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Round 6 – 12 August 2018, Whistler, Canada

 

    12 August, 2018 - 18:58:47
    What a race!

    Crankworx and Whistler always deliver and this year is no different – another incredible race! Full results will be posted on our website soon and keep an eye on our social media for lots more coverage from this annual epic!

    We’ll be back next month for the final two rounds of the year – in Ainsa, Spain and Finale, Italy. See you there!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:53:44
    Rude 10th

    That rear flat on 5 costs Richie dear and he finishes up 10th

    12 August, 2018 - 18:52:44
    Nicolai 4th, Barelli 5th

    Great results from these 2 as well!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:50:52
    What a race!

    One of the most exciting races we’ve ever seen! Once again it comes down to Martin and Sam on the last stage – but this time Martin does it! No 2nd place for him this time!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:49:13
    Maes wins! Hill 2nd!

    Martin Maes wins! Sam Hill 2nd and Eddie Masters 3rd!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:47:31
    Maes wins Whistler!

    He does it! Martin wins the race! The crowd is going mental!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:46:47
    This is so exciting!

    Is Martin about to win this round?!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:46:13
    Hill is down at the split!

    Martin could do this!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:45:13
    Maes goes into the lead!

    Smokes Masters! He leads the race and only Hill can beat him now!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:44:11
    Martin Maes is catching Nicolai!

    Martin catches Nicolai on course! Maes 20 seconds up on Eddie at the split!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:41:49
    Times are tight

    The times are tight – given that it’s a 21 minute stage only 4 secs between Masters in 1st and Graves in 2nd right now

    12 August, 2018 - 18:38:51
    Masters goes into the lead!

    Eddie goes into the lead on stage 5! Now leads the race! What can Martin and Sam do now? Could Masters be on for two podiums back to back?

    12 August, 2018 - 18:37:29
    Stage 5

    Josh Carlson is at the bottom on stage 5 and this is how it looks

    12 August, 2018 - 18:34:59
    Yoann Barelli

    Yoann is sitting 2nd! he may be French but he lives in Whistler and the locals here love him like one of their own

    12 August, 2018 - 18:33:20
    Richie says he’s gutted

    Says it’s really hard to lose the race through a flat – stage 5 was his favourite stage but feels he’s back to his old form and is riding well – his stage 5 result is currently 23rd

    12 August, 2018 - 18:31:11
    Poor Richie

    He was a hot favourite and was only 1.5 seconds back on race leader Martin Maes coming into this stage, to flat now is heartbreaking

    12 August, 2018 - 18:29:56
    Rude has a rear flat!

    But is still flying!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:28:00
    Shawn Neer

    Neer goes into 2nd! What can Yeti team mate Richie Rude do in a few minutes time!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:26:30
    Ropelato

    Mitch is carrying a lucky rabbit’s foot in his pack… let’s see if it works!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:23:52
    Graves

    Graves is in the hot seat! Puts down a time of 21:23m

    12 August, 2018 - 18:22:24
    Jesse’s predictions

    Josh Carlson caught up with Jesse at the bottom of stage 5 for us, to see his predictions for stage 5. Keep an eye out for Martin Maes’ team manager Mark’s cameo at the end too!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:20:23
    So tight at the top

    Going into the final stage Martin Maes was leading the race by a mere 1.5 secs ahead of Richie Rude in 2nd place, series leader Hill is 16 seconds back in 3rd but is confident he can “smoke them” on stage 5. And we wouldn’t bet against him!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:18:40
    Next up top 30 men

    The top 30 men will be dropping into stage 5 now – but at 20 mins long it will be a few minutes before we see their results

    12 August, 2018 - 18:17:25
    Women’s race

    Great to see Noga Korem back on the podium! Will her team mate Martin Maes who lead’s the men’s race also be celebrating? We’ll know very soon!

    The depth of talent in the women’s race is growing race on race – but the question remains, can anyone beat Cecile Ravanel?!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:14:58
    Cecile wins!

    Cecile wins the stage and the race! After 5 long stages the provisional women’s results from round 6 are;

    1 Cecile Ravanel

    2 Isabeau Courdurier

    3 Noga Korem

    4 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

    5 Katy Winton

    12 August, 2018 - 18:13:28
    Top of the World

    Top of the World is a long, brutal stage. It’s actually hard to describe just how physical this beast is, or how tired the riders will be at the end of it. At over 20 minutes long it’s where this race will be won or lost

    12 August, 2018 - 18:11:50
    Noga!

    Noga Korem goes into the lead on stage 5! Looks like it could be a great day for team GT Factory Racing!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:06:59
    Anita!

