Round 7 – 12–13 August 2017
Crankworx Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized
Well what a race that was! We love a hometown hero and they don’t come much faster than in Whistler, as demonstrated by Jesse Melamed today! Crankzilla always brings the dramas and today was no different – mechanicals, crashes and a fairytale come true!
Full results on enduroworldseries.com very soon and we’ll see you back here next month for the grand finale in the beautiful Finale Ligure to crown our 2017 champions!
He may not have won the race but Sam Hill has extended his lead over Adrien Dailly in the series rankings! And with just one race to go… could we have a new champ in our midst?! You’ll just have to tune into round 8 in Finale next month to find out!
After all five, gruelling stages at Crankworx you (provisional) top 5 men;
1 Jesse Melamed
2 Sam Hill
3 Mark Scott
4 Robin Wallner
5 Remi Gauvin
What a win for Jesse! He wins his home race and the crowd goes wild!!!
Jesse Melamed wins the race!
Can he do it?!
And here comes Adrien Dailly – he’s had a bad day after his cleat came off his shoe and got stuck in his pedal – goes 5th!
He goes 16th on 5!
That’s Sam Hill on course – can he do it?!
Richie may have the fastest time on stage 5 so far, but he’s back in 9th in the overall and there’s still a few riders on course – he’s unlikely to get a top 1o finish
Jesse had a huge stack at the top of stage 5 and hurt his shoulder – could’ve just cost him the race. He’s in the hot seat but Hill and Dailly are still to come
Here comes Greg – can he claw back some time on stage 5?
the top 3 men still have to come down stage 5!
15 seconds back – and he was only 14 seconds ahead of Hill going into this stage. It’s too exciting for words!
Go Jesse go!
We hear Jesse may have had a crash on the last stage? This would be heartbreaking for the Whistler local after leading the race by 14 seconds going into the stage
And it’s currently Mark Scott leading the race – but the top 5 men still need to come down stage 5
Remi Gauvin goes into the hot seat on stage 5!
Jesse goes into stage 5 with a 14 second lead over Sam Hill, that’s a sizeable chunk of time to make up on an 8 minute stage. But it’s a downhill style track and if there’s one thing Hill knows it’s how to throw himself down a mountain really, really fast
Blenki leads stage 5 – but Rude is now on course!
The top 30 men are now on stage 5 – can Jesse Melamed take his first EWS win on home soil?!
After all stages the provisional results are
1 Cecile Ravanel
2 Isabeau Courdurier
3 Katy Winton
4 Anita Gehrig
5 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
Total stage domination from Cecile! She wins round 7!
Cecile wins the stage and all the stages and the RACE!
Ravanel is over 9 seconds up at the top split!
She’s flying – she is smashing those corners!
Katy Winton is on course now – she’s sitting 2nd in the series – and went into this stage in 3rd – can she get on that podium?!
Isabeau smashes ALN’s time! Goes into the hot seat!
Noga comes down and goes into third – Isabeau on course now!
Andreane LN is leading stage 5! But there are still the top ladies to come down and even with a home advantage, we doubt she can hold off Cecile…
Ravanel had a 54 second lead coming into this race – all she needs to do is come down clean and she’s probably got it in the bag!
Cecile has won every race this year – except in Tasmania. But in these dry conditions and on her favourite tracks she’s probably unbeatable
The women are dropping into stage 5 now – and all everyone wants to know is can anyone beat Cecile Ravanel?!
That’s the women starting to come down stage 5 now!
We’ll be back in 15 minutes once stage 5 goes live! In the meantime check out what the pros are running to handle this burly Crankzilla course in our latest video…
We hear there’s a 24 minute delay we hear on stage 5 – something to do with a lightning threat and as chairlift’s are needed for stage 5 we’re just going to have wait a little longer before we know who wins this race!
The women are starting to hit stage 5 now – and here’s what they have in store for them…
No Joke – Drop in Clinic – Duffman – Mackenzie River – Duffman – Samurai Pizza Cat – Afternoon Delight – Longhorn – Monkey Hands
The name pretty well says it all on No Joke, and pretty well characterises this entire stage of bike park trail. Expect to wrap up this race with a technical workout of roots, rocks and natural drops. Don’t miss the near vertical rock-drop on Drop in Clinic, then they’ll pick up speed up for Duffman, Samurai Pizza Cat, Afternoon Delight and so forth. Riders will finish the race whipping through twisty, rocky, rooting single-track—punchy to the end.
And it’s Max Leyen who wins U21 men! Killian Callaghan goes 2nd and extends his overall series lead and Rhys Verner goes third!
After seeing the stage 4 times he simply said “long game.” What a man and WHAT A RACE!
Jesse Melamed wins the stage by 14 seconds – he won that stage by 14 seconds! Not bad for a man who says he rode conservatively! Who the hell takes 14 seconds out of Sam Hill?! This is too exciting for words – just one stage left!
By an unbelievable 14 seconds! WHAT?!
How are those times looking?! Adrien goes 5th but where’s Hill?
Callaghan goes 15th – there’s just 2 men that can challenge Melamed’s time now – big Sam Hill and little Adrien Dailly!
Jerome Clementz goes 16th on stage 4 and says :”I’m not winning but I don’t blame myself. I blame the other guys for going too fast”
Jesse is having the race of his life. To put 19 seconds into your rivals on a 9ish minute stage is incredible! Will Hill, Dailly or Callaghan have anything left in the tank that can beat that?
Melamed leads stage 4 by an incredible 19 seconds over Richie Rude! Can the top 5 seeded men do better than that?!
And here’s man of the moment Jesse Melamed looking tired but happy at the end of stage 4
Greg Callaghan is now on stage 4, chasing him down will be Dailly and Hill any second now
Robin Wallner and Mark Scott have gone third and fourth respectively on stage 4 – with a few top men still to come down, this has the potential to shake up the overall race standings as they sat 3rd and 4th in the overall going into the stage
Richie Rude now leads stage 4 – but he’s out of podium contention in this race – he went into the stage in 21st place. Richie won here so convincingly last year but 2017 is not his season and he won’t be getting a third world champion title this year
It’s not even a Tuesday, but everyone’s favourite tutor Yoann Barelli is leading stage 4 currently -he’s obviously loving racing his home trails. Will the top 30 men be able to put down faster times though?
There’s a great battle shaping up between Katy Winton and Anita Gehrig for 3rd place. Katy is sitting 3rd, but only 4 seconds back is Anita. That’s not a comfortable lead going into stage 5 – Katy is going to need to keep the foot down on the last stage of the day if she’s going to fend off Anita
So after 4 of todays 5 stages, Cecile Ravanel leads by 54 seconds! Isabeau is in 2nd and Katy Winton 3rd! And just 4 secs behind Katy is Anita Gehrig in 4th, ALN 5th,
Cecile Ravanel wins stage 4 by 22 seconds! Andreane LN goes 2nd and Isabeau 3rd!
Thoma goes 6th! Just Winton and Ravanel left to come
Isabeau goes 2nd on stage 4! ALN still leads – just Ines, Katy and Cecile left to go!
Bex goes 6th – ALN leads but the top 5 women should have times any second now
Bex may not be as aerodynamic as the other girls today thanks to Gerry – the rubber duck strapped to her helmet that the lifties from Top of the World gave her as a good luck present!
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is leading stage 4 – but the top 10 women’s times are still to come through…
If you click on the tracking map above, you’ll see that Ravanel is now on course on stage 4 – can she win this one too? We bet she’s going for total stage domination…
And Martha Gill wins the U21 women’s race! Elena Melton goes 2nd and Abigale Lawton 3rd! Great ride from Martha who leads the series – Finale is all but a victory lap for her now!
The women are just starting to hit stage 4, but in the meantime we can tell you that in the Master Men category all the riders are home at it’s Matt Ryan of Canada who wins. Karim Amour has lost for the first time this year and has to settle for second place, with Woody Hole in third
And next up is stage 4 – Howler.
As we said, climb to get up to Howler is savage. Riders have 2 hours and 12 minutes to do it in, and even though it’s cooler than in previous days, it’s going to be a hot and uncomfortable climb. The stage is a long, flowy descent. Expect to open it up, but riders have to stay on their toes as its pinch of technical requires one to stay sharp. There are no major features, drops, or jumps, to catch them off guard, but they’ll need a spare tube – those little snags are deadly.
