SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented By Specialized To Offer the Highest Prize Money In The Sport Of Enduro Racing 38

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SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented By Specialized To Offer the Highest Prize Money In The Sport Of Enduro Racing

WHISTLER, BC – April 15, 2013Crankworx Whistler is proud to announce the addition of Specialized as a sponsor of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized. The Enduro World Series stop on August 11, 2013 now boasts the biggest cash prize purse of any Enduro event in the world with a total of $24,000 to be dispersed between the pro men and women categories.

With $10,000 going to the fastest man and $5,000 to the fastest woman on the day, the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized intends to attract the world’s best Enduro riders to the 10th anniversary of Crankworx Whistler this August.

“Crankworx remains dedicated to raising the bar for the world’s best mountain bike athletes,” says Crankworx General Manager Darren Kinnaird. “The commitment of brands like SRAM and Specialized helps us offer the best events possible to competitors and allows us to offer a prize purse like this.”

Combining endurance with technical bike-handling skills, Enduro has proven to be one of the fastest growing sports in mountain biking with its appeal reaching cross-country and downhill riders alike.

This full-day stage race will take place on August 11, 2013. The first phase of registration for the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized sold out overnight. Phase two of registration will be open at 9am PST, June 1, 2013 and will offer limited registration availability for those not on professional teams or who missed their chance at registration in February.

August 9-18, 2013, the world’s best downhill, slopestyle and enduro riders migrate to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for the 10th annual Crankworx. Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will take place July 6 – 14, 2013 and is the only Crankworx event to take place outside of North America. High-summer’s convergence of all things freeride, Crankworx is a 10 day festival of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. A time-tested stage for gravity-fed mountain biking, Crankworx has forged the future of freeride, launched careers and raised up a spectacle out of dirt, sweat and cheers. Feel the impact. Embrace the amplitude. Experience the awe that is Crankworx Whistler 2013.

SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented By Specialized To Offer the Highest Prize Money In The Sport Of Enduro Racing


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  • filthyanimal

    4/17/2013 5:49 PM

    Five classes total. Guys: Pro, Fast, Slow, Jr. Gals: Pro, Am, Jr. Only the pros get money.

    O.K., maybe joking on the class breakdown, but not the $$...

    Why? Pro riders should be able to nearly eek out a living racing bikes. Don't tell me that the $37 dollars you made in some am race after traveling across four states and staying the weekend in a condo, etc., made the diff in your amatuer racing "career". Maybe do "contingency bucks" or something like they do at a lot of moto stuff for ams, but give the cash to the pros.

    No sandbaggers? Are you nuts? I just ran through a list of about 20 lifelong sandbaggers without even straining for names . You can't force somebody to turn pro. And some Cat 2 (or any am, for that matter) shouldn't be walking away with a grip of cash while the guy that got 10th in pro walks empty handed. Give that $$ to the pro class and 10th place pro guy walks with $100 for gas money and a chicken sandwich.

    And, sorry ladies, but should the top WBA players make the same coin as Lebron James? Should the WMX girls make the same as Ryan Villopoto? Didn't think so...

  • erik saunders

    4/17/2013 9:31 PM

    i think you have to look at things a little differently... i am seeing things as a person who has come through a functional system of racing to be a pro rider... and i dont see any reason why MTB cant work the same way IF people change their idea about things and support MTB racing...

    as a JR and Cat3 road racer i had entry fees paid by my club and a ride to races in a team van... there were 15 kids on my team with the same deal and at least 5 other teams just like mine...so the $500 to $1000 cat3 prize list to top ten did make a big difference... i wasnt super special and its normal on the road that a cat 3 will get some entry fees covered by the club and there is enough local racing with a 2hr drive that you dont have to drive 4hrs to go race... when i was a good cat 2 i could race locally in 1/2/3 races with $1000 or more and usually win a few hundred a weekend... with entry fees paid by my club and travel costs cut down from travel with other guys and sleeping 9 to room... by the time i was 21 i was a good cat 1 (amateur) in a team with a stipend, all expenses covered, free equipment and racing for $5000 to $10,000 twice a month all summer... in a addition to all the smaller $1,500 to $3,000 races.... i quit school and was full time- and made money racing and could develop as a rider because the scene supported it... and this is still as an amateur because it would be another 5 years before i got on a UCI "pro" team ... and there were a lot of similar riders in other teams... and even in these days there a lot of dudes like this... shit, my 35+ team just paid for me to race sea otter... MTB is doing it wrong...

    pro racing doesnt work if the tenth place guys only gets $100, so people should not think so small... thats amateur money... i am saying that i think MTB racing should do better, the people think too small and dont support racing in general.. thats why the racing scene sucks and people have to get sidetracked bitching about the uci and usac instead of living it up racing the shit out of their bikes... but you need to have it be financially viable BEFORE you turn pro... you cant go really fast if you have to work... you will never get there on any real level.... it took me one day to get out of MTB racing as a JR after i found out that criteriums are faster, flatter, sponsors will pay your bills as a jr, and you win money... its only because the clubs and riders believe in racing and support it- they dont worry about who is sandbagging and who should get what and how much money is too much to money give to this group or that group...

  • ColoradoDirt

    4/17/2013 6:49 AM

    That's awesome! More loot for the riders! Let's get Nate Hills a true factory ride! He can hang with Jerome and best out there, especially if he is paid to train!

  • Christian Peper

    4/16/2013 6:28 PM

    Thank you Big S! Your support is appreciated.

  • ZMC888

    4/16/2013 5:51 PM

    Great, but I want to watch this online worldwide the same way I do with world cup DH. Red Bull TV or some other way would be ideal.

  • bjenson

    4/16/2013 2:32 PM

    personally i think this is awesome. the payouts are higher than any other race. enduro is getting a boost. it's also another big **** you to the uci.

    would be interesting to compare the spectator numbers for a pro mens race vs pro womens. live or on the net. hate to say it, but i kinda doubt that it'd even be half...

  • Scott_Townes

    4/16/2013 4:34 PM

    Considering enduro has only existed for a couple of years whereas DH has been around for two decades... yeah spectator numbers are going to be slightly smaller for enduro.

  • Billyray829

    4/16/2013 11:56 AM

    It sure seems like some cash payout to amateur classes would make sense these days, especially with Enduro races being off the UCI bandwagon. Give the average dudes a reason to travel to races.

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 12:02 PM

    is this article about entitelment handouts? wtf is wrong with everyone here

  • Billyray829

    4/16/2013 1:33 PM

    Entitlement handouts? I wasn't saying the amateur field is "entitled", I think supporting more than the top 5 guys that stand a chance of making money in the Pro class might actually grow the sport.

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 3:26 PM

    It's "entitlements", as in women being entitled to the same pay as men.

  • erik saunders

    4/16/2013 1:24 PM

    I COMPLETELY AGREE... in road racing amateurs compete for cash... any local race gives cash for cat 3 and up... and as a developing young rider i would never have made it without the opportunity to win cash money in JR and in Cat 3 and in Cat 2... not to mention all the local races with 1k-3k to top 10-20 places...

    people just take it the wrong way when i keep talking about road racing as a model... but for real... one kind of racing has races everywhere every weekend, awesome grassroots support network for events, teams, and riders... big money sponsorship in AMATEUR CLUBS and $10,000 prize lists for regional PRO/CAT1/CAT2 races all summer long, and one kind of racing doesnt have 1/3rd of that...

    my race will develop in that direction and i will also push for the California Enduro Series to create the right atmosphere for good rider and team development....

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 1:42 PM

    what stops every douche from sandbagging for the cash? i could see jr riders having cash prizes cuz they are the future but over 18 am's should race for fun or race with the goal of getting fast enough to be in the pro class. no way some 40 year old weekend warior should get money for placing 1st out of 3 dudes in his cat 3 class so he have a reason to travel to a race

  • erik saunders

    4/16/2013 2:58 PM

    sandbagging?... it just doesnt happen... the money is bigger in big classes, so there is no reason to stay in lower classes.... and yeah, its USAC, so they make you upgrade if you have too many results... you also cant separate every class by 5years and every category... so like in road, there is ONE 35+ and maybe a 35+ 3/4 because there is a lot of new riders in that age bracket... but then you go up ten years to the next class- 45+.. and that is it for masters usually- and they compete for less money than the pro/1/2 of course...

