- Bike Checks
5pm GMT, July 5, 2013, Edinburgh, UK – From Val d’Allos, the birthplace of the discipline, the Enduro World Series now moves to the gravity playground of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, where the battle for Enduro World Champion will intensify.
Two rounds in, it has become clear that for the top riders, the stakes are not just about a single podium, but for the Overall Series title. The caliber of contest leaves absolutely no room for error, as several of the event favourites have discovered.
Current standings see Jared Graves (Yeti), former 4X World Champion and BMX Olympian, and Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Racing), former DH World Champion, in the lead for the Overall Series.
With two victories now under her belt, Moseley’s command of the women’s series will be cemented with another win at Les 2 Alpes, but the return of Anne Caroline Chausson, after crashing out in round 1, will add drama to the contest. Cecile Ravanel and Anneke Beerten also rode hard at Val d’Allos to ensure Moseley could never let her guard down.
Similarly, the Junior series sees Belgium’s Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) dominating, after back to back wins in Punta Ala and Val d’Allos.
The men’s contest, by comparison, has seen much more drama. Mechanical issues pushed the top-seeded racers, Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz, off the podium at Val d’Allos. Newcomers to enduro racing like Graves, Greg Minnaar, and René Wildhaber, proved themselves worthy adversaries to committed enduro racers Clementz and Remy Absalon.
The close margin of the final results from Val d’Allos, where Nicolas Vouilloz’ victory was just 6 seconds ahead of Graves and Minnaar, over an hour of racing, promises an awesome contest at Les 2 Alpes.
With most of the race starts at 2400 meters, altitude may again be a factor for the 320 riders taking part in round 3 of the Enduro World Series. The single day 4 stage course, through high alpine, forest singletrack and bike park, was announced today, Thursday July 4, with course walk permissible on Friday and an official training ride available on Saturday.
Says Enduro World Series Managing Director, Chris Ball, “After the incredible racing at rounds one and two, the overall competition is really heating up. Everything seems wide open. There has been surprise, upset and excitement at each round so far, and I can only imagine the racing here in Les 2 Alpes will be no different.”
The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world's mountain bike Enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike Enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal - to globally develop and progress the discipline of Enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it.
The Enduro Mountain Bike Association’s (EMBA) Board of Directors is supported by an industry Advisory Board, to reflect and respond to the riding community, that includes Santa Cruz Bicycles’ Rob Roskopp, SRAM’s Jeremiah Boobar, Fox Shox’ Mark Fitzsimmons and riders Tracy Moseley, Jerome Clementz and Curtis Keene.