    Anita Gehrig goes into 2nd on stage 5!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:06:26
    Women on Top of the World

    The pro women are on Top of the World now and it’s Christina Chapetta who leads! Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau is 21 seconds back in 2nd place – she was sitting 3rd in the overall coming into that stage but we suspect that place might be in jeopardy now – there’s some very fast women left to come who could knock her off the podium…

    12 August, 2018 - 18:02:57
    The Privateer

    If you’ve been following Pinkbike’s The Privateer series you might be keeping an eye out for it’s star Adam Price – he was sitting in 66th after 4 stages – a great achievement!

    12 August, 2018 - 18:00:51
    Max Leyen

    Remember we told you about local shredder Max Leyen who is having the race of his life? Well he still is! After 4 stages he was sitting in 18th overall, and he’s currently in the hot seat after stage 5! Josh Carlson caught him for a quick chat about his race

    12 August, 2018 - 17:13:48
    We’ll be back

    There’s a while before the top men and women get up high on to Top of the World, so we’ll be back at 18:00 PST (50mins from now) to bring you all the drama from the gnarliest stage of the year. Click on the video below to see what awaits

     

    12 August, 2018 - 17:07:23
    Master Women

    It’s a Canadian one two in the Master Women – Megan Rose wins the race, Julie Marshal is 2nd and NZ’s Melissa Newell is 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 17:03:39
    Meanwhile…

    The U21 Men are home and it’s Theotim Trabac who wins! With Cecile Ravanel as a team mate is anyone surprised?!

    12 August, 2018 - 17:01:15
    Hill

    Hill is 16 seconds back in 3rd place – but don’t think that mean’s he out of contention – the biggest stage of the race is still to come.

    At round 4 in Austria and Slovenia there was a similar length of stage and Sam smashed it out the park to win the race

    12 August, 2018 - 16:57:59
    Maes leads the race!

    Martin is now leading the race – he extends his lead over Rude in 2nd place but it’s still just 1.4seconds!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:56:09
    Hill goes 6th!

    Martin wins stage 4!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:55:25
    So close!

    This is too exciting – what can Hill do on 4?!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:54:22
    MAES!

    Goes into 1st by 1 second on stage 4! Just Hill to come!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:52:23
    Nicolai

    Flying Flo goes 3rd, Callaghan drops back to 4th – can anyone beat Richie?!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:51:35
    Callaghan

    Greg Callaghan comes through 3rd on stage 4 – only 6 men left on stage

    12 August, 2018 - 16:49:54
    Masters

    Eddie is having a great season – he came third at the last round in La Thuile, Italy and was the first man to forward roll on to the podium. Hero.

    12 August, 2018 - 16:48:24
    Eddie Masters!

    Eddie can’t match Rude’s time on stage 4 – goes into 2nd and is 4 seconds back

    12 August, 2018 - 16:47:17
    U21 Women

    While we wait for the top 30 men on stage 4, we can confirm that Ella Conolly’s winning streak continues – she wins U21 Women! Lucy Schick goes 2nd and Julia Long 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 16:43:51
    Maes

    Coming into stage 4 Martin Maes of GT was leading this race ahead of Rude by less than half a second – and Sam Hill was 8 seconds back in third. We can’t wait to see Hill and Maes times come in so we know who’s on top ahead of the epic stage 5!

    But the last stage – Top of the World – accounts for nearly half the race time here so anything is possible up there…

    12 August, 2018 - 16:39:50
    Rude leads 4!

    Richie Rude is currently leading stage 4 – puts over 7 seconds into former team mate and mentor Jared Graves!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:38:57
    Tomi Misser

    Tomi Misser, the Spanish legend of downhill, wins Master Men! Reigning Champion Karim Amour is over 1 minute back in 2nd and Mike West takes third

    12 August, 2018 - 16:35:14
    Today’s course

    While we wait for the top 30 men to hit stage 4, check out what today’s course looks like in our course preview video

    12 August, 2018 - 16:33:29
    Men on stage 4

    The sharp end of the men’s field are now on stage 4 and Jared Graves is out in the lead right now!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:25:24
    Women’s Overall

