With the holidays, I couldn´t update the website. Too many parties, beach and rides with friends. I apologize for that.
In the end of August, took place the 6# round of the Enduro World Series at Val D’Isere, France and once again it was dominated by Jerome and Caroline.
For me, there is no doubt that the revelation was Graves but the Mr. Enduro still is Jerome. In the ladies class, Caroline returned to top form and dominated.
Here is the press release:
“The mountain threw everything it had at racers and organizers during the sixth round of the Enduro World Series, held in the French Alps at Val d’Isere this weekend, including snow, an apocalyptic alpine storm, rolling fog, mud and sunshine, in equal measure.
The godfather of enduro mountain bike racing, and host for this round, Tribe Events’ Fred Glo, declared it to be one of the hardest weekends ever in the ten years he has been organizing enduro in the high mountains, offering thanks to the riders for adapting to the schedule and race modifications required to redress the wild weather.
Intense performances were delivered all around, on a course that started with a hike-a-bike to Bellevarde mountain’s 2800m summit, the start gate for the Olympic and World Championship downhill ski course.
After 1 hour and 7 minutes of intense racing in constantly changing conditions, the battle was finally declared for French enduro champion Jerome Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) (1h07:03:711), with Australia’s Jared Graves (Yeti Fox) just 11 seconds behind (1h07:15:457), after making an epic recovery in the final stage to regain ground lost from a crash in stage 3.
The third fastest time overall was logged by Belgium’s Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) (1h07:32:617) who proved that he’s not only the dominant force in the Junior race, but can match his pace with the open field.
The Men’s podium was rounded out by France’s Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory) with a combined time of 1h07:35:437.
Clementz, Barel and Remy Absalon (Team Commencal) (who placed 8th overall) combined forces to win the Enduro of Nations for France, with a seventeen minute lead over their Italian counterparts.
The women’s race was a back-and-forth duel between the UK’s Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing) and France’s Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis) with Chausson finally taking the win by a 17 second margin after Moseley incurred a time penalty.
Third and fourth ranked riders Anneke Beerten (Specialized) and Ines Thoma (Canyon Factory) got lost in the foggy conditions and failed to finish. French racer Cecile Ravanel took third.
The women’s trio of Chausson, Ravanel and Pauline Dieffenthaler (Cannondale Overmountain) won the Enduro of Nations for France, with a combined time that put them 15 minutes ahead of their closest contenders, Team Great Britain.
After two rounds of racing in North America, the sixth race in the Enduro World Series was a world away from the sunny seaside resort of Punta Ala where this season began, and continued to prove that riders shouldn’t be looking to enduro mountain bike racing if they want a cruisy day out.
Diversity, challenge and personal reward are all up for grabs, though, as Enduro World Series Managing Director Chris Ball says: “Enduro is a wild and challenging discipline in often wild and challenging environments. It was a savagely hard race for everyone, but that makes it all the more worthwhile.”
The final race in the series will take place in Finale Ligure, Italy, 19-20 October, where the first Enduro World Champion will be declared.
This picture sums up the weekend
- CLEMENTZ Jerome
- GRAVES Jared
- BAREL Fabien
- LAU Nicolas
- NICOLL Jamie
- BAILLY-MAÎTRE François
- WILDHABER René
- ABSALON Rémy
- BARELLI Yoann
- KEENE Curtis
- CHAUSSON Anne Caroline
- MOSELEY Tracy
- RAVANEL Cecile
- COURDURIER Isabeau
- DIEFFENTHALER Pauline
- TRUONG Lorraine
- MARTIN Anka
- WINTON Katy
- GEHRIG Anita
- HORRIDGE Emily
- MAES Martin
- DEMAILLY Aurélien
- DECUGIS Clement
- DAILLY Adrien
- TRABAC Elliot
- MACINOT Corentin
- BRULAS Valentin
- MONETTI Lucas
- RAIMONDI Matteo
National Teams – Men:
National Teams – Ladies:
- Great Britain
Is time to see some videos:
- Trek Factory Racing 5,587 points
- Cannondale Overmountain4,890 points
- Canyon 4,294 points
- Jérôme Clementz 3,040 points
- Jared Graves 2,398 points
- Fabien Barel 1,761 points
- Tracy Moseley 3,400 points
- Cecile Ravanel 2,315 points
- Anne Caroline Chausson2,060 points
- Martin Maes 3,500 points
- Brice Liebrechts 1,540 points
- Sebastien Claquin 1,460 points
Thanks to Enduro World Series, Matt Wragg and my mum.
Stay tune for more enduro action Enduro World Series #7 FINALE LIGURE, ITALY – 19-20 October 2013