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It's on like donkey kong! Crankworx has just unveiled the 2013 Enduro World Series stages. The five stages are packed into one day of racing, combining trails inside and outside of the bike park that highlight the amazing riding the area has to offer. Transition stages include about 850 meters (2800 feet) of climbing. Needless to say, that's going to be a very big day of riding...
RACE STAGE 1
Khyber Pass trail
distance: 2.8 km | elevation: start 1820m | finish 1415m | change -405m
RACE STAGE 2
It's Business Time (Duncan's Trail)-> AM/PM
distance: 1.45 km | elevation: start 780m | finish 620m | change -160m
RACE STAGE 3
Pura Vida -> Baby Snakes -> Danimal South -> THC
distance: 1.64 km | elevation: start 965m | finish 728m | change -237m
RACE STAGE 4
Flank Trail -> Billy's Epic -> Bob's Rebob
distance: 2.87 km | elevation: start 1118m | finish 675m | change -443m
RACE STAGE 5
Top of the World -> No Joke -> In Deep -> Little Alder -> Expressway -> Too Tight -> Upper Angry Pirate -> Lower Angry Pirate -> climb up Lower EZ Does it -> Del Boca Vista -> EZ Does It ≠> cross Mountain Access Road -> Ho Chi Min ≠> cross Mountain Access Road -> Longhorn -> Monkey Hands -> Finish Skiers Plaza
distance: 10.63Km | elevation: start 2138m | finish 688m | change: -1450m
For those racing, this video is essential viewing. Course discussion kicks off around the 7:45 mark.
Visit www.crankworx.com for maps and more.
Weeks of anticipation and speculation were put to rest a few hours ago when the course details for the fifth round of the Enduro World Series were released.
Reflective of the epic style of mountain biking available in Whistler, the five stage race developed in consultation with pro rider Richie Schley and creative dervish Seb Kemp will be compressed into one long single day. Athletes will race over 19km of trails, tallying a total of 51km of riding in the 8 hour time window.
With the first four stages of racing set outside the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and the final stage involving a top-to-bottom link-up from the Top of the World trail, the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro will combine lift access with approximately 863 metres of climbing. Riders will travel from Whistler Peak to the valley, twice, with the final stage a 10.63 km, 1450 m vertical top-to-bottom test-piece of endurance.
The added “Whistler” twist is that, unlike in previous rounds, riders will not be able to return to the pits in between the first four stages, demanding a much higher degree of self-sufficiency and equipment management than has been required before.
Crankworx GM Darren Kinnaird said, “The course will take riders through a range of trails, from the alpine to the sub-alpine to race-course type terrain. Each trail is unique to the different part of the valley that it’s situated in and showcases the variety of riding available here in Whistler. I think people will feel they’re more in wilderness than in a resort.”
Having witnessed the drama and excitement of the first four rounds of the Enduro World Series first-hand, EWS Managing Director Chris Ball says this weekend’s race will continue to test the world’s best. “This Series has tested athletes from sea level to altitude, from the physical to the technical, from backcountry to machine-built trails, in bad weather and good. This round will combine everything pushing riders both physically and technically and test how self-sufficient they are on their own on the mountain. We’ve got an epic race ahead of us.”
The current overall standings, with four out of seven races completed, sees France’s Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale Overmountain) and Great Britain’s Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing) leading the Men’s Individual and Women’s Individual series, with Belgium’s Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) dominating the Junior division. Trek Factory Racing currently is in top place in the team rankings.
Full rankings and course details and maps are available at www.enduroworldseries.com.