    The women’s overall is now Ravanel, 37 seconds back is Isabeau and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is 1:11m back in 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 16:21:50
    Stage 4

    Ravanel wins! Andreane goes 2nd and Isabeau 3rd!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:15:16
    Stage 4: Heavy Flow -> Hind Sight ->Tunnel Vision


    The shortest stage of the day, at 1.7km, it’s no walk in the park though. Roots, ruts and rocks!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:11:12
    Maes vs Rude vs Hill

    Now how’s that for a 3 way battle? Richie has won in Whistler twice before and has been series champion twice – Hill is current series champion and is leading the points this year. Maes only has one EWS win to his name (Finale 2016) but that doesn’t portray just how close he’s been on so many occasions – he’s been in second place countless times and came within a whisper of winning Whistler a couple of years ago, a broken chain on the final stage robbing him of the win.

    These final two stages are going to be intense!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:06:05
    Maes still leads!

    Martin Maes still leads the race – but only 0:00.34 of a second! Richie in 2nd and Hill is 8 seconds back in 3rd!!! What a race!

    12 August, 2018 - 16:04:36
    Rude wins stage 3!

    Richie wins stage 3! Maes 2nd and Hill 3rd! The times are so close! And in the overall it means….

    12 August, 2018 - 16:02:11
    Master Men on stage 5

    That’s the Master Men starting to hit the Top of the World aka stage 5 – and if you want to know more about this iconic stage then check out our latest video below

    12 August, 2018 - 15:55:52
    Wright out

    Keegan Wright is out with a mechanical on stage 3

    12 August, 2018 - 15:55:09
    Men

    In the men’s race Richie is currently leading, he’s 4 seconds up on second placed Max Leyen. Don’t forget coming into this stage that the men’s times are crazy tight – Martin Maes, Eddie Masters and Rude were in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively – with less than a second separating all 3!

    12 August, 2018 - 15:52:33
    Cecile still leads (obviously)

    Cecile leads the race by 27 seconds after 3 stages, Isabeau Courdurier is in 2nd and Andreane Lanthier Nadeau is in 3rd!

    12 August, 2018 - 15:51:13
    Ravanel

    Cecile does it. Again! She wins stage 3, Isabeau goes 2nd and ALN 3rd. So the overall now looks like this…

    12 August, 2018 - 15:50:10
    Lanthier Nadeau

    ALN is through stage 3 and she’s leading out Morgane Charre by 4 seconds with Brittany Phelan dropping to 3rd. This tech stage will suit Isabeau and Cecile though – expect blistering times from those 2 any minute now

    12 August, 2018 - 15:45:30
    Slight delay

    There’s a 12 minute delay running so we should have the top women on course very soon

    12 August, 2018 - 15:38:08
    Stage 3: Delayed Fuse -> B.C.

    The pro women and top men are about to drop into stage 3, Delayed Fuse into B.C. Located in Creekside, Delayed Fuse is a new trail. Built last season, this stage is bedding in nicely to become one of the more tech stages

    12 August, 2018 - 15:34:11
    U21 Men

    U21 Men are through stage 4 too – and it’s still Theotim Trabac in the lead, with Kasper Woolley in 2nd and Max McCulloch in 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 15:31:45
    Master Men

    In the Master Men Tomi Misser is still out front after 4 stages – he leads Karim Amour by 31 seconds with Mike West in 3rd. Last time Tomi and Karim raced it was Tomi who won – will Karim be able to make up 31 seconds on stage 5? At 20 minutes long it’s totally possible

    12 August, 2018 - 15:25:23
    Max Leyen

    Leyen does it again – he’s leading stage 3 ahead of the top 30 men!

    12 August, 2018 - 15:12:30
    Brittany Phelan

    Brittany Phelan, the Olympic skiier, is leading stage 3 currently. So much talent!

    12 August, 2018 - 15:09:57
    Max Leyen

    Shout out to Max Leyen – the Canadian rider has been leading each stage until the top 30 men come down and is sitting 14th on the overall – amazing performance from him

    12 August, 2018 - 15:06:19
    An update from Josh
    12 August, 2018 - 14:58:14
    Rude

    With Jesse Melamed out the race, Richie Rude and Sam Hill have been the hot favourites in the men’s competition. Rude has won here twice before (in 2015 and 2016) and Hill has been fairly unstoppable this season – winning 4 of the 5 races so far. But Maes is a danger man – he’s come heartbreakingly close to winning in Whistler before, only for his chain to break on the last stage. Could this be his year?

