The sixth round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, reached as dramatic a conclusion as you’d expect from the largest race in the history of the series. Complete rankings Nearly 700 riders took to the start line high above Whistler on the iconic Top of the World trail, before descending more than 1500 feet and 11km of singletrack into the famous Crankworx finish corral. Saturday’s single race stage marked the first time the Whistler round had embraced a two day format – and stage one brought with it added pressure as it served as the Queen Stage with extra series points on offer. Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Cycling) stated her intentions straight out of the start gate – winning her sixth Queen Stage of the season. The French rider didn’t have the easiest of races, with crashes and an injured leg seeing her win just two of the six stages – but it was enough to clinch the overall and her unbeaten record this season remains intact. Noga Korem (GT Factory Racing) put down an amazingly consistent performance, winning one stage and finishing within the top three on the other five to earn the second spot on the podium. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro Team) delivered a strong performance in front of her home crowd to take third. In the men’s race Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Race Team) also took the Queen Stage and the win – putting the hammer down on his rivals from the get go and leading the race throughout. Reining Champion Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) clawed back time on Sunday to finish up in second place, whilst Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) won stage two and finished the race in third. “I think it was my hardest day of the season so far,” said the 25-year-old who currently leads the overall series. “I really struggled since the first stage this morning. I went off track, had to get back up, get back on the bike. Then on the very last one I really crashed super hard and lost a lot of time, so I really thought, ‘Ok, it’s done. You’re not going to win this one. But you have to make it down anyway so just keep pushing,’ and I was really surprised to win this one. I’m really, really happy.” In the U21 category it was the local talent that shone, with Canadians Lucy Shick and Jack Menzies taking the win in their respective categories. John Richardson and Evan Wall rounded out the men’s podium, whilst Isabella Naughton and Julia Long did the same in the women’s category. In the Master Category Louise Paulin once again took the win, with Alba Wunderlin in second and Kirsty Stormer in third. In the men’s race Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) held off series leader and reigning Champion Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) to take the top step of the podium, Amour had to settle for second place, with Spain’s Cesar Garain in third. A strong performance from Rocky Mountain/Race Face Enduro saw them named Team of the Day. The series now moves its attention to round seven and a brand new venue in the USA, for the Northstar California EWS.
This is the bike that has won all five rounds of the Enduro Series and all five Queen stages so far.
Raphaela took 6th at the Leogang DH World Cup and then finished second to Isabeau Courdurier at the Les Orres EWS.( Photos: 8 )
https://youtu.be/u8GWljP7K78 The fifth round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) in Les Orres, France will go down in history as one of the closest fought races of all time. Located high in the Hautes-Alpes, this ski resort played host to a dramatic race that saw an ever changing lead in the men’s competition. After four stages on day one, Adrien Dailly (Team Lapierre) delighted the home crowd by leading the race, with just a two second lead over Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) in second and then just one second further back was Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) in third. Sunday morning saw a storm blow through the resort, forcing the cancellation of stage five, the first of the day. But there was more than enough action to pack the remaining three stages – as Masters entered the final stage of the day with a mere 0.4 second lead over Rude in second place. Masters held on to the lead to cross the line just one second ahead of Richie to claim his very first Enduro World Series win. Dailly rounded out the podium in third place. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) retains the series lead. In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) controlled the narrative from the start, but was denied a clean sweep of the stages by Raphaela Richter. The 21 year old from Germany hadn’t raced an EWS since 2017, but came back in style to win two stages and occupy the second step of the podium. Miranda Miller (Kona Factory Racing) put in a consistently strong performance throughout the weekend to take third. Courdurier extends her series lead in the overall points, and with just three rounds left is on course to take her first championship. In the U21 Men Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) showed no sign of ending his winning streak, taking the win and further cementing the series lead. New Zealand’s Brady Stone took second, whilst Francescu Camoin (Specialized Racing Team) was third. In the U21 Women Lucy Schick took the win, just as she did in Italy last weekend, with Leah Maunsell in second and Harriet Harnden in third. Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) fought hard to take the Master Men win, with Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) missing out on the top spot by less than half a second, with Bruno Zanchi in third. Louise Paulin (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) claimed the Master Women’s win, followed by Alba Wunderlin in second and Suvi Vacker in third. Canyon Factory Racing were named Team of the Day, and now also lead the Team Rankings. The series now turns its attention to Whistler for round six, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized.