ENDURO ACTION: Stages 1-3 from Val d'Allos Enduro World Series 5

<b>Jared Graves, in the lead with 3 of 6 stages complete. Sunday's stages apparently favor the downhillers, but the race is still wide open.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Graves continues. With only a single practice lap, Jared focuses on the main line instead of sneaky, little options.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Running the main line is a smart way to race when the 30,000 feet of descending in front of you is coming at you for the first time at race pace.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>This is the stuff dream tracks are made of. The starts of Stage 1 and 2. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tracy Moseley is comfortably in first place on her 26er today, riding like the true World Champ that she is.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tracy continues in the audio. The variety of formats throughout the Enduro World Series is refreshing to most of the riders, keeping things fresh and exciting.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>As expected, Jerome Clementz powered out to the front on Stage 1, but a flat tire on Stage 3 ended his hopes of defending his title from last year. Enduro is brutal on the emotion.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>The dust and loam hid some serious sniper rocks, as Barel, Clementz (in the audio), and Atherton all found out by the end of the day.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Nicolas Vouilloz all alone in an alpine meadow. Sitting in 2nd place overall right now, tomorrow he will see if he can claw back 6.44 seconds from Jared Graves.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>A crash left Greg Minnaar in 20th place after Stage 1, 22-seconds down. A storming Stage 3, just half a second behind Graves and 11-seconds ahead of Vouilloz, moved him all the way up to 3rd on the day with a renewed #spiritofenduro</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Greg Minnaar's Bronson front end is raised up and the suspension is finally dialed, which seemed to help Greg in stage 3, where he reeled in some serious seconds..</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Fabien Barel, unlucky today on Stage 3. 5th place Stage 1, 2nd place Stage 2 and 165th Stage 3. It's rough out there!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Fabien might have been the only guy taking this line around the rocks, but that's sealant coming out of both his tires. #doubleflat</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Dan Atherton's Stage 3 didn't go so well. A front flat to over-the-bars ripped out his brake line, effectively ending any overall podium hopes for the weekend.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Anneke Beerten hasn't had any trouble adjusting to the new format at Val d'Allos. 2nd place behind Tracy Moseley after day 1.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Josh Carlson checks the results after the day's fighting. Half-way there.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Look out for Dirt TV's edit that will follow in about 5-6 days time (slackers). Rob Parkin getting his POV sprint on behind Justin Leov in Stage 1.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Leov continues...Chairlifts might be the only shuttles this weekend, but with 8 hours of saddle time and 10,000 meters of descending, no one is wishing for more pedaling.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Cedric Gracia rode consistently on the first three stages. 7th place overall for the Frenchman. with plenty of downhill remaining.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Graves went out of the gate strong in each stage, then played it more conservatively through the rougher, lower portions of track.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Flat tires provided the drama today. At 1/8000 fps this one still has air in it, but it won't for long as Graves sums up his success today.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Italian National Champ, Alex Lupato, with the a patriotic kind of bling.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nico Vouilloz on his prototype, lies in second after today's racing. He admits he needs to sharpen up his DH skills a bit more and with the remaining stages, it will be a close battle.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Adam Craig #thespiritofenduro</b> -Sven Martin

<b><img src="http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/2/photos/58372/s138_Screen_shot_2013_06_29_at_4.27.23_PM.jpg?1372548651" border="0"><br>Yoann Barelli is sitting in 20th, but he has a certain *something* about him. Google his video at your own risk.</b> -Lee Trumpore<br><br><br>

<b>Steve Peat shaves the course in 2013. (Check his helmet cam and bush attachment). Steve was actually more up there than the results show. He had a mis-hap with the course marker pole that required 15-20 second pit stop mid stage.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Yes! Steve Peat practicing for his future MegAvalanche career, snow roosting my last working lens on the top of Stage 3 during his race run. Yeow!!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Anka Martin negotiates the rock chute at the start of Stage 3. The most technical and natural stage of the day took out some big names and shuffled the leader board dramatically.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Usually wearing white socks and body armor on the outside will get an automatic delete from any respectable photographer, but since we are in France and this is Ratboy we'll let it slide like a Scandi flick...this time. Stage 3.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>If you are racing at an EWS race and you hear someone panting out of breath behind you, don't look back or pull over. It's just a silverback trying to get a POV shot #alwaysracing #gopro-on-a-mongo</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Curtis Keene and Josh Carlson take in the epic views while waiting for the start of Stage 3. 19th place for the #Americandream</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Ben Cruz clapped his dome pretty hard about 10 pedal strokes out the gate on Stage 1. If you haven't watched the Dirt TV video of it yet, visit our homepage.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>My Good mate Jamie Nicoll, from my hometown in Nelson NZ, placed 6th in Stage 1 amongst the world's best, but then 272nd in Stage 2. I need to have a chat with him and see what happened.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nicola Casadei was always the first guy down after the Pro women and he was giving it the gas all day. He gets a spot in the slideshow for going full throttle in the Stage 2 dust.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Enrico has a lot resting on his shoulder, but with an amazing event successfully through the halfway point, we know he'll carry the load! Stay tuned for action from the final three stages tomorrow.</b> -Sven Martin

Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley lead the Pro fields in the second race of the Enduro World Series after a grueling day of descending in the French Alps of Val d'Allos. Three stages were completed today and the leader board shuffled dramatically with each stage finish. Mechanicals and flat tires plagued early, overall contenders like Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz, opening up the top three spots for the likes of Jared Graves, Nicolas Vouilloz and Greg Minnaar. Three aggressive downhill stages remain on Sunday, so the race is still wide open for the rider who can put fast runs together without sacrificing equipment.

Take a virtual descent down some incredible French Alp trails with the best enduro riders in the world as Sven Martin and Lee Trumpore deliver stunning images and the inside story of the Enduro World Series.

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  • sideshow

    6/30/2013 6:00 PM

    Riding looked gnarly. The lighting looked prime. All around thumbs up.

  • Mr. P

    6/29/2013 10:25 PM

    Nice! love the tire & Peaty snow pics!

    Great stuff!


  • shutter2ride

    6/29/2013 6:29 PM

    Good stuff, love the coverage!

  • Van Cuz

    6/29/2013 6:15 PM

    Awesome coverage of the event. Thanks!

  • Philkmetz

    6/29/2013 6:03 PM

    Killer photos Lee & Sven

    Also I quite like the new slidshow soundtrack.

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