Riding Out the Storm: Enduro World Series, Val d'Isere 3

<b>Tracy Moseley, fast, confident and consistent. Cecile Ravanel and Anne Caroline are both giving her a run for her money, with all three taking stage wins today, but Tracy is out front overall by less than 8 seconds after 42 minutes of racing. It will be close tomorrow.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>(Tracy continues in audio) A lone rider dodging the rolling fog before Stage 3 above the world-famous La Piste Perdue, Lost Canyon.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>(Tracy continues in audio) Although Stage 3 was held in the toughest conditions, the riders had the most fun. Smiles and hoots galore on the steep chute. Fast rolling tires are not always the best choice for the Alps.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jerome Clementz finished the day out front but started the day a little differently. First run of the morning, around 8am, a fresh track meant loose rocks and no lines embedded yet. @EnduroJC does his best to help clear the rocks.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Even after only riding the course once in practice, Fabien finds the best lines. He was the only one to cut inside on this fast, steep, tricky corner. He avoids the blown exit and is 2nd overall, 15-seconds back, with another day of racing ahead.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jared Graves won both Stage 1 and 2, which were repeats of the same track. Here he has his 15 second man, @EnduroJC, in his sights.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Despite the Stage 1 and 2 wins for Graves, he suffered on the wet, slippery Stage 3, losing a good 40+ seconds, putting him 3rd overall, 23-seconds off the lead.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Martin Maes was not just the fastest Junior, 4th fastest overall today. He earned 2nd, 3rd and 5th places in Stages 1-3 and is only 26-seconds off the front.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>#wrong - Bryan Regnier, Cedric's teammate, came in too hot and slipped out as he set up for the corner. #ouch</b> -Sven Martin

<b>#right - Nicolas Querry setting up high for the corner ahead. Loose and wild as always. Always a pleasure to watch ride and race.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rene Wildhaber, fresh off his the Inaugural Trans Savoi win with only three hours of sleep and a broken rib. He wins the tough guy award.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The day had ominous beginnings. A baking hot morning led to rain and thunder by 2pm.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Hike-a-bike up to Stage 1. Riders pushed this three times today.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Half way through practice for Stage 3 is when the weather, rain and fog moved in. Dry, dusty conditions morphed into roost-tastic conditions that quickly deteriorated as the track progressed. Anka Martin in the short window of hero dirt.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>What a difference a few hours can make. Unfortunately Anneke Beerten (pictured) and Innes Thoma both got lost in the fog on Stage 3 and DNF'd. They veered off course and never found their way back on.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Stage 1 heading towards the finish in the valley way below as Jon Cancellier talks suspension.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cancellier continues...Stage 1 and 2, taped wide and natural with four riders on course during their race runs. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Casualties on Stage 2.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Leov was having his best day this year so far. He finished 3rd on Stage 1, 2nd on Stage 2 and 185th on Stage 3, where he flatted up top. Even heavy duty DH tires were susceptible and it was a tough break for Jusso.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jamie Nicoll on the wide, most-ridden line on the *Fabien corner*. Jamie proves that his podium at Crankworx was no fluke with a 6th overall so far and a 4th place on the toughest Stage 3. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cedric Gracia on rails in the mud. Pinned.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>From the alpine scree up top to the muddy, slippery woods down below. Stage 3 had it all and tested every aspect of enduro riding, including navigation.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Callaghan speeding on Stage 3.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mark Scott with an early 7am start today. It'll be an early one tomorrow as well.</b> -Sven Martin

It wouldn't be a mountain bike race in the Alps if weather didn't play a factor. The first three stages of the Enduro World Series in Val d'Isere took place under variable conditions that changed throughout the day. Stages 1 and 2 were dry and dusty, but Stage 3 was held under wet weather causing slippery trail conditions. In the end, Tracy Moseley and Jerome Clementz remained dominant and hold the overall lead going into the final day of racing. Enjoy the action from Sven Martin, deep in the French Alps.
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  • Mike_Doucette

    8/25/2013 8:44 AM

    amazing coverage.

  • ComradeD

    8/25/2013 3:18 AM

    I wonder if Greg Minaar will call out Cedric Gracia as a cheat

  • scriz

    8/24/2013 7:19 PM

    In summary, what were "French cheat lines" in Whistler are now great photo ops, CG gets a 30 second penalty for not wearing a helmet and no one cares, and big wheels are definitely superior despite Clementz and Graves killing it on 26". Mmmmmk.

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