    And don’t forget Eddie Masters either – he was third in La Thuile last month and is on great form this season

    12 August, 2018 - 14:53:59
    Hill

    Sam Hill is sitting 4th and only 5 seconds back. With 3 stages left and the epic 20 minute Top of the World still to go this race is wide open!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:47:34
    Maes leads the race!

    Martin is out front after 2 stages BUT Eddie Masters is only 00:00.06 back! Less than a tenth of a second! And Richie is in 3rd but less than a second back!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:45:13
    WOW!

    The times in the men’s race are INSANE!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:44:32
    Hill 6th on 2!

    Sam Hill goes 6th on stage 2! Masters wins the stage!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:41:02
    Maes into 2nd!

    Masters time is good! Maes comes through 2nd – what’s Hill got?

    12 August, 2018 - 14:38:25
    Florian

    Nicolai goes into 3rd dropping Rude back another place!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:37:50
    Wallner!

    New dad Wallner goes into 2nd behind Eddie, Richie drops back to 3rd.

    12 August, 2018 - 14:36:42
    Masters!

    Eddie goes into the lead by 10 seconds on stage 2!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:35:36
    Ruaridh Cunningham

    You’ll see that Ruaridh is riding with plate no 386 today – that’s the badge number of his policeman uncle who was tragically murdered in BC last year. His whole Scottish and Canadian family are here to cheer him on and it’s going to be an emotional one for him – he’s currently in 6th on stage 2

    12 August, 2018 - 14:27:39
    Rude hitting that tree

    Josh Carlson catches that Richie smash on stage 2

    12 August, 2018 - 14:25:57
    Rude hit a tree!

    Richie hit a tree on stage 2 – standby for video footage

    12 August, 2018 - 14:24:25
    Rude leads stage 2!

    Richie is leading stage 2 just 2 secs ahead of Barelli in 2nd – what can the top 10 men do to challenge that?!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:17:15
    Stage 2 Men

    And once again it’s Max Leyen who is leading the stage ahead of the top 30 men dropping in, but the sharp end of the field is on their way down now…

    12 August, 2018 - 14:10:32
    Ravanel on stage 2

    Look how smooth she is!

    12 August, 2018 - 14:08:04
    Women’s overall after 2 stages

    1 Ravanel

    2 Courdurier

    3 Lanthier Nadeau

    4 Korem

    5 Winton

    12 August, 2018 - 14:07:03
    Ravanel wins stage 2!

    Of course she does! Cecile wins by 10 seconds over Isabeau, Morgane Charre goes 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 14:06:00
    Winton

    And here’s Katy Winton just a few moments ago near the bottom of stage 2

    12 August, 2018 - 14:04:29
    Women on stage 2

    That’s the top women on stage 2 now – Morgane Charre leads currently but the top 10 women are still on course

    12 August, 2018 - 13:45:15
    Stage 2 – Crazy Train

    We’re staying in Blackcomb for stage 2, it’s another classic trail that’s had a refresh, this time the aptly named Crazy Train. Steep, rooty and technical with an unrelenting 333m of descent, this is going to be a challenge for the riders to keep focus on two back to back stages where the slightest mistake can cost a lot of time.

    12 August, 2018 - 13:43:14
    Times are so close!

    Wow! After a 7.5km long stage the top 3 are only 3 secs apart! Can Rude hold off Maes and Hill – still 4 stages left to go!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:41:49
    Richie wins stage 1!

    Rude wins stage 1! Maes just 1 sec back in 2nd and Hill in 3rd but only 3 secs back!!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:38:36
    Hill on course – standby for time!
    12 August, 2018 - 13:32:19
    Eddie Masters!

    Eddie is on fire – 3rd at La Thuile and now he’s just gone 2nd behind Richie on stage 1  – just a few riders left on stage now – including a certain Sam Hill…

    12 August, 2018 - 13:27:26
    Gauvin into 2nd!

    Remi Gauvin into 2nd – less than a tenth second ahead of Barnes in 3rd! What a race already! So close!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:24:19
    Rude!!

    Leads stage 1 by 11 seconds!!!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:23:55
    Barelli into 2nd!

    Less than half a second behind Barnes!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:23:05
    Rude looking dangerous on 1…

    He’s won here twice before – Rude’s time should be with us any second now!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:21:06
    Barnes into the lead!

    Joe Barnes into lead on 1! Ropelato in 2nd and Miquel in 3rd! What can the top 15 do now…

    12 August, 2018 - 13:19:17
    Barelli

    The crowds are loving (adopted) hometown hero Yoann!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:16:54
    Miquel leads!

    Kevin Miquel goes into the lead on stage 1! Fresh from his win at the EWS European series race in Les Orres

    12 August, 2018 - 13:11:12
    Top 30 men on stage 1 now

    Here’s Jared Graves on stage 1 just a few seconds ago – he’s won here before and loves these trails – keep an eye on the Specialized rider

    12 August, 2018 - 13:05:47
    Top 30 men are up next

    So next on stage 1 will be the top 30 men, and last man on course will be series leader and reigning champion Sam Hill…

    12 August, 2018 - 13:04:29
    Ravanel wins stage 1!

    Cecile wins stage 1 by 11 seconds! Isabeau 2nd and ALN in 3rd, Katy Winton 4th and Noga Korem in 5th!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:03:13
    Courdurier goes into the lead!

    Can Cecile do better?!

    12 August, 2018 - 13:02:32
    Ravanel

    The queen is on course! Standby for Cecile’s time…

    12 August, 2018 - 13:00:56
    Noga!

    Noga goes into 2nd – still 22 secs back on ALN

    12 August, 2018 - 13:00:19
    Cook

    Orbea rider Becky Cook has just dropped into 3rd – it’s her first EWS season on a factory team and she’s definitely a name to watch

    12 August, 2018 - 12:59:01
    Gehrig twins

    Great to have both Gehrig twins back for Whistler – it’s the first time both sisters have been in a race since Colombia after both struggling with injuries this season

    12 August, 2018 - 12:56:15
    ALN leads stage 1!

    Andreane Lanthier Nadeau goes into the lead on stage 1 by 24 seconds! Go Canada! Do the top 10 women have anything than can beat her time of 7:31?! Melamed’s team mate is on a flyer!

    12 August, 2018 - 12:52:36
    Phelan!

    Olympic ski cross silver medallist Brittany Phelan just went into 2nd on stage 1!

    12 August, 2018 - 12:51:03
    Women on stage 1

    That’s the women on stage 1 now, Juliana rider Emily Slaco currently leads, but as ever, it’s Cecile Ravanel who everyone expects to take the win here.

    Cecile has won every race so far this season and Whistler is always her favourite race of the year – look how relaxed she ws during practice here…

    12 August, 2018 - 12:41:17
    Men on 1

    That’s the sharp end of the men’s field on stage 1 now – it’s Max Leyen leading, Josh Bryceland in 2nd and Ted Morton in 3rd. Plenty of fast men still to come though…

    12 August, 2018 - 12:36:28
    Stage 1 looking all time!

    Our field reporter Josh Carlson says conditions out there are looking great!

    12 August, 2018 - 12:32:49
    Wounded soldiers!
    12 August, 2018 - 12:28:36
    The future!

    It’s great to see a healthy U21 competition, and if you ever needed proof that the future of enduro was looking bright then check out the Kidsworx enduro which took place on Friday

    12 August, 2018 - 12:26:09
    Ella Conolly!

    Ella Conolly smashes stage 2! The U21 series leader was an uncharacteristic third on the first stage of the day, but she’s wreaked her revenge and takes stage 2 by a whopping 24 seconds! She’s now 8 seconds up on stage 1 winner Lucy Schick with Julia Long in 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 12:16:37
    Master Men

    That’s the master men through stage 2 and Tomi Misser extends his lead! The legend of downhill from Spain leads series Karim Amour by 12 seconds now, with Mike West of the USA moving up to 3rd!

    12 August, 2018 - 12:03:29
    Top of the World

    The pro men and women are on their way to stage 1 now and we should start to see their results in the next 30 minutes or so. In the meantime why not feast your eyes on the final stage of the day, the mythical Top of the World trail, in our latest video.

