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Jared Graves paying no heed to the pretty flowers during day 1 - photo by Dave Trumpore.

Day 2 of racing in Valloire proved to be at least as tough as day 1, and it featured an equal share of rubber-slicing, metal-bending, heart-breaking, soul-destroying mechanicals that threatened to end any one racer's tenure at the top of the leaderboard before his or her term was up. Unfair as the outcome always seems for those affected, remember that this is very much part of the spirit of enduro racing and that your choices as a racer are down to you. Tire choice, line choice, braking or not braking are all factors that ultimately will come back to haunt or help you. There are no free lunches in the Alps.

Overnight leader Justin Leov, Nico Lau, and Francois Bailly-Maitre all had stage wins here, but all suffered mechanicals/punctures that left them unable to compete for the overall. In the end it came down to patience and stringing together a set of fast and consistent runs, and at that little game, Jared Graves proved to be the strongest. He held off a charging Damien Oton to win by less than 4 seconds, which is absolutely incredible after 1 hour and 20 minutes of racing. Mega-man Rene Wildhaber rounds off the top three, and we salute everybody's favorite Frenchie CG holding it down for the old guard in 4th.

Graves' Garmin for today. 8 hours since he rolled out of the pits and over the line for the last time. Total on-track descending time over the weekend was around 4 hours. Brutal isn't half the story - photo by Lee Trumpore.

In the women's, Tracy Moseley was once again in a league of her own, while Anneke Beerten gave Anne-Caro Chausson a spirited fight for second. The Frenchwoman eventually prevailed, but we doubt Beerten will let that ruin her day on the podium after her equal personal best EWS finish. Cecile Ravanel was often within seconds of Moseley's stage times but a problem on day 1 left her out of podium contention.

2014 Enduro World Series Valloire, France - Final Results (full results)


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