Race Feed – EWS Round 6 | SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, Whistler, Canada




Round 6 – 14 August 2016 – Whistler, Canada


    15 August, 2016 - 0:11:30
    Rude and Ravanel win in Whistler

    Rude and Ravanel win Round 6 of the Enduro World Series in Whistler


    Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel have done it again – they win the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized.

    Both Rude (Yeti Fox Shox) and Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) each staged incredible comebacks after their days got off to a bad start.

    Cecile suffered mechanicals on both stages one and two, whilst Richie had to contend with a flat tyre on stage two. This put both of them at a disadvantage going into the next stages – with Cecile only just making her stage three start time.

    Everything hinged on the epic stage five, the famous Top of the World trail. Isabeau Courdurier (Sunn) led the women’s race all the way to the stage five, but a blistering time from Cecile was enough for the series leader to clinch the win.

    It was a similar story in the men’s race – Whistler local Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Urge bp) was on course for his first EWS win and on home soil too, but Rude’s run on stage five put paid to that and he went on to win both the stage and the race. Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off Road Team) and Casey Brown (Trek Factory Racing) both occupied the third step of the podium.

    In the Under 21 Men’s race Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Gravity Republic) smashed the field once again to win, with Sebastien Claquin (Rocky Mountain Urge bp) in second and Rhys Verner in third. In the U21 Women Canadian Jennifer McTavish led out Martha Gill (Marin Stan’s).

    In the Master’s race it was Brian Lopes who romped to victory, with Michael Broderick in second and Master’s World Champion Woody Hole (Hope) in third.  In the team competition Rocky Mountain Urge bp were team of the day, with Giant Off Road Factory Team in second and Ibis Cycles Enduro Race in third.

    The competition heads back to Europe for the last two rounds of the year, first to Valberg-Guillaumes in France before the 2016 World Champions are crowned in Finale, Italy.

    14 August, 2016 - 19:25:30
    Full results

    And full results from today will be up on enduroworldseries.com very soon – and keep an eye on our social media for a one min video coming out very soon!

    We’re off to watch Richie and Cecile on the podium and we’ll be back in September from round 7 in Valberg-Guillaume – see you then!!


    14 August, 2016 - 19:21:58

    Jesse Melamed may have lost the lead to Rude, but 2nd is still his best EWS result to date and the Whistler local says he’s happy with that and that his friends and family could come and watch

    14 August, 2016 - 19:19:38
    Richie Rude

    He’s back! Richie Rude shakes off that crash in Aspen to win round 6, local hero Jesse Melamed is second and Josh Carlson is third- WHAT A RACE!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:16:32
    Richie Rude wins!

    He does it! Richie Rude wins #EWSwhistler with 7 seconds to spare!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:15:50

    His time is amazing – wins the stage and goes into the lead of the race!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:15:07

    Here comes Rude and he is so damn powerful!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:14:41

    Oton can’t win the stage on that time, it’s not going to be a repeat of 2014 La Thuile for him

    14 August, 2016 - 19:13:30

    He had an issue on stage 1, but can Damien Oton make time up on 5 – he’s out the saddle and going FAST!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:12:46

    And JC goes 19th on the stage and 16th in the overall!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:12:00

    Here comes jerome, the former World Champion is coming into view and his stage 5 time isn’t great

    14 August, 2016 - 19:10:32
    4 riders left on course

    There’s just 4 riders left on course; Oton, Nicolai, Clementz and Rude

    14 August, 2016 - 19:09:49

    Josh Carlson is sitting 2nd in the overall right now – says it feels good to be sitting there after that mechanical cost him the race in Whistler last year

    14 August, 2016 - 19:08:37

    Francois Bailly Maitre is way off the pace – goes 17th in the overall

    14 August, 2016 - 19:07:38

    Greg goes 14th on stage 5

    14 August, 2016 - 19:06:17

    Round 3 winner Greg Callaghan is coming down now – he knows what’s it like to win on home soil but he’ll be looking to rob Jesse Melamed of the same!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:05:26
    Nico goes 3rd!

    Lau goes into 3rd overall!!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:04:50

    And here comes Cube’s Nico – he’s not going to trouble Jesse’s time

    14 August, 2016 - 19:03:54

    Goes 4th on stage and 6th in overall – he looks pleased with that!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:03:13

    The American dream Curtis Keene is coming in hot on his new Specialized

    14 August, 2016 - 19:02:41

    Maes goes 6th!

