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Graves and Chasson take their first Enduro World Series victories

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EWS podium gets shake-up after Whistler round

Jared Graves on his way to winning the Crankworx Enduro

Jared Graves on his way to winning the Crankworx Enduro

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It was the most grueling, technical round of the Enduro World Series so far. The five stage, single day format, with almost 50 minutes of racing, and approximately 50km of riding, challenged racers on every level - even demanding serious consideration as to what to pack for a mostly self-sufficient race across both sides of Whistler Valley.

After eight hours in the saddle, Australia's Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Factory Racing), and France's Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis), took the victories, marking the first time this year that either has stood atop the top step of the Enduro World Series. Graves' time was 47:57.18 and Chausson's was 55:24.14.

Belgium's Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) continued his streak as the young untouchable, dominating the junior race and winning every stage to take another convincing victory with a total time of 50:25.292, seven minutes ahead of his nearest junior competitor, a time that would have put him amongst the top 10 of the men's finishers.

Nerves were high as riders dropped down the start ramp at 8:00 am Sunday morning - and the stakes were high, given that only 300 points separated the top five racers in the men's overall series. Overall series leader France's Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) took an early lead, winning the first two stages and the fourth.

Having won 12 of the 19 stages in the first four rounds of the Enduro World Series, Clementz and Graves were the pace-setters for the day. Graves went into stage 5 in second place, gunning for the win in the final descent. The fast and furious finale took riders from Top of the World down to the Whistler Plaza - a 10.63km, 1450m vertical, top-to-bottom link-up. Graves played the stage perfectly to eat up Clementz's commanding 21-second lead and take a well-deserved stage and race win.

"I can't believe it, I'm so happy," said Graves. "I wanted to win this one so bad and all day Jerome's just been one step ahead of me…I pretty much had a perfect run [in stage 5]. I knew the track well; I practiced most of that trail and I knew that's where you could make up a lot of time." Graves' day earned him a paycheck of $10,000, the highest prize purse seen in the discipline of enduro since the sport began.

France's Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory) had top four finishes in every stage, winning the third stage, but a five-minute penalty issued for accepting outside assistance during training effectively neutralized any advantage that may have been gained from use of a vehicle, dropping him to 49th position, and opening up the third step of today's podium for New Zealand's Jamie Nicoll, an unsponsored rider who will use his Crankworx prize money to support flights and entry into the final two rounds.

Chausson's comeback from injury in Punta Ala proved complete, with her win of four out of five stages to take her first Enduro World Series victory.

Tracy Moseley, who has dominated the women's series so far rode a solid race despite a few mechanicals, sitting third for most of the day, then edging out Cecile Ravanel (GT Skoda) on the final stage to secure second place overall. Ravanel who was carrying a small elbow injury was very happy with her day and third place result.

"I'm super happy to be back at the top," said Chausson. "I'm back [from an injury sustained in competition] and I'm in good shape. I liked the courses here. They were really tough, and they are really technical and physical trails." Chausson, who had to stop in stage four to remove her chain and carry on without the ability to pedal, won stages one, two and four and proved to be the ultimate contender throughout the day in Whistler. She ended her day by taking home a $5,000 cheque to complement her efforts.

Despite Sunday's freshly constituted podiums, the current oversall standings, with five out of seven races completed, remains the same, with France's Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) and Great Britain's Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing) leading the men's and women's individual series, and Belgium's Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) topping the junior division.

Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball, said, "It was truly an epic day and a true test for everybody. The course delivered, the Crankworx team put on an amazing event and the racers delivered. Feedback from the riders was incredible - they enjoyed every stage."

The Enduro World Series moves next, August 24-25, to Val d'Isere in France for a combined event that includes Round 6 of the Enduro World Series and the Enduro of Nations.

The Enduro of Nations is a team event that will crown the best national team. National teams will be comprised of the top three riders from each country currently in the EWS rankings.