    12 August, 2018 - 11:57:42
    U21 Men

    Theotim Trabac wins stage 1 in U21 men! Cecile Ravanel’s team mate is nearly 9 seconds up on fellow Frenchman Elliot Baud and Canadian Kasper Woolley is in 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 11:52:50
    Let Josh be your host

    And our field reporter Josh Carlson from Giant Factory Off-Road Team is on his way to stage 1 now to catch the pros

    12 August, 2018 - 11:40:54
    U21 Women

    The U21 women have just finished stage 1 and it looks like series leader Ella Conolly has a fight on her hands here in Whistler. This young Scottish rider remains unbeaten so far this season – but she’s started her race with a 3rd place on the first stage. Canadians Lucy Schick and Julia Long go into 1st and 2nd respectively

    12 August, 2018 - 11:37:16
    Meanwhile

    The top women are queuing at the stage as they prepare to leave the village and head up to stage 1 

    12 August, 2018 - 11:34:23
    Master Women

    The Master Women have just finished stage 1 Micro Climate and it’s Canadian Julie Marshall in the lead, 7 seconds back is fellow Canadian Megan Rose and in 3rd is Melissa Newell of New Zealand

    12 August, 2018 - 11:30:14
    Thoma, Heap, Carlson, Morrison, Wolfe

    Unfortunately also missing on today’s start list are Ines Thoma, Elliot Heap, Josh Carlson, Rae Morrison and Dan Wolfe.

    Ines had a nasty crash out riding before practice began, fracturing vertebrae in her back and neck. Thankfully she’s going to make a full recovery and was well enough to fly home to Germany – and in typical Ines style was still smiling!

    Elliot Heap suffered a blackout caused by a migraine in practice which saw him crash and sustain a nasty cut to his hand forcing him out the race. The U21 series leader should be back for the last two rounds of the season though to defend his championship title bid.

    Rae Morrison wins the award for the most gnarly comeback – despite surgical wires sticking out of her recently broken finger she attempted practice on Top of the World but it was too much. A grade for effort though!

    Josh Carlson ripped ligaments off his thumb yesterday (ouch) effectively ending his season – but if you need a frother fix fear not as he’s going to be our man in the field providing video and pics for the feed today.

    And last but not least is Dan Wolfe, who is recovering from a broken elbow earlier in the season and is doing a takeover on our Instagram channel right now with all the action for the race.

    12 August, 2018 - 11:21:26
    Some familiar faces missing this weekend

    We’re sad to say there’s a few series regulars missing from this race, including hometown hero Jesse Melamed. The Whistler local broke his hand in practice yesterday so won’t be starting today. We’re so gutted for the Rocky Mountain rider who took his first EWS win here last year. But he assures us he’ll be cheering from the other side of the tape all day.

    And if you need a bit of Jesse in your life this weekend, you can see what he’s been listening to this season in our latest Smith Rider Radio playlist on the EWS Spotify channel right here – it’s the perfect soundtrack to the race!

    12 August, 2018 - 11:14:36
    Master Men

    And the Master Men are already through stage 1 and it’s Spanish downhill legend Tomi Misser who wins the first stage of the day! Reigning World Champion Karim Amour is nearly 7 seconds back in 2nd and Australian Matt Ryan is back in 3rd

    12 August, 2018 - 11:10:56
    Stage 1: Micro Climate

    Today’s racing begins over at Blackcomb on Micro Climate, which was featured in the notorious 2014 Crankzilla EWS race. Descending through mature forest, the trail is steep, rough and awesome! It’s also long – 7.5km with 490m descent.  The last time this trail featured in the race it was Jared Graves who won – these big, physical tracks suit him perfectly so keep an eye out for the Specialized rider today.

    But first up it’s the Master’s and U21 to hit the stage

    12 August, 2018 - 11:06:53
    Today’s race

    It’s a big day for the riders here, five stages in a single day, including the legendary 20 minute Top of the World Trail which will be the final stage of the race.

    Until last night, Whistler hadn’t seen rain for weeks and the trails were knee deep (literally) in dust. But 5mm of rain over night has dampened things down nicely and with sunshine and blue skies forecast today, it’s looking like hero dirt for days out there.

    Last week temperatures hit 37 degrees celsius in Whistler village, but thankfully things have cooled down considerably and race conditions could not be more perfect.

    10 August, 2018 - 12:00:33
    Welcome to Whistler!

    Welcome to Whistler, home to some of the world’s most iconic trails, and do we have a race in store for you!

    Three hundred riders, five stages and one of the biggest races of the year starts right here!

    Unfortunately Ric McLaughlin can’t be here this weekend, so let local shredder Tristan Merrick be your guide on these famous trails in our course preview video…


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