“The shared experience of taking on some of the toughest trails in cycling has forged deep friendships and a sense of camaraderie”
There’s been tight racing across the board in this year’s Enduro World Series, but nowhere has the points battle been more intense than in the women’s category.
The struggle between Anne Caroline Chausson and Tracy Moseley for the world champion title has dominated the coverage of the women’s race, but it only tells half the story.
Mountain biking is one of the few disciplines where men and women compete on equal terms, and enduro is no different. The women’s field tackles exactly the same courses as the men and are bound by the same strict liaison times. The shared experience of taking on some of the toughest trails in cycling has forged deep friendships and a sense of camaraderie that transcends pro and amateur categories.
But there is a World Champion title at stake this weekend in Finale, and friendships will be put to one side as riders look to finish the series with a strong result. A win for either Tracy or Anne would see them crowned world champion, they will roll off the start ramp in Finale knowing just six stages stand between them and the trophy.
Elsewhere in the top five, Cecile Ravanel and Anneke Beerten sit in third and fourth place respectively and are separated by just 110 points. Cecile may have won the last round in Whistler, but consistent results throughout the season mean Anneke could still finish in the top three if she does well in Finale.
Further down the top ten it’s just as exciting as a new generation of enduro riders begin to find their feet in the sport. Ines Thoma, Isabeu Courdurier, Anita Gehrig, Rosara Joseph, Katy Winton and Kelli Emmett have all turned heads this year with impressive performances that have been reflected in their results.
In 2014 the series attracted 40 pro women from 14 countries, along with some amazing amateurs who rode their hearts out at each of the seven rounds. It’s a number Chris Ball, Managing Director of the Enduro World Series, hopes to grow.
“It’s fantastic to see the women’s field growing and growing with record entries this year in a number of events. I’ve always had huge respect for the whole group of amateur and professional women alike who week in week out, ride on the same course as the men, with the same challenging liaison times, but always come out smiling. I hope other women will follow their lead and enter some of our events next year. We’ve got a great family in the EWS and it’s never more present than in the women’s category.”