Full Results

Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Factory Race Te 0:47:57  
2 Jerome Clementz (Fra) Cannondale Overmounta 0:00:12  
3 Fabien Barel (Fra) Canyon Factory Enduro T 0:00:26  
4 Jamie Nicoll (NZl) Santa Cruz NZ 0:01:54  
5 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road T 0:02:01  
6 Nicolas Lau (Fra) Cube Action Team 0:02:02  
7 Jesse Melamed (Can) Rocky Mountain Altitude 0:02:06  
8 Remy Absalon (Fra) Commencal team 0:02:11  
9 Chris Johnston (NZl) THE NOMADS 0:02:25  
10 Lukas Anrig (Swi) Norco Enduro World Tea 0:02:29  
11 Joe Barnes (GBr) Canyon Factory Enduro T 0:02:39  
12 Florian Golay (Fra) BMC 0:02:40  
13 Cedric Gracia (Fra) Santa Cruz Bicycles 0:02:41  
14 Rene Wildhaber (Swi) Trek C3 0:02:43  
15 Damien Oton (Fra) Caminade Transbiking 0:02:47  
16 Bryan Regnier (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 0:02:56  
17 Jeremy Arnould (Fra) IRWEGO COMMENCAL 0:02:58  
18 Yoann Barelli (Fra) Giant Enduro Team Fran 0:02:59  
19 Tyler Morland (Can) SRAM 0:03:06  
20 Nicolas Quere (Fra) Commencal Superteam 0:03:07  
21 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:03:07  
22 Matt Ryan (Aus) Specialized, Magura, Oak 0:03:09  
23 Ludo May (Swi) Norco Enduro World Tea 0:03:09  
24 Peter Ostroski (USA) Rocky Mountain 0:03:23  
25 Alex Cure (Fra) Urge BP Enduro Team / Y 0:03:29  
26 Nick Geddes (Can) Norco 0:03:33  
27 Dylan Wolsky (Aus) Santa Cruz, Shimano, Fo 0:03:33  
28 Florian Nicolai (Fra) Urge BP Enduro Team / Y 0:03:34  
29 Gary Forrest (GBr) Ibis Cycles GBR 0:03:35  
30 Brian Buell (USA) Banshee Bikes 0:03:36  
31 Mark Weir (USA) WTB, Cannondale, Fox R 0:03:45  
32 Nate Hills (USA) 0:03:47  
33 Nathan Riddle (USA) SRAM, Santacruz, Dakin 0:03:53  
34 Joey Schusler (USA) Yeti 0:04:04  
35 Alex Lupato (Ita) FRM Factory Racing 0:04:04  
36 Michael Schärer (Swi) Norco Enduro World Tea 0:04:09  
37 Sam Flanagan (GBr) Hope Technology Factory 0:04:11  
38 Duncan Riffle (USA) SRAM 0:04:13  
39 Antonin Gourgin (Fra) Urge BP Enduro Team / R 0:04:15  
40 Kyle Warner (USA) Felt 0:04:23  
41 Max Schumann (Ger) Carver, SR Suntour, ION, 0:04:28  
42 Karim Amour (Fra) CC Vence 0:04:29  
43 Iago Garay (Spa) POC 0:04:32  
44 Chris Dewar (Can) 0:04:36  
45 Mason Bond (USA) Yeti, Shimano, Easton, G 0:04:38  
46 Cedric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda 0:04:44  
47 Jamie Biluk (Can) Bondtraining, suspension 0:04:54  
48 Simon Andre (Fra) Orbea Meribel 0:05:03  
49 Mark Scott (GBr) Pro Ride Guides 0:05:08  
50 Johnny Magis (Bel) Urge BP Enduro Team / Y 0:05:23  
51 Davis English (Can) 0:05:27  
52 Jon Buckell (USA) 0:05:28  
53 Alex Stock (GBr) Kona, Five Ten, Effetto M 0:05:56  
54 Nico Prudencio (Chi) Giant, The North Face, M 0:05:58  
55 Jeffrey Kendall-Weed (USA) Ibis Cycles 0:05:58  
56 Ryan De La Rue (Aus) World Trail, Lusty Industr 0:06:10  
57 Andrea Bruno (Ita) Transition, Kali, Kore, Ma 0:06:21  
58 Maurian Marnay (Fra) Urge BP Enduro Team / R 0:06:22  
59 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelsk USA Trek Factory, Shimano, F 0:06:22  
60 Simon Buzacott (Aus) 0:06:44  
61 Jason Moeschler (USA) WTB, Cannondale, Fox R 0:06:55  
62 Tristan Merrick (Can) Whistler Bike Park Team 0:06:59  
63 Nick Gibson (USA) Shimano, Pearl Izumi 0:07:15  
64 Kevin Smallman (USA) Incycles 0:07:32  
65 Guillaume Farin (Fra) BMC Switzerland 0:07:56  
66 Jerome Conreaux (Fra) 0:07:56  
67 Shaun Fry (Aus) 0:08:00  
68 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road T 0:08:08  
69 Martin Flano (Chi) Giant Bicycles Chile 0:08:13  
70 Jeff Lenosky (USA) Giant Teva 0:08:19  
71 Jonas Juliet Vincent (Swi) BMC Switzerland 0:08:22  
72 Alvaro Hidalgo (CRc) Kona, Maxxis 0:08:27  
73 Josh Lyons (Aus) 0:08:38  
74 Greg Grant (Can) 0:08:47  
75 Tobias Woggon (Ger) BMC Switzerland 0:08:53  
76 Trevor Burke (Aus) 0:09:12  