There’s a huge liaison to get to stage 4 – and we mean huge – so while the riders slog their way up the Howler climb we’re off to scan the pits for gossip and coffee.
We’ll be back at 16:45 PST (one hour from now).
Check out the course preview from Ric if you want to see what the riders are up against today!
This race is getting so damn exciting! After 3 stages just a half second separates Sam Hill from Jesse Melamed in second place. The race between these two is crazy tight – that after one of the longest stages and some of the gnarliest tracks we’ve seen these two are that close is crazy!
Great to see Mark Scott in 3rd, he’s 34 seconds back.
SAM HILL LEADS THE RACE BY HALF A SECOND!!!!!! JESSE IN 2ND! MARK SCOTT IN 3RD!
Jesse wins stage 3 by 1 second over Sam Hill! WHAT?!
Dailly goes 4th! 13 secs off Jesse – but just 2/10ths of a second up on Greg! This championship race is getting real!
He’s clawed back time on 3 but he can’t touch Jesse! Where’s Sam and Adrien? This is so exciting!
Martin has gone into 2nd on stage 3 – but he’s 8 second offs Melamed’s time. What can Hill do? He’ll be down any minute now…
Jesse is leading stage 3! He’s 13 seconds up on team mate Sebastian Claquin and Mark Scott is in 3rd – and he’s on the same second as Claquin. Tight times!
The top 30 men are starting to get on to stage 3 now – last man down will be series leader Sam Hill who leaves the start gate in 15 minutes. Can he hold off Jesse Melamed who is just 2 sceonds back?!
The men are on stage 3 now – and look how fast Melamed is going!
So Cecile leads Isabeau by 30 seconds and Katy Winton is 3rd and 1:14m back. Cecile is on course for her 2nd world championship title…
After three stages your women’s top 5 now looks like this;
1 Cecile Ravanel
2 Isabeau Courdurier
3 Katy Winton
4 Anita Gehrig
5 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
Cecile wins stage 3 by 2 seconds! isabeau 2nd and Anita Gehrig 3rd
Isabeau still leads, Anita 2nd and Bex is in 3rd – we’re just waiting for Cecile now!
Isabeau Courdurier is leading stage 3!
And here’s Rachel Strait (nee Throop) hitting stage 3 now!
The tech zone is after stage 3, and this course is certainly taking it’s toll on the bikes. We hear it’s hectic up there – lots of bike fixing going on. To see how the pros prepped their bikes ahead of today then check out our latest video
The Enduro Wet Series is back… It’s raining up on stage 3! Not too bad yet, but it’s going to change up the track conditions for sure
Stage 3 is coming up next. Billy’s Epic is an excellent, old-school descent off the Flank Trail. The trail features outstanding views and great technical riding over rocks and roots. As you descend, take a moment to think about the riders of the mid-90s taking this pounding with two inches of front suspension, and steep head tubes. Then get ready for a bit of a break with a mixture of old logging roads and single-track on Bob’s Rebob, which throws in the odd root and rock, but otherwise offers a moment of rare, breezy respite.
There’s all sorts of battles opening up in this race after stage 2 – there’s just a second between Callaghan in 12th and Dailly in 13th. That’s more significant than it sounds – because Dailly is currently 2nd in the overall points and Callaghan is 3rd. If Callaghan beats Dailly here there’s a chance he’ll move ahead of him in the overall series points with just one race to go this year
Mark Scott was 2nd on stage 2 which means he’s now in 4th in the overall – and just a tenth of a second back on Wallner on 3rd place! The podium fight is intense!
Sam Hill has lost that huge 17 second advantage after stage 1 and now has just 2 seconds on Jesse Melamed with three stages to go. Robin Wallner is 22 seconds back in third, but the way things are looking this is a straight up fight between Hill and Melamed to win this Whistler race!
Sam Hill still leads after 2 stage – but Jesse Melamed is only 2 secs back!
Sam Hill goes 8th on stage 2 – loses 15 secs to Jesse Melamed!
Adrien goes 16th – what can Hill do?!
And Callaghan goes into 9th – just Dailly and Hill left!