    14 August, 2016 - 19:02:19
    Martin Maes

    Here comes the fastest Belgian on the planet – young Martin Maes

    14 August, 2016 - 19:01:09
    Jesse looks nervous

    Ans so would you if you still had Damien Oton, Curtis Keene, Richie Rude and Jerome Clementz still to come

    14 August, 2016 - 18:59:32
    Carlson goes 2nd in overall!

    Jesse still leads – Josh Carlson goes 2nd in the overall!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:58:57

    Here comes the frother – Josh is on course! The big Aussie lives in Whistler and he’s going FAST – wins stage!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:58:13
    Top 10 men still to come

    The top 10 men in the series are still to drop into the finish bowl – some big names still to come;

    Jerome, Remy, Curtis, Greg, Damien and Rude to name a few

    14 August, 2016 - 18:55:44

    Jesse Melamed says having his family and his home crowd behind him is a dream come true

    14 August, 2016 - 18:55:09

    Mark Scott goes into 11th

    14 August, 2016 - 18:54:32
    Mark Scott

    And Santa Cruz rider Mark is on course now – he’s as stylish as ever but his time is off – he’s not looking at a strong finish on the stage

    14 August, 2016 - 18:53:33

    And Robin goes into 5th in the overall! Great ride for him!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:52:50
    Robin Wallner

    And here comes the young Swede riding for Ibis – he’s had some top 10s this season and is one to watch

    14 August, 2016 - 18:51:48

    And here comes Jesse’s Rocky Mountain team mate Remy Gauvin, the former downhill racer goes into 5th overall

    14 August, 2016 - 18:50:40

    Sam goes 2nd in the overall! Jesse Melamed still leads the race by 22 seconds!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:49:40

    Here comes Blenki – he won stage 1 and is coming in hot to 5

    14 August, 2016 - 18:49:15

    Barelli goes 7th on stage – 8th in the overall – disappointing for him

    14 August, 2016 - 18:48:38

    Yoann on course – this Frenchman lives in Whistler so home town pride on the line for him too

    14 August, 2016 - 18:47:53
    Jesse 28 secs up!

    Big hug with the fam for local boy Jesse in the finish bowl – he’s leading his home race!!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:47:13

    Jesse goes 1st in the overall!!!!!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:46:38

    Jesse Melamed is trying so hard – he looks tired but determined

    14 August, 2016 - 18:46:05

    Next up is Whistler’s very own Jesse Melamed – he’s flying!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:45:35

    Sam Hill is as relaxed as ever in the finish bowl – says he’s just happy to be sitting down

    14 August, 2016 - 18:45:00

    Joe Barnes goes into 14th

    14 August, 2016 - 18:44:34

    Now here comes Joe from Canyon – he looks like he’s cruising – doesn’t look like he’s going to beat Hill’s time

    14 August, 2016 - 18:42:36
    Sam Hill

    So Sam Hill still leads – and we can see that as Thomas lapeyrie comes into view he’s way off the pace

    14 August, 2016 - 18:41:10
    Graves leads stage 5!

    Graves leads stage 5!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:40:10
    Graves on course!

    Here comes Jared, he’s had a bad day with 2 flats – can he make it up?

    14 August, 2016 - 18:39:10

    Here comes Rene on that new Trek 29er – his time is looking good…

    14 August, 2016 - 18:38:42

    And Justin Leov is now on course  – he goes into 2nd!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:34:41

    Garay goes into 12th overall

    14 August, 2016 - 18:34:18

    Here comes everyone’s favourite Spaniard – the man with all the style Iago Garay

    14 August, 2016 - 18:33:30
    Hill looking tired

    Hill is looking tired – he’s shaking out his hands as he takes his spot in the hot seat

    14 August, 2016 - 18:32:12

    Hill’s time is looking fast – we know he’s been loving the tracks here in Whistler – goes into 1st!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:31:30
    Sam Hill

    Sam Hill on course now – and he is looking smooth on those flat pedals

    14 August, 2016 - 18:30:24
    Men next

    So the top 30 men are starting to drop into stage 5 – Marco Osborne on course now

    14 August, 2016 - 18:25:12

    Cecile wins the race – she put those mechanicals behind to her win the race by 56 seconds! Unbelievable!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:23:15
    Cecile wins rd 6!

    Cecile wins the stage and the race – by nearly 1 minute!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:22:41
    This is it!

    It all comes down to cecile – can she kick Isabeau out of the hot seat?!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:22:09

    Here comes Isabeau – she was leading the race after the first 4 stages but brown has beaten her on this stage – she goes 2nd in stage but leads the race!!!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:21:06

    With only 2 women left on course Casey brown is guaranteed to be on the podium here in Whistler!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:20:34
    Anita goes 3rd!

    Anita goes into 3rd in the overall!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:19:48

    Here comes the next gehrig – Anita is on course and looks strong but she’s not going to beat Casey

    14 August, 2016 - 18:18:53

    Ines goes 8th!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:18:23

    Ines of canyon is now on track, the German rider is off Brown’s time already though – she’s not going to trouble the top 3 we don’t think

    14 August, 2016 - 18:17:25

    Next up is Caro Gehrig – she goes 4th in the overall and no one is close to Brown’s time – can cecile or Isabeau do it?

