The Enduro World Series rode into Whistler, Canada, this weekend for Round Six at Crankworx.
There wasn’t much surprise when Enduro dominator Tracy Moseley tallied off her fourth win of the season for the Trek Racing Team.
American Richie Rude of the Yeti/Fox Shox Team took top spot in the men’s division with a 40 second lead over runner-up Yoann Barelli.
Nico Lau rode hard and fast but his chance of a podium finish was deflated after suffering a puncture during stage four of the event. Jared Graves eventually took third spot.
Speaking after his win, Rude set his sights on remaining in top spot after catching series leader, Justin Leov:
“It’s kind of unbelievable to be honest. When I won in France I said it was a dream come true to be on the podium with Barel and Vouilloz – and now to be on the podium at Crankworx Whistler is another one off the list. I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid. The only thing that’s left is to win the overall series.”
Leov lost overall first place after separating his shoulder on stage one, which forced him out of the Crankworx competition.
In the women’s event, last years Whistler winner Cecile Ravanel took second with Isabeau Courdurier achieving a first ever podium finish.
Moseley was pleased with her win but admitted that the absence of Anne Caroline Chausson relieved some of the pressure:
“This year’s course was really fun. The stages were hard and technical, but all the racing was in the stages and not the liaisons this year which was great. It’s bittersweet not having Anne Caroline Chausson to race against – you always to compete against the whole field, but in some ways it’s nice to have the pressure off a bit as well. For me the coolest thing today was to see Isabeau on the podium – it’s amazing to see that next generation of women coming up through the ranks.”