Jesse’s time is holding, but we won’t know if he wins until we see times from Dailly, Callaghan and Hill… And will Dailly make it to the start of stage 2 in time?! That cleat problem has the potential to end his race…
Jerome goes into 5th – this man is mr consistent! He always finishes in the top 20 and that’s why he’s sitting 5th in the overall rankings right now
Richie Rude is having a bad day again, he’s 21st on stage 2
Jesse Melamed goes into the lead on stage 2! nearly 12 seconds up on Mark Scott!
Mark Scott says he’s really happy with the way his day is going – especially after he was ill in Aspen a couple of weeks ago
Mark goes into the lead on stage 2 – can that time hold?!
Thomas Lapeyrie goes into 1st – top 20 men still to come though!
Stage 2 is a series of tight, awkward rock slabs but is much shorter than the mammoth stage 1 – Chris Johnston currently leads the men on a time 6:03m
Cecile now leads the race by 27 seconds, Isabeau in 2nd and Katy 58 seconds back in 3rd
Cecile wins stage 2! Isabeau 2nd, Katy 3rd!
…can Ravanel beat them all?
is leading stage 2! Despite losing both contact lenses on the stage and is stuck in 1 gear with a bent mech!
Adrien Dailly is in danger of not making his stage 2 start time – if that happens his whole championship could be in jeopardy! He’s sitting 2nd in the series overall – that all now hinges on him getting to that stage 2 start in time…
Bex goes into third – this English racer is a privateer that’s been doing amazingly – surely she’ll get picked up by a team for 2018?!
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is leading stage 2 currently but is less than a second up on Florencia Espineira from Chile – and the top 10 women are still to come through
Cecile is the last woman to hit stage 2 and she has just left the start gate – results very soon!
And former world champion and the man with the best name in Mountain Biking Woody Hole is in third
Canadian Matt Ryan is beating series leader Karim by over a minute – this could be the first race all year where Karim isn’t on the top step of the podium…
And in the Master’s men the unthinkable has happened – someone is actually beating Karim Amour!
IN the U21 women series leader Martha Gill is killing it – she’s 2:28m ahead of Lia Westerman in 2nd and Julia Long is in 3rd
The U21 Men are just through stage 2 and it’s currently Canadian Max Leyen leading the race, fellow Canuck Rhys Verner in 2nd and series leader Killian Callaghan in 3rd
Stage 2 seems to split rider opinion – Katy Winton loves it – our presenter Ric not so much… His opinion – “no, just no.” You can watch him try to tackle it here
A Rockwork Orange – Korova Milk Bar – Wizard Burial Ground
Next up it it’s stage 2. Rock slabs galore greet racers where Rockwork Orange will challenge your ability to roll with the punches as you weave through the trees on slab after slab to another fantastic ribbon of dirt and rock: Korova Milk Bar. This section opens up into some stunning views of the valley below, but leads to some steep, tight and technical Westside gnar on Wizard Burial Ground.
After those 2 crashes Callaghan still manages to stay in the top 20 – he’s sitting in 15th just ahead of Richie Rude in 16th. Callaghan is in 3rd in the overall series points going into the race – he’s going to have to claw back time throughout today though or Martin Maes could threaten that – he’s 4th in the overall points – and in the race he’s 11 secs up on Greg
And here’s Adrien at the bottom of stage 1 trying to get that cleat sorted – it’s stuck in his pedal
Adrien Dailly has a nightmare stage 1 – loses a cleat – he’s 44 seconds back and sitting in 10th currently
Jesse Melamed is nearly 28 seconds back in 2nd and Robin Wallner is 23 seconds back in 3rd!
by 17 seconds – holy!!!
But where’s Hill?! We know he’s finished but he’s doing interviews with our media crew so he’s yet to ride through the timing upload station. So basically, blame Ric McLaughin
Greg Callaghan has 2 crashes but is ok – Sam Hill says of stage 1 “What a Mongrel”
We haven’t seen Adrien Dailly, Greg Callaghan or Sam Hill come through yet
Jerome goes into 4th! he loves these long stages – he could do very well here today
Jesse had the ride of his life at Crankworx last year – but just missed out on the top spot and finished in 2nd. He’s on form though and if he can hold it together under the home town pressure…
Jesse Melamed is leading!! The Whistler local puts 5 seconds into Wallner – his home crowd is loving that!