    14 August, 2016 - 18:16:03

    Anne Caro rolls in to a big cheer from the crowd – she cruises over the line into 6th

    14 August, 2016 - 18:15:23

    Here comes Katy Winton – she crashed on the chute on stage 4 but it doesn’t look like it’s slowing her down – she’s charging and goes into 6th!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:13:22

    It looks like Bex may have a problem – she’s just cruising down 5 and isn’t putting in any pedal strokes – she goes 9th

    14 August, 2016 - 18:12:00

    Next down the hill will be Bex Baraona from Manchester in the UK – this 23 year old is a newcomer to the EWS and has been putting in some very respectable times

    14 August, 2016 - 18:10:20

    Beerten isn’t going to challenge Brown – she goes into 3rd behind Miranda Miller

    14 August, 2016 - 18:09:16

    Casey Brown is sitting in the hot seat and she looks wiped, but she’s smiling and watching the clock for Anneke’s time

    14 August, 2016 - 18:08:01

    Anneke is now on course and we’re waiting to see her time – she’s not had a great race today but don’t forget she’s coming back from a pretty nasty virus

    14 August, 2016 - 18:07:03

    Casey Brown goes into the lead on stage 5 – 14 secs up on Miller and goes into the lead in the overall!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:06:14
    Miller in safe

    Miranda Miller is back and she posts a time of 25:19 – Casey Brown on course now

    14 August, 2016 - 18:04:23

    If you want to watch the final stage then head to Crankworx.com for a live broadcast – you don’t want to miss this!

    14 August, 2016 - 18:02:02
    Women on stage 5

    All women are now on stage 5! We will know if Cecile can close that gap on Isabeau very soon – it’s a 12km stage so anything can happen. In fact, a particularly strong run on this stage is enough to change this race completely – the tension is too much!

    14 August, 2016 - 17:53:46

    Cecile is the last woman on course and she leaves the stage 5 start gate at 17:58

    14 August, 2016 - 17:50:12
    Anita Gehrig

    The Ibis rider got her first podium in Aspen, and is now sitting third in the overall results. She doesn’t like the top half of stage 1, but the rest of the course should suit her and we expect her to do well here

    14 August, 2016 - 17:47:06
    EWS women

    The women of the EWS are really mixing things up this year, and we’ve seen some fresh faces this year on the podium

    14 August, 2016 - 17:44:49
    Pro women on stage 5 now

    And the pro women are now on top of the world – literally. Miranda Miller and Casey Brown are on stage 5 now – no results for a while though – this 12km stage takes about 22 minutes to complete!

    14 August, 2016 - 17:19:28

    Florian Nicolai has just crashed on stage 4 – we’re trying to find out if he carried on

    14 August, 2016 - 17:16:43
    Stage 4

    Stage 4 is Pigs on the wing to short bus. These two trails aren’t that well known – or at least they weren’t before this race…

    This is a pretty tech stage; chutes, slick rock, loose and loam – this stage has it all in abundance.

    The lower section, short bus, gets fast and rooty and finishes with low angle, loose, tight and narrow trail. This is one of those trails were slow is actually faster – good technical skills are what will win this stage

    14 August, 2016 - 17:15:06
    Rude in the start gate

    That’s the last man, Richie Rude in the start gate for stage 4 – results very soon!

    14 August, 2016 - 17:12:50

    Dailly is a pinner – this young French rider has been turning heads all season with his times – often enough to put him within the top 10 of the scratch results

    14 August, 2016 - 17:11:38
    U21 Men’s results

    Results are still provisional but it looks like Adrien Dailly has taken the U21 men’s race! Evan Mant of Canada is in 2nd and Sebastien Claquin goes 3rd!

    14 August, 2016 - 17:07:57
    Absalon & Cure

    We hear that Remy and Alexandre may have punctured on stage 4 – standby for confirmation

    14 August, 2016 - 17:05:03

    And the Master’s Men are just through stages 1 and 2 and I can tell you that Brian Lopes leads!

    14 August, 2016 - 17:04:58
    Women’s overall

    So while they make their way to the Top of the World, the women’s overall race looks like this;

    1 Isabeau Courdurier

    2 Cecile Ravanel

    3 Casey Brown

    4 Miranda Miller

    5 Anita Gehrig

    14 August, 2016 - 17:01:19
    And here’s the proof!


    Poor Toni Ferreiro – not an ideal finish to stage 4

    14 August, 2016 - 16:59:47
    Toni Ferreiro

    We hear Toni Ferreiro destroyed his back wheel on stage 4…

    14 August, 2016 - 16:54:26
    Rude’s Aspen Crash

    Rude had a tough weekend at the office in Aspen last month – and this is why

    14 August, 2016 - 16:49:25

    Richie Rude is the last man down stage 4 in just a few minutes time – he’ll be leaving the start gate in about 25mins and we’ll have results soon after

