Past week (10-11.August) was time for the first edition of the Crankworx Enduro (Canadian Open Enduro 2012), which was probably the best Enduro race (ever) to take place outside Europe! at least it seems so… great gnarly trails, mind blowing views and fast riders!
Frenchman Jerome Clementz was there and (once again) got the win in front of Curtis Keene and Brian Lopes, impressive. As for the women’s competition, Whistler local Katrina Strand took the win.
As described by Crankworx organizers:
“If variety is the spice of life, then 2012’s redesigned Canadian Open Enduro is Crankworx’ garam masala. A blend of four Whistler trails, the rally-style mash-up of DH and XC riding creates a flavoursome event that rewards the generalist over the specialist. With two stages set in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, one on Blackcomb, and one in the Lost Lake trails, the tour is a showcase of flow, where racers must choose one bike to serve for all legs, ride without any outside assistance, and link up stages within a specific time allocation. All four stages are timed. A feature stop on the North American Enduro Tour, this 5-hour event has just 45 minutes on the clock, and is a test of endurance and versatility and all-round mastery.”
Check below for some videos.
The official video by Crankworx
note: a live feed is still available on Red Bull website.
magnificent edit by DirtTV
(credits from DirtTV, original article available here)
Results – Pro Men
1. Jerome Clementz – 36:46.23
2. Curtis Keene – +35.10
3. Brian Lopes – +46.27
4. Dan Atherton – +49.58
5. Aaron Bradford – +1:12.94
Results – Pro Women
1. Katrina Strand – 45:23.52
2. Rosara Joseph – +2:02.98
3. Katherine Short – +3:41.41
4. Kelli Emmett – +4:11.22
5. Megan Rose – +4:39.69
For full Open Enduro results, check here.