77 Andreas Hestler (Can) Rocky Mountain, BCBR, 0:09:26  
78 Aidan Bishop (GBr) Cannondale, Mavic 0:09:33  
79 James Richards (GBr) 0:09:57  
80 Stan Jorgensen (USA) 0:10:06  
81 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bikes 0:10:07  
82 Leif Christensen (NZl) 0:10:09  
83 Sam Peridy (Fra) Magazine VTT 0:10:15  
84 Kevin Simard (Can) Rocky Mountain, Thule, A 0:10:35  
85 Luke Garside (Aus) Rocky Mountain 0:13:30  
86 Matthew Miller (USA) Giant Mid Atlantic 0:13:36  
87 Guillaume Racine (Can) 0:13:47  
88 Aaron Bradford (USA) BMC Trail Crew 0:14:28  
89 Michael Watt (Aus) Wolfpack Racing 0:14:56  
90 Ruben Salzgeber (Can) 0:15:34  
91 Darryn Henderson (NZl) Specialized/Troy Lee DH 0:16:58  
92 Jose Letelier (Chi) 0:17:09  
93 Jeff Carter (NZl) 0:18:01  
94 Kenny Belaey (Bel) GT Bicycles, RedBull, Vo 0:21:21  
95 Antonio Perez Montava (Spa) Wild Wolf 0:23:33  
DNF Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized    
DNF Lars Sternberg (USA) Transition Bikes, Fox Rac    
DNF Xavier Marovelli (Fra)    
DNF Kevin Lorenzato (Fra) Orbea Meribel    
DNF Maxi Dickerhoff (Ger) Canyon Factory Enduro T    
DNF Mike West (USA) Yeti Fox National Team    
DNF Morten Krogh Hansen (Den) DMK    
DNF Casey Coffman (USA) Felt, Shimano, SR Suntou    
DNF Joost Wichman (Ned) Rose Vaujany Mountainb    
DNF Dennis Beare (Aus) Banshee bikes    
DNF Richard Gasperotti (Cze) Mondraker    
DNF Frederik Kjeldsen (Den)    
DNF Casey Krueger (USA) Salsa Cycles    
DNF Richie Schley (Can) Rotwild    
DNF Darrin Seeds (USA) Transition Bikes    
Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Anne Caro Chausson (Fra) Ibis 0:55:24  
2 Tracy Moseley (GBr) T-MO Racing 0:01:05  
3 Cecile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda 0:01:55  
4 Anneke Beerten (Ned) Specialized 0:03:36  
5 Ines Thoma (Ger) Canyon Factory Enduro T 0:04:18  
6 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Yeti Cycles 0:04:30  
7 Pauline Dieffenthaler (Fra) Cannondale 0:05:30  
8 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road T 0:06:21  
9 Anka Martin (RSA) SRAM Santa Cruz 0:07:00  
10 Anita Gehrig (Swi) Specialized Twins Racing 0:07:05  
11 Lorraine Truong (Swi) Norco Enduro World Tea 0:07:44  
12 Katherine Short (Can) Smash and Shorty 0:08:15  
13 Heather Irmiger (USA) Trek Factory, Shimano, F 0:08:27  
14 Megan Rose (Aus) Norco John Henry Bikes 0:12:35  
15 Leonie Picton (Aus) 0:13:25  
16 Emily Slaco (Can) Norco 0:14:09  
17 Margaret Gregory (USA) Don's Bikes, Fluid, Maxxi 0:15:04  
18 Genevieve Demers (Can) 0:16:10  
19 Jenny Konway (USA) 0:16:24  
20 Steffi Marth (Ger) Trek Gravity Girls 0:17:07  
21 Carolynn Romaine (USA) Pivot Cycles 0:17:32  
22 Kari Mancer (Can) POC 0:19:10  
23 Lindsey Voreis (USA) SRAM, Specialized, CAM 0:21:47  
24 Sarah Rawley (USA) 0:23:58  
25 Carolin Gehrig (Swi) Specialized Twins Racing 0:25:19  
DNF Valerie Schandene (Bel) Cube    
DNF Julia Hofmann (Ger) Marin Bikes    
DNF Mary Moncorge (Fra) Commencal    
DNF Marie Kunst (Den) Rotwild Fiat Professional    
DNF Katy Curd (GBr) Rose Vaujany Mountainb    
DNF Fanny Paquette (Can) Rocky Mountain    
DNF Beth Parsons (Can)    
Junior men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Martin Maes (Bel) GT Factory Racing 0:50:20  
2 Spencer Wight (Can) 0:07:29  
3 James Panozzo (Can) 0:09:27  
4 Brice Liebrechts (Bel) Urge Enduro Team / Yeti 0:10:36  
5 Matthew Clough (Can) 0:13:46  
DNF Jacopo Orbassano (Ita) FRM Bike    
DNF Isaac Marangoni (Can)    
DNF Michael Greehy (Can)    

Brief Standings

Men Enduro World Series after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jerome Clementz    
Women Enduro World Series after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tracy Moseley    
Junior Enduro World Series after five rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Martin Maes