    14 August, 2016 - 16:46:29
    Stage 4 Men

    In the men’s race, flat pedal thunder himself is leading stage 4, but we still have some fast men to drop in – right now local Whistler hero Jesse Melamed has just left the start gate

    14 August, 2016 - 16:44:00
    Master’s Men

    And the Master’s are home, and the legend himself Brian Lopes has won! Michael Broderick is 2nd and Woody Hole finishes third – congrats gents!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:42:35
    Stage 5

    The Top of the World could be the decider in this race – at approx 20 mins long it’s a harsh finish on the tired racers – the slightest mistake or any giving in to fatigue could be the difference between coming 1st or last

    14 August, 2016 - 16:40:23
    Isabeau vs Cecile

    So after 4 stages Isabeau still leads the race, but only just! She’s got a 6.92 lead on Cecile – but Cecile has 12km of stage 5 to make up the time – can she do it?

    14 August, 2016 - 16:36:33

    How awesome is it to see not just Anne back on her bike, but getting third in that stage – what a woman!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:35:28
    Cecile wins stage 4!

    Cecile wins stage 4! Isabeau Courdurier 2nd and Anne Caro goes 3rd!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:31:11

    Juliana Team mates Anka Martin, Sara Leishman and Kelli Emmett all finished stage 4 within 3 seconds of each other and a spy on the hill just told me they shredded that chute on stage 4 hard!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:29:03

    Anne Caro has just put down a blistering time on stage 4, beating Casey Brown by over a second – we’d be surprised if she can hold back a determined Cecile though…

    14 August, 2016 - 16:27:16
    We can’t wait!

    This race is on! We are on the edge of our seats waiting for Cecile and Isabeau’s times on stage 4 – could Cecile push isabeau into 2nd in the overall?!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:24:53

    Cecile looked angry as she charged through stage 4 – she rides aggressively normally but our spies on the hill say this was next level – so, so fast. She’s not going to let this race go without a fight!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:23:42
    Winton crashes!

    We hear that Katy Winton crashed on the chute on stage 4, but that the Gehrig twins absolutely nailed it and were flying!

    14 August, 2016 - 16:22:26
    Pro women on stage 4 now

    The top 10 women are on stage 4 now and we hear that Cecile is on fire!

    14 August, 2016 - 15:50:08
    Stage 4

    And while we wait for the women’s results to come through from stage 4, let’s look at what they’ll be up against.

    Another pedal and racers will hit stage 4; Pigs on the wing to short bus. These two trails aren’t that well known – or at least they weren’t before this race.

    This is a pretty tech stage; chutes, slick rock, loose and loam – this stage has it all in abundance.

    The lower section, short bus, gets fast and rooty and finishes with low angle, loose, tight and narrow trail. This is one of those trails were slow is actually faster – not the easiest to get your head round in a race…

    Have a watch of this stage 4 preview here

    14 August, 2016 - 15:45:14
    Women on 4

    The first pro women are on stage 4 now, but it’s about 20 mins before the top 10 women will be dropping in –

    14 August, 2016 - 15:40:05

    And don’t forget you can follow the Quarq live tracking by hitting the tracking map above. And if you wonder why we get so excited by the Quarq technology, it’s because you can get ao much information about the race – where it was won and lost and why. Check out this article from round 5 in Aspen Snowmass last month

    Full Quarq Race Intelligence Analysis from Aspen Snowmass

    14 August, 2016 - 15:32:28
    U21 men

    And the U21 men are through stage 4 – and Keegan Wright wins the stage! Adrien Dailly is forced to settle for second and Sebastien Claquin goes 3rd

    14 August, 2016 - 15:29:56
    U21 women

    The U21 women’s category was introduced last year to try and encourage more young women into the sport and it’s great to see girls like Martha and Jennifer coming up through the ranks

    14 August, 2016 - 15:28:27
    U21 Women home safe

    The U21 women are home after all 5 stages and it’s a tough break for Martha Gill from the UK – she won the first four stages of the day but Jennifer McTavish of Canada took nearly a minute out of her on stage 5 – forcing Martha into 2nd with Jennifer winning the race by 3 seconds

    14 August, 2016 - 15:24:48

    Rude looked super fast in training this week

    Richie Rude looks up to full health as he attacks the first corner of the final stage!

    14 August, 2016 - 15:23:59
    Richie Rude

    Richie has recovered from that flat on stage 2 to win stage 3 – looks like that shoulder injury from Aspen isn’t going to slow him down

    14 August, 2016 - 15:22:23
    Oton goes 2nd

    Damien Oton goes 2nd and Martin Maes goes 3rd!

    14 August, 2016 - 15:21:45
    Rude wins stage 3

    Richie Rude wins stage 3!

    14 August, 2016 - 15:19:33
    Watch stage 5

    And if you want to experience the incredible stage 5, check out the SRAM preview here


    14 August, 2016 - 15:15:33
    Top of the World

    Stage 5 is a lung busting 12km long and as in other years, could well be the stage that decides the winner. It’s a tough finish to the race – keeping focus after 4 long stages on a trail this long is no easy feat and managing fatigue and minimising mistakes will be key.

    14 August, 2016 - 15:13:47
    Stage 5

    This bike park classic is surely the most photographed trail in all of Canada, if not North America, featuring stunning vistas of Black Tusk as well as pretty much every mountain in a 20 mile radius.

    Top of the World has been given a bit of a shake up for this race, with the lower section incorporating Drop in Clinic, Duffman, Mackenzie River, Golden Triangle, Del Bocca Vista, EZ Does It and into loose, dusty Hornet before boosting into the jumps by the GLC and the crowds of the finish bowl.

    14 August, 2016 - 15:12:46
    Stage 5

    Stage 5 is called Top of the World and it’s not difficult to see why..

    Not sure riders will have enough time to contribute to these stacks come race day!

    14 August, 2016 - 15:11:55
    U21 Women

    We’re expecting the two U21 women back any minute now – they just need to finish negotiating the epic stage 5

    14 August, 2016 - 15:09:19

    Isabeau is leading this race and her 3 stage wins so far is a career best for her

    Sitting second in the overall, Isabeau has been riding high ever since her first podium at Whistler last year when she came 3rd.

    This year she’s been on the podium at every race, but the SUNN rider from France has still to win an EWS race – today could be her day

    Before today she’s won one stage, come second 12 times and had 10 third stage finishes, which leaves her sitting second in the series overall. Although a win here could be enough to trouble Cecile’s world championship bid

    14 August, 2016 - 15:05:25
    Stage 2 men

    We hear there’s been an upload problem on stage 2 which is why there are no men’s results for that stage yet 0 the Crankworx timing crew are working on it right now and we should have those results very soon

    14 August, 2016 - 15:04:04

    Cecile is famous for her super aggressive riding style – she will not back downCecile Ravanel blends in with her surroundings on stage 2

    14 August, 2016 - 15:02:36

    Cecile has been putting in some impressive times this year – after all 5 races this season her total race time is 03:45:05 – more than 6 minutes ahead of nearest rival Isabeau Courdurier and not to mention those 16 stage wins…

    In fact Cecile has never been outside the top 3 on any stage this year

    14 August, 2016 - 15:01:09

    We think this is the start of Ravanel’s comeback – she’s had 2 mechanical problems in the first 2 stages – but she’s just won stage 3 and we know she really wants to win this race


    14 August, 2016 - 14:54:57
    Women’s overall

    So after 3 stages the women’s overall looks like this;

    1 Isabeau Courdurier

    2 Casey Brown + 14.81 secs

    3 Cecile Ravanel + 25.45 secs

    14 August, 2016 - 14:52:53

    Casey Brown goes 2nd on stage 3 and Anita Gehrig goes third

    14 August, 2016 - 14:51:57
    cecile wins stage 3

    The fightback is on! Cecile Ravanel has won stage 3!

    14 August, 2016 - 14:29:26
    Stage 3 women times soon

    There will be the official stage 3 women’s times coming though any second now… standby!

    14 August, 2016 - 14:28:36
    We spoke too soon

    We spoke too soon – Isabeau’s time hasn’t come through for stage 3 yet. But she’s leading the race after the first two stages! Could this be her day and she scores her first EWS win!

    14 August, 2016 - 14:10:38
    Stage 3 preview

    14 August, 2016 - 14:08:50
    Stage 3

    From Heavy Flow riders will drop into Tunnel Vision – by far the most pedally section of the whole course. It finishes with some bermed up flow after a rebuild last year.

    And then from here riders get to enjoy a well earned lunch stop at Creekside

    14 August, 2016 - 14:07:24
    Stage 3

    Next up is stage 3 – another shorter stage, this time at 1.75km long with 220m of vertical.

    Starting on Heavy Flow, this lesser known trail is on the lower west side of Whistler Mountain.

    Heavy Flow lies up to its name in that there is serious flow to be had if you can stay focused and on top of the bike as it drops through a series of steep and pretty challenging sections.

    14 August, 2016 - 13:55:03
    Stage 2 – Rude

    Ans we don’t know what’s going on on stage 2 but it’s claimed another victim – Rude has flatted!

    14 August, 2016 - 13:48:32
    stage 2

    And if you wonder what stage looks like, take a look at this

    14 August, 2016 - 13:44:25
    Master’s race

    And over in Masters the it’s none other than Brian Lopes that leads after 4 stages!