    but thats what i am talking about... in local socal races there are like 60 or more riders in the 35+ masters racing super hard... with serious teams.... mtb doesnt even know this kind of success in numbers.... my masters team has the budget of a small pro mtb team... and i get a free $10,000 bike... why? fuck if i know... but its hella fun... my heart is in enduro racing and there is no reason why it should not have the same thing... if the riders are more organized and involved providing the support for racing it can happen..

    people in mtb need to change their ideas... how many people on this site race regularly?... how many of them that do are in a club that is organized around racing and promoting an event?... on the road pretty much every club supports grassroots racers and promotes an event of its own... they support their shit... i love MTB, but i think the big contrast is that racing has not been in the zeitgeist of the sport for a long time... dudes ride in a small group of buddies and performance and going fast has more to do with personal progression and the overall adventure experience than pinning on a number and beating guys every time the weekend comes around... obviously this is what people get stoked on with MTB and that vibe coming across to a race event is what is getting people fired up on enduro... so it is a delicate matter to bring in a true racing development structure.... it will take a while and only be successful if it comes from the bottom up, however with the right scaffolding from above-

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 4:25 PM

    fair enough on the regulating of classes but i see dudes sandbagging just for results and bragging writes all the time

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/18/2013 12:38 PM

    Anyone who's done even a small amount of racing would not put themselves in a lower class to intentionally sandbag. If s/he did, s/he certainly couldn't have any pride. I remember routinely getting top 10 in sport class years ago and got heckled by my friends to bump up and quit sandbagging. That's all it took for me. Even if there HAD been money in it (which there wasn't) I would not have stayed in the lower class, riding against mostly slower riders just to make $50, $100. No way. Maybe that's just 'pride' but I wouldn't want to slack. That's f**king lazy.

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 3:28 PM

    I like this idea! Sure beats getting some swag that the marketing department threw at the rep to give out. XC tires ain't gonna do me any good at the gas pump.

  • erik saunders

    4/16/2013 3:45 PM

    are you saying that i just stacked 200lbs of rubber for no reason?... a bunch are bbg and h factors though... so at least they are great enduro tires....

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 5:12 PM

    Ha ha. I was flashing back to getting a pair of ~300g Kenda Kwiks for winning a DH race. No offense intended.

  • ccboyce

    4/16/2013 11:25 AM

    Half the prize money is sad. I know there are less female competitors but still, what century are we living in....

  • Scott_Townes

    4/16/2013 4:41 PM

    Not this crap again...

    When the women's side of the sport (ANY sport) becomes as big of a draw as the men's side, yes equal pay out would make sense. The support that makes races even possible rely on numbers and solid figures to determine the amount of money that goes into the race. It's not based on how "fair" the races are being to the competitors. This happens in every sport and guess what? The ones that tried it (X-Games for example), did it for one year and then stopped because it made zero difference other than throwing more money into an aspect of the sport that less people, thus less sponsors, care about. The more exposure, the more money sponsors are willing to throw in. It's harsh sounding but that's the brutal truth. I'm all for equal purses but you have to be realistic about it.

  • erik saunders

    4/16/2013 6:48 PM

    just depends on where you are in this... as a promoter i think equal prize money is the right thing to do and so i pursue this... economically prize money in grassroots MTB doesnt make any sense for anyone because the scene is so used to not getting paid... for me it isnt about economics... some people dont agree, and they run their races differently... thats cool... i just believe in creating the world you want to live in.. so my race has an affordable entry fee, deep prizes in all categories, and prize parity...

    i didnt used to think women's racing was worth anyone's time, but i have changed my mind over the years...

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 11:09 AM

    you cant say women dont train hard. thats dumb. if there are 23 women racing and 230 dudes racing the prize money shouldnt be the same

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 11:27 AM

    OC: What if I am a gay male, or a minority? Should I get only a fraction of the $10,000?

