secs back and 9 secs back is Ines Thoma in 3rd
She does it – Tmo wins stage 2 by 2 secs!
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
If anyone can conquer stage 2 though it’s TRacy Moseley – she excels on these physical stages and would be a smart bet to take this 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
In the U21 women it’s Axelle Murigneux who leads Martha Gill by 33 seconds. Great to see these young girls at so many rounds this year – incredibly talented.
And Annie Last is defying her name and is currently in 2nd on stage 2 – but the top 20 women are still to come
Great to see British Olympian Annie Last in the mix here – this is her first ever EWS race
The first women’s times are coming in and currently Melanie Pugin is leading – there’s still a lot of ladies to come through though
We hear Cecile Ravanel was pushing hard and made a small mistake that will have cost her a couple of seconds
The ladies are on stage 2 now and as ever we have a crack team of spies scattered around the hillside to bring us news and…
The current leader on stage 2 is Cedric Ravanel – but there’s still plenty of fast men to come and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to hold that position once the top 30 men come through in 30 mins or so
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 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!
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.