    14 August, 2016 - 13:40:58
    Connor Fearon

    We could be wrong but we think  this is Aussie downhiller Connor Fearon’s first EWS – not a bad way to start!

    14 August, 2016 - 13:36:50
    Blenki leads the race!

    By 3 and a half secs!

    14 August, 2016 - 13:34:49

    Results provisional but we hear that Blenki has won stage 1! Connor Fearon in 2nd and Richie Rude goes 3rd!

    14 August, 2016 - 13:28:34
    U21 Men

    And in the U21 men it’s Frenchman Adrien Dailly leading after 3 stages! Incredible riding from this young gun this season – his times in La Thuile would have given him a top 20 finish in the men’s category and everyone has been talking about his future

    14 August, 2016 - 13:25:05
    U21 Women

    There are just two women competing in the U21 women, Martha Gill and Jennifer McTavish – ands after 4 stages Martha leads by 2:36m

    14 August, 2016 - 13:17:43
    Fabien Barel

    And we hear Fabien Barel has retired with a knee injury – we don’t think he crashed, sounds like an old injury flaring up

    14 August, 2016 - 13:14:38

    Ravanel was apparently using rocks to help fix her wheel – with a mechanical problem on both stage 1 and stage 2 today it’s not looking good for her

    14 August, 2016 - 13:13:27
    Stage 2 Flats

    So the women are coming through stage 2 and it seems both Cecile Ravanel and Isabeau Courdurier have flatted!

    rav flat

    14 August, 2016 - 13:04:12
    Sam Blenkinsop

    Sam Blenkinsop is currently leading stage 1 but we’re still waiting for Rude’s time – will that shoulder let him ride like we know he can?


    14 August, 2016 - 12:54:07

    Richie Rude’s time from stage 1 should be in any minute now, but if you were surprised to hear he was 25th in the last round at Aspen then let us explain – this crash in practice left him with a grade one shoulder separation. But he decided to race anyway – amazing!

    14 August, 2016 - 12:49:16

    We hear Cecile had an issue with her drive train on stage 1 which slowed her down – she’s about to drop into stage 2 – expect the fight back to start now!

    14 August, 2016 - 12:41:36
    Richie on stage 1

    Rude will be the last man down every stage today and we can see his nearly down stage 1, results soon!

    14 August, 2016 - 12:33:39
    Ravanel 2nd

    Cecile has to settle for 2nd place and is 4 secs back and Brown is just 1 second back in 3rd. Wow – this is going to be tough on Ravanel – she’s not used to being beaten this season or having the pressure of another girl chasing her with just a 1 second back. This women’s race is ON!

    14 August, 2016 - 12:31:37

    Results are still unconfirmed but it sounds like Isabeau courdurier just won stage 1!

    14 August, 2016 - 12:29:14
    Women’s stage 1 results

    There was a slight delay on the top wonen’s times on stage 1 – but the timing crew are working on that right now and we should have them in any minute now

    14 August, 2016 - 12:23:58

    The big Kiwi injured his shoulder in this race last year, ending his season at the same time.

    The Canyon rider then suffered a further set back this year, after a virus forced him to miss rounds 3 and 4 in Ireland and Italy.

    But his 2015 injury aside, he was 6th here in 2014 and these tracks today should play to his strengths.

    14 August, 2016 - 12:13:45
    leov and Barel

    Whistler is the first race in a while for both Justin and Fabien

    14 August, 2016 - 12:12:19
    Leov v Barel

    Now we’re not sure which was it happened, but apparently team mates Fabien Barel and Justin Leov caught each other on stage 1 – we think as Barel went after Leov it’s most likely that Fab caught Justin

    14 August, 2016 - 12:10:04
    Hill through

    Hill through stage 1 safe – he seemed happy with his run and looked pretty relaxed on the transition to stage 2… we think he has the potential to win here in Whistler…

    14 August, 2016 - 12:08:31
    Stage 1 pro men

    Woah! Stage 1 is smashing up the men’s field – Jared Graves flats! He’s always one of the favourites here in Whistler but especially after his win at round 5 in Colorado – we’ll have to see if he can pull back time on the remaining 4 stages

    14 August, 2016 - 12:05:15
    Stage 1

    And stage 1 has claimed it’s first victim – a catastrophic mechanical has put Marco Osbourne out of the race

    14 August, 2016 - 11:59:05
    Stage 1

    While we wait for those stage 1 results, check out what that track looks like with this video

    14 August, 2016 - 11:52:35

    The Commencal Vallnord Enduro rider is understandably the favourite to do well here today. We know she likes these style of tracks and she told us in Aspen last month that she wants to replicate her 2014 Whistler win.

    We should find out any second what her stage 1 time will be and whether she is starting her day out the way she would want

    14 August, 2016 - 11:49:19

    Her control of the women’s field this year has been phenomenal to watch – she’s won 20 stages so far this year and has never been outside the top 3 on any stage – and we don’t expect that to change here in Whistler

    14 August, 2016 - 11:46:10
    Cecile Ravanel

    Cecile Ravanel has dominated the women’s field this year, winning 4 of the 5 races – reigning World Champ Tracy Moseley forced her into second place at round 3 in Ireland.

    14 August, 2016 - 11:42:18

    Anne Caro has just dropped in 11th – so great to see her back on the bike and racing. Just to complete this course is an incredible achievement so soon after her cancer – she is one incredible lady

    14 August, 2016 - 11:40:32

    Bex barona has just dropped in 6th – she’s an up and coming Uk rider who is worth keeping an eye on – she’s new to the sport but putting in some very respectable times

    14 August, 2016 - 11:38:48
    Ravanel on course!

    Cecile Ravanel is on course – we’ll know if casey Brown’s time can hold very, very soon!

    14 August, 2016 - 11:36:44
    Casey Brown leads stage 1 so far

    Casey brown is leading stage 1 – but can she stay there? There’s still the top 9 women to come through but she currently leads by 15 secs – that’s a huge lead!

    14 August, 2016 - 11:33:29
    Troy Brosnan

    Troy Brosnan is currently leading the men’s race after stage 1 – but there is still a lot of men still to drop in – watch this space!

    14 August, 2016 - 11:25:52

    Isabeau scored her first EWS podium in Whistler last year when she came third, and ha been riding high in the points ever since. She might be small, but she’s big on talent and is another one of the army of French enduro riders who we could expect to see on the podium

    14 August, 2016 - 11:22:13

    Casey Brown of Trek is definitely one to watch here – she’s local, knows these tracks like the back of her hand and was on the podium at her first ever EWS race in Argentina this year. Her downhill background will serve her well too – she’ll excel at the technical sections of the stages

    14 August, 2016 - 11:19:36

    Cecile Ravanel is the hot favourite in this race, but there are a few girls that could really upset her chances here…


    14 August, 2016 - 11:18:23
    Top women on course

    And that’s the top women starting to drop down stage 1 – standby for their times!

    14 August, 2016 - 11:13:25
    Dry conditions

    There’s been no rain in Whistler all week and so the trails are running dusty and loose  – so expect to see a bit of this today…

    Another rider comes in too hot and can't make the turn at the top of the chute

    Another rider comes in too hot and can’t make the turn at the top of the chute

    14 August, 2016 - 11:12:05
    Heating up

    Much like the racing, things are heating up outside – expect hot, dry and dusty conditions here in Whistler today.

    14 August, 2016 - 11:07:55
    Top 10 women

    The top 10 women are already at the start of stage 1 and are just warming up – Canadian Miranda Miller is the first to head down at 11:15

    14 August, 2016 - 11:06:17

    An micheal Broderick goes 2nd and Shane Kroeger into 3rd! Master’s World Champ (and the best name in mtb) Woody Hole sits 4th

    14 August, 2016 - 11:03:05
    Stage 1 women

    The top 10 women are still to drop into stage 1, but it’s currently home grown rider Vaea Verbeck leading, with Leonie Picton in 2nd and the USA’s Christina Chapetta in 3rd

    14 August, 2016 - 10:48:56
    Anne Caro

    ACC is a woman who needs very little introduction, but just in case you need reminded of her achievements;

    9 × dh world champ

    5 × world cup overall

    2 × dual slalom world champ

    2 × four cross world champ

    1 × dual slalom world cup overall

    1 × four cross overall

    3 × junior dh world champ

    3 × bmx world champ

    14 August, 2016 - 10:47:09

    The news sent shockwaves through the mtb community, but she’s been given the all clear and everyone is so pleased to see her back on the bike and looking healthy.

    14 August, 2016 - 10:46:46

    It’s great to see Anne Caroline Chausson in Whistler. The legendary French rider paused her riding career midway through last season when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

    14 August, 2016 - 10:46:08
    Anne Caroline Chausson

    And you know who’s back riding in the top 10 women? None other than ACC!

    14 August, 2016 - 10:44:49

    There’s then a 35 minute gap before the top 10 women drop in to stage 1 – and that’s to allow for production as there’s going to be a live broadcast of the final stage today on crankworx.com from 17:30 – 19:30 PST

    14 August, 2016 - 10:42:56
    Pro women

    The clever Quarq tracking means that we know that some of the pro women are now on stage 1 – including Specialized’s Hannah Barnes, Rachel Throop of GT and Juliana team mates Kelli Emmet, Sarah Leishman and Anka Martin

    14 August, 2016 - 10:38:05
    Stage 3 U21 women

    And the U21 women should be heading for stage 3 now, they’ll start hitting the stage in about 15 mins so keep your eyes peeled for their times coming in pretty soon.

