[Racing] Crankworx Whistler EWS Gallery and Results

[Racing] Crankworx Whistler EWS Gallery and Results

10/08/2015
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There was heartbreak and elation in equal measure at a dramatic round 6 of the Enduro World Series in Whistler. There were some new faces on the podium and some familiar grimaces as mechanicals once again changed the fate of a Whistler race.

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Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) was leading the race for a large part of the day, only to have his dreams of victory dashed by a rear flat on the final stage of the day. Instead he had to watch team mate Yoann Barelli ride into second place – his best ever finish. Nico Lau (Cube Action Team) was also looking strong after a win on stage three, but a puncture on the next stage put paid to his chances of a podium finish. But the men’s field belonged to Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Team). He smashed the field by 40 seconds to take his second win of the season. Team mate Jared Graves finished in third. Series leader Justin Leov (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) suffered a separated shoulder on stage one, forcing him out of the race and giving up the series lead in the process.

In the women’s field it was Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) that once again proved why she’s known as the queen of enduro – she clocked up her fourth win of the season. But it was Isabeau Courdurier (Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally Team) who was the talk of the pits, as she took not only her first stage win, but also her first trip to the podium to grace the third step. Cecile Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team), who won in Whistler last year, had to settle for second place.

Speaking about his win, Rude said: “It’s kind of unbelievable to be honest. When I won in France a I said it was a dream come true to be on the podium with Barel and Vouilloz – and now to be on the podium at Crankworx Whistler is another one off the list. I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid. The only thing that’s left is to win the overall series.”

And Tracy added: “This year’s course was really fun. The stages were hard and technical, but all the racing was in the stages and not the liaisons this year which was great. It’s bittersweet not having Anne Caroline Chausson to race against – you always to compete against the whole field, but in some ways it’s nice to have the pressure off a bit as well. For me the coolest thing today was to see Isabeau on the podium – it’s amazing to see that next generation of women coming up through the ranks.”

In the U21 men’s competition it was Adrien Dailly (Lapierre Gravity Republic) who triumphed once again, whilst in the U21 women it was Canadian Jennifer McTavish who took the win. In the Master’s category it was series leader Woody Hole (Hope Technology) who triumphed. In the team competition Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team still lead the points.

The weather was moody for the top of the world stage.

The weather was moody for the top of the world stage.

As expected, it was a bit chilly up top.  R-Dog came prepared.

As expected, it was a bit chilly up top. R-Dog came prepared.

Checking results from stage one.

Checking results from stage one.

Nico Vouilloz - Legend.

Nico Vouilloz – Legend.

These boys were pumped on having their picture taken.

These boys were pumped on having their picture taken.

Mitch Ropelato and R Dog hiding from the wind.

Mitch Ropelato and R Dog hiding from the wind.

R Dog Styling the infamous Top of the World roll in.

R Dog Styling the infamous Top of the World roll in.

Rachel Walker looking good up top.

Rachel Walker looking good up top.

Ladies making passes early on.

Ladies making passes early on.

Top of the world is open and quite exposed for most of the trail.  Rowdy!

Top of the world is open and quite exposed for most of the trail. Mitch Ropelato gets rowdy!

A bit of comraderie up top.

A bit of comraderie up top.

Remy Absolon

Remy Absolon

Rock piles with black tusk obscured by clouds in the background.

Rock piles with black tusk obscured by clouds in the background.

JC getting back up to speed.

JC getting back up to speed.

Fabien Barel looking super pinned.

Fabien Barel looking super pinned.

Brett Tippie being Brett Tippie.

Brett Tippie being Brett Tippie.

Jared Graves

Jared Graves

Nico Vouilloz is still absolutely incredible to watch.

Nico Vouilloz is still absolutely incredible to watch.

Stage 5 was long, physical and mostly in the woods.  The dirt was perfect.

Stage 5 was long, physical and mostly in the woods. The dirt was perfect.

Iago Garay on it.

Iago Garay on it.

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Mikey Sylvestri on a DH bike holding it down for team USA Freeride.

Mikey Sylvestri on a DH bike holding it down for team USA Freeride.

On a warpath

On a warpath

Anneke Beerten charging the steeps.

Anneke Beerten charging the steeps.

Florian Nicolai was close but not quite.

Florian Nicolai was close but not quite.

Grubby.

Grubby.

Yoann Barelli.  So close to his win.  He lead most of the day and got dashed by Richie right at the end.

Yoann Barelli. So close to his win. He lead most of the day and got dashed by Richie right at the end.

Dan Atherton tripled into this sectoin.  Gnarly.

Dan Atherton tripled into this sectoin. Gnarly.

Damien Oton

Damien Oton

Mad Dog Martin Maes just carries absurd speed....everywhere.

Mad Dog Martin Maes just carries absurd speed….everywhere.

...and your winner.  Richie Rude.  What a beast of a kid.  Amazing performance.

…and your winner. Richie Rude. What a beast of a kid. Amazing performance.