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ENDURO ACTION: Stages 3 and 4 from Enduro World Series, Trestle Bike Park

<b>Winter Park, home of Trestle Bike Park, is lift serviced but Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the Enduro World Series require riders to pedal up another 500 vertical ft to reach the start. At over 11,000 feet in elevation, that is over 1000 feet higher than the start glacier at the MegAvalanche.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Video courtesy of Shimano and Tom Teller</b>

<b>Stage 3 started off with a long pedal...</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>...and then another long pedal.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>After about 5-minutes, riders hit a quick and awkward steep pitch followed by and endless rock garden. Joey Schusler isn't afraid to pedal and kills it on rough terrain. As we called on Thursday he is the wild card this weekend, and 4th overall at this point in the race.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Nicolas Lau struggled on Stage 3 and found himself going backwards in the standings. Long days at altitude and physical tracks took their toll on a lot of riders today.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>One rider that struggled today was Nico Vouilloz, who was almost caught by the rider who started behind him. When Nico struggles you know it is demanding.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>The rider that almost passed Nico was Jared Graves. After a mechanical in Stage 1 ruined his hopes for the overall, Jared is out for blood and looking to prove that he is still the fastest man on the mountain. He finished 2nd on Stage 3 and pulled back more than 10 seconds on Jerome Clementz in what would later be called Stage 4.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Curtis Keene about 10-minutes in and suffering with 2 more minutes of physical effort to go.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Fabien Barel is back on form, and while he was not at all pleased with today's stages, he put his best foot forward and made the most of it. At this point in the race, he sits 3rd overall, right on the heels of Nico.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Video courtesy of Shimano and Tom Teller</b>

<b>Adam Craig can throw down the power when it counts and managed to pull himself all the way back to 8th overall today.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Did we mention there was A LOT of pedaling on Stage 3?</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Brian Buell had an amazing day one but Stage 3 was to be his undoing. He started the day in the Top 5 but ended in 12th.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Joe Barnes doesn't seem to mind the altitude and is steadily moving up in the standings. He sits 9th with only one long and rough Stage to go on Sunday.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>While some riders cracked from the pedaling and many suffered mechanicals on Stage 3, Jerome Clementz showed no weakness and added another win to his growing list of Total Stage Domination.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>While Stage 3 may have been all about pedaling, a single rock could have had a bigger effect on the outcome than anything else.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Jon Cancellier has been a busy man today. What seemed like a simple pedaling stage brought home the highest number of mechanical casualties.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Nate Hills saw his hopes of a podium finish dashed by "The Rock".</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>What was supposed to be Stage 3b (after a neutralized climb) would later be scored as a separate Stage 4 when mechanical issues shut the lift down. Jerome showed consistency on trails that didn't suit his strengths and finished 2nd, well behind Stage 4 winner, Jared Graves.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Fabien Barel pulled back more time on Vouilloz on the "new" Stage 4 and set the two Frenchmen up for a great battle on Stage 5.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>This race very well would/should/could have been all about Jared Graves. If you pull out Stage 2, where he had a mechanical, he would be out front of Jerome by about 15 seconds.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Another day and stage and another win by Tracy Moseley. Truly in a league of her own despite the altitude.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Rosara Joseph is steadily improving with every race and has some of the strongest technical skills amongst the women.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Anne Caroline Chausson has been working her way through the pack and the standings. She has been a consistent challenger to Tracy's dominance, but even with a few stage wins she hasn't been able to get close enough to put the pressure on. </b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Chris Ball announces the cancellation of the original Stage 4 due to lift issues. To be blunt, this was pleasant news to all involved, as Stage 4 was not held in high opinion by any of the current top EWS riders. The decision did upset a few of the more XC-oriented competitors, however.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>This was the original Stage 4. While an excellent high alpine trail and a blast to ride, it would have been sub par as a World Enduro Stage. A Velonews reporter adamantly argued the opposite point of view. That's the beauty of the diversity of Enduro and mountain biking.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Canceled stages meant exploring the Winter Park backcountry with friends. #spiritofenduro</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>I took this to show what a beautiful day we had in the mountains today with no rain and no hail, just lots of sun. While I am typing this caption at 9pm, it is now pissing down rain. Stage 5 will be interesting to say the least! Stay tuned for the coverage!</b> -Dave Trumpore

Stages 3 and 4 of the Enduro World Series at the Trestle Bike Park did not go as originally planned. A malfunction with the lift led to the cancellation of the original Stage 4. As a solution, the original Stage 3 was broken up in to two pieces to make this EWS round a 5-stage event. The original Stage 4 was a long, pedally stretch of high alpine singletrack and current top EWS competitors welcomed the change, especially with the brutal altitude. While less technically demanding, the day 2 stages proved challenging with one particular sniper rock taking out many wheels and brake rotors and ruining overall results. Jerome Clementz and Tracy Moseley retained leads at day's end while Nicolas Vouilloz and Fabien Barel are set up for a battle on the final Stage 5. Enjoy the photo action from Dave Trumpore and video goods supplied by Shimano as the Enduro World Series rolls on at Trestle Bike Park.

WATCH THE DAY 2 VIDEO FROM SHIMANO HERE

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