    Don’t forget you can follow both the live timing and the GPS tracking by clicking on the buttons at the top of your screen

    14 August, 2016 - 10:34:45
    U21 Women

    And the U21 women were the first category to head out this morning and they’re through stages 1 and 2 already – and the UK’s Martha Gill has won both stages!

    14 August, 2016 - 10:32:30

    Keegan Wright goes 2nd and Ibis rider Pedro Burns goes 3rd!

    14 August, 2016 - 10:31:00
    U21 Men

    And the U21 men are through stage 1 – and Adrien Dailly takes stage 1!

    14 August, 2016 - 10:30:03
    stage 2 ctd

    Stage 2 is one of the shortest stages at just 1.7km long and with just 368 metres of vertical.

    And the good people at SRAM and Specialized have prepared another video so you can see exactly what the riders are up against on stage 2 – we know this one is a real rider favourite, click the link to find out why;


    14 August, 2016 - 10:26:59
    Stage 2

    To get to stage 2 riders have a fair old pedal to get to the start of stage 2, Crazy Train.

    This Whistler classic was brought back to life for the infamous Crankzilla race in 2014. Since then the track has undergone some rerouting to the upper section. This rider favourite does have some pedal bits mixed up in the loamy, rooty single track that Whistler is so famous for.

    14 August, 2016 - 10:22:22
    Watch Stage 1

    If you want an idea of what stage 1  looks  like then, then wonder no more – check out this video from SRAM


    14 August, 2016 - 10:20:10
    Stage 1

    The lower half ticks all the boxes of bike park tech – as classic trails like Too Tight, Angry Pirate and Afternoon Delight throw every twist and turn imaginable at the riders.

    14 August, 2016 - 10:19:44
    Stage 1

    Stage one sees the riders head up on the gondola – a nice gentle start to the day.

    The stage itself is 8km long and descends almost 3000 vertical feet. The upper half of stage 1 is bike park berm fest through some of Whistler’s most beautiful old growth forest.

    14 August, 2016 - 10:19:13

    This year’s stage are the most varied we’ve seen in Whistler yet, featuring a mixture of lift assisted and pedal liaisons, alongside a mixture of old favourite and fresh trails.

    14 August, 2016 - 10:18:22
    Today’s stages

    So with 5 big stages today there is going to be a fierce battle here in Whistler…

    14 August, 2016 - 10:15:22
    And we’re back…

    And guess what we just heard? Despite looking at 7 hours + of race time here in Whistler, team mates Curtis Keene and Jared Graves have just been spotted heading up the lift to do a couple of laps of B-line to warm up. Fair play – these two are obviously feeling pretty relaxed about the 5 stages ahead of them!

    14 August, 2016 - 9:32:37
    Stage 4 women

    timegap_Stage 4WOMEN-PRO

    And you can see where stage 4 went for the pro women thanks to Quarq – it looks like Miranda Miller may have had a crash

    14 August, 2016 - 8:28:28
    We’ll be back at 10am

    We’ll be back at 10am PST as the first results from stage 1 start to filter in and then we’ll be with you all the way through the rest of the race as we see who is going to return victorious from Whistler’s epic, epic trails…

    And if you want to see just how epic they are then check out Cunny’s course ride video – see you at 10am!

    Watch Rd 6 Whistler Track Preview Now!

    14 August, 2016 - 8:23:29
    Live timing

    The live timing button above will keep you up to date with everything that’s happening out on course, and if you want to see where the riders are on course make sure you check out the Quarq tracking as well

    14 August, 2016 - 8:19:23
    U21 men

    The U21 Men are going to hit stage 1 just after 9am

    14 August, 2016 - 8:14:05
    Pro Men

    The first of the pro men will be heading down stage 1 at about 09:45 and then world champ and series leader Richie Rude will be last man down at 12:29

    14 August, 2016 - 8:11:21
    Pro Women

    The pro women will start dropping in to stage 1 in a few hours – first pro woman down is Phoebe Coers is 10:16 and last woman down is series leader Cecile Ravanel at 11:33

    14 August, 2016 - 8:08:21
    Running order

    The first amateurs headed up to stage 1 a little while ago, and there are still plenty of amateurs to go

    14 August, 2016 - 8:03:42
    Today’s race

    Do we have a race in store for you; 300 racers, 5 stages and 1 big, big day of racing

    14 August, 2016 - 8:01:13
    Good morning Whistler!

    Good morning and welcome to Whistler and round 6 of the series, the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized!

    12 August, 2016 - 16:35:22
    Welcome to Whistler!

    Welcome to Whistler and Crankworx for round 6 of the Enduro World Series! Racing gets underway on Sunday – keep an eye on this page and our social media channels to find out what time we’ll be going live – you won’t want to miss this!