Mark’s team mate Josh Bryceland aka Ratboy has gone into 22nd – always great to see Josh at an EWS
Mark Scott goes into 2nd! Only 2 secs back on Wallner – this young Santa Cruz has been on the verge of great things all season – could this be his breakthrough race?
Richie Rude sits in 9th on stage 1 – a lot of people he’d do better on that stage as it’s so physical
Robijn Wallner has gone into the lead on stage 1! Great time of 17:03 from the Ibis rider from Sweden
It’s up to Hannah Barnes and Miranda Miller to fly the Specialized flag now!
Jared’s team mates Keegan Wright and Curtis Keene are both out too – Keegan had a flat and Curtis broke his wheel. Stage 1 carnage!
Oh no! Jared Graves is out with a mechanical!
Both Marco Osborne and Justin Leov crashed twice on stage 1 but are ok – they are sitting 4th and 7th respectively currently
Joe Nation goes into the lead – the Kiwis are killing it!
Hello to film maker extraordinaire Joe Bowman who’s tuning in all the way from the exotic surroundings of Sheffield, England!
The pro men are starting to hit stage one now and it’s currently Kiwi Sam Blenkinsop leading Yoann Barelli by 17 seconds, with another Kiwi Chris Johnston in 3rd. The top 30 men are just dropping in though – can series leader Sam Hill make this one count?!
Cecile Ravanel wins stage 1 by 22 seconds! Isabeau goes 2nd and Katy Winton 46 secs back in 3rd!
She’s the only one to post a sub 20 minute time so far, Anita is in 2nd and Noga Korem is in 3rd. Stage is still live though!
Isabeau leads Anita Gehrig by 46 seconds!
The pro women’s are starting to come in and it’s Isabeau Courdurier is leading stage 1!
While we wait for the women’s results, why not watch our man about town Ric pop his Whistler cherry as he filmed the course preview earlier this week. Spoiler – he found this one tough!
However as we mentioned stage 1 is heinously long – so we wouldn’t expect to see the pro women’s results for about another 20 minutes
As ever it’s the fastest riders who hit the stages last – so it’s series leader’s Cecile Ravanel and Sam Hill who are the last off in their respective categories. Cecile should be starting stage 1 now and Sam Hill in 30ish mins at 12:25 PST
Top of the World is still dusty despite the rain, although a few of the rocks are pretty slick according to some of the riders. Also reports of a patch of fog near the start as well.
The good news is that the smoke from the BC wildfires has completely cleared and the air quality is back to normal. There was some rain overnight and there’s been a little forecast for later today as well. Before you throw your arms in the air and shout Enduro Wet Series, this time a bit of moisture is actually really welcome. There’s been no rain here for weeks and the trails are pretty blown out and dusty – some light rain is exactly what’s needed and the riders are genuinely pleased to see it
Top of the World – Ride Don’t Slide
Stage 1 launches from the Top of the World. This trail is a mind-blowing experience, taking the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s famous flow and adding the ultimate view of the Coastal Mountain Range. Set against a backdrop of granite spires, riders will roll out from Whistler’s Peak Chair, battling the ultimate feeling of exposure to play among the berms and switchbacks of this rocky, single-track icon. This stage is to the Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized what peanut butter is to honey, so it has been given the ultimate salute for 2017 as the race opener.
Top of the World then leads into Ride Don’t Slide, a throwback to 2014’s Crankzilla. Whistler trail-building masters, Gravity Logic, have done extensive remedial work on the trail since its last appearance, adding more sustainable bench-cut reroutes to the fall-line sections. While certainly more accessible, improvement doesn’t mean easy. This is still a double-black with sustained steeps, lots of roots, rocks and plenty of natural features.
It’s the longest stage in EWS history at over 9km long and we’re expecting only the top men and women to be able to post anything under 19 minutes… You’re going to need arms of steel for this one!
Today we have five monster stages coming up – and we say monster, we mean monster. The beast that is Crankzilla has been awoken and she is mad….
Good morning and welcome to Crankworx and the Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized. We’re in the mecca that is Whistler for the penultimate race of the year – this race is one of the gnarliest, longest and toughest races to date, and if there was ever a race that could decide the championship, it’s this one…
Race feed starts Sunday August 13 at 11:30 PST!