Enduro World Series Punta Ala Race Day Action. Fabien Barel and Tracy Moseley Win 16

<b>Fabien Barel was flying a little under the radar prior to this race. But his DH skills he put to use in Stage 2 gave him the buffer he needed to control the later stages. He won on a 650b Canyon prototype bike.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Calm and calculated. That's how Fabien Barel wins races...that and he's mental according to Dirt's Steve Jones.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Tracy Moseley, women's winner and 85th overall out of nearly 500 men and women competitors. 78 of those competitors didn't even finish the race.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Chris Ball and the Enduro World Series race organizers can sleep well tonight now that the first race is in the books.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jerome Clementz never seemed stressed or out of shape. He won a stage and then ran top 3 times the rest of the day for a 2nd place overall, 12.5-seconds behind Fabien in the overall.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jared Graves gave us some insight to his physical metamorphosis the other day. It was good to see him so motivated again today. Ending the day with consistency and a stage win. He'll only become more fierce and experienced as the season goes on.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Only 16 years old yet 4th overall today. Martin Maes of GT Factory Racing will be a household Belgium name in no time at all.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Dan Atherton in Stage 1. He has the fitness and precise style he lacked last year, but as Fabien has shown us today, Dan may have to unleash it all in the next stops of EWS.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Nico flatted on stage 2. Such a shame but that's the risk. In the audio Greg Minnaar discusses bike choice and the learning experience with racing enduro.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Peat and Nicolas Vouilloz doing wheelies like groms. It's like cats and dogs living together! Since we're looking at wheels, 1st and 5th place rode 27.5 while 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers were on 26-inch wheels. Brian Lopes was the first 29er in 15th place.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Downhillers, 4X racers and Enduro specialists on the podium today. L to R, Jerome Clementz (2), Fabien Barel (1), Jared Graves (3).</b> -Sven Martin

<b>No lack of diversity on the women's podium either. DH and XC talent abound. L to R, Emmeline Ragot (2), Tracy Moseley (1), Cecile Ravanel (3).</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Enrico Guala is the one to thank for the great SuperEnduro series! Job well done.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>After solid riding and finishing the first stages, Cedric snapped a chain in the start gate of Stage 4. He ran the 10km liaison to Stage 5 on his feet!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Media shuttle today were E-Bikes. Dirt's Steve Jones shuttled up and then did a DH ride down, not a bad way to kill time.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Curtis Keene with his Stumpy 29. Keene finished 16th and surprisingly (or not) there were no 29ers in the top 10. Brian Lopes was the first 29er in 15th place. Will that change throughout the season? Time will tell.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>TIE. This is Enduro. Pits on the beach 10 minutes away from the trails.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>A HUGE THANKS TO SVEN MARTIN FOR THE AWESOME STORIES AND IMAGES! (looks like a rough job, doesn't it?)</b> -Sebastien Schieck

<b>This sums up today in one photo. Winner Fabien congratulating Chris Ball on an awesome start to the Enduro World Series. Bring on the racing!</b> -Sven Martin

Fabien Barel and Tracy Moseley tackle the technical terrain of Punta Ala, Italy and earn victories in the first-ever Enduro World Series event. With 500 total competitors, a host of World Champions racing and an overall friendly vibe, the new era of mountain bike Enduro racing has officially begun. A huge thanks to Sven Martin for the fantastic photos and stories.

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  • sideshow

    5/20/2013 10:19 AM

    That shot of Enrico captures the essence of the EWS in a nutshell. Passion produces great events.

  • general lee

    5/20/2013 12:40 AM

    Is Martin Maes on flat pedals in that picture?

  • Acadian

    5/20/2013 8:18 AM

    I was going to ask the same question....also where was Karim Amour?

  • Stiksandstones

    5/20/2013 9:40 AM

    Luc, there was a story about this back in January :-)

  • Acadian

    5/20/2013 9:44 AM

    ah ha!
    Well everyone was super tight lipped about the "racer" - I kinda assumed it was him, but wasn't 100% sure.

  • sspomer

    5/20/2013 8:24 AM

    he's on flats in the urban prologue (check pic # 6 in the prologue slideshow) and it looks like it here when i zoomed in on sven's original, plus his foot is off-center on the one pedal. how sick is that? flats to 4th place?

  • scriz

    5/20/2013 9:23 AM

    Maes is my new hero... besting the big dogs on flats and a 26"!

  • general lee

    5/20/2013 10:50 AM

    Not exactly the same but it reminds me of Squaw Valley WC '99 when everyone was geeking out on data acquisition being the next big thing in DH racing... Then the next day some no one named Kovarick got 2nd to Vouilloz on a stock 6" Lobo wearing vans sneakers.

  • general lee

    5/19/2013 10:52 PM

    Barel running some proto rear shock under that hood or one from a different manufacturer that offer more adjustment? Or is it just a bag of snacks?

  • Joe_Graney

    5/19/2013 11:07 PM

    eurotronic arms race?

  • general lee

    5/19/2013 11:16 PM

    The dumbed-down-damping devolution continues?

  • sideshow

    5/20/2013 10:18 AM

    Bag 'o snacks for sure. Gotta keep those energy levels up. The new Clif Suspend Bar - the subtle nutrition to keep your momentum.

  • Joe_Graney

    5/19/2013 10:33 PM

    this is awesome. great coverage sven. now if you can get down the hill to get it up within 4 hours of the coverage on PB you'll be in business - maybe don't stop for those post-race beach beers....

  • Sven Martin

    5/20/2013 6:12 AM

    The race is on the hills not the press room Joe. Italian way. Dolce Vitae.

  • OCsponger587

    5/20/2013 7:07 AM

    getting the real story during post race beers is better then catering to a websight full of 11 year olds who cant drink and still think a vp free is the best bike evar. i will wait the 4 hours

  • Nicholast

    5/20/2013 8:33 AM

    Agreed. Quality > timeliness. Great coverage, Sven. Are you going to be covering the rest of the EWS for Vital as well?

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