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 11:38 AM

    who said anything about sexual prefernce or race? your crazy! this is purely based on comparing the number of participants in the number of existing pro classes. if your a believer in true equality prize money should be based on percentage of participants and class breakdown not whether your a guy or girl

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 3:30 PM

    My argument, OC, is that it seems pretty arbitrary that men are getting more money than women. I truly fail to see how 1) men deserve any more prize money and 2) how SBC generates ANY goodwill with female riders by slighting them in this way. I just doesn't make sense to me. If the argument is "there aren't enough females racing", then why DIS-incentivize them by creating a second class of winner?

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 4:33 PM

    but giving prize money based on turnout is the exact opposite of arbitrary, its math and places no judgement on gender or anything at all. last year at crankworks enduro 29 pro guys actually raced and 10 pro girls actually raced. based on those participant numbers the girls should only be getting like 1/3 total prize money right? so girls getting half the amount of the money then men based on participant numbers is in favor of girls racing. i dont understand what is so hard to grasp. if more girls showed up to the race they would get more of the prize money with this model. here is crankworks results from last year http://www.crankworx.com/whistler/downloads/Open%20Enduro%20Results_total.pdf

  • OCsponger587

    4/16/2013 11:41 AM

    to make it clear...i believe if there are 230 women racing and 23 dudes racing the womens prize money should be way higher.

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 9:58 PM

    I hear what you are saying, I really do. I can understand why you and others have this reasoning. I respectfully disagree with you, but I appreciate your willingness to comment here.

    From the perspective of a small-fry race promoter, I can see how your calculation works: if, as you say, 230 women enter at say, $20 a person, and 23 men enter at $20 a person, it's a little hard to justify paying out 1/2 of the total entry receipts to the top female and the top male. HOWEVER:
    1) Specialized is an enormous, multimillion dollar company AND they have stated up front that they are willing to pay out $24,000 in prizes *regardless* of the number of men and women who enter. Clearly, there is $24,000 available to pay out even if one man and one woman enters.
    2) Prizes are not based solely on entry fees. Indeed, here, SBC has ponied up the money in advance.
    3) How in the world does this not make Specialized look like a bunch of misogynists? Why wouldn't they choose to be thoughtful leaders in the field?

  • erik saunders

    4/16/2013 1:15 PM

    prize parity in teh early days of the sport was a big deal... in my events i strive to offer this... $1000 each to top ten pro men AND pro women, even thought there are only going to be 10 pro women and like 30+ pro men registered... i think it is the correct way...

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 9:58 PM

    I am very glad to know you have this view, and you walk the talk. Cheers to you, Erik.

  • dirty booger

    4/16/2013 10:57 AM

    Nice work promoting Enduro racing, big boo for unequal prize money.

    One step forward, two steps back.

    And anyone who says women train "half as hard" is just plain retarded.

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 10:44 AM

    Dear Specialized,
    How is it that you make some of the most progressive bikes in the world, and yet your prize money tells the world that you live in the mid-twentieth century? Not paying females racers the same dollar figure as the male racers is pretty f***ed.
    To this press release, I say "f**k you" Big S.

  • TSage

    4/16/2013 10:51 AM

    If that female racer goes half as fast, against half as many riders, and trains half as hard, she deserves half the money.

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 11:26 AM

    Just to ward off the trolls, please assure us you're being saracastic, TSage.

  • jefedelosjefes

    4/16/2013 12:17 PM

    How about men and women compete together. Then it would be really fair and would only be about who is the fastest person of the day. Would that be better?

  • scarface

    4/16/2013 12:27 PM

    Yeah right. What next, should I sign up for cooking class?

  • syngltrkmnd

    4/16/2013 10:03 PM

    No, I don't think it would. My view isn't that men and women go down the track at the same speeds. I am saying that for the same effort, on the same courses, competitors should be rewarded equally. By the same logic, there are Pro, Expert, Sport, and Novice classes to pair up similarly-skilled riders. I support this, for men, and for women.

    I am genuinely curious what the pay disparity is, for instance, between male and female racers. Does Bryn make more than Jill from Norco and their shared sponsors? What about Jeremy HK and his wife Heather?

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