Never Say Die - Enduro World Series Valloire Stages 4-6 6

<b>Jared Graves did not win any stages but kept his head and bike in the game. It's amazing that after an hour and twenty minutes of racing, only 4-seconds separated the top three.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Knowing how strong Jared Graves is on long stages, you would have been a fool to ever doubt his ability to pull back time throughout the day's three stages.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>In a league of her own. Tracy Moseley could afford to play it a bit safe today. While she lost a bit of time on the first stage of the day, she was dominant on the rest. 1st overall by a long, long way.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>The agony of victory? The win didn't come easy for Tracy. Although she won 5 out of 6 stages, she put everything into her riding.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Damien Oton, oh so close. The overall came down to the very last stage and he was 3.5-seconds shy. Regardless, it is an amazing 2nd place for the young rider. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Chris Ball in audio - This is big mountain enduro as seen from scrambling up 100ft of boulders and zooming in to the max. Anne Caroline did some climbing of her own today too, overtaking Anneke Beerten to claim 2nd place.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Justin Leov at the top of Stage 3 & 4. The win will be his soon enough.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Wildhaber wickedly willing his whip where to wander.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Anneke Beerten had a great back-and-forth battle with Anne Caroline all weekend for 2nd place. In the end it was ACC who would prevail, pushing Anneke down to 3rd place by only 25-seconds or so.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Cedric Gracia likes to joke that he isn't a condender, but with stage wins in previous EWS rounds this season and a 4th overall here in Valloire, Cedric is very much in the mix with the top guys.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Yoann Barelli was on a charge this weekend. Consistently in the Top 10 all weekend and 3rd on stage 4, he would finish a career best of 5th overall.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>French enduro racing has not been kind to Ben Cruz, with flats and massive crashes at both EWS rounds last year. He turned it around in Valloire with an 8th place, his best EWS result to date.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Lars drags bars leaving scars seen from Mars.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cecile Ravanel. With three 2nd place finishes, she could have been on the podium had a flat not ruined her chances.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Early morning clouds had riders worried about thunderstorms. The weather held off and the racing was hot and dry.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Curtis Keene, 6th overall, steadily improving as the year goes on.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Alexandre Cure, roosting man-sized rocks during Stage 5. Solid 7th place finish.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>One half of the Dirt TV crew from Aspect Media, Chris 'Chameleon' Seager accessorizing his kit with his filming location. #finedetails</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Always a Vital favorite, this is classic Nico Quere. Off line, monster trucking and #NFG.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Martin Maes had a tough weekend with two flats and few crashes, passing slower riders. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Iago Garay getting graciously gritty.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Ben Cruz's hard, wild riding paid off with a 9th place overall. He's stepping up now that team mate, Jerome Clementz is hurt. Cedric congratulates him with a beer.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rene's rugged race run roost. Ridiculous.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>With an 8am start and a 4pm finish, it means long days on the hill with no return to the pits for the media crew. This weekend's slideshow was definitley fueled by #baguettes</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>With views like this, should we feel bad for the racers who don't have time to sit up and have a look around? With a 6th place overall, I doubt Thomas Lapeyrie is too concerned.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Oton on offense.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>A pinch of clouds with a dash of exposure sums up the top section of Stage 4.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Finding myself near the end of the final stage without the obligatory pan, I lucked out to see Dylan Wolski cruising after a tough weekend's racing.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Foot out, flat out and #wideopen is the only style Mark Scott knows.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Nico Lau was the fastest racer on Sunday with two stage wins and a 2nd. A flat on Saturday pushed him back to 18th. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Issabeau Courdurier has been running at the front all season long. Surely it won't be long until we finally see her jump up a spot or two and onto the podium.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Yeti's Chris Conroy in audio - Jared Graves never let up, even when the odds where not in his favor. #deathgrip</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>With all the gold stored on memory cards, the extra weight makes Vital photographers ideal course sweepers between classes.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>At the speeds riders were going in this section all the flowers must have been a blur. 1/8th</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Trek's mechanic with the reality of EWS racing in the audio as Leov's flat takes him from 1st to 11th overall.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Jared Graves & Damien Oton help a few of the young local MTB club riders get their first taste of podium champagne.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Fred Glo in audio - Needless to say, there was some vertical drop in Valloire. Across the valley you can see about 1/3 of the hillside used for Saturday's stages.</b> -Dave Trumpore

<b>Tracy Moseley and Jared Graves hold the EWS lead as racing moves to La Thuile in a few short weeks. A huge thanks to Sven, Dave and Lee for their work on the front lines of Enduro battle! </b> -Sven Martin

After an hour and 20 minutes of racing, the Top 3 Pro Men were separated by only 4-seconds. The Enduro World Series in Valloire, France, was a battle of attrition for both rider and bike. Nearly every rider suffered some kind of mechanical or flat tire as thousands of feet of descending took its toll on equipment and bodies. When the clock finally stopped, Jared Graves and Tracy Moseley took the overall wins and went home with EWS leader's jerseys to boot. Sven Martin, Dave Trumpore and Lee Trumpore followed the battle and bring you the sights and sounds of agony and victory as another Enduro World Series event concludes in epic fashion.

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  • Mr. P

    6/23/2014 9:49 PM

    Manual pan!

  • shutter2ride

    6/23/2014 1:36 PM

    that pic of Tracy, she looks absolutely knackered

  • Nicholast

    6/23/2014 12:00 PM

    So good. Good to see Keene moving up every round. I would love to see him on the podium this year.

  • mbl77

    6/23/2014 11:59 AM

    That took a while! You guys also have a mechanical?

  • sspomer

    6/23/2014 12:06 PM

    haha. after being out on the mountain for over 8 hours for the 3rd day in a row, riding the same stuff the racers did basically w/o a lot of support, the guys needed a break before processing and uploading their goods. well worth it! or we could just blame euro internet connections : )

  • mbl77

    6/23/2014 12:10 PM

    All good and worth the wait!

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