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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Well, the first ever Enduro World Series race is in the bag, and it sure seems to have lived up to all the hype. In the men's, we have Fabien Barel, World Champ DH racer to Enduro convert on the top spot of the podium followed by the Enduro specialist Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves, 4Xer-turned-Enduro-racer in third. In the women's Anne-Caro Chausson retired after a crash on stage 1, leaving the door open for Tracy Moseley, World Champ DHer-come-Enduro racer to win from World Champ DHer Emmeline Ragot and World Cup XCer Cecile Ravanel in third.
Of note:
Jared Graves - what a machine! All that training sure looks to have paid off, and it looks like the message is out loud and clear: Graves is not to be trifled with. Martin Maes pips team mate Dan Atherton to 4th spot, not bad for a 16-yr old (including a crash on PS4). Ben Cruz brings home 6th for the US of A. Blenki in 7th - tidy for the DHer, beating some of Enduro's biggest names in the process.
Tracy's time puts her in 85th spot overall, 3.43 off Barel. Emmeline Ragot was a further minute back, 113th overall.
A few words from your winner, Fabien Barel, thanks to SuperenduroMTB.com:


Final standings:

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Full results here.

After PS3:

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:45am PST

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Alex Cure takes down some heavy World Cup talent in the urban prologue at Punta Ala as competition in the Enduro World Series gets underway!

Anne Caroline Chausson wins the women's Prologue. Women's times are lumped into the full results. Anne Caroline placed 67th out the 400 competitors on the list. Emmeline Ragot was the 2nd fastest women in 80th and Tracy Moseley was 3rd.

## UPDATE ## - Sven just wrote saying "Anne did it in the rain. Dudes did it in dry." - AWESOME!

The times of this short urban Prologue count toward competitors overall enduro times this weekend. Originally, there were to be 5 stages, but weather concerns forced the elimination of one of the stages. Racers now have 4 timed stages on Sunday and each timed stage is approximately 4-5 minutes in length.

Take a Lap Down the Urban Prologue with Alex Stock

View the Vital MTB Enduro World Series Kickoff Slideshow to learn all about the racing in Punta Ala.

View Full Results on SuperEnduroMTB.com

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Photo thanks to @SuperEnduro

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sspomer sspomer 5/18/2013 10:55 AM

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So is Vital going to have any "hydration pack checks" for future Enduro races? I'm curious to what the riders are carrying inside them besides water. Tools, tubes, pump/co2, frying pans?

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Yeah Barel was on his proto 650b, but he won last week on the 26". The results here basically confirm to me that 650B is way over-hyped. Speaking of hype, check out Fab's comments on fork technology in the DirtTV pre-race vid. Good stuff!

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girls are mixed in w/ men's on the results page. the third column says M or F (male/female). scroll down to 85th and you'll see tracy moseley (first place woman)

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Blenkinsop 7th!!? Looks like he's taking pedaling a bit more seriously, maybe he'll nab a WC this yr. No doubt he's always had insane skill

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As a downhiller, he is probably way more fit than most people would give the young guy credit for. Doesn't he also always do pretty damn good at the Garbanzo Downhill race too? Has even won it before?

Either way, nice result!

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on full results link you can see the list. minnaar was 61st, bryceland 54th, peaty 181. sven said peaty clipped a hay bail and crashed in his run.

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I know it is only 37s urban prologue but damn its